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.

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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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What is the biggest issue with Limited 203k loans?The biggest issue with any 203k, Standard or Limited is getting your bid in a timely manner. So what is the cure? Simply use an FHA 203k consultant for your FHA and HomeStyle loans. The consultant will help you work out a "scope of work" and bid t...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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If you’re like many homeowners, there will undoubtedly come a time when you’re ready to upgrade that old paint job or add a half-bath to your game room. Whether you’re staging the house for a potential buyer or simply in need of a change in aesthetics, remodeling and home improvements can seem li...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Winter will hit you before you know it, so don’t you want to make sure your home is protected from harsh weather conditions like rain and snow? You have a number of options for house siding, but you don’t want to compromise the value of your home by reducing its curb appeal.  Steel siding is the ...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Gulf Breeze Homes and Real Estate, Homebuilders still struggling to find qualified workersMillennials aren't applying for construction jobs, fewer immigrants are entering the country, and the number of homebuilder job openings grew to 154,000 in May. Read more.  Gulf Breeze Florida - Things to Do...

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 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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I happen to think this gadget my sister recommended is very helpful to use at our house in Hawaii, but it would be useful anywhere. Although, I had a really odd thing happen a few days ago that never happens in Sacramento. In Sacramento, where our summertime temperatures can reach a scorching 115...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Decluttering Is Liberating Whether you are preparing to make a move or plan to stay in your home for many more years, one thing so many of us have in common is that we tend to collect things. Our cabinets and closets and storage areas get cram packed with clothes and older things that we think we...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix a Nail Pop RefresherMy quick fixes will help you correct those sheetrock screws that work their way back out of the wall and make unsightly bulges. I wrote a previous post Debbie's Quick Fixes How to Fix Dents in Your Front Door that helped provide information on c...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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You’ve wanted to renovate your cramped, outdated kitchen for ages. And now – finally – you have the funds and the opportunity to do it. So you ask around among your friends and co-workers to find a contractor and then hire the one they recommend – even though you’re not aware that you need to or ...

By Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate
(AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group)
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Does your Phoenix home have a room that is too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter? The culprit may be leaky ducts. In our typical homes in Arizona, about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system is lost because of improper installation. I had a cllient once, who actually had a o...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pace Homes, Real Estate and Property Management: Homebuilders still struggling to find qualified workersMillennials aren't applying for construction jobs, fewer immigrants are entering the country, and the number of homebuilder job openings grew to 154,000 in May. Read more.  The Top 5 Things to ...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Here are a few decorating ideas using FREE things found in your yard or nearby farm! Are you LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?  Do you have a HOME TO SELL?  The Temple Team can help you with all of your Real Estate Needs. Give us a call at 704-235-3000and visit our website at www.TheTempleTeam.com. 

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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You scored the home you wanted at the price you wanted. You are all moved in and ready to sit outside with a cup of Joe and relax after the home buying process. Oh wait, you don’t have patio furniture yet. You either never needed it before or sold it before the move. Now it’s time to do some shop...

By Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com)
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 Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.   1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install...

By Shawn and Angela Miller, REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
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Is your lawn looking a little thin? Starting to see more dirt and weeds than blades of grass? If so, now is your time to overseed. Late summer through early fall is the perfect time to overseed your lawn in Nebraska. Temperatures are just right, not too hot and not too cold, to get that new seed ...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
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Zen and The Art of House Painting  or, How Achieving Consensus in a Multi-Gen Household is Also An ArtPainting is one of my favorite home improvement activities.  After a few of those projects, interior or exterior, you recognize that most of the thought and activity goes into planning: selecting...

By Royal Oaks, Premier Home Builder in Greater Raleigh Area
(Royal Oaks Homes)
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For the past few months, you haven’t had to worry about tripping over backpacks, finding lost homework, and making sure the permission slips, library books, and projects make their way to the classroom on time.Then, school starts again.Getting OrganizedHave you figured out a better system for org...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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“Projects that take a home significantly beyond community norms are often not worth the cost when the owner sells the home,” says Scott Robinson, president of the Appraisal Institute. “If the improvements don’t match what’s standard in a community, they’ll be considered excessive.” Here are a few...

By Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions)
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Ways to Keep Your Home SafeSummer is when many of us are excited about getting out of town for a much needed vacation, but it’s also a great time to think about ways to keep your home safe while you’re away.AlarmsYou don’t need to invest in an expensive home alarm system or install an unsightly b...