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 Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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As you venture into commercial investment, you’ll notice that there are notable styles most business owners engage in to encourage customers to visit their renters. Whatever it may be, business owners should approach these with a clear vision to provide the best results for renters and the custom...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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The seasons are changing and it’s the perfect time to give your home an update for the fall and winter seasons ahead. When the weather gets chillier and those holiday parties are just around the corner your home should take on a cozier, warmer, and more inviting look that will make your home your...

By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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I would like to explain what exactly is a GFI. A GFI, or GFCI, as it is known, stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. It looks like a regular outlet, but it has two little buttons in the middle. There’s a test button and a reset button, and they are designed to turn off when they detect mo...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, you want to plan appropriately. Things can get expensive quickly, so you want to keep your budget tight and ensure that you have the best ROI for the projects chosen. If you’re planning to redo your home’s bathrooms,...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Everyone needs a Marble or Natural Stone Guy! Call: 312-800-1659Does your Chicago home or business have natural stone, marble or terrazzo requiring maintenance, repairs or restoration services. Over 15 years of natural stone restoration experience. Our years of experience and craftsmanship will r...

By Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
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I love shopping in antique and consignment shops but the money saved can often cost you a bundle.  One of my sellers is now going through the expensive procedure of having her three floor home completely tented because of a lovely dining room table and six chairs she purchased at a great price.  ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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In this season of "making spirits bright" it is sometimes still with candles...which sometimes don't drip in designated places....like on the holder...not to worry...while there is no instant method of removing candle wax here are some suggestions for various surfaces: 1)  Wax "splatter" on wall...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Holiday season is just right around the corner, one of the greatest milestones of moving into your own place, whether you moved in on your own, with your partner or even with your friends, decorating your home for Christmas is the excitement that comes with picking out those special Christmas dec...

By Kim Anderson, We'll buy your house fast & give you cash for it.
(Kims Properties)
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Dishes and glassware are among some of the most fragile items you can pack if you’re moving from place to place. They can easily crack or even break if you do not pack them properly. As a result, it is imperative to handle them with proper care. One way that people usually do this is by packing t...

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 Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni
(StepStone Realty, LLC )
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I enjoy the Journal of Light Construction.  There is a ton of ideas and knowledge there.  This reference to  Weatherproof Exterior Cabinetry was found as I was reading the article on the length of drain lines which led to reading more articles. The Journal of Light Construction website is mainly ...

By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
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  When we run stories on living in homes with petite proportions, you often tell us, "Small? You should see my house!" Because we aim to please, we've rounded up some of the tiniest rooms on Houzz, picking those that pack plenty of ideas and function into a small space. We think that these are i...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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 Improving your home is a huge choice. This is as a result of the expenses you require to shoulder when you start making enhancements around the house. One essential thing you require to think about is the exact part of your home that you wish to boost. This will certainly establish the work and ...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Whether your home is a new build or you’re looking to add some value to it, interior sliding barn doors are an inexpensive way to bring some individuality to a home. With a brand new year right around the corner, we’re going to show you why adding a sliding barn door to your home’s interior is th...

By Peter Mark, SEO Consultant
(Peter Mark)
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So you're thinking of painting your house and maybe you don't have time to do it yoursels. Just how much does it cost to paint a house these days? Well I can tell your from my experience in painting houses it really depends on many factors. The common main factors that go into a house paint estim...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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That orange box of baking soda tucked away in your fridge or kitchen cabinet can also be an inexpensive, and earth-friendly, solution for your laundry needs. It’s safe to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers and is one of the best products available to reduce your dependence on chemic...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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Every Modern kitchen is defined for important key areas that mainly include flooring, appliances, counter-tops as well as cabinetry. Normally, Cabinets in the kitchen are the main focal point and the appearance could make them look like the entire kitchen aspects. When you are unsatisfied with th...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Falls occur more with advancing age but you can take measures to make your home safe, welcoming, attractive and accessible all at the same time. There are certain risk factors that increase the chances of a fall and there are two main types of risk factor: ‘individual’ and ‘environment’. ‘Individ...

By Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale
(C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100)
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Kim Anderson (https://activerain.com/profile/kimsellsyourhomefast) shared the Great post about making your Air Conditioning system it's most efficient. Having an annual inspction & system service performed is paramount.Hope it helps! Once the air from your coolant system isn't blowing frigid enou...

By Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home, Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!
(Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA)
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Solar panels seem like a great idea.  Solar panels create electricity without using the local economy electric grid.  The benefits are obvious.  Perhaps it is not economically the right choice, depending on the total cost of installation.  Remember, there are parts on the installation that will w...