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 Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
 Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions: visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188 #annachroscicki #realtor #realestate #REMAX #Portsaintlucie #homebuying #MASTERPIECE #HOMESELLING  #hometips
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Ingenious space-saving interior design, such as modern shelving, is all the rage right now, but we've compiled a list of space-saving ideas that won't require you to build or renovate your home!   Why not try something different instead of the usual yearly planner to get that sense of organization? With our space-saving ideas for you, you can break free from conventional notions of what it means to be organized. We promise to keep this lengthy list as creative and innovative as possible. Continue reading to begin your organizing journey! Multifunctional desk organizer Desk organizer for pens? Desk folder organizer? Put them all together, and you have a multifunct...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Ingenious space-saving interior design, such as modern shelving, is all the rage right now, but we've compiled a list of space-saving ideas that won't require you to build or renovate your home! Why not try something different instead of the usual yearly planner to get that sense of organization? With our space-saving ideas for you, you can break free from conventional notions of what it means to be organized. We promise to keep this lengthy list as creative and innovative as possible. Continue reading to begin your organizing journey! Multifunctional desk organizerDesk organizer for pens? Desk folder organizer? Put them all together, and you have a multifunctional desk organizer! Say goodbye to cluttered desks that make it difficult to focus on work or school.2. S-shaped hanger Should ...
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By Tina Parker, Managing Associate Broker
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Smart home devices give homeowners a lot of control over the way that their homes function, allowing things like lighting control, home security, and even home automation to be as simple as interacting with an app or using voice controls. Depending on the devices used, you can save money and gain greater peace of mind while also having a bit of fun with your home. One thing that isn’t fun, though, is all the work that is sometimes required to set everything up and get it all working together on the same network.The problem is that there are a number of different manufacturers of smart devices, and until recently, they have largely created their own ecosystems. Sure, they all work with Alexa or Google Home, but in order to set them up you have to use the manufacturer’s preferred app and ...
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
Music schools are becoming more important as we work to create a creative and better future.  Unfortunately, when you buy a school, there's no guarantee that it'll be ready for the students you want to teach. Before you welcome any classes onto the grounds, these are some of the best tips to help you along your renovation!  A music school should be as inspiring as the students who attend it.1. Soundproof Your RoomsSoundproofing is one of the most important parts of creating a music school.  This doesn't just mean getting some doors that can seal tightly, although that does help.  You must look for the best materials for sound absorption. Start from the top down, and create rooms that are made to keep any noise from escaping.  This will range from noise-absorbing paneling on walls and hi...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Gardens are ideal places to relax in nature, making landscape design crucial. Flower beds are not only a low-cost way to improve the aesthetics of your neighborhood, but it also gives you something to be proud of. We'll go over some great plans for flower beds that you can use to design a beautiful garden. The spring season is the perfect time to use these flower garden ideas in your yard. Garden design ideas abound, from planter concepts to flower bed concepts.Here you will find a wide variety of outdoor living space design ideas, including those for your porch, patio, deck, backyard, and front yard. No matter the size of your space, there is no shortage of creative possibilities when it comes to interior design.  Vintage Piano Flower BedWhat one person discards, another may find inval...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
The new law offers significant savings to homeowners who opt for solar roof panels within the next 10 years – but also expensive problems if an old roof needs replaced soon. Don’t Install Solar Panels on Older Roofs By Ron Hurtibise FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – More and more Florida homeowners are thinking about installing rooftop solar systems. Why? “Number one, the Inflation Reduction Act [signed by President Biden last month] increased the federal tax credit from 26% to 30% for 10 years,” says Court Weisleder, founder and president of Go Solar Power, a Boca Raton-based solar installer now operating in eight states. “Two, you can get 1.49% financing for 25 years. And three, utility rates are through the roof.” Those are enticing considerations. But here’s something equally important to th...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Melissa Thompson for your original blog.   When you think of fall decor, your mind may immediately go to pumpkins, cozy blankets, earth tones, and scented pinecones. But what if there was another uber-practical, charming decor option that was equally suitable for the autumn season? This year, it might be time to invest in a machine-washable rug that’s sure to last for years and withstand everything your household can throw its way. These rugs also offer significant advantages over your more traditional vintage option without sacrificing style. Longer-Lasting Machine-washable rugs are designed for life. They take spills and celebrations in stride, never losing their style and durability. While traditional rugs come with a laundry list of cleaning procedures, machine-washable ru...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
When you think of fall decor, your mind may immediately go to pumpkins, cozy blankets, earth tones, and scented pinecones. But what if there was another uber-practical, charming decor option that was equally suitable for the autumn season? This year, it might be time to invest in a machine-washable rug that’s sure to last for years and withstand everything your household can throw its way. These rugs also offer significant advantages over your more traditional vintage option without sacrificing style.Longer-LastingMachine-washable rugs are designed for life. They take spills and celebrations in stride, never losing their style and durability. While traditional rugs come with a laundry list of cleaning procedures, machine-washable rugs go from dirty and worn to fresh and new in a single ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Curb appeal! Curb appeal! Curb appeal! But does your fence deserve curb appeal too? Some may say, it depends. Does your backyard fence back up to a sidewalk? Roadway? Alley? Is your sanctuary within the perimeters of your backyard?PerimetersDictionary definition: The continuous line forming the boundary of a closed geometric figure. ResponsibilityWhen it comes to whether or not your fence needs a Fall make-over, it depends on the weather, and who makes the rules:  Homeowner, Landlord, city, town, subdivision, or HOA (Home Owner's Association) concerning regulations and/or ordinances. ConcernsAs a resident for a property, does the fence provide privacy? Safety? Is the fence high enough? Can someone get hurt by climbing your fence? Is your fence intruder proof? Does your fence keep pets a...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
