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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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’...

By Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen"
(Rossi & Riina Real Estate)
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This Home owner blog tip: Working for a dry basement. There are many ways water/moisture can get into your basement. This is a blog with helpful tips and is not meant to be a blueprint to having a perfectly dry basement. Update!!  April 2014 - With the frozen ground and heavy snowfall this year i...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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by Patricia Feager, 11/12/2017For Debbie Reynolds AR Contest At this time of the year, I give thanks for the people I serve in Real Estate. The following photo tells a story. It is the story of previous clients (3 times) and their past, present, and future. PASTMy past clients were originally Buy...

By Jeff Fisher, ReMax Fine Properties
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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Hardwood flooring is often equated to the older homes of the Midwest and the East Coast. Much of their structural design reflects a timeless, strong, resilient and traditional time period.Here in the wild, wild Southwest our architecture is newer and more modern, usually portraying a ranch-style ...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
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  Brooklyn Home Owner Need Help With Home Repairs - Apply To Rebuilding Together NYC   Rebuilding Together NYC is a non-profit housing organization staffed with volunteers and skilled trade workers from the local NYC area who work on low income home owners properties.  Work on an eligible  reside...

By Lori Gemme, Boutique realty firm, Staying up on RE Trends
(NVGemme Real Estate)
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Home Winterization Tips!Temperatures are dropping and we want you to be prepared, here’s a list of things you should consider for “Winterizing” your home.*Indoor Winterizing*1. Get HVAC/furnace serviced2. Replace furnace filter3. Check weather stripping on doors4. Caulk around windows5. Get firew...

By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a
(Dockside Realty)
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I actually need a cell phone. Mine fell about two stories yesterday and suffered cosiderable damage as you can imagine. However, I was told there is a super company in Fredericksburg where I might be able to get it repaired. The company is named Rocket Repair so I'm going to try to see if I can g...

By Josh Gidcumb, Real Estate - 217-202-0571, Champaign, IL
(Keller Williams Realty)
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The landing strip to the door is possibly the most used space in your home. Almost every family uses it for different purposes like storing necessary things, stashing shoes or umbrellas, or keeping keys, mails, and other small things. However, when you have a squint front entry, it has become a ...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Windows and doors tend to get gaps over time around the edges. Check the caulk and weatherstripping for an airtight fit. 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter Fall is here and before we know it we will have out winter jackets and boots on and scarves around out necks. Our ...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Your cell phone can make your life easier. Here are a few Smart home products you can control from your phone.iDobbi Wireless Mini Smart Plug Outlet - Simply plug this into any outlet and it converts that outlet into a Smart outlet - able to be controlled by your Smart phone. Use it for lights so...

By Eric J, Flannel Guy DIY
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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Lighting is such an important aspect of your home especially when it comes to resale. Installing LED recessed  lighting is something that the average homeowner can do.  In the video below, you can see just how easy this is. Such a huge difference and upgrade to this room. In this instance, we ins...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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By chuck magee, Mississippilandsource
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Upgrading a home’s exterior, updating home appliances and energy efficacy are constantly on most homeowner’s minds.  Making a home more energy efficient and more comfortable at the same time just makes since. One way to accomplish this is better insulation. Spray foam attic insulation is becoming...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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These new chicks will be laying eggs in the spring in Haiku Maui.  We're not waiting until spring to get some new chicks, we're getting them started now so we'll have eggs in time for Easter 2018.  It takes about 6 months before they start to lay.  These are White Rocks and Ameraucanas, and there...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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Photo Credit: Pacific Stone FabricationBefore now, everyone’s favorite pick for their kitchen interior decor was granite countertops. It didn’t matter what design style their home and kitchen featured – whether it was a Scandinavian-style décor, shabby chic interior décor, or even American countr...

By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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It’s one of those Mcdonough documents most of us stash in a safe, out-of-the-way place—somewhere in the furthest recesses of a linen closet or at the back of a bureau drawer. Renters do the same: they don’t actually read the thing, but they know they want to keep it somewhere where they hope they...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Green building materials have several benefits for both builders and homeowners looking to build or renovate. From energy efficiency to healthier products that give off fewer VOCs, more green building materials are appearing on the market, meeting the demand that many people have for homes and bu...

By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Things to Do to Make Your Home More Efficient this FallHere are 15 fall DIY ideas to make your home more efficient.  Change the Batteries in your thermostat and smoke alarms. Replace the older Carbon Monoxide Alarms with the new 10 year batteries. Increase the insulation in your unfinished attic....

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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