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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Residential REALTOR®
(Specializing in Residential, Referrals & Relocation | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Too Legit to Quit: Tips to Help Avoid Contractor Fraud Fly-by-night contractors, who may not be on the up, are coming to a neighborhood near you. While there is no guarantee that a licensed individual will do a stellar job, at least they are legitimate.  Many transient workers target the elderly ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Richmond CA, my home town is ripe for FHA 203k loansYep, I grew up in Richmond and San Pablo. It is always a special treat to do consultations in your home town, at least I've always felt that way.Over the years we've done hundreds of projects in my home town. I remember one we did on a home wher...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I've been feverishly posting lots of content on my main site (TheFlooringGirl.com), but wanted to gather up a few articles that may come in handy for your sellers.  It's always useful to have these blog posts handy and all in one place. So, here's my round up of flooring articles for Home Sellers...

By chuck magee, Mississippilandsource
(https://mississippi-landsource.com)
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A comfortable and energy efficient home requires more than just some attic insulation. Your roofs shingles work as a system along with attic insulation and roof ventilation to function properly. Have your attic checked by an insulation specialist and find out if your home is insulated properly. A...
In the past few years, double glazing has become a common sight on many homes across the globe. Double glazed doors and windows contain a cover of inert gas sandwiched between two sheets of glass. This implies that they have almost double filling when compared to their single glazed counterparts....

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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                                                                               Sam Shueh                                                        Realty One Group                                                        Silicon Valley, CA Many of use work from home at one time or other. Paper is a me...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
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 Sam Shueh                                                        Realty One Group                                                         Silicon Valley, CA Experts estimate only 30% of American households use garage for automobile storage. Most Americans are hoarders.  In the East Coast most ho...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On July 12, 2017, Rena Behar published the following helpful report in Realtor.com about list of landscaping trends for the Summer.1. Sustainability,2. Edible gardens,3. Rocks,4. Hygge,5. Vivid colors,6. Shades of green,7. Vertical gardens,Perhaps, there are more list of landscaping trends for th...

By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Amy Howell HirtValue-boosting ideas for your home’s interior to make it really yours. There’s so much to love about a new home — especially the fact that it’s yours! No worries about an aging furnace or the source of a stain in the carpet.Yet it can also feel a little, well, uninspired. Like ...

By Ideal Homes, Home building and design in the OKC metro area
(Ideal Homes)
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Keep Close With a Keeping RoomThe open floor plan is a popular concept in today’s new home designs. It allows for a more spacious feeling and breaks down barriers to socializing.But the idea isn’t a new one. Back in the Colonial days, before homes spanned thousands of square feet, people live in ...

By Jesse Ortega, Marketing Strategist
(Private Marketing CO-OP)
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 Clint Rogers of CK Rogers addresses one of the most popular questions people have when looking to remodel their home: How much does a remodel cost? Is there a ballpark?To get the best idea, one must be transparent with whoever it is you are considering working with. Open communication is critica...

By TIM GRISSETT
(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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You haven’t felt like this since you were a teenager. You have a crush on your new house. (You’re officially a home buyer — wait — owner!)It’s soooooo great. You love its quirks. It’s your very first home, and you want to do everything right.The feeling is fun, but also scary: You remember too w...

By Connie Webb, Your Cheyenne Wyoming Realtor
(Century 21 Bell Real Estate)
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Select the Right CarpetWhen you are ready to replace your carpet, use these tips to select the right carpet. Although many people love the hardwood or wood laminate, there are still people who like the soft feeling of carpeting underfoot. However, selecting the right carpeting for a particular ro...

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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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How long should it take to close a renovation loan?That is a great question. I guess it depends on who you talk to. There are allot of lenders out there that profess to do 203k loans and they likely can... BUT that doesn't mean they can close them fast does it? Nope, you all have been caught up i...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Can you move a home from another site using the FHA 203k loan?I've always found it interesting to see a home going down the street on it's way to another site, just waiting for someone to throw out some dish water out the back door... lol , not reallyIn the case of moving a home from one site to ...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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It’s finally summer. The kids are home from school, the days are long, and everyone is eager to get outside. Skip the hassle of traveling and pricey amusement parks and make your own backyard the spot to be this summer with these outdoor projects.Build an Outdoor KitchenCompared to most outdoor l...

By Jeffrey Masich/ Associate Broker, MBA, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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You may have questions about real estate and making your current home say "I am a FUN home" or need to get attention to make your home sell and not sure whom to ask? How about yard or wall murals? You could ask me as your personal REALTOR® or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes errat...

By Jeff Fisher, ReMax Fine Properties
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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   “Needs a little love,” “project home,” and “fixer-upper” are terms that pop up on listings around the country, aimed at enticing energetic and industrious homebuyers who are looking for a unique and rewarding challenge. However, are you really up for the demands that come with this kind of hom...