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 Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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Water is and has always been the most crucial part of life. Humans can stay healthy only if they are adequately hydrated. That's why it is always necessary to have a supply of clean drinking water available.Although it is difficult to imagine a place without clean water to drink, there are unfort...

By Abby Stiller, Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637
(REMAX Realty Group)
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Approx. Lot Size:80x137x80x137 0.25 (Acres)10,890 (sq.ft)This Lot is centrally located at 3309 40th St SW Lehigh Acres, FL 33976Right off Road 82 with conveniently access to Fort Myers, I-75 and Airport.  Don’t miss out on this one!️ Call today for more information: 239-284-8637Abby Stiller - Rea...

By Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes
(Winslow Homes)
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How Should I Nail Lap Siding (HardiePlank siding)? This is a common question that I hear a LOT.  A LOT.  And it's still debated among siding professional to some degree.  Mostly that debate centers around maintenance, and the expectations of what the homeowner will and won't do.     JamesHardie r...

By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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We update everything else in our homes. But, how about your house numbers?Houzz; realtor.com; iStock Per Kelsey Mulvey of Realtor.com on August 8, 2019: When considering the look of your home's exterior, your landscaping and paint color probably are first to come to mind. But there's another desi...

By Lareina Gould, Residential Architect
(H & Z IT SOlutions)
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Doors:-Doors are an important factor in some buildings. Today there are many types of doors and windows available in markets. Each of these doors has unique features. They utilize many sophisticated technologies. They have that entire gamut, one requires. Their types include Sliding, Bi-folding, ...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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This major do-it-yourself project requires careful preparation and execution and a fair amount of time to protect your valuable floor. Here’s a summary:  Type of wood floor: DIY refinishing of solid 3/4-inch hardwood is OK, but don’t attempt DIY refinishing of layered engineered wood—leave this t...

By Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ
(Realty ONE Group)
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Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.Whatever your...

By Jennifer Stone, Favorite Four Letter Word: SOLD
(Big Show Realty)
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A clean and hygienic bathroom is always the most essential thing when it comes to healthy living. Nobody wants to end up in an untidy bathroom with stains and dirt all over the counters, taps, faucets and shower glasses. Dirt, grease and grime in the bathroom can give birth to lots of bacteria an...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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It's an easy post - a picture of a bottlebrush tree taken while touring homes for sale in Kula Maui.  We see so many beautifully landscaped yards and I can't help but notice and take pictures.  The upcountry climate favors more temperate species, unlike the hot and steamy north shore, or the arid...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Sometimes, patios are included in a home's plan, and they are built along with the rest of the building. Other times, homeowners decide to add them as an extra feature of their home. There are several reasons why people choose to do this, and they range from wanting some extra space to increasing...

By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
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There are many reasons why concrete is one of the most popular materials for driveways. When it’s installed with the proper base and reinforcement, it has the endurance and strength to bear the load of heavy vehicles. It’s also relatively economical to use. Eventually, like any substance, a concr...

By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
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I stop by Second Chance in Baltimore once a month or so, and I always look forward to it. For one, I support their mission "to provide people, materials and the environment with a second  chance", and I also love to hunt for treasures. I don't always score but that's half the fun.. browse, envisi...

By Veronica Bettencourt, Rental Property Owner & Online Educator
(Veronica Bettencourt)
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I've been a a little obsessed with organization and finding systems and processes to get organized and make life easier.  In this article, I'm sharing 10 tips you can implement for getting organized at home and in life and you can choose to use all of these tips or choose a few of these to implem...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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Many times when I am in a client's home I notice a few things about the dining room. One of those things is the height that their light fixture is hung above the table. Most of the time it is too high.  In the photo to the right I feel the light is too high but it also is too large for the table....

By Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes, Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT
(Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn)
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12 Home Design Improvement ideas you should consider when building your new home.  These simple gems will return huge dividends and may increase your home's value There is SO much to consider when building a home.  Whether you are building your primary residence or a vacation home, these tips may...

By Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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On a hot day when weather is predicted to hit 100 degrees in Silicon Valley, a homeowner's mind turns to energy costs. How to stay "cool enough" without greatly increasing electricity costs comes to mind. We installed solar panels this year which has cut our energy costs to nearly zero (~$25/mo a...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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Buying a home is an essential component of the American dream - one that is entirely achievable by taking the right steps. However, when it comes to the home buying process, one of the biggest concerns that future home buyers have is whether or not they have the right credit score to be able to p...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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702-329-4480 Las Vegas Kitchen Exhaust Hood Cleaning Services for Las Vegas and Henderson NVA+ Rated BBB Accredited BusinessAAA Rated Consumer Business AllianceOpen 7 DaysOustanding customer service and reasonable prices alwaysLicensed and InsuredCertified and Trained Technicians in compliance wi...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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If you keep your air conditioner well-maintained, you can save a ton of energy and thousands of dollars. However, you must act smartly to make sure that the ways you follow can help you increase the life expectancy of your air conditioner. It would save you from the trouble of buying a new air co...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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Spring cleaning is the buzzword every March, but what about summer cleaning? By now the kids are out of school and there are probably winter coats and extra clutter lying around. The days are longer and the sun is brighter, so why not get organized this summer?Purge Paper ClutterAre there kids’ d...