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.


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By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
Home Improvement Cost vs Value 2020.The annual Remodeling 2020 Cost vs Value Report is now out and on line. The report compares the average cost for 22 popular remodeling projects in over 100 metro markets with the value those projects retain at resale in 100 US markets. Click here for Key Trends for 2020.The comparisons are broken up into 3 categories ~National ~ to view report click - https://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2020/  Regional ~ East North Central, East South Central, Middle Atlantic, Mountain, New England, Pacific, South Atlantic, West North Central and West South Central.City ~ one to multiple areas per state depending on size. There are 3 cities in Connecticut ~ Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven.    For more information on Home Trends in Fairfield County, Connecti...
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By Jennifer Stone, Favorite Four Letter Word: SOLD
(Big Show Realty)
Chlorine in pools can be good for your well-being as they kill bacteria, but the truth is that they aren't too gentle on your hair or skin. It can cause irritation on the skin which may lead to acne, dryness, flakiness, and more. So, don’t know how to protect skin from chlorine in pool? This guide will go over nine tips to help prevent skin damage from your pool.How to Protect Skin from Chlorine - Nine Simple TipsTip #1 - Take A Shower Before Diving InA quick shower can build up a sort of water barrier for your precious skin and hair. Make sure that your hair and skin are thoroughly soaked to ensure maximum protection.Tip #2 - Put Some Hair OilExperts say that putting on conditioner or hair oil right before swimming will create a nurturing layer that staves off harmful pool chemicals su...
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By Richa Nayyar
(Coming service)
Sticker is a label or ornament with a sticky back, so it can be attached anywhere. The price of a term sticker means the price listed on a car or other item offered for sale. Stickers arrived on Android in August 2017 with an update to Gboard, the Android keyboard app. … Once installed, sticker packets attach to your keyboard or message app and will appear as options and emoji. You can then add to your messages and send them as you see fit. A sticker is a type of label: a piece of printed paper, plastic, vinyl, or other sensitive material on one side. They can be used for decoration or for functional purposes, depending on the situation.Different kinds of stickersStickers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and vary greatly in color and texture. They often stick to things like lunch b...
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By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
 Gardening is an exciting hobby. It may help a person to calm down after a difficult working day. Besides, it provides a great way to learn interesting facts about plants, nature, and the environment.Professional gardeners may spend hours doing their thing. However, sometimes they need to get acquainted with different ideas that will help them to make their garden even more pretty. In case you’ve fallen in a similar situation, you should certainly have a look at the information provided below.1.     Garden WindmillsYou may face the question: Why do you need garden windmill? In this case, you definitely need to check out the major reasons to purchase such wonderful decoration. For example, some models even may provide your home with green energy. Thanks to it, you’ll save your money and ...
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By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
 To ensure the success of a business, developing and well-established entrepreneurs, alike, will need adequate financing, good working conditions for their employees, and quality business processes that streamline production and product output. While these big-picture business checklist items can dominate an entrepreneurs’ overall business goals, sometimes the small touches and finer details have the power to positively influence how your customer base perceives your business, which can directly affect sales. A perfect example of a little touch that can have a big impact on a start-up is commercial landscaping. This minor detail is often overlooked by higher-ups in the company, as it isn’t directly related to internal business processes. Some business owners may be tempted to cut corner...
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By Joe McCord, Making It Rain On The Regular
(Property Investment Wise)
"Image by Babyhills Thailand via https://www.babyhillsthailand.com/snuz " Waiting for a new baby brings excitement for both new parents and those who have other babies. It goes without question that you ought to be fully prepared before the baby comes to make it easier to care for your baby and to avoid the last-minute rush. Most people see purchasing baby items like baby bed and clothing as the only preparation and forget that the house also needs some arrangements and repairs to accommodate the new baby better. The baby needs a peaceful and calm environment, plus there is also a need to arrange whatever you need for baby care to avoid time-consuming and tiring searches. Below are some of the ways you can prepare your home for a baby. Declutter Early EnoughIt would be better to get the...
