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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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Whether you have a small space or a wide yard for your garden, these ideas will surely be a hit for you to try. These smart garden concepts can be easy or overwhelming to accomplish but it’s all worth it :) #1 A Garden Shaped AestheticallyTransform your garden into your preferred shape and make i...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Pensacola 32514 and Florida News: Garages and great kitchens less important than good schools 78% of buyers are willing to give up high-desire home features to be in a good school district, according to a new survey from realtor.com. Read more.   Call or Text Charles Stallions Now 850-476-4494 fo...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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In this Part 3 video, I'm going to show how to skim coat a wall after drywall repairs with many diy drywall tips and skim coating tricks! Once the drywall repairs were dry was time for me to skim coat the walls.In case you missed the first video where I had to repair all the black mirror glue tha...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The sink is clogged and you have company coming for dinner! Of course.The plunger isn’t working and you definitely don’t have a drain snake (and who does?). Don’t panic, here are some DIYs to unclog your sink without a plunger or snake.What's in it for you? Working sinks Decreased pressure on you...

By Mike Sackman, Realtor, Broker ABR, CRS. All around good guy!
(HomesFinder Realty Group)
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Temperatures in Beaufort County during the summer can get quite warm. As such, if you live in Beaufort County or are thinking of buying a home here, you'll no doubt want a home with air conditioning. Of course, the beautiful beaches of Beaufort are the perfect places to cool off. But you still no...

By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate
(Alliance Real Estate - Minot)
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With the temps in Minot at record highs for the past few days I wanted to share a simple easy tip to get the most out of your older window AC unit.If the inner workings of your window AC unit get to hot the compressor inside of it will shut down and not blow cold air (the fan however will continu...

By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
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"Your home is a living space, not a storage space". That quote jumped out at me while reading the book Soulful Simplicity recently. The beginning of the year is traditionally the time we take stock. Stock of ourselves, our health, our budgets, our homes. But it can happen at any point in your lif...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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...For the Fall and Winter months! I know it's still Summer, which makes it the most opportune time to prepare your home for the upcoming seasons. Besides fixing all those outside things Summer is a great time to receive an Energy Assessment. Many in Massachusetts can receive the energy assessmen...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
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203k allows you to be creativeHere are a few of our projects to show you some creative ideas   I just love watching as these "sometimes forgotten" homes fulfill someone else's dreams,.         Here is another one that the listing just sits there. There seems to be no marketing taking place on thi...

By Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
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When it comes to home security, there is no one-size fits all solution and evaluating all of the variables and options offered by the different companies can be at best confusing. Do you want video monitoring and professional installation?   Is it important you control your system with a cell pho...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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Porch ceilings along America's East Coast - Especially in the Southeast are almost always painted a light or pastel blue.  It doesn't matter what the color of the rest of the house is.  What was once done as a superstition to keep the ghosts and spirits away has now become just a normal way of "p...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Thinking about livening up the botanical part of your house? Gardening is a good hobby especially if you’re a nature lover. Guests are also usually impressed if one has a well-tended patio or backyard which highly adds to an overall house’s appeal. If you’re not sure where to start, go ahead and ...

By Tom Evans, Real Estate Counselor and Investor
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After several years of owning a home, you may find it necessary to change your windows. Genuinely, window replacements are not cheap. In addition to paying for the replacements, you have to consider the installation charges unless you are doing the replacement yourself. You should treat the insta...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
(hunts)
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 Lots of people find it difficult to maintain a clean and tidy office. With lots of individuals operating in the office everyday, and several feet walking in and out of the office complex, dust can accumulate rather swiftly. It is very important to maintain the office clean and tidy for a variety...

By Ashley Carpenter, Home Renovation, DIY, and Decor Blog
(Joyfully Growing Blog, LLC)
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DIY DISTRESSED WOOD BEAM MANTELA distressed wood beam mantel can add the perfect amount of character and charm to a fireplace that needs some updating.  With a little bit of creativity and some DIY elbow grease, you can take a new wood beam, and give it the look of an old reclaimed barn wood beam...

By Sharlene Hensrud, Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.
(RE/MAX Results - HomesMSP.com)
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When we had to call for service on our refrigerator for the second time in as many weeks and were told it would cost more than $1,200 to try fix it we decided it was time to get a new one. Our first thought was ‘it’s not that old’, then realized it was 19 years old… how time flies!That got me thi...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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A living room is one of the most important rooms when making an impression to your guests. It’s the receiving area, and they will most likely spend their entire stay there. Having a welcoming room not only speaks volumes about your hospitality, but is also a good way of showcasing your inner desi...

By Jason Lipman, Inspecting to a Higher Standard
(Dream Big Home Inspections)
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I often come across things during home inspections that are costing the homeowners money without them realizing it. Most of them are very small things that can easily be changed. My wife and I made many of these changes years ago and our electric bill went down significantly.  1. Turn Down Your W...

By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
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As families become more health-conscious and think more about the food they consume, family farms are on the comeback, regardless of the size. Whether driven to grow produce on their own to make sure their vegetables are pesticide-free, out of a passion for gardening or as a cottage industry for ...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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In today's Part 1 video I'm going to show you how to repair drywall after removing a wall mirror. But first I'll need to scrape and chisel off the black mirror glue blobs that held up these floor to ceiling wall mirrors.Video Link: https://youtu.be/m8AEkkiByzsNext, it was time to fix all of the t...