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.

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

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By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Some great spring tips from Inna Ivchenko:  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 e...

By Allstate Construction Roofing, Roof Repair, Roof Replacement, Restoration
(Allstate Construction Roofing)
Comments 1
Choosing the right roofer is just as important as using quality materials!Allstate Construction Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor, specializing in everything from new roof installations, roof repairs to total roof replacements. It doesn't matter what type of roofing system we are worki...

By Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni
(StepStone Realty, LLC )
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Fleas?   Dogs and cats both fight them every year. Fleas can be a real problem; not only for the discomfort of your pets but for the nuisance they are. I can't stand them and neither can our dogs or cats.                                                                                            I...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
Comments 15
Here's a quick video that is important for homeowners (and home renters) too.  The folks at the plumbing company Mr. Rooter® want you to know how to shut off your home's water supply.  Be prepared to handle a water emergency by knowing how to use the water shut off valve for household water leaks...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 6
If you’re like many homeowners, there will undoubtedly come a time when you’re ready to upgrade that old paint job or add a half-bath to your game room. Whether you’re staging the house for a potential buyer or simply in need of a change in aesthetics, remodeling and home improvements can seem li...

By Larry Atkins
(State Wide Realty Co.)
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State Wide Realty Says: Let the countdown to Spring Begin!There is only a month until Spring starts and now is the time to get your place ready for the season.Start by deciding what plants, vegetables, etc. you would like to grow this year. Research the best planting time for each and make a char...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Comments 22
by Patricia Feager A lot has changed in the residential kitchens over the many generations of home buyers. For example, a homeowner in the 1950's was lucky to have a stove, refrigerator, sink, linoleum floors, and if there was a pantry, people were very lucky! It was really special if people owne...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 22
As most of you know we recently moved. I've been promising to share some before and after photos of all the work we have been doing on our new home.Today I will start with the kitchen.The kitchen showed well at the open house...not the colors I would choose...but appealing to most potential buyer...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 13
Living the lifestyle of Feng Shui promotes respect for yourself and your surroundings. In this case, we are focusing on your home’s front entrance, also referred to as the ‘mouth of chi.’ An easy Feng Shui Lifestyle habit to adopt when first entering into your home is to take off your shoes. Real...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 6
This one doesn't just make good Feng Shui sense, it's very practical!  And, when you stop over, please wish Laura a very Happy Birthday!!! Living the lifestyle of Feng Shui promotes respect for yourself and your surroundings. In this case, we are focusing on your home’s front entrance, also refer...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
Comments 1
Maybe it's a near impossibility for lightning to strike the same place twice, but most hope lightning never even strikes their home even once. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2007-2011, U.S. local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 f...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
Comments 0
Your next home improvement project could be a money maker for you. If you’re planning to remodel, the improvement and repair projects you choose could increase the resale value and help your home stand out from others without over-improving it compared to your neighborhood.  If you have been plan...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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Watch any of the home renovation or buying/selling shows on HGTV and you will hear people asking for Open Floor Plans.  Even in small houses, people want the feel of spaciousness that an open floor plan provides.  A “great room” with no wall between the kitchen and living space seems to be the mo...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Leanne Potts Size problems. Shade problems. The wind-is-blowing-our-cocktails-over problems. Summertiiiime and the living is supposed to be easy — but not if you live on a hot mess of a patio. Whether it’s dying plants, a view of your neighbor’s garbage cans, or mosquitos that threaten to dra...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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If you're a borrower seeking funds for emergency expenses, you may be dismayed by the rates available on personal loans, which can average 10%–28%. However, if you're also a homeowner who has built up substantial equity, you may be in luck, as a second mortgage offers significantly cheaper rates ...

By Team Mary and Ash, Let Us Get You Moving!
(Allison James Estates and Homes)
Comments 6
Search for homes now!Search for Homes NowHow to Build a Guest House Go to your local building department and see what they require for your area when building a guest home and what restrictions they may have. Note* You may only  be able to build a guest house that is 30% as big as the main home. ...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
Comments 0
Fruits and Nuts Layer grapes and continue spray programs. Thin apples and peaches if too thick. Shrubs Lace bugs may be a problem on azaleas, pyracanthas, dogwoods, cherry laurels and other shrubs. Water as needed. Fertilize now. Keep long shoots from developing by pinching out tips. Take cutting...

By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
Comments 3
Over the years, I've written a number of articles about how to clean and maintain your floors.  Some of these articles are about the best cleaning products to use (and the ones you should avoid).  Some are about the best tools and appliances.  I've also written articles about how to prevent scrat...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 37
There are three key factors you need to consider before you decide to remodel, teardown and/or build from scratch a Single-Family Residence. These three factors are: Time, Money and Desires.Remodel or teardown a house? This question is often asked, by many people, including some novice developers...

By Rono Williams
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The spring season is such a wonderful break, after the long winter we can finally enjoy spending some hours outdoors and the natural breeze. It is also a great time to inspect your home for leaks and any damage that may have happened during winter.Spring comes with so many amazing opportunities, ...