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By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate agent
(5homestyle)
Insects are the largest group of organisms on Earth, with more than 1 million category Finder, there are hundreds of thousands or even millions of other items so far undiscovered, as studies suggest the extinction of tens of millions of items of creeping insects and plane before being discovered, insect belongs to o DACE legs, they are everywhere on the planet, and the most important places where are those where the human rubbing with either at home or the surrounding environment, and building on its relationship with man and his environment beneficial insects insects are classified to other harmful and here we'll focus on beneficial insects and n Turns out some beneficial insects.Insects either creeping or plane may drill oil to build homes and might resort to plants and tree branches,...
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By Summer Robertson, Your Gillette, WY Real estate Resource
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
DIY Walking Path in 7 Steps A walking path in a garden or back yard is not only functional but can also be aesthetically pleasing. designing your own rock path is going to be less expensive then hiring someone else to do it for you, with the added joy of using your creative side to build something that will last years! Step 1Dig! Dig the ground out where you will lay the walking path material. Depending on what kind of material you are using for the path depends on how far you should dig. Leave a little more depth, an inch or two, for placing sand to level out the ground.  Step 2Install edging. Use some 1x4’s or repurpose old wood you have laying around to create the framing structure.  Step 3Landscape fabric will help keep weeds out of the path. This saves time and energy later on in y...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
  Check out this sweet but healthy Strawberry Spinach Salad! So many great flavors all in one meal!🏡 FOR MORE ANSWERS TO YOUR REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS, 📞CALL: Anna ChroscickiREMAX Masterpiece772-485-4188anna@annasellsrealestate.com 
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There are a lot of good reasons that will compel you to rebrand your local business. You might need to move to a new location that is in the center of the town, you may think that your business brands now needs a facelift, or even your product or the service you are offering might be outgrowing your website and name. Whatever the reason might be, rebranding is yet the biggest yet highly challenging task that you're ever going to face.If you have a small business, it is a known fact that you do not have access to a lot of money for rebranding and marketing strategy, right? Well, this does not mean that you can't make an impact with thorough research and a well-executed rebrand.Don’t Start Rebranding Without Reading These TipsIf you are considering rebranding your local business, you need...
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The PJB project builders are a group of hardworking and efficient team of Loft conversion in Bolton, working together with outstanding workmanship and possess extreme friendly behaviour. They are widely recommended by all, who have already been privileged by their services, and are popular for their timely innovative and creative work at a very reasonable price. The aim and ethics of the team lie in its customer’s satisfaction and quality work. This company which is a team of the Bolton builders was established in the year 2009 and has been serving its customers with all its will since then. It comprises of all efficient and well-experienced team members to bring up the quality work.Specialty- PJB builders are a group of efficient builders, with their potential can convert an unused and...
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Belonging of a dead person like property and assets in possessions called a deceased estate. While debased estate cleanup service deals to clean out the belongings of departed persons and restore the home.There would be so many tasks and responsibilities to handle when a person died such as finial matters and other affairs that can only be deal with by a close person. Moreover, other affairs like to plan memorial services, etc. but the loss of close one can be so scarring so it can be so emotional and stressful to dispose of the leftover items and clean out departed person’s house.So hiring a deceased estate clean up would be preferable in this stressful and emotional situation. They can give you a simple solution as they deal the decluttering the belongings left behind. They will compl...
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Did you know that the average amount a homeowner will pay for water damage repairs is $2,582? If you suspect that you might be in need of water damage services, you are in the right place. We are going to go over the top signs that you might possibly have a damaged infrastructure in your home. Keep reading to learn how to spot the top symptoms of water damage.1. New OdorIf you are suddenly smelling a strange musky smell in your home, this might be a sign that you have water damage somewhere inside. Musty smells happen when moisture has a chance to sit and grow because any type of moisture is the perfect breeding ground for mold. If there is a lot of water and humidity in the air, it is the perfect growing condition and the smell will linger. If you do not remove the extra water and the ...
