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.


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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.


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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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Check out this great landscaping tip. For all of your real estate needs in the Auburn-Opelika area and to experience the magic of this charming town please contact me at (334) 332-7263 or email me at LauraSellers01@Gmail.com or visit my website. I look forward to helping you find the home of your...

By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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Check out this useful household tip.For all of your real estate needs in the Auburn-Opelika area and to experience the magic of this charming town please contact me at (334) 332-7263 or email me at LauraSellers01@Gmail.com or visit my website. I look forward to helping you find the home of your d...

By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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Check out this great landscaping tip!For all of your real estate needs in the Auburn-Opelika area and to experience the magic of this charming town please contact me at (334) 332-7263 or email me at LauraSellers01@Gmail.com or visit my website. I look forward to helping you find the home of your ...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
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     "Wiring is not a Hobby.  Call an Electrician." says the well-known bumper sticker.  The owner of this house obviously never heard that, as these shocking photographs reveal!      The first example is a do-it-yourself outlet for a window air conditioner.      "No outlet?  No problem!  We'll j...

By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 38
Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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Plastic Recovery Technologies...REMEMBER THAT NAME !!  Located in Wyoming Minnesota, they are the only place in Minnesota that recycles vinyl siding.  This firm worked for over 5 years developing the technology to do this great service.  They will bring out a dumpster  for a small fee, and come a...

By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect mo...

By Scott Warga
(ACSI American Construction Specialists & Investigations)
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This is your tip of the week from your Phoenix area Home Inspector Devices with built in test buttons can and will fail. That is why they are designed to be tested. I am talking about two electrical devices Ground fault Circuit interrupters (GFCI) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI) When I ...

By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Wood window repair, Manteca CA    Repairing wood windows starts like everything else. You need to do some research and find out a few things. Wood species and joinery are probably the two most important things when repairing an old sash style window. Manufacturers use complex joinery to help sust...

By JJ and Suzanne Greive - Seattle Area ASHI Inspections
(Home Inspections of Puget Sound)
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Toady's Home Inspectors tip: Buy a water shutoff tool before you need it! If you have a dripping sink or other plumbing problem and you want to repair it, how do you turn off the water?  I worked in construction for years and learned a few things the hard way!  When working on a homes plumbing, a...

By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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Tamper Resitant Outlets    There are many types of specialty electrical outlets, but tamper resistant receptacles are becoming more and more popular. Now you’ve all seen these things before:It’s a little piece of plastic that goes into a receptacle so children cannot put anything in there. We are...

By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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Kitchen outlets sometimes do not work because of a tripped or broken ground fault circuit interrupter.  Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), also known as a GFI outlets, are required in kitchen and other areas of the house where there is a high likelihood of encountering moisture or water.  G...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 84
Dirty bathrooms are a huge turnoff for home buyers.  Mold is another huge turnoff.  Combine the two and the 'yuck' factor multiplies.  I think everyone has seen moldy bathroom caulk before, and if you've tried cleaning this stuff, you know it's impossible.   I recently moved in to home with some...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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Is it true? Could granite’s 30-year reign be coming to an end? We can’t say for sure. In fact, we think granite remains a solid choice. After all, it’s both durable and attractive — and it’s become increasingly affordable too. But there’s just no denying granite’s seeming decline. As homeowners o...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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(NC) As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn't necessarily translate into knowledge. If you're unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider.Insulation is key. While the kind of energ...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
Comments 1
(NC) Holiday entertaining can be stressful, and every good host wants to impress. Before the cooking begins and the guests arrive, consider tackling a few projects that will refresh your space to make a great impression without breaking the bank. Depending on your skill level, here are a few quic...

By Gil Strachan
(Electrospec Home Inspection Services)
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(NC) You've decided to get going on your dream renovation and worked out the details with a contractor. Now you're anxious to get the work started. But the contractor wants half the money up front. What should you do?Think very carefully before paying. Then think about finding a different contrac...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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 Allocating your savings to purchasing real estate in Rosarito Beach, Ensenada and Tijuana areas in Baja, remodeling and reselling it, is a profitable investment. if you consider the location of the estate and the modifications you'll have to make. It's not always advisable to renovate structural...

By Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758
(L.A. Property Solutions)
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Ready for Winter?Here in Los Angeles, the seasons aren’t the same as the rest of the country. There’s no snowfall, and while trees can lose their leaves in late fall, it’s not a drastic change. However, it is still a change your house has to get used to.That’s why you need to prepare your home fo...

By Denise Watkins, Realtor Serving DC and MD
(Tristar Realty, INC)
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Spring is an ideal time to give your house a face-lift. From paving the driveway to repairing the sidewalk, the warm weather can be an ideal time to not only enjoy the outdoors, but a good time to improve the curb appeal and value of your home. One common outdoor project…A new fence. Whether you’...