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 Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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Two years ago I wrote about an amazing product I had found.... a glass cleaning cloth, called Holy Moly.This week I got a phone call from the owner of Holy Moly, Mike Powers.He had seen my post and read all the comments and was so pleased that he is sending me 10 Holy Moly cloths!The power of blo...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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Jerry Seinfeld:  "Have you ever noticed if a guy is out in his driveway, working on something with tools, how all the other men in the neighborhood are magnetically drawn to this activity?" Too true.  That's totally me.  You can see this bit here - men love work. My neighbor across the street was...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 14
Do you ever get annoyed with how long it takes to get hot water at your kitchen sink?  I do did, up until last weekend.  It used to take a full 45 seconds with the hot water turned on full blast before I would actually get hot water my kitchen faucet.   With my kitchen faucet rated at 2.2 gallons...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Addison IL Terrazzo Polishing ContractorsDo you live in Addison IL  60101 and have a Terrazzo floor? Granite Heroes Can Help! We provide Addison, IL with expert terrazzo cleaning, polishing & crack repair services.Terrazzo comes in a variety of different colors and finishes. Granite Heroes specia...
Kitchen renovations are notoriously difficult to deal with, but sometimes a complete kitchen remodel is necessary. A toddler at home makes a kitchen renovation even more challenging, but careful planning and preparation can make the process more manageable. These tips for surviving a kitchen reno...
Negative space is often viewed as the absence of design or structural elements by many, but is it really? Is negative space a design element in itself? Whether it may be in architecture, art, or interior decorating, the use of negative space has its merits. Resist to fill every nook and cranny an...

By Mark Parsons, Realtor Serving Denver and the Mountains
(The K Company Realty)
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With temperatures plunging in the dead of winter, plumbing that is poorly insulated or exposed to the elements, may freeze and even rupture. As a homeowner in a cold climate, there are some preventative steps you can take to help protect your pipes, and your home. If a pipe freezes and breaks, th...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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If you’re building a new home, make sure your foundation is sound. Consider going with concrete, analyzing your soil, and testing your materials. Check out this infographic for more detailed information.
There are many inexpensive tricks to achieve a high-end look for your home but not all of them are interior-designer endorsed. In this write-up, we’ll be focusing on design strategies that designers love to use to give homes an extra level of plushness without breaking the bank.Go for HardwoodAlt...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Construction design trends are ever changing to meet the demands of the population. Home buyers and commercial property owners are becoming more aware each year of their impact on the environment around them. Not only do they want the inside of their buildings to be energy efficient, they want th...

By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
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 Winter is not Coming, It's here and it's Mad Old Man Winter is here and he's here with a vengeance. It's Furnace Time! Winter was pretty rough in Bourbonnais, Illinois last year and it's even worse this year. There are a few things that are worse than a furnace acting up in the middle of the wi...

By Jennifer Stone, Favorite Four Letter Word: SOLD
(Big Show Realty)
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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 guid...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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  Searching for a power effective way to bring more light into your home? Think about the advantages of including a dome designed skylight.  Dome skylights are one-of-a-kind because the rounded shape assists draw in light from several angles, unlike typical flat skylights. The skylights are offer...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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  Back then, glazed glass rooflights in a room could make the area it covers listed below very cold throughout the winter months. When these overhead attributes were sealed improperly, the cool winds as well as draughts would go through as well as produce unwanted winter ventilation. Due to the ...

By Ashley Carpenter, Home Renovation, DIY, and Decor Blog
(Joyfully Growing Blog, LLC)
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KITCHEN REMODEL IN PARK MODEL TRAILERJoyfully Growing Blog is back with another kitchen remodel! This time around, we chose to remodel a park model trailer. With some careful planning, and lots of hard work, this kitchen turned out amazing! If you're interested in  learning more, check out the fu...

By Legal Info
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Did you know that in the United States alone slip and fall rates have increased by 30% from 2006 to 2016 for older adults? According to the CDC, over 800,000 older adults a year find themselves seriously injured and in the emergency room, and 1 out of 5 falls cause broken bones. The good news is ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On January 25, 2019, Jane Chertoff published a very helpful report on Realtor.com about the fallowing list of  selecting exterior home colors trends.1. Sea blues,2. All black,3. Taupe,4. Spanish moss,5. Natural with a bold front door,Perhaps, there are more list of exterior home colors trends we ...

By Jessica Wilkie, Broker Associate
(Keller Williams Integrity Real Estate)
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Finding a contractor in a high-growth city like Denver can be the opposite of easy. Many of them have jobs booked well in advance, so it’s essential to do your research and start gathering bids as early as possible. Knowing what’s in store will help you go in with a plan. Here are some things to ...

By Danny Margagliano, Danny "Wheels"
(30a Local Properties)
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Painting the interior of your home can make a differenceWhen moving into a new home most new buyers want to add their own personal touch. This can be done most easily by hiring someone for interior home painting. The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are hiring the right compa...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Home modifications may add to the value of a home, or these modifications may make it difficult to sell a home. If someone in the home has limited mobility, these home modifications can make their lives much easier.But when you go to sell the home, it may push potential buyers away.A few points t...