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

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By jesuza alex, Real Estate Agent
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When it comes to choosing a floor type in your dream house, office space or a newborn’s yet-to-be room, what is your preferred choice? The different types of flooring recommended by home builders comprise of ceramic tiles, hardwood flooring, marble flooring, cork flooring, bamboo flooring and lam...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(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 Donald A. Masters
(Master Home & Building Inspections, LLC)
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I've run across several basements recently that have had the typical "interior perimeter waterproofing", with the basement block walls in really poor condition, including peeling paint, cracking parge, and mineral deposit leeching.. This has given me reason to put more thought into the inspection...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Coastal Properties)
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Out with the Old and In with the New...Remodeling 

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 Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
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First Thing I'll Do Is Knock Down This Wall People like open living spaces.  Many new houses are designed with open designs, but many older homes have more segmented designs. A statement that is often made by a buyer when looking at an older home is "First Thing I'll Do Is Knock Down This Wall". ...

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 Crystal Simmons, A present for the self.
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Electrical panel replacement or upgrade is important for a variety of reasons and these are both for improving functionality and saving money in the longer run. If you too are a homeowner who is thinking about the basics involved in electrical panel replacement, then do check out the importance a...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 Home Improvements That DO NOT Pay Off When Selling A Home Selling your home? Here are 5 home improvements to avoid when planning to sell. They include: Installing a pool Converting a room to a home office Adding specialized spaces (wine room, exercise room, high end theatre room) Adding a sunroo...

By Tiffany Torgan, Featured on HGTV's New Show! How Close Can I Beach
(Harcourts Prestige Properties of La Jolla)
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Establish a good working relationship with the remodeler.This means communicating the project, so that everyone is on the same page. This may include the duration of the project, work schedule, etc.Request a Written Proposal.By having a written proposal, the remodeler will be clearly held to ensu...

By Allstate Construction Roofing, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Restoration
(Allstate Construction Roofing)
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Homeowners will always attempt to do home improvements, but when it comes to your roof there are many reasons why you should hire a professional & licensed roofer. There are many risks in taking on a home improvement project if you are uncertain of what to do, and your roof is no exception.  Here...

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 Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Few things are more important to a homeowner than knowing how to quickly and safely shut off utilities, says Paul K. Improta, president and CEO of Connecticut's Underwriters, Inc.Improta says all of the adults in your home should know how to immediately locate and shut off any gas, electricity an...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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Airbnb has quickly become one of the world’s most popular ways to rent a place to stay on vacation. Airbnb hosts offer a look into the way real people live in a city and people from around the world want a taste when they visit. If you live in a major city, guests love apartments that feel cosmop...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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With 17 storms logged and more than $200 billion in damage, 2017 marked the most expensive hurricane season in U.S. history. With the 2018 hurricane season quickly approaching, now is the time for homeowners to prepare for potential storm damage. Roof damage is one of the most common types of des...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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For many people across the country, owning a home is part of the American dream. But homeownership is also a major responsibility—including cleaning, maintenance and the financial wherewithal to handle an emergency home repair when the need suddenly springs up. In 2015, a survey found that 25% of...

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 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 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’...