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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.


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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida, my driveway construction started Friday and as of Tuesday evening it’s done for the most part.  I heard from so many of you the past four days with questions and having interest in the project.  I have my contractor coming Wednesday to discuss the project and will interview him and it looks like I have a paver guy to add to my guy list.  I have been very impress with his crew, the materials they used and now the finished product turned out.  Wednesday I will find out what all he does as far as landscaping and I think they call it hardscapes meaning stones, pavers etc.  If you have any questions for the contractor put it in the comment section or message me and I’ll ask him.  I hope sharing this s...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a leading roofing company based in Towson, Maryland, is offering homeowners valuable tips to guide them in choosing a reliable roofer for their roofing projects. As the go-to experts in the industry, Towson Roofing Pros highlights the importance of thorough research, clear cost estimates, and thoughtful consideration of factors when choosing a roofing expert.In a market flooded with options, the process begins with thorough research. Recommendations from friends, family, or neighbors who have recently completed roofing projects offer valuable insights. Online reviews and testimonials further aid in gauging a company's reliability and work quality. Additionally, verifying a roofer's credentials, including licenses and insurance, ensures adherence to industry standard...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD - Towson Roofing Pros, a residential and commercial roofing contractor based in Towson, MD, proudly announces the expansion of its bitumen roof repair services across Baltimore County. Bitumen roofing is a great option for the region's changing weather because it's flexible, durable, and can withstand cold winters and hot summers. This expansion is designed to provide Baltimore County property owners with a dependable roofing solution that can withstand various weather conditions, and it comes with a simple installation process.Bitumen, a durable and weather-resistant material, protects roofs from the harmful effects of sunlight, rain, and temperature fluctuations. The lifespan of a bitumen roof typically ranges from 15 to 20 years, depending on factors like installation qual...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD — Towson Roofing Pros, a top roofing company in Towson and the greater Baltimore area, is highlighting the important factors influencing roof replacement costs. For homeowners considering a roof replacement, understanding these factors is important for making informed choices that balance affordability with long-term durability.When considering a roof replacement, the choice of roofing material significantly influences both upfront and long-term costs. Julius Mills, owner of Towson Roofing Pros, emphasizes, "Choosing the right roofing material is a critical decision. While materials like asphalt shingles may seem budget-friendly initially, factors such as durability and lifespan need to be considered for a cost-effective investment in the long run."Common materials like aspha...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD – Towson Roofing Pros, a leading roofing contractor serving Baltimore and neighboring areas, proudly shares their expertise in providing expert roof flashing installations in Maryland. Flashing, placed near joints and intersections on a roof, serves as a protective barrier, keeping water out of susceptible areas. Towson Roofing Pros is dedicated to accuracy and long-lasting results, making sure homeowners protect their investment with dependable and expert roof flashing installation services.The spokesperson of Towson Roofing Pros highlights the importance of correct flashing installation in a statement, "At Towson Roofing Pros, we understand the importance of expert roof flashing installations in preserving the integrity of a home. Our skilled professionals are dedicated to ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
Embarking on an interior design journey in the vibrant city of Los Angeles is an exhilarating experience, filled with boundless creativity and endless possibilities. As purveyors of style and functionality, interior designers in Los Angeles are tasked with creating spaces that not only reflect the unique personalities of their clients but also capture the essence of this vibrant city. Here’s how to find the right interior designer for your project, and what clients can expect when partnering with an interior designer in Los Angeles.CollaborationFirst and foremost, collaboration lies at the heart of the interior design process. When you engage with a design firm like JAC Interiors in Los Angeles, you're embarking on a collaborative journey where your vision, preferences, and lifestyle ar...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a roofing company based in Towson, MD, is pleased to announce the launch of a new roof restoration service. The company recently introduced the use of high-performance coating systems, a revolutionary approach with the potential to extend the life of any roof, offer significant savings and increase the energy efficiency of any home.Additionally, the new high-performance coating offers a number of environmental benefits when compared to traditional roof replacement. With their new, state-of-the-art roof coatings, Towson Roofing Pros is looking to offer local home and business owners a better way to repair old roofs and keep them in great condition for years to come.