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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Final draw on my FHA 203k in Charlotte NCI really enjoy seeing these projects go to completion. Isn't that what it is all about? This is true wherever they are. The owners finally get to move into the house they have been working on for much too long. I say that knowing that every renovation proj...

By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
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IS YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT?We all know and recognize that saving energy is cost effective, but you may not recognize how inefficient your home really is until you conduct an energy audit.  I had an energ audit done on my home several years ago and it was very enlightening as to where homes lea...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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It appears that the ground hog has declared a long winter. Although many of us enjoy the cold, there are several people here in Florida that do not. On the bright side, this gives us a few more weeks to prepare for the Spring. I always like to search online for tips and tricks to stay ahead of th...

By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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February.  Oh, what an unpredictable month!  You tease us with glimpses of Spring one week, and then WHAM – a blast of snow and icy weather.  Even the daffodils and other early spring flowers sometimes get confused!  So, what is a person to do to prepare for February and all its possibilities?Eac...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Jamie Wiebe Honeycomb dividers will tame the messes in your dresser. Messy junk drawers. Unorganized spices. Your overflowing dresser. Drawers and cabinets are supposed to keep you organized, not hide what you need. Don’t despair. Whether you choose a DIY solution, an inexpensive store-bought...

By Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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One of the most vital aspects of any home improvement project—and one that you should consider closely—is its recoup rate, or the amount of investment capital that can be regained from the bump in home value spurred by a renovation. When homeowners and home service providers speak about remodelin...

By Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
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You may have heard the term staging before, and you may have some idea of what it means. When you’re getting ready to list your house, staging is one of the most important steps you can take to attract buyers, encourage offers, and earn the highest price. Perception is everything, and when potent...

By Irene Bilinski, Real Estate… It's All About You
(RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group Ottawa)
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There are no perfect home. Houses have cracks whether they are old or new. Houses shift and settle into position after construction. Houses will have cracks in either the look of the finish or  are more serious to the structural components. Most of these cracks have no structural significance. Ty...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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It is my nature to dislike congolmerates, monopolies and corporate giants. The main problem is they are free to do whatever they want when there is little to no competition. So whatever they choose to do is probably not in the interest of the customer because they no longer need to put much empha...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Child Decorating Tips for a Calm Home Environment in CharlotteEvery young child has their moments of hyperactivity. However, there are ways to decorate your child’s spaces that will likely soothe them in a Lake Wylie house for sale. Read this article to learn about child decorating tips for a cal...

By Valerie McEvoy, Oklahoma Real Estate and Homes
(RE/MAX Preferred Properties)
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Want to Remove Clutter from your Life?Need to remove clutter from your life? Want to get a great deal on storage to do it?Today we want to feature a local business that has done so much for our clients when they need to store furniture and items during a home sale or purchase. A&W Self-Storage ha...

By What Not To Renovate - Milan B., We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs
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Finishing a basement is a decision that most owners struggle with.  Here are some popular ways finished basments are used: playroom, movie room, family room, bar, wine cellar, library, office, craft room, laundry or guest room. We've included some favorite basement design ideas and images below. ...

By Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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If you’ve never been forced to make due with a small bathroom, stop reading and take a moment to congratulate yourself on a life well-lived. For the rest of us, though, there’s something undoubtedly alluring about the challenge of making your home’s most pivotal space a standout centerpiece, even...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Leanne Potts Beautiful you-can-do-it inspirations for easy DIY projects. As anybody who’s been inspired by HGTV can tell you, DIY projects on TV look amaaaazing. But DIY renovations in real life: kiiiinda the toughest thing ever. And, yet, these rookie craftsmen did beautiful, jaw-dropping wo...

By Jeffrey Masich- Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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With more since my last blogs on this subject, here are more recycle ideas that create fun and interest in your home. Don't throw those unused items away! Use them to create magical and unique functional uses in your home. Recycle those items back to life with ideas that may be better than their ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      We have the privilege of working with all kinds of Buyers and Sellers in a variety of communities and price points…very intentionally….and we enjoy the variety that this brings to our practice.      Working with Buyers new to the area or referrals to first time buyers brings a different dim...

By Sean Jordan, The Property Finders @ RE/MAX Results Realty
(RE/MAX Results Realty)
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// // // : 10 Top Tips That Make Buyers Bite// Top 10 Things That Make Home Buyers Bite   Tip 1. A Nice Entryway Impress buyers right off the bat with a beautiful entrance. "I always tell sellers to put a fresh coat of paint on the front door.This problem, more common in condos and apartments, is...

By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence
(The Reata Realty Group)
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I am always researching for new information and tips I can pass on to my customers. I typically have my own thoughts and research but this time I came across an article that I thought summed up all the information really well. Short and sweet here an a great article I read and would like to pass ...

By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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 Best Marble & Tile in Fairfield County, CT.A month after I sold a fixer upper to my buyers they called me up in a panic. Their renovation is on track but they cannot find the right style of tile and marble. They had visited six of the most popular marble and tile stores in the area with absolute...

By Denise Samouilidis, Jupiter Abacoa Sales & Beach Front Luxury Homes
(Mirsky Realty Group)
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I recently sold a home to an out of state buyer who wanted a pool home in a specific neighborhood. At the time my buyer started her inquiry about homes in Catalina Lakes in Palm Beach Gardens, FL there were no properties offered with pools. However in my search I found something which I thought w...