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.

Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905
(John L Scott Market Center)
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Long ago, I was given advice about a new relationship....be with someone through four seasons to see what they're really like. People change with the weather. And so does your landscape!  When you've moved into an already established landscape and it's winter or just heading towards spring, you m...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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It's Father's Day - Need A Last-Minute Gift Idea? Why Not Give Your Dad A Handmade Card with a Gift to Renovate this Father's Day?  Today’s buyers generally want modernized, updated properties. In a lot of markets, features like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are expected but,...

By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
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 Last month our team at RealEstateAgent.com wrote about She Sheds, the ultimate place of retreat for women out of the household. Well, males also have their version: the man cave! But it is a very different concept if you think about it. While She Sheds are a separate “entity” from the house, thi...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Designer Tips: How to Decorate a Living RoomYour living room should be a place where you can feel comfortable, let down your guard and spend quality time with friends, family or just yourself. It should be a comfy space that reflects your style and taste.  Here are a few designer tips and tricks ...

By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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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 Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Amy Howell Hirt Some might not cost you a dime in the end — if you do them right. You’ve got the enthusiasm. You’ve got the dream. The budget? Weeeell … Budget-conscious homeowners sometimes put off a home renovation they really, really want because it feels like a treat, rather than an inves...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On June 15, 2018, Eleanor Hong published a very helpful report on Realtor.com about the fallowing list of home maintenance tips to save money and energy.1. Dust and clean appliances,2. Give your dryer a break,3. Circulate with ceiling fans,4. Check the air conditioner,5. Seal air leaks,6. Install...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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Affordability can be tempting. This is especially true when it comes to furniture and products for your home. Even though there are lots of buying guides for home products it’s difficult to know how long something will last, unless you truly know what it’s made of. When looking for furniture, it’...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As a Southwest Florida real estate agent, I’ve been captivated by the beauty of many of our seaside properties. From luxury condos with a waterfront view to affordable single-family homes a short drive to the shore, our area has so many options.And because the ocean plays such a unique role in F...

By Crystal Simmons, A present for the self.
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Retail stores have to be presented in the most attractive ways to be able to gain the attraction of customers. In this online shopping frenzy world, it is important that customers who visit stores for shopping or wither window shopping are attracted to buy a couple of dresses or at least try them...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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Weekend warrior alert - you can have a fabulous outdoor kitchen and patio area to enjoy.  Create with your own two hands or hire some professional help.  Here in Dallas area you can (almost) use your outdoor kitchen all year long.Home improvement expert Ron Hazelton demonstrates how to take your ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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 Give Your Dad’s Charlotte Home the Gift of Renovation this Father’s DayToday’s buyers generally want modernized, updated properties. In a lot of markets, features like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are almost expected, especially in higher price ranges. As your Father’s Day ...

By Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
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Series: Managing Contractors - Part 3 This is the third post in a series about managing contractors. You may want to start with the previous tips: “Communicate Clearly,” and “Genuine Compliments.” TIP #3: PAY PROMPTLY...WHEN THE JOB IS DONE Out of all of the skills to develop for managing contrac...

By Lance Morgan, NMLS#742281
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - FIMC NMLS#2289 Equal Housing Lender)
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Have you been considering a home renovation? Before beginning a large home improvement project, it is important that you fully understand the information surrounding it. Here is the truth behind some common misconceptions about home renovations.You can do it all yourself – While some people are h...

By Kurt Davidson, Real estate agent serving Greater Portland, OR
(Davidson Home Group | Keller Williams Portland Central)
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By Jennifer GeddesDownload your HOME SEARCH appWhat’s my HOME WORTH in today’s market?KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockIf there’s a secret formula when it comes to interior decor, it just might be the rule of three.This simple guideline can be a game changer for homeowners who are looking to refine th...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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4 Tips to Help You Make the Sale Prepping your home for a summer sale is a huge deal. Let’s say you live in a San Antonio home and you’re downsizing to make a cross country move to a Chicago neighborhood apartment; or maybe you’re moving into a bigger home in a nearby San Antonio area. Either way...

By . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
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 Asheville Real Estate Journal Artful and Beyond the Narrow I hopped over to The Sage Companion Project- http://www.whitehair365.com - the other day to see what's new and artful. Beyond the narrow, this is an effort to reach out to creative people and a certain demographic you might recognize as ...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Now you see it, now you don't - hiding in plain sight.  I love how this "box" was camouflaged into the surroundings so it wouldn't have to look ugly.  Taken in Vancouver BC, which is a big city that knows how to put its best face forward.  Every season brings out beautiful colors and textures, an...

By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Select)
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New construction is a hot commodity in the luxury Westfield marketplace. To keep up with newly built homes, many homeowners opt to renovate their older home before they sell. Tearing down walls to create a more open floor plan and updating the kitchen for today's modern lifestyle may be a great i...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Sick of getting junk mail? Sick of useless catalogs left under your door and stuffed into your mail box?  Opt out!   Here’s how: 1. Phone directories. 2. Direct marketing junk. Register here to eliminate catalogs, magazine offers, donation requests, and so forth. 3. Credit card offers. The servi...