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 Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Waterfront and Coastal Lifestyle Properties
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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 Style trends come and go, so don’t invest in the latest look unless you love it. That said, highly-personalized or outdated style choices can limit the appeal of your property for resale.  - 2018 Home Design Trends -  We frequently get questions from clients who are taking on decorating and remo...

By Victoria Palmer, Home Staging & Redesign
(Victoria Staging & ReDesign)
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Victoria Staging & ReDesign is Humbled and Proud to receive Best of Houzz 2018, second year in a row. Thank you to all our clients that we had the pleasure to work with to create Distinctive Interiors that Impact! Special thanks to Angela Lottridge, she keeps me Inspired!  Houzz Victoria Staging ...

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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We in Mississippi, like many other parts of the country are experiencing a drought. I learned about one of the side effects that I want to pass on to you. I received a call from a neighbor of one of my listings, saying that there was a leak in the front yard between the meter and the house. Obvio...

By Abraham Valentino, Founder CEO iMetros.com & Nummus ICO
(iMetros.com Corporation)
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 Solar System For Homes in California Solar System For Homes in California is a hot topic as California 2020 energy mandate nears by every day past. On Jan 1, 2020, All new home constructed after this date must generate their own clean energy. Solar Panel installation sales and solar system for h...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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I imagine most people never replace their bath tubs because what can go wrong? Most bath tubs don't suddenly break apart, unless, of course, you are unfortunate enough to have one of those fiberglass or acrylic bath tubs. Especially those one-piece tubs with seams that can separate. Or, you live ...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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Multi-generational households and the growing preference on the part of many retirees toward "aging in place"have altered home design in recent years. Interiors are more open, more functional and more adaptable that they were even a decade ago. Spaces tend to be less formal; living space is bette...

By Nate Simms, Insurance Nerd, Consultant and Marketer
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Whenever you are responsible for the upkeep of your homes appliances and home systems whether by a home you own or a home you rent you should consider the best ways to cover yourself for unexpected expenses.  When renting a home the included appliances may vary. Some landlords may include the who...

By Andre Smith, Real estate agent in Glenn County
(Morrie Mages Property)
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Over the next quarter-century, living off the grid will become more common among the “normals” and less a tactic strictly undertaken by doomsday preppers. The reason is simple. As energy technology continues to evolve, creating your own power will become simpler and less expensive. Don’t think it...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Bristow, VA Home Owners:  It's Time to Winterize Those Hose BibsOn Monday night, I woke up before the sun came up, shivering in my bed.   I didn't want to get out from the relative warmth of the covers to run to the thermostat and see the temperature.  Pulling the blankets tighter around me, I ju...

By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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When we think of traditional Henry County real estate sales scenarios, most of us would initially picture the photos that dominate the MLS listing and the information we read onscreen. Then, if those impressions were positive, the next step would be seeing how well the property presents itself as...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint? One of the best ways to make a great first impression is to paint your home. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to update the look of your home. Not only will new paint look better and increase the value of your home, it will also protect you ...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
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Home Improvement Loans the easy way. Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and improvement of your home, all in one loan. The first thing most people want to do when they buy thei...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Be prepared to handle a water emergency by knowing how to use the water shut off valve for household water leaks, burst or broken plumbing pipes or natural disasters.  Here's a quick video that is important for homeowners (and home renters) too.  The folks at the plumbing company Mr. Rooter® want...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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What is an Abrasive Finish? An abrasive finish is a no gloos or non-reflective surface finish. An abrasive finish or honed finish may be defined by the grit size or level.  Why is Abrasive Hardness (Ha) an important factor in choosing your natural stone floor tile? Abrasive Hardness is measures t...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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This thought process is right up the alley of Debbie Gartner, and I thought maybe she had written an article about it but could not find it. It is probably included in something she has done about luxury vinyl plank flooring. Although I don't know why they refer to vinyl planks as luxury vinyl pl...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida, Waterfront and Coastal Lifestyle Properties
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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   Several years ago I wrote a blog about my Front Porch Makeover."I was inspired by beautiful photographs of gorgeous topiary trees in planters on either side of the front door."  I learned several things since that makeover...Number one, it's not that easy trying to keep these beautiful topiary...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Tackling five simple tasks now gives you a head start on spring.That leaves you plenty of worry-free time to enjoy the warmer weather.  #1 Tell Insects to Bug Off Early spring warmth awakens insects, so start to protect your home now. Seal openings in eaves, decks, and other structures to keep ou...

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 Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
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This is the second post in a series about managing contractors. You may want to start with the first tip: “Communicate Clearly.” TIP #2: GENUINE COMPLIMENTS I grew up in construction. Many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins are tradesmen or architects, and my father frequently boasts that he used t...

By Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
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One of the *ahem* joys of owning or managing real estate that everyone will experience at some point or another is managing contractors. In a past life (before I had children), I worked as a general contractor in a commercial and industrial setting. So I hope that I can provide some insight into ...