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 Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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If you're a borrower seeking funds for emergency expenses, you may be dismayed by the rates available on personal loans, which can average 10%–28%. However, if you're also a homeowner who has built up substantial equity, you may be in luck, as a second mortgage offers significantly cheaper rates ...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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For many people across the country, owning a home is part of the American dream. But homeownership is also a major responsibility—including cleaning, maintenance and the financial wherewithal to handle an emergency home repair when the need suddenly springs up. In 2015, a survey found that 25% of...

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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 951-220-8608 Residential Insulation Service for ALL of Riverside County Open 7 Days A+ Rated BBB Accredited Business AAA Rated Business Consumer Alliance Does your home have trouble retaining heat or cool air? Have you checked your attics insulation condition? Proper Insulation reduces energy bi...

By Susan Sechrist, New West Realty, LLC
(New West Realty, LLC)
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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 Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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I'm one of those people who really looks at an item before I'm ready to haul it to the dumps. Just because something is believed to have lost purpose, doesn't mean it is always so!For example, several years ago I came across these old chimney pipes on a piece of land, ready to be discarded.  When...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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Tile is a very popular flooring option in Phoenix, AZ - it keeps the rooms cool, it is easy to maintain, and does not store dust, as carpet does. After designers made tile to look like wood, now I can see it is starting to resemble carpet and area rugs. I liked these ideas.  

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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If you are planning to decorate your home, it may feel like that the options are limited. While there is nothing that you can do to add extra area, there are many ways through which you can make your home look perfect. The key is to start with using the open spaces and think of what you can do to...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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Let’s face it - it can be a scary world.  Your home should be a safe-haven for you and your family.  While safety can never be guaranteed, there are steps you can take to make your home feel secure.  Here are some tips for making your home as safe and secure as possible: Light it up!  While there...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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I've seen it happen at countless houses, and now it's happened to me... my paint is peeling (again).  I have a Minneapolis home that was built in 1939 with redwood siding, and I can't get the paint to stay on.  I've tried almost everything and nothing has worked so far.  The photo below shows wh...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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Sending the kids outside to play is a time-honored tradition for American families. Many people were raised with plenty of time in their yards to get dirty before coming indoors for dinner. If you want to give your kids a safe and fun place to play in your own yard, what should you consider? Here...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Finding a good company for your window replacement project isn’t that easy, it can cost you a lot of time effort to find the right company to work with. But the efforts you make to find the best window company will payoff later on, because reputable companies not just provide an excellent service...

By Cate Griffing, Home Decor Blogger creating beautiful spaces
(West Magnolia Charm)
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Kitchen Renovations are expensive there is no doubt about that. They are also nothing short of expensive. If you are planning on a kitchen renovation, you want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Meaning doing your research and hiring trades that are professional and have a highly rega...
Homeowners who are into DIY projects often get the itch to do outdoor work around this time of year. I can’t blame them — the days are long, the weather is warm, and there are still months to go before your yard is out of commission for the winter. But if you or your client are looking to get sta...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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For a new pool owner, filling up your new pool for the first time, there is nothing more critical than pool chemical start up instructions. It is never just about filling up the pool with water as there are steps to ensure that your pool is clean and that the water is safe and ready for use. It i...
It can be very expensive to have an interior designer take care of your space so why not do it yourself if you’re just looking for subtle changes that can create a luxury hotel look? We’ve compiled some expert tips on how to style and design your home to create a luxury hotel feel. Try some or tr...

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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By Chrissy Boltan, Service professional specializing in Real Estate
(Pro Services)
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Granite is a versatile and durable material with a great curb appeal. Thus, it is quite a popular choice when it comes to the most efficient countertop material. You can walk in any contemporary kitchen and you will see a granite countertop. Besides being aesthetically beautiful and luxurious, th...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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How closely do you follow some of the trends in housing these days? Especially when it comes to luxury housing, there are all sorts of different facets of society to follow. Particularly when it comes to home energy use, this can be a fascinating topic to explore personally or professionally.Nota...

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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Fighting the ever changing weather conditions is a battle that’s very difficult to win. There have always been areas that face constantly changing weather, but what with climate change and other major factors this is now more the case than ever before. That’s why it’s very important that if you d...