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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Organizing furniture is no less than art: it's a standout amongst the most vital parts about inside structure. This shouldn't imply that you must be a star to do it well. With only a small idea and ability to try, you can do great all alone, and have some good times en route.  A standout amongst ...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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If you’re into working out, or would like to start exercising more regularly, having a home gym can be a major timesaver - completely avoiding the need to drag yourself to a commercial gym, and wasting time and money on the commute to get there. It can also make it considerably easier to commit t...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/remodeling-looking-upgrade-your-home-nows-chris-b-johnson ¿Desea actualizar su casa actual? ¡Ahora es el momento de mudarse a la casa más grande! En todas las áreas del país, las casas que tienen un precio en el 25 % superior del rango de precio para esa área se con...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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Many people prefer to move in the summer. Besides the favorable weather, the kids are at school and the home buying season is at its peak. However, moving in the summer has its own set of challenges. You need to consider a few logistical issues and take note of some summer moving tips to ensure y...

By Marc Afzal, Real Estate Investment properties
(Sell Quick California, LLC)
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Historic homes have many benefits not only for the property owners but also for the community. The preservation process involves a few steps, each of which must be handled with care and determination. Always identify what needs to be done, including cleaning, repairing, and replacing different it...

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 Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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A common question I get about older homes is whether two-prong outlets can safely be changed over to three-prong outlets.  Most home buyers today don't want to be stuck with two-prong outlets throughout the house.  Two-prong outlets can always be changed to three-prong, and this can be accomplish...

By Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality
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"'Im thinking of turning my downstairs into a second unit. How would that affect my re-sale value?"In California today Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are gaining in popularity both in cities like San Francisco and in suburban towns up and down the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley. There's no deb...

By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...

By Victoria Palmer, Home Staging & Redesign
(Victoria Staging & ReDesign)
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Victoria Staging & ReDesign is Humbled and Proud to receive Best of Houzz 2018, second year in a row. Thank you to all our clients that we had the pleasure to work with to create Distinctive Interiors that Impact! Special thanks to Angela Lottridge, she keeps me Inspired!  Houzz Victoria Staging ...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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Getting your house foreclosed can be pretty devastating especially if you have invested a lot in it already. But due to some situations, some things in life must go. And one of the most common things people let go is their very own house. It is hard. That’s totally understandable. But life must g...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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We all can't stand the fact that insects are vexing creatures. Be it a mosquito, bees, hornets, wasps, houseflies or whatever kind of insect the fact that they either sting or perch or make noises insects can make life uncomfortable both indoors and outdoor. Although they have a lot of benefits l...

By Peter Hoang, Peter Hoang - founder at RENTAPARTMENT agency
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Rent apartment, housing business brings financial profit is not small for individual investors. Many young entrepreneurs have followed the direction of successful investment in opening companies and businesses with high efficiency and increasing profits from 50% - 100%. So what secrets do they ha...

By John Anello, Stamford Area Electrician, Call Safe and Sound Electric at 203-536-0021
(Safe and Sound Electric LLC)
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Tamper Resitant Outlets    There are many types of specialty electrical outlets, but tamper resistant receptacles are becoming more and more popular. Now you’ve all seen these things before:It’s a little piece of plastic that goes into a receptacle so children cannot put anything in there. We are...

By Lennar Corporation
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In addition to the circuit breakers in the breaker box, your Lennar home has ground fault circuit interrupters, also known as GFCI or GFI outlets. These outlets are intended to provide extra safety in your home by working to prevent accidental electrocutions, burns, and electric shock injuries. F...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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If you have decided to renovate your home, it might be a difficult task which you need to carry out by taking necessary safety precautions. Whether you decide to do it your own or get an electrician hired, you need to understand the importance of being safe from electrical hazards.Here are 6 elec...

By Eric J, Dream Home Financing
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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Lighting Can Increase The Value Of Your Homeclick to read full articleWhy Lighting is Important?Lighting changes the look and feel of your home. It creates an vibe that is hard to describe but it signals "buy" or "no thanks" to potential buyers of your home.What is Color Temperature and What Does...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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So you desire to buy a garage door and also be a specialist your very first time out. Here are a few ideas to help the process of locating the ideal door for your home.Some people break the process of trying to find a garage door right into very easy regards to looking for something to load a lar...

By Chrissy Boltan, Service professional specializing in Real Estate
(Pro Services)
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The construction industry is an extremely risky place for any person. There are numerous safety dangers due to the nature of work in these sites. Accidents and injuries are the common order of the day here as compared to other sectors. While other injuries are more severe than others, there are s...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I'm super excited about this...and I almost forgot about the phone interview I did with Elizabeth Mayhew from the Washington Post. Several weeks ago when I checked my contact forms I had a request from Elizabeth Mayhew.  I recognized the name instanteously.  Why?  Because I used to watch her ever...