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 Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Roof is an essential part of a structure or a building. It gives us shelter from the heat, rain or snow or whatever weather it is. It can also give us security from animals itself. Some roofing differs from time to time while some last for 20 to 25 years while other roofing lasts for 20 years. In...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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When you have a pool, considering a pool enclosure is often mainly driven by the desire to keep the bugs out. However, a pool enclosure is like a gift that keeps on giving and it will maintain security and privacy for you and your loved ones. Benefits of a Pool Enclosure It gives more shade to th...

By Cara Palmer, I manage my rental properties in WV
(Cara Palmer Blog)
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 Currently, the average cost of a kitchen remodel costs between $20,000-$50,000, depending on your location. But, if you want to get more bang for your buck you need to do a little DIY. You don’t have to spend a fortune remodeling your kitchen. These kitchen remodel tips are full of ideas for sty...

By Karen Borden
(Legend Realty)
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Ice, Snow and Freeze/ThawWater in general is a trouble-maker for roofs, especially when the temperatures dip below freezing. Significant ice build up in one area of the roof could cause load issues or could damage or stress local components, like roof flashings and tie-ins to roof accessories, sa...

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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Yesterday morning my gaze fell upon the newly refinished kitchen -- before I realized I could not open the dishwasher so the contractor had to come back -- and I noticed how butt ugly the ceiling light is. Well, I knew that all along but figured I could ignore that small voice. Besides, I had sea...

By Kodama Koi Farm, High Quality Japanese Nishikigoi (koi fish)
(Kodama Koi Farm)
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 Koi ponds add tremendous value to a home, both emotionally and financially.   These long-lived, peaceful creatures create a tranquil experience that you and your family will enjoy for a lifetime. For a more in-depth look, we have a longer guide about tips for caring for your koi in winter.  Here...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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The sound  of raindrops on the roofs of homes  have often been associated with soothing and relaxing sounds that make you relax and fall asleep sooner. On the other hand, when Diane starts complaining ’why is there water on the Laundry Room Floor?’ ! Take my word for it, those are not soothing so...

By Chrissy Boltan, Service professional specializing in Real Estate
(Pro Services)
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What are the benefits of metal roofs? Metal roofs are highly appreciated by most homeowners due to the number of benefits they provide. Metal roofs offer an enhanced look and come with fire resistant ability. They are also energy efficient and durable. Their proven performance expectation is arou...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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       Deer Park Stone Restoration  Date: 02-02-19  County: Cook  City: Deer Park, IL 60010  Job Details: Inserrt Barlett Text Here View our Stone Restoration job in Deer Park, IL 60010 We create custom stone repair & restoration solutions per species type and situation. Deer Park Stone Care FAQ...

By Amanda Fontana, Real Estate Professional
(Amanda Fontana Real Estate LLC)
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2018 is nearly halfway over, and this year has brought home design updates worthy of multiple Instagram posts. Buyers and renters alike are paying closer attention to detail than ever, and these designs pack a punch!  Here are the top 5 home decor trends of 2018, and my predictions for how we’ll ...

By Kim Anderson, We'll buy your house fast & give you cash for it.
(Kims Properties)
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Everyone who has a dedicated workspace in their garage realizes the need for some semblance of organization in these areas. Not only does it make it easier to find tools, but good workspace organization allows you to store all your tools properly, thus extending their lifespan. At Space Solutions...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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Once the preserve of a small slice of the progressive left, the environmental revolution is now probably one of the most important movements shaping everything from diet to urban design around the globe. In an era where climate change is considered by many to be the greatest threat the world will...

By Kodama Koi Farm, High Quality Japanese Nishikigoi (koi fish)
(Kodama Koi Farm)
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 I asked a question on here a couple weeks ago about whether realtors saw koi ponds as an added value or not. It got removed because someone who was helping me turned the sincere question into something that felt (and was) salesy and inauthentic, and I would like to apologize for having that be m...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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If you are a person who is really obsessed with keeping every cloth and accessory in place, you can invest your time and money on a custom closet. Even an ordinary closet would cost you the same. But if you use the space of your home with proper designs, your closet can make a huge difference in ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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   Deerfield Stone Restoration  Date: 02-17-19  County: Cook  City: Deerfield, IL 60015  Job Details: Marble counter tops are absolutely gorgeous, lets be honest.  They really do look nice, that is Intel the etch marks, water rings, and spots start driving you nuts. When its time to restore your...

By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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Each month the Sandi Reed Real Estate Group provides a list of essential home repairs.  Maintaining your home well does need overwhelming but does require consistent attention. February’s tasks will primarily involve interior projects. Some of these projects will only take a few minutes but can ...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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Mid-Century Furnitures for 2019! Mid-Century style furnitures for me will always be timeless and classy. The geometric shapes, organic curves and clean lines set it apart from the rest. It never goes out of style. So for this New Year 2019, if you are looking for Mid-Century furniture pieces to a...

By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As an experienced real estate agent and investor, I can’t tell you how many properties I’ve helped stage. But having grown up in a military family, I’ve also moved around a few times myself. And over the years, I’ve helped countless clients get their next dream home, from Southwest Florida to Mo...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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How to Build an Outdoor Fire Pit Lowe's home improvement video shows how you can build a homemade fire pit. Learn the best places to build your fire pit, creating a brick fire pit ring and how to start a fire when you are complete. Get the marshmallows ready!Then browse more Outdoor videos too.  ...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
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Want to freshen up your kitchen cabinets, but you don’t want to spend a fortune on brand new cabinets that fit into your living space perfectly, simply update your existing cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. This is where professional cabinet painters in Toronto  will come in handy.Step One: Sh...