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 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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Sometimes, I can get into trouble on an Agent Visual Inspection if I mention garage door opener. Buyers and their agents have thought that means a remote and they do not understand it is an opener attached to the ceiling of the garage. You have your garage door opener and your garage door remote....

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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While it is rarely given the proper recognition it should have, the shower room is really one of one of the most important spaces in the house. It is of program vital for the needs of life, yet there's a whole lot more to a washroom than simply being an area where you do what you have to do. An a...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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Today's home security article focuses on the entry doors on your house or apartment, particularly the front door. What we talk about here could easily apply to any exterior door into your home and even interior doors, depending upon their importance. Although we will be primarily talking about ho...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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A plain slab of poured concrete for a patio may be common, but it is boring.  However, recently, there has been a newly gained respect for using concrete as a decorating element in floors. counters and other applications.  Landscapers are taking this age-old material and giving it a new look usin...

By Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale
(C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100)
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Kim Anderson (https://activerain.com/profile/kimsellsyourhomefast) shared the Great post about making your Air Conditioning system it's most efficient. Having an annual inspction & system service performed is paramount.Hope it helps! Once the air from your coolant system isn't blowing frigid enou...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Granite Countertop Seam Repair: Chicago & Northshore ILDoes your countertop have cracked or missing material falling our from the seams. This is actually very common. Granite Countertop seam repair is a common and affordable maintenance service in the Chicagoland area. A seam in a granite counter...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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Have you ever thought about making your outside a little more FUN?   Here's a QUICK & EASY way to have FUN to any outdoor setting!  Are you LOOKING FOR THE HOME OF YOUR DREAMS?  Do you have a HOME TO SELL?The Temple Team is ready to help you with all of your Real Estate Needs.  Give us a call any...

By Hilary Erickson, Pulling Curls is a family lifestyle blog
(Pulling Curls)
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One of the most exciting things about getting into your first home is being able to customize it to your heart's content. For many, this means remodeling parts of your home that need some TLC.  However, home projects can take a lot of time and money. So if changing things up too much isn't quite ...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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The Guests are Coming! Create Simple Moments of Peace Having guests during the holidays is exciting and stressful at the same time. Especially if you do not have a large house and you want them to feel at home. Focusing on the bedroom and bathroom they will be using will make them feel zen.  Ever...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Winter is here, and that means you’ll be turning your furnace on before you know it, if you haven’t done so already. It becomes extremely important, therefore, to create a scenario where you are able to make the most out of it.We went around and tried to gather as much information as possible. We...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Have you ever noticed that your tile's grout seems to look darker and dirtier over time?  I'm guessing you've noticed this too. Yes, grout is pretty much made out of sand, and it absorbs everything over time - water, dirty, dirty water when you clean, spills, etc. So what you should you do if you...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Step 1: Slate Floor Cleaning & Stripping This is what happens to natural stone floor, specifically slate, when the flooring is waxed with a carpet covering the floor tiles for a period of time.  Slate floors are a common flooring element in most homes in the Chicagoland area.  Most of the floori...

By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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Originally written by Lise Howe on the East Coast, I thought this article was worth re-blogging because of the reality she sheds on what the TV shows sometimes make look like an easy profitable experience.     She recommends adding 15 - 20% onto your budget for contingencies and I'd add, plan on ...

By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
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Throughout Washington, and the whole westcoast for that matter, we were engulfed with wildfire smoke as fires raged for months and a relentless heat us Pacific Northwesterners can hardly bare at times. The many wildfires produced so much smoke that we lived in a haze, which maybe our new summer n...

By Bob Gorman, Architect
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Everybody loves their backyard. It is a (small) secluded area that enables us to have some privacy and time to ourselves. As opposed to the front yard that is for everyone to see, this piece of land at the back of your home is only yours to be enjoyed. However, in order for us to fully enjoy the ...

By Beth Lester, Home Staging & Interior Decorating
(Beth Lester Designs)
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Before & After of an Occupied Home Staging Torrance, California   Recently a realtor called me to a home he had just listed for a home staging consultation.  The owner (and her mother who was there helping with the packing) were just delightful.  She explained that they had already started the pr...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
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If you are facing the consequences of a flood, then it will be difficult to protect the floors made of hardwood. Unless you know how to dry out hardwood floors after a flood, the flood water can ruin your hardwood floors permanently as it will discolor and warp after absorbing the water. In such ...

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office)
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Your Light is Flickering.  What Could It Be? Aluminum? A flickering light could be any one of a number of things.  The light bulb is burning out, the light fixture is worn out, the light switch or socket has a problem, or there is something wrong with the wiring. Let's stick with the idea of wiri...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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 gutters contractors Shelton ct were especially developed to offer property owners with optimum security against extreme weather. They describe a kind of seamless gutter setup in which seamless gutter materials have less leakage factors and problematic joints. Since these rain gutters are mounted...

By Tracy Gremillion, Because Your Agent Matters.
(Tracy Gremillion Group)
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Nobody likes to think about repairing the sewer line.  However, if you’re faced with this daunting task, check out this information before you undertake the repair.https://blog.homekeepr.com/sewer-line-repair-for-homeowners?sharedby=tracy-gremillion