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.

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(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Struggling to find some dramatic home improvement motivation? Cruise through the pins on the Before & After board on the RE/MAX Pinterest page for illustrations of how a little strategic work can make a big impact. See projects here Significantly Enhance Your Home With One Of These DIY Projects

By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Purple Jacaranda Trees....Beautiful but Messy           The Jacaranda tree is a beautiful and decorative tree that is native to South America.                                 The tree has trumpet shaped flowers that bloom in the spring and summer.                                       The flowers...

By Delaware Junk Removal Residential And Commercial Hauling Clean Outs, Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics
(Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186)
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Newark Delaware Swing Set Removal Swing sets are great for the kids and offer years of fun but kids grow up and outgrow them before you know it.  These play sets weigh hundreds of pounds and can be difficult and dangerous to take apart and haul away. Delaware Junk Removal will have that old swing...
Gone are the days when we used to live in communities where we know our neighbours from childhood. In this day and age where people are usually grouped by their financial status and place of work, it is important to foster ways that will nurture a sense of community spirit. Start with your yard ...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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This time of year folks begin to get outdoors to do more around their homes because it is nice and warm outside.   It’s also a good time to do a bit of work outside the house and make your outdoor space more inviting and fun for family and friends.   Below is a list of ways in which you can acco...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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Making improvements to a house raises its value. That much is undebatable. But how do you find the best bang for your buck when it comes to renovations? That is a much more complicated conversation.Here are a number of strategies the Realtors® we work with at eCommission have used to successfully...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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I took no photos to protect the guilty.It's well known in these parts that if you are going to build on an island, with minimum services, then first, you have money and second, everything is going to cost you 30% to 50% or more.Yesterday I was at a major marina watching a barge load-up with concr...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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With summer in full swing here in the Tampa Bay Area, we are sure many of you may be thinking How do I lower my energy bills? See how here  Save Energy Around the Home
Small improvements can make a huge impact when updating your kitchen. If your kitchen has solid bones, all you may need to do are a few changes. The 11 quick fixes below are a surefire way to achieve an upgraded look without extensive renovations!Go Ahead and Repaint Your CabinetsYou’d be surpris...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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You forgot your Realtor is showing the home today. You look around and realize you wouldn't invite your own mother over in these conditions. Take a quick breath and think simple.You obviously want to make a good impression of the home, but let's face it, your busy.  If you can get through these, ...

By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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I've often wondered exactly this as I drag my old vacuum cleaner across rooms of hardwood flooring in my home. Are there really ones that are better than others?  Can you even us an upright on a hardwood floor?  Read more from one of the country's premier experts on hardwood floors as she describ...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Here's an example where a seller has maximized their deck space and forgotten all about safety. In this case, we have a deck on the upper floor which is almost at the height of the overhead electrical service wires. When it gets wet (and believe me that on the west wet coast, in our rainforest en...

By Brad Miller
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The home should not just be a place to rest the body but to find a retreat for the mind as well. Try our tips for a peaceful home below and convert your home into a serene space free from distractions!Keep a Clear FloorClean and clear floors bring airiness and can make a space feel larger. Not on...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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Need some ideas on resolutions to make your home more energy efficient? To get you started, I consulted with our experts in the Building Technologies Office -- who work on developing innovative, cost-effective solutions to saving energy -- to create a list of the top ways to save energy and money...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Does the paint color of your front door say anything about you to your guests?  We think it does! Color sets a mood inside your home and can do the same on the exterior. A pop of color at your front entrance definitely says you're not boring!So you've made the big decision to paint the door but ...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
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How can you revamp your home and make it eco friendly as well as cost efficient? Learn these five  tips for the interior of the home. Water Heater Do you know the current age of your water heater? Have you ever considered a tankless water heater? These only heat as much water as in needed. Althou...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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By Scott Pope, You Can't Live Without Water™
(Nautical Properties)
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If you’re digging through sweatshirts and turtlenecks to reach your tank tops and shorts, it’s time for a closet makeover.It’s like eating an elephantThe job is much easier, especially for those of us who tend to procrastinate, by taking one bite at a time. Schedule an hour every week to put a de...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On July 20, 2017, the National Association of Home Builders' (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) declined three points to 55 points, major additions and alterations decreased three points to 54 points, component measuring demand for smaller remodeling projects fell six points to 53 points, and h...

By Wayne Bennett, Real Estate...As It Should Be
(One Home Team Realty/Charlotte,NC 704-293-3931)
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See how a drab 1980s kitchen was transformed into functional space with the help of some new paint, updated hardware, a beadboard backsplash and shiplap-style walls. This light and breezy kitchen was once a disfunctional mess with an outdated look. By thinking outside the design box, these first-...