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.

Trending blogs on Home Improvement


By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 5
If you have a Lumberjack for a client, this may be the perfect home for them.  Yes, it needs a little work, but I think they will fall in love with it.  It may need a new roof, however.  Included in the price is a couple of years worth of free firewood!

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 5
There is a comp-any out there where you can make floorplans from a picture of your iPhone.  I have not tried it yet, but I was wondering if anyone else has.  You can get it in the app store. Here is their website:  Sensopia There appears to be numerous payment plans, which look quite reasonable. ...

By Crystal Simmons, A present for the self.
Comments 2
Tile floors are an extremely popular flooring choice- and for good reason! Tiles are durable, elegant and easier to take care of than carpets or hardwood. With that said, tiles still require some love and attention to keep them in tip-top shape and to extend their durability, because let’s face i...

By Mike Sackman, Broker in Charge, ABR, CDPE
(Homes Finder Realty Group)
Comments 0
Have you thought about buying a home, fixing it up, then selling it for a higher price? It's called house flipping, and it's a growing trend. Some 207,000 single family homes and condos were flipped last year, and increase of 3000 over 2016 and the most since 2006.It may seem easier to flip a hom...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
Comments 0
A strong housing market isn't necessarily all good news for sellers. As evidenced by Remodeling magazine's newly-released Cost vs. Value Report for 2018, average return on investment (ROI) for home improvement projects dipped across the board, with "upscale" projects taking the biggest hit.The re...

By Jonathan Benya, The Benya Group
(The Benya Group)
Comments 1
Have you ever thought of remodeling your home? Needed more storage space? Here's some ideas to help you get started! 1.Baseboard Drawers    Have a smaller kitchen? Maximize your kitchen space with baseboard drawers! Nobody has to know, because they blend into their surroundings! 2. Magnetic Walls...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 6
Will Remodeling My Home Be A Good Return of MY Investment?   I am regularly asked this question by prospective home sellers. The short answer is ‘maybe’. Typically, remodeling a home just to get more money for the sale price will not yield a positive return on the investment in many cases. Especi...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Comments 3
How does one make an "Old" home feel "New" again. Well, as a Realtor, here is what I have personally noticed that people have been doing in their homes. Getting rid of the out of date features that may have been popular in some bygone decade is a good start. Plus there are so many new home gadget...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 29
I've made no secret about the warmer temperatures here in the Greater Sacramento Region.  While sitting quietly enjoying my Sunday afternoon, I heard the familiar sound of fire sirens and the rumbling of an army of fire trucks making their way on adjacent streets in my neighborhood, and then beco...

By Pete Cullen ~ Broker Associate, Serving The Entire Monterey Bay Area
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Comments 2
In newer kitchen renovations today, many consider adding high-tech features for better accessibility. Many of these features include appliances without cords, a digital hub for greater control, wi-fi enabled devices, as well as a wireless charging countertop. What do all of these great things hav...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
Comments 0
Acquiring floor tiles could stumble upon as being simple sufficient. However, just merely surfing to the 'floor tiles' group of a local tiles web site or just asking an offline seller to show you their successful floor tile is not enough. If you really intend to wind up with the ideal floor tiles...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
Comments 2
 Want to spruce up your kitchen but stuck on a tight budget? Check out the list of improvements you can get started on for under $100. These tips can come in handy when you're ready to list your home to sell on the market.1. REFRESH THE SINK:If your sink is starting to look outdated, find an affo...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 2
On June 27, 2018, Jameson Doris published a very helpful report on RisMedia.com about list of good tips for for future proof kitchen.1. Find a digital hub to manage your kitchen,2. Apps are an easy upgrade,4. Make sure your new appliances are Wi-Fi enabled,5. Wireless charging countertops are the...

By Mott Marvin Kornicki, Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999
(Waterway Realty, Realtors® • Broker • South East Florida •)
Comments 1
Want to de-stress, improve your indoor air quality, and bring important health benefits to your garden? The right mix of plants can do all three, and you don't even need a green thumb for many of them. Incorporate these indoor and outdoor plants into your home.  "Some well-placed greenery cannot ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 10
Everyone enjoys a hot shower - but what is too hot for your water?  How much energy does it take to heat the water and keep the temperature tap ready?  How can you save money and still have hot water on demand?  These questions and more are answered on the U.S. Department of Energy's website alon...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
Comments 0
 Individuals that enjoy swimming or simply wallowing in the water may take themselves and their loved ones to a public pool. If you've been considering obtaining your own pool, nevertheless, don't hesitate. Employing a high-grade swimming pools builder is an exceptional lasting investment that wi...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Comments 0
So, I'm a bit late in recapping last month's best blog posts.  That's mainly because June was a blur to me with my dad being in the hospital and rehab for around 4 weeks.  Thankfully, he's back home now and getting better.  We still have a long road ahead of us, but it's good to see him more norm...

By Jason McIntosh, The McIntosh Group | Founder & Team Leader
(RE/MAX Bay to Bay)
Comments 1
 What would You do??Everyone needs a place to get away... Unplug and unwind... Surround yourself with what makes you feel good... Your Escape, Your Retreat, Your Space!Dream a little... Imagine and make your place your space come to life however long it takes you! Sit back and relax, jam, sew, re...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
Comments 2
When it is hot outside, and that heat seeps into your home, it is hard to muster up the motivation to do just about anything.  So are you supposed to languish in the summer months and blankly stare at the TV while sweat drips down your forhead? Of course not! If you have air conditioning, you can...

By Eric Robb, Real Estate Consultant serving Metro Atlanta
(Robb Realty)
Comments 1
When thinking about kitchen upgrades for your Doublegate home, does tech come to mind? For more and more people it does, and this means that prices for these connected kitchen devices have really come down recently. That also means that you can enjoy more convenience now and more money in your po...