“Roof coatings are a smart investment for homeowners,” the company says. “They act as a shield, safegua...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD – Towson Roofing Pros, a leading Baltimore roofing services provider, is helping Maryland homeowners learn how to choose the right gutter materials for different climates. The importance of selecting the proper gutter materials cannot be emphasized in a climate that is marked by humid summers, cold winters, and frequent heavy rainfall and snowfall. Towson Roofing Pros highlights the importance of gutters in protecting homes from weather damage and preventing issues like foundation damage, mold growth, and structural problems.Maryland's climate significantly affects home exteriors, especially gutters, requiring residents to have gutters that can withstand both extreme heat and freezing temperatures while efficiently handling rainfall. Choosing long-lasting and weather-resistan...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD - McHenry Roofing, a full-service Baltimore roofing contractor, is pleased to announce their professional downspout repair services, addressing the critical need for timely maintenance to safeguard residential and commercial properties. With over 27 years of extensive experience in the roofing industry, McHenry Roofing has earned a reputation for excellence in providing various roofing solutions in Baltimore and the surrounding areas.Homeowners often encounter visible signs indicating downspout damage, such as cracks, rust, misalignment, or detachment. These issues compromise the functionality of downspouts, hindering efficient rainwater diversion. Homeowners should pay attention to these common signs of damage to quickly address any issues. These issues, if left unattende...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD — McHenry Roofing, a leading residential and commercial roofing contractor in Baltimore, is pleased to announce their commitment to providing expert advice on soffit and fascia replacement. In roofing systems, the soffit and fascia components are essential not only for functional reasons but also to maintain the aesthetic appeal and longevity of the roof.The soffit, positioned beneath the roof's overhang, facilitates essential ventilation in the attic, preventing moisture buildup and promoting a healthy roof environment. Simultaneously, fascia, the vertical board along the roof's edge, supports the roof's lower edge and protects the interior from weather elements. Together, they form a protective barrier against potential damage, ensuring the longevity of the roof structur...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD – McHenry Roofing, a leading Baltimore roofing company with over 27 years of experience, is taking the initiative to educate property owners about the factors influencing the choice between flat and pitched roofs. The company recognizes the importance of this decision and strives to provide clients with valuable insights into durability, installation, insulation, cost, and maintenance, ensuring they make well-informed choices for their roofing needs.As the spokesperson for McHenry Roofing states, "At McHenry Roofing, we believe that informed decisions lead to lasting satisfaction. Our commitment is to guide property owners through the complexities of choosing between flat and pitched roofs, providing them with the knowledge they need to make the right choice for their spec...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida and I discussed painted and paver driveways.  Many of you commented or reached out to me about more information as I started our new driveway journey.  The project has started and we are on day five, if you missed the past articles scroll back to find them.Day five things slowed down as the custom cuts and piecing the last pavers in place.  The walkway from the driveway to the paver patio on the side of the house is complete and wanted to share a few things I have learned.  The pavers we used compared to the pavers I see used a few years ago are more like bricks as you can see by the pictures.  Also, I have included a diagram of how my pavers have been installed, some companies cut corners in that...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Whether you are a homeowner looking to make the most of your space, or a home-seller wanting to show your home in its best light, employ tips to maximize your area.There are numerous visual techniques you can employ to create the illusion of a more spacious environment. Smart placement of furniture, optimal lighting, and directing attention upward are some simple ways to enhance the space you have.Here are some tips:1.    Hang window curtains high to help elongate the walls visually.2.    Choose light-colored bedding and a painting palette to enhance brightness.3.    Opt for a tall headboard to add vertical emphasis.4.    Select sconces instead of end tables with table lamps.5.    Utilize long or oversized rugs to elongate the floor space.6.    Choose furniture with legs to create a sen...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
