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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By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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You may have questions about real estate and making your home happy and even smile and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal REALTOR® or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you say. OK, OK. Your RE...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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May 3rd, 2017, 4.5 day process.Chicago, Illinois 60610#Chicago #GroutCleanandStain #RestorationCheck out our page with the link below for more information!http://www.graniteheroes.com/grout-cleaning.html

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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In areas where grout resides, be sure to clean regularly with a non-acidic cleaner to maintain the grout's appearance. Call Granite Heroes at 312-800-1659!http://graniteheroes.com/grout-cleaning.html
When you're preparing to sell your home, you'll want to make sure everything is as up-to-date as possible. Your AC units, whether they're window units or central air conditioning, need to be functioning efficiently in order to improve the value of your home. In order for your air conditioner to f...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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New Hampshire Home Stager, Transforming My New Home - Built-In Bookcases In a recent post, The New Hampshire Home Stager Bait & Swithch,  I promised to share photos from the transformation of my new home.In case you missed it:  Dining Room,  Living Room, Master Bed & Bath, Kitchen One of the more...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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New Hampshire Home Stager, Transforming My New Home - Grandkids' BedroomA couple of months ago I wrote a post, The New Hampshire Home Stager Bait & Switch, which started this series sharing photos from the transformation of my new home.In case you missed previous posts: Dining Room,  Living Room,...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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We bought our home two and a half years ago and when I first saw it I told my husband "It's perfect, we don't have to do a thing!"  Well, that tune changed fast and we ended up painting almost every room in the house.  We added new trim, custom built-in shelving, and new lighting in the bathrooms...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Yesterday I posted pictures of my kitchen's new look.... but there was one small detail I left out.  I have a topiary sitting on a pedestal in one corner of the kitchen.  I've had it for years....it was in the powder room in my last home.  When we moved here it got placed in the kitchen, just the...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Kitchen Remodeling - with a little help from my friends we will tackle this challenge this week. Don't forget our Saturday seminars where the 4th Saturday of the month The Smooth Move Experts show you the simple ins and outs of remodeling and home maintenance out check out www.charlesstallions.co...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
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During the next few years consumers will become even more interested in adding energy efficient features to their homes according to the 2016 NAR Survey.  Will your MLS be able to offer the fields necessary to market these homes' features?  Will your MLS be able to stay up to speed with consumers...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Kitchen Remodeling - with a little help from my friends we will tackle this challenge this week. Don't forget our Saturday seminars where the 4th Saturday of the month The Smooth Move Experts show you the simple ins and outs of remodeling and home maintance out check out www.charlesstallions.com ...

By Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula, Excellent Sales and Property Management
(House Match Inc)
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I was going to write a blog about succulents and water conservation, But I think I better go back and read all the responses to the daily questions about how to turn the photos around on this site...I removed all my grass and put in some succulents.  Living in Southern California, the drought mad...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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 Painting Your Fireplace - It's Easy and Affordable!Whether you are selling your house or simply want a new, fresh look...painting the fireplace can result in a very dramatic transformation.Although the concept of painting brick is a frightening one for most homeowners, there is a product, Brick ...

By Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor
(Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. )
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I know it doesn't feel like winter yet, but it is right around the corner.  Although it doesn't get too cold hear in North Carolina it doesn't hurt to be prepared for a long winter season.   Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences on the coziest of homes.  Several experts have recomm...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Use a Fake Snake and Get ResultsSpring is here and birds are nesting. Birds like high places up and out of sight places to build their nests and to stay out of sight from predators. I see bird nests in trees, gutters and other locations that are up off the ground. Birds tend to find my flower bas...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On June 02, 2017, Matt Christensen published the following helpful report on Realtor.com about important questions home buyers ask to sellers before moving to the house.1. Are there any special quirks about the house?2. Have you had any past problems with the house that you've fixed?3. Where are ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Here we go again. Granite Heroes is doing outstanding work, on a marble kitchen island in  Itasca, IL By now there is no surprise that Granite Heroes does excellent work. Below you will see some pictures of one of our Heroes restoring a Marble kitchen island. This was not an easy job. The island ...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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If you have a Lumberjack for a client, this may be the perfect home for them.  Yes, it needs a little work, but I think they will fall in love with it.  It may need a new roof, however.  Included in the price is a couple of years worth of free firewood!

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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There is a comp-any out there where you can make floorplans from a picture of your iPhone.  I have not tried it yet, but I was wondering if anyone else has.  You can get it in the app store. Here is their website:  Sensopia There appears to be numerous payment plans, which look quite reasonable. ...

By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Amy Howell HirtThree young entrepreneurs give tips on staying organized and calm while living hectic lives. Life is crazy. Cah-ray-zee. And while you wouldn’t have it any other way from 9 to 5 (OK, more like 8 to 7), the insanity should stop at your front door.That’s why you bought your home,...