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 Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
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If you’re looking to get the best return on your investment or just improve your property to attract high quality tenants, a kitchen remodel is one of the highest value projects. The most recent cost vs. value report, released in January 2014, shows that property owners will recoup 82.7 percent o...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Solve Your Garage Storage Issues InexpensivelyWith the holiday's behind us many homeowner's are looking for ways to store their holiday baubles, and everything else they cram into the garage. Finding the much needed room can be a struggle.In order to help with this struggle, the storage and organ...

By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whether it's your new white kitchen or a new upholstered sofa - nothing is as timeless as white.For years, white furniture was considered casual and beachy.  White walls were considered boring and institutional and white bedding reminded us too much of our grandma's house- remember those old whit...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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  Do you have a faucet that needsto be replaced because it is worn out, leaking, or just not attractive?This is a project that you mightbe able to do yourself, and thishandy how-to video from Lowe's shows you how:     How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet 

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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Isn't it relaxing and refreshing to come home in a house that is very organized? Sadly many of us are keeping items that are just taking up space, making our homes full of clutter and disorganized. Here are few tips that will help you strip off the extras. Bags Over the years, you may have accum...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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The year has just started. While many were done with their family reunions and other gatherings, many of us will have to embark in this socialization. And if you are a lucky host, you might fear that after all the gatherings, merry-making and reminiscing - your house can be disaster-stricken wit...

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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Designer Sabrina Soto (of HGTV fame) converted her garage into a bright, breezy workspace that boasts air conditioning, a wall-sized pinboard, a to-die-for pegboard, acres of cabinet space, and a garage door that allows her to let in fresh air and natural light—perfect for photoshoots! This flexi...

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...

By Joe McCord
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 One great thing about owning a home is the possibility of using it as a space to do work. There are many great benefits to having a home office. It can help you make income for your family while not being forced to sacrifice as much time away from them (be sure to read this post from a fellow Ac...

By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 )
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CT Home and Remodeling Show in Hartford CT Mar 3-5, 2017The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Central CT are presenting their 70th Connecticut Home and Remodeling Show in Hartford the weekend of Mar 3-5, 2017For home owners in Connecticut thinking of renovations to their homes this spri...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Heroes contines to do excellent work. I will be posting some pictures from our Deerfield job a llittle later  on. I need to organize all my pictures but we did a bathroom restoration. Customer was super happy with the professinalism  shown by all Granite Heroes staff. It is always great t...

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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After Yolo county seizes your property because it needs an easement and then, decades later, when that easement is no longer required, makes it extraordinarily expensive and inconvenient to get the easement abandoned, why is that? I'm wondering if it's not just Yolo County but perhaps the worker....

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Is there a minimum amount of repairs required for an FHA 203k?The FHA standard or full 203k has a mandatory requirement of a minimum of what I call "must do work" or work that would qualify the structure (1-4 units) for the program. Those, for the most part, are health and safety, or "of necessit...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know - www.KennaRealEstate.com. Balancing Shapes With Symmetry,Form Follows Function,House Materials and Textures,Exterior Color Combinations,Choose the Right Roof,Choose Your Garage Doors,Windows Look Best,Design An Amazing Entryway,Landscaping Is...

By Carlos Cardo, Providing Professional Service on a Personal Level
(RE/MAX Allegiance)
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Raise The Roof!What does this have to do with real estate? Everything!Many homeowners walk in and out of their homes and don’t give a second thought to their roof. I have to admit I do not think about the roof much, but I DO think about it when a good rainstorm comes in. I think about the many pa...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.comWhat’s My Elk Grove Home Worth?Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation There is ...

By Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren
(California Coastal Estates)
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Speechless Sunday  | Maui Anyone?  WITH ALL THE RAIN WE HAVE HAD I AM SO READY TO FLY OUT AND STAY IN MAUI, HAWAII. Who's with me?  Lauren Selinsky California Realtor 949.310.4960Lauren Selinsky with contact in Hawaii, Call for referral.Lauren Selinsky Selinsky CRS Realtor/ BrokerInterested in a ...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I have seen a few mold cases in the last couple of years.Some had a company come in and remove all the mold.The mold was coming back before the tail lights went out of site. Getting rid of the mold is just the start.The moisture problem also needs to be addressed.If the moisture is still there th...

By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Waterfront Expert in Cape Coral FLA.
(Shore Line Realty 239-560-0726 )
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 Many of our clients both past and future are always looking for a good service companies with a good price, Service and a good long standing warranty.  In southwest Florida I refer all my clients to Coastline Heating and Cooling for all their Air Conditing Repairs replacement.  They also have a ...

By Summer Robertson, Your Gillette, WY Real estate Resource
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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For more tips on maintaining your gutters all year round, click here!As always, for all your real estate needs or to schedule your free market analysis, visit me at www.summerrobertsonrealtor.com, call/text me at 307-250-4382 or email me at summerrobertsonrealtor@gmail.com.