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.

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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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A bathroom is an essential part of any home, but one that is often overlooked. Updating this space or adding a new bathroom is one of the best ways to add value to your home. Your goal is to make your bathroom both functional and stylish. A bathroom remodel or addition is one way to improve the s...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On March 15, 2019, Terri Williams published a very helpful report on Realtor.com about the fallowing list of expensive home repair tips to avoid.1. Foundation restoration/foundation wall repair,2. Replacing a furnace or central AC system,3. Repairing water-damaged walls and ceilings,4. Replacing ...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Patios are a fantastic way to create more living space which is perfect for relaxing with a drink, firing up the grill for casual dinners with the family, or entertaining friends in larger groups than you could if hosting indoors. Plus, if you invest in a good quality patio cover you don’t have t...
Unless you reside in Death Valley, the winter of 2018-2019 will likely live on as one of the harshest in recent memory. Frigid temperatures and winter winds equal soaring heating costs. While no one can control the weather — Punxsutawney Phil, how we shake our fists at thee! — people can control ...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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At first glance, a garage door looks like one solid piece, but it's actually made up of many moving parts and mechanisms. Different parts may need different greasing compounds and not all of them will require regular lubrication. So why do you need to lubricate your garage door and how often shou...
It’s ALMOST spring cleaning time! It is certainly that time of the year when dusting away some winter blues is in order. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of where and how to start. Fret not, we’ve compiled some spring cleaning tips to make your seasonal transition a lot easier. The trick is in...

By Hilary Erickson, Pulling Curls is a family lifestyle blog
(Pulling Curls)
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Clean floors are an important part of a clean household. Dirty floors can be hard to walk on, sticky -- and they can make the rest of your house dirtier if you don't take the proper care of them.Today I want to share four things to do to make sure you're doing regular maintenance & cleaning on yo...

By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,Jumbo,VA Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
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For many Americans, their home is their primary investment. The equity stored in your residence can be a source of available cash for home repairs, upgrades, or for financing the purchase of investment properties. However, few homeowners really understand the process that results in home equity.W...
Cyber criminals used to be something that only businesses had to worry about. Aside from the occasional email from a Nigerian Prince offering untold riches, home users never had to worry. Now, it’s all changing.Credit: @lelia_milaya via Twenty20 HomeAt home, you have devices everywhere. With cell...

By Deep Grover
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When making plans for how your home should look, your blinds automatically rolling up to reveal the new dawn is pretty much the height of futuristic living and there are still smarter features to come as smart blinds are just gaining momentum in the home improvement industry. So if you have decid...

By Ron Saporito, Palm Desert, CA Real Estate & Mortgage Broker Since 2003, Call (760)574-8486. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com
(Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs.)
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 How To Spring Clean Your Home's Exterior Spring is coming and what better way to take advantage of more hours of sunlight and warmer temperatures than to spruce up your home? Usher in a new season of the year with dedicated tasks to make your home’s exterior look like brand new. Read on for some...

By Donald Payne, What's your Vision..
(Vision Realty)
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Most consumers don't realize that the Ohio Fair Plan is available to them to assist consumers who have trouble obtaining coverage from a standard insurance company. Of course, it has guidelines that applicants must follow but it is an alternative to help consumers when standard insurance companie...
Music, graphics and love for the environment are packaged in one fun game called The Junkyard. In this game, your goal is to put a piece of trash into the right bin by eliminating all the other junk in between. It may sound easy but once you reach level 5 and up, things will start heating up. To ...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Did you know that there are actually multiple different types of siding you can have installed on your house? Some, like traditional horizontally installed styles are commonplace, seen on just about every house you pass by. Others, like Board and Batten siding, aren’t as well known despite a rece...

By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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We recently decided to update our kitchen, specifically to replace the 30 year old cabinets and counters with new ones. As can be seen by the photo, both were definitely outdated and in danger of falling apart. (Seriously, the laminate was peeling off in places and the cabinets were separating!) ...

By Bob Gorman, Architect
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If your goal is to increase the value of your real estate and attract more potential buyers, you should really consider investing some time and money into redecorating your kitchen. This space is now more popular than ever because people like to gather around there, while hosts are preparing the ...

By Rono Williams
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The spring season is such a wonderful break, after the long winter we can finally enjoy spending some hours outdoors and the natural breeze. It is also a great time to inspect your home for leaks and any damage that may have happened during winter.Spring comes with so many amazing opportunities, ...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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Do you prefer to D-I-Y? Or Hire a Professional?  As a first time home buyer, you might tell yourself, "Wow, I just bought my first home! And it needs a lot of work!" Have you thought of renovating the house yourself? Or do you find yourself looking for the right person to do the job? DIY Projects...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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A flat roof can be great while having a few problems at the same time. It is important for you to take care of its needs and requirements to ensure its stability and functionality. The more attention you put into its repair and maintenance, the more suitable it would turn out to be for your home....

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
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Our new book is out. Hope you enjoy it. This written as a borrowers guide to the 203k but the information is something every real estate professional should have at their disposal. It dispels the myths and show you how you can close loans so much faster using the team approach. You should be a te...