Home Improvement

Thinking of remodeling? Have you stopped to consider how transforming a bedroom into a home office might impact the value of the home? One of the most common questions homeowners have when thinking of remodeling is how much the work will add or detract from the value of the home. You'll find answers to those questions and more in this section of ActiveRain.

Everything you need to know – the answers to all your burning questions – about energy efficiency, green homes, landscaping, home maintenance, staging, landscaping and more is right here at your fingertips.

With over 300,000 real estate professionals, including stagers, contractors, landscapers and others, there is no better place to find the information you need than ActiveRain.

While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.

Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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Claudia McLaughlin - Helps You Stage, Organize, Design, Entertain, and Get Dressed! That's a tall order for one person to handle - but I can tell you that CMF Transitional Organization is indeed, one person.  Claudia McLaughlin is the owner and driving force behind her company(ies) that help sell...

By Renee Ferguson, Junk removal Company serving the Dallas area.
(Junk King Dallas)
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Junk King is the #1 rated service in the junk removal industry. We provide eco-friendly junk removal & hauling services to clear unwanted clutter from your home or business. Our trucks are 20% larger; so, you'll get more value at every price point! Did you just finish that flip and need that fina...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes Deer Park stone restoration archive, documents a day in the life of Granite Heroes. FREE ESTIMATES for all clients in Deer Park, Illinois. Step into our shoes, as we clean, polish & restore showers, counter tops, flooring and more. Book Online today and receive 10% off your service...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Potted plants most boring balcony into an inviting place...www.KennaRealEstate.com 

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Are you planning on remodeling or renovating your house in Auburn, AL or Opelika, AL and are wondering the difference between the two terms? While the terms remodel and renovation are used interchangeably all the time, they are actually very different animals. So exactly what is the difference be...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Would you like to make your kitchen in your Auburn, AL house or Opelika, AL home feel bigger?  If you’re remodeling a kitchen and looking to create more space without having to add on or move walls, your design choices may make a big impact. First, start by selecting lighter colors, such as grays...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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The kitchen is a place in the home where many hours are spent preparing meals and spending time with family.  If the kitchen is boring and not ecstatically pleasing to you or your family, no one is going to want to spend any time there.  Below is a list of a few ways in which you can spruce up yo...

By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 26 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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I am in the middle of a kitchen upgrade. Which means I have a lot of decisions to make. One of them, paint or stain my kitchen cabinets. Honestly, I think painting is easier. I actually hate to stain! But, I want to do the one that will look the best, not necessarily which one is easier.    I li...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Hey guys. I have been very lucky to meet (on the phone) with a couple of the renovation draw people at Wells Fargo draw disbursement center... Maria and Mary who I am utterly impressed with. They are very good to deal with and have made it a pleasure to work with that team. I'm sure there are oth...

By Randy and Sue Wells, Nobody Knows Your Home Like a Neighbor!
(Keller Williams Community Partners)
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The Wells Team has hit week four of our Lake Lanier Home Renovation.Learning Curve is an understatement. Our first tip is simple: Be ready to dedicate your time and energy to this project. Even though we have an excellent contractor, this is not a project where you sit and wait for results. So wh...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Would you like for your Auburn, AL home or Opelika, AL house to be more Eco-Friendly?  If so, here’s the scoop from green industry experts on the latest ways to slash your energy bills—and to do so while clearing your earth-conscious conscience!How to Go Green: The Ultimate Homeowner's Guide to a...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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For decades we’ve had landscape principles set up that could hinder us from creating thriving, sustainable landscapes. We've covered some of these principles, or rules, previously, but there are far more to take into account amending as a new garden season is upon us. So let's see how to get your...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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I recently got a gift from my mom....a product she found at her local flea market in Florida.  Mom loves this product so much she bought one for me.  I'm so glad she did!It's a glass cleaning cloth, called Holy Moly.  What makes Holy Moly so special?You use ONLY WATER....no Windex or household cl...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
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Give Your Guests the Spa Treatment! One of the perks of living in South Florida means you’ll have as much company as you can handle.  Even though many family members and other guests visit us at Spring Break and during the summer, we’re never at a loss for house guests throughout the year. So, wh...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Remodeling your bathroom can make your home appear more valuable to prospective buyers. But be careful. Here are four common mistakes homeowners make when DIY upgrading the bathroom.1. Not taking ventilation into accountWe know you've realized the importance of the bathroom fan if you've ever bee...

By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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Attending to your home's exterior before putting it up for sale...The Spring market is knocking on the door... and a home with well maintained siding and paint in good condition blending in well with it's neighbors is always very pleasing to potential buyers eyes.Even if your home's paint and sid...

By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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Here are a few ways to be energy efficient and eco-friendly at home: Check to see that the seal around your refrigerator door is in good shape by feeling for cold air around the closed door. Do the same for your exterior doors and windows. Replace broken or leaking seals! Dry two or more loads in...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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The Spring Cleaning Shopping Checklist!  Everyone loves to have a clean house, and spring is the perfect time to declutter your home. The warm weather and fresh air encourages people to open their windows and air out their house. The flowers are blooming, fresh and clean, so why not clean up your...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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Improving and maintaining the garden consumes great time. It is exhaustive if you really don't know how to make your work easier. To cut down on your garden works, here are top 7 tips to help you. Install automatic watering systems. They can be programmed according to the times of the days you w...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Here’s a fun topic: Sump Pumps!Go ahead. Make a joke. It probably deserves one. It certainly doesn’t sound like something to get for your wife’s birthday. So, what IS a “sump” anyway? And why would it need a pump?Well, here is the dictionary version:Sump [suhmp] noun,  1. a pit, well, or the like...