 10 Must-Have Items to Make Your Home Look More Expensive  Creating an expensive-looking home doesn't always require a hefty price tag. Obviously the room pictured above is in a very luxurious expensive home.  But, with the right selection of decor pieces and a styling plan in place, you can transform your own, more modest, space into a more luxurious looking home without breaking the bank.Whether you're aiming to impress guests or simply want to elevate your own living experience, here are ten key items that will instantly make your home look expensive: Statement LightingInvest in a stunning chandelier or sleek pendant lights to add drama and sophistication to any room. Opt for fixtures with unique designs or high-quality materials like crystal or brushed brass for an upscale look. Are...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Your home's master bathroom serves as more than simply a practical area—it's a private haven where peace and relaxation are prioritized. Having a wonderful bathroom to retreat to, whether you need to take a long, dark bubble bath after a long day or just want to spend some time away from the kids, may have a big impact on your life. However, not everyone in the past placed the same value on comfort and relaxation as we do now. This could imply that your current bathroom is functional but has to be renovated to become the luxurious master bathroom of your dreams.This is where Salem, Oregon's 3Rs Construction & Remodeling's skilled craftsmanship is useful. With our deep appreciation for both style and utility, 3Rs is an expert at turning average bathrooms into remarkable private havens. E...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida and I discussed painted and paver driveways.  Many of you commented or reached out to me about more information as I started our new driveway journey.  The project has started and we are on day four.Day one was demo day and by afternoon they were hauling in the base and spreading it and started compacting and leveling the driveway.  Day two is more leveling and compacting and starting to actually lay the pavers.  Day three things are really coming together, the borders separating the Herringbone and the Basket Weave, remember I turned the contractor loose for design. This crew is amazing and how fast and carefully they place each paver.  Let’s see what day four brings as the driveway and walk are ...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida and I discussed painted and paver driveways.  Many of you commented or reached out to me about more information as I started our new driveway journey.  The project has started and we are on day two.Day one was demo day and by afternoon they were hauling in the base and spreading it and started compacting and leveling the driveway.  Day two is more leveling and compacting and starting to actually lay the pavers.  When I met with the contractor I told him you know what you are doing so design a beautiful driveway.  He lit up and smiled and said this is the type of project he loves.  Sometimes customers tell them designs even drawings we decided to let his creative mind work.  I learned the differenc...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Back on January 22nd I shared an article about driveway envy here in The Villages, Florida and I discussed painted and paver driveways.  Many of you commented or reached out to me about more information as I started our new driveway journey.  The project has started and we are on day one.Se are going with a paver driveway for several reasons, first is the appearance as we are going from the corner of the home to the paver patio on the other side of our home.  I see so many concrete driveways crack or after years the painted one’s fade.  Repainting is an option but you must you care on who you hire as I have seen some terrible repainting jobs.  There are draw backs to pavers but after interviewing three companies and asking about common paver driveway problems I feel we made the right de...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Mastering ModernCurating a Sleek & Chic Aesthetic for Your HomeOver the years, I have had the pleasure of decorating many homes with a modern aesthetic.  I'm happy to share some of my tips for curating a modern look for your own home. In today's fast-paced world, the modern aesthetic offers a perfect blend of sophistication, minimalism, and functionality. Whether you're starting from scratch or looking to refresh your space, these decorating tips will help you achieve a sleek and chic modern vibe that's both timeless and on-trend. Clean Lines and SimplicityEmbrace clean lines and simplicity as the foundation of your modern look. Opt for furniture and decor pieces with sleek, streamlined designs that exude elegance and sophistication.Avoid clutter and choose pieces with minimalist silhou...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips for tackling weekend projects and getting organized! Breaking down tasks into manageable steps can make a big difference. And for those looking to buy a home, the resources for understanding mortgages are invaluable. Thanks for sharing!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Weekend Warrior Projects is a weekly Thursday post to help you get started on the Honey Do List for the upcoming week. There is always something happening for the weekend, RIGHT?  Did you ever notice that your self-improvement pacts with yourself are action-oriented? Walk 10,000 steps a day. Fix that leaky faucet. Register for VolunteerMatch. But "get organized"? It's a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place...
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