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By Micheal John
(Micheal John)
A health drink like Gritzo’s Super Milk can be consumed with milk or water. It can also be added to other beverages such as smoothies or in baked goodies prepared for your child. Health drinks are the perfect beverage with any meal for your child. To make the most of the best health drinks for growth, including two servings through the day is a good idea.
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HVAC systems last longer if regularly maintained.Despite this being a fact, most homeowners neglect the necessary yearly HVAC inspections and maintenance that could potentially help their systems run efficiently and last longer. Most don't realize the best time to replace, and they have to deal with high energy bills, excessive dust, and humidity problems.To avoid these issues, you need to get an HVAC inspection. The best way to go about this is to hire a professional HVAC inspector to perform a maintenance check on your system.Here is an HVAC inspection checklist of what you should expect from them.A Visual Inspection of the HVAC SystemTo begin with, hire a professional HVAC technician from a local company so you can get a thorough inspection.The HVAC inspection should start with a vis...
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American products are no strange or new to anyone. People who have used the garbage disposals in US would know the importance of these standard products. One of the major reasons why people trust American standard garbage disposals for kitchen is that you don’t have to stress much on the quality of the products. In short, these garbage disposals are also known as ASD.Even a typical American Standard grinder has the ability to function with up to 1.25 horsepower motor. The shaft attached spins at 2800 RPM, which is faster than other under sink disposers. This means, ASD can grind soft food scraps and hard bones with little efforts.How does it work?The grind chamber is the one where all your wet food goes through. Most parts are made of stainless steel to give you rust free unit and long-...
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You find that perfect home—beautiful porch, gorgeous kitchen, spacious yard. Except, there's a big problem. Look up. See that old roof? It could indicate that there's already damage underneath, and it could cost a lot of money to replace. So what do you do?You don't have to walk away from the deal. In fact, it could be an effective negotiation tool. Read on to learn more about what to do when considering a home with an outdated lid. Assess The ConditionIf you're buying a resale property, then chances are the roof is not new. Sellers often focus on making improvements that boost the market price of their home, and that doesn't always include the roof if it's not an eyesore. A home inspector can help you determine the age of the roof. If it's 10 years old or so, then there's not much to w...
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As a homeowner, there are certain "guests" you should never allow in your home.You know what we're talking about - pests, especially the kind that can cause structural damage such as carpenter ants and termites. Now, if you suspect that you have a pest problem, the best thing you can do is not to wait. You can either try to solve the problem yourself or you can hire residential pest control services. If you choose the former, you should know that there are strict safety guidelines you have to follow. For this reason, as well as convenience, many homeowners opt to call a pest control company. Here, we'll talk about home pest control services, why they're worth it, plus some things to consider when hiring a pest control provider. Why Hire Residential Pest Control ServicesWhile DIY seems t...
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It's been a long day and all you want to do is get into a hot shower, but once you step in the water is cold! You weren't expecting a water heater problem, but now that you have one, what do you do?There are many common water heater issues that you could be dealing with. Check out this guide to learn about 3 common water heater problems and how to troubleshoot them:1. No Hot WaterIf you've stepped into a cold shower even after heating it for a few minutes, you probably have no hot water. This is one of the most common water heater problems out there. You can also tell that you have no hot water by checking the sinks in your home.If you have a gas-powered water heater, the issue you may be dealing with is a blown-out light. If your pilot light is blown out, you may have a faulty pilot co...
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To have a piece of luxury in your own backyard such as a fibreglass swimming pool is every homeowner's dream. It is no secret that a swimming pool is a fantastic investment but a lot of the time people are unaware of how much cleaning and maintenance is needed to keep your pool sparkling clean. Keeping a pool clean can be challenging, especially if this is your first year of owning a pool, but it doesn't have to be a hassle. Barrier Reef Pools Perth have been transforming homeowners backyards for over 30 years and we are always helping our clients with the best tips of staying on top of your cleaning schedule. Let's take a look at some fantastic information that will save you time, money and help you keep your pool clean all year round. Monitoring the chemical levelsThe two most importa...
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