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 The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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  Are you shopping for the HOME OF YOUR DREAMS?  Do you have a HOME TO SELL?  Whether you are Buying a New Home or Listing your current Home for Sale ... The Temple Team is able to help you with all of your Real Estate Needs! Give us a call at 704-235-3000 and check out our website at www.TheTemp...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Do you know that feeling when you read an article online about a topic where you're an expert, but the author of the article isn't?  And, it is so obvious that they have no clue about what they are writing? Well that just happened to me yesterday.  I decided to do an in depth article on how to wh...

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 will provide you with a list to keep you on track with those essential home repairs. We want to remind you that maintaining your home does not have to be overwhelming, but it does require some consistent attention.This month we begin preparation for the...

By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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Ultimate Home Theater RoomsIt's movie time! This video slide show takes you through a large number of home theater rooms with handy fabulous custom touches. Here you can glean ideas for your own theater including layout, seating options, screen options, stages and more.  Anything you can dream of...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how bea...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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 Here are a few Easy and Fun "Fall Decorating" Ideas for your home ...Are you looking for the HOME OF YOUR DREAMS? Do you need to sell your current home?  The Temple Team can help you with all of your Real Estate needs.  Give us a call at 704-235-3000 and visit our website at www.TheTempleTeam.com.

By Tom Evans, Real Estate Counselor and Investor
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Coping up during home renovation can be challenging and stressful—even if you are not doing it yourself. From the mess of having your furniture moved, having your water and power turned off, to dust from demolition and the convenience of having part of your home ripped apart, there are many reaso...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA
(Barcode Properties)
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The minimalist and green movements share some common themes, like the value associated with consuming fewer resources.But getting to less can be a challenge for some of us. We like our ''staff'' and it is hard to let things ,we do not use and do not need anymore, go.... As Realtors, we've seen it...

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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One of the really nice features about the newer Apple Watches is you can walk away from a cellphone and you can still get phone calls on your Apple Watch. That means when I do gardening work, which is rare, I don't have to stick my cellphone in my pocket where it can fall out or, worse, get sat u...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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I do not recommend a full remodel if you are going to sell but some fix-up might be in order. Should I do a kitchen remodel before I sell my home? When you call me to get your home sold, you may have questions about getting it ready. Sometimes, my clients ask whether they should do a kitchen remo...

By Kasey & John Boles, Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com)
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Greetings, from your friends at Anthem Inspections! Topic of the day:Ductwork  Some ductwork manufactured up to the mid-nineties era of construction was deemed defective due to being prone to deterioration from radiant heat exposure. This primarily affected the outer plastic sleeve. While the duc...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Homeowners should be careful with the upgrades they do.  Especially if they are doing this with a re-sale in mind:  Doing Comps I was helping an agent prepare a CMA and do some adjustments on a house that was totally upgraded. It was located in an average neighborhood but the owner had over-impro...
A huge bathroom is a luxury that almost everyone wants to have, unfortunately, not everyone can have a big house with big bathrooms to enjoy. If you’re living in a condominium or have an amazing home that has small bathrooms, you’ll love the design tips shared below.Go for A Floating VanityCounte...

By Paul Weir
(Re/Max Performance)
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Looking for the perfect book as a gift for the organic gardener or farmer in your life?? When was the last time you had a hard time putting a good gardening book down? A book that helps you see your soil and your plantings with a whole new set of eyes? A book that you can say actually completes a...

By Evelina Tsigelnitskaya, www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931
(SIB Realty)
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18101 Collins Avenue Sunny Isles BeachPrivate elevator opens up to this beautiful 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath on the ocean with glass windows and floor to ceiling offers spectacular views from every room. Gourmet kitchen, spacious closets and flow through floor plan. Some of the luxury features and ameni...

By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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When we think about home maintenance we often think of big upgrade projects like the kitchen, bathroom and new windows. However, these are some often simple and basic maintenance items to keep your home in good shape and avoiding larger issues down the road.                                      S...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
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HELPFUL TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING FREEZING WEATHER! • Keep your home heated to a minimum of 65 degrees to keep the inside walls from freezing. • Know where your main water shutoff is located within your home in case a pipe would burst due to freezing.  • Turn on Hot AND Cold faucets to a "slow dr...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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In case you haven't noticed, whitewashed flooring has been making a comeback.  It certainly isn't for everyone, but this time around it's been reinvented. Gone are the shiny finishes.  Now, it's all about matte finishes and softer more subtle looks. A more natural look is preferable. Anyway, high...

By D.J. Hite
(D.J. Hite Real Estate)
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The Best Home Remodeling Projects The Denver Post 2 Sundays ago had a great story titled, "Colorado homeowners can get the biggest bang for their home-improvement buck with these projects." According to HomeAdvisor the average homeowner spent $6,649 in home improvements from March 2017 to March 2...