This year 2022, the modern design of curtains and blinds depends on the room's style, type, and peculiarities. The preferences of the owners are important too. Curtains and blinds play a vital part in any interior. They can gracefully match the design ideas and perform both an aesthetic and functional aim.Changing the inside home or apartment is also an approach to improve the house's mood and eliminate distressing ideas. Changing curtains and blinds is a cheaper way to upgrade your home instead of purchasing expensive new furniture.In choosing the best for your home, we listed the top five modern curtains and blinds you need to try this 2022:  MinimalismThere's beauty in simplicity in all aspects of life, particularly design. This minimalist style is timeless, and the goal of it is not...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Pat Champion has some great suggestions to update Kitchens! 5 TIPS FOR AN EASY KITCHEN UPDATE Making a few small changes can make enjoy your kitchen again and it doesn't have to break the bank. Here are 5 tips to consider: 1.  Add a backsplash 2.  Buy a new appliance 3.  Consider new flooring 4.  Put in new lighting 5.  Repaint the cabinets I love real estate there is no greater feeling than seeing my customer's happy!!! Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling information I'd be happy to assist.    Remember if you have any questions about First Time Home Buyers Programs or any Real Estate matter I'm just a phone call or email away. I'm waiting to hear from you!   Pat ChampionJohn Robert's Realty352-516-7020email:patwchampion@yahoo...
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By Tina Parker, Managing Associate Broker
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Having a mouse in the house can be a real pain. The little thing runs around, gets into everything, and generally causes chaos. And that’s just one little mouse. What happens when you have a much larger animal, or a nest of animals, in a harder-to-control area like a chimney?Unfortunately, unwanted animals in chimneys are a pretty common problem for homeowners, especially if the chimney isn’t used often. Some are difficult to evict because they’re very dug in once you notice them, others because there are specific laws about how and when they can be removed.What Kinds of Animals Enter Chimneys?When it comes to chimneys, there are a whole host of creatures that might come inside. Generally, you’re going to encounter animals that aren’t terribly afraid of people and that are either very g...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Having a home window replacement is a big decision. Not only is it a significant investment, but it will also change the look of your home. If you’re considering having a home window replacement, there are a few things you should take into account before making your final decision. In this blog post, we will explore some things you should consider before purchasing a home window replacement from Texas Window replacement company. From energy efficiency to style and more, we will cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision about your home windows.Why replace your windows?There are many reasons to replace your windows, but energy efficiency is the most common. New windows can help reduce your energy bills by keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Th...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Maintain the value of your kitchen and home by repairing kitchen counters that have a history of wine spills, dropped pans, and unidentified sharp objects. Some counter mistakes are easily hidden, but only professional contractors can solve other surface issues. Here are some counter-cures and lost causes. Granite Even granite countertops are subject to kitchen wear and tear. However, with a little time and know-how, you can make them shine. Don't forget to reseal them after you've repaired them.   Cracks, chips, and scratches in granite can be filled by layering epoxy resin colored to match the stone. Clean the area with acetone first, which dissolves grease. Ma...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Maintain the value of your kitchen and home by repairing kitchen counters that have a history of wine spills, dropped pans, and unidentified sharp objects. Some counter mistakes are easily hidden, but only professional contractors can solve other surface issues. Here are some counter-cures and lost causes. GraniteEven granite countertops are subject to kitchen wear and tear. However, with a little time and know-how, you can make them shine. Don't forget to reseal them after you've repaired them. Cracks, chips, and scratches in granite can be filled by layering epoxy resin colored to match the stone. Clean the area with acetone first, which dissolves grease. Make sure to leave a window open for ventilation. Stains: The type of stain (wine, ink, oil, or bleach) determines the type of poul...
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
As the seasons change, maybe you're thinking of making changes to your home?  Change doesn't have to be expensive.  Sometimes, it's all about making better choices.  Consider that making changes in your home can also mean taking better care of yourself!  These are 10 (of many) Healthy Green Tips for Your Home:    Eliminate chemicals in your home.  Cleaning products oftentimes contain harmful chemicals.  Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaning products alone or together!   Baking soda has no harmful chemicals and vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant. Both provide better indoor air quality versus other chemicals that linger on surfaces.   Clear drain lines to eliminate odors in your home by finding the source of the issue first.  Dishwasher lines and drains are a common source of odo...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Trellising 101: Climb, Plant, Climb!Growing a garden is the ultimate act of faith. After all, you never know if your plants will thrive or if they will cease to be long before reaching their full potential. Hopefully, with diligent care, and a little luck, your plants will grow big, strong, and glorious. When it comes to growing climbing plants (often referred to as “vines,” “climbers,” or “lianas”), two of the most important parts of their success are having the right kinds of things to climb and the right help to get started on their way up. What Is a Climbing Plant? The term “climbing plant” is kind of a giant catch-all term that includes a range of plants with long, flexible stems, and some mechanism that allows them to reach great heights in their native environments. However, some...
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By Victoria Henderson, Washington DC Real Estate
(HomeBuyer Brokerage)
Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote well-being and health. Katrina Piehler is a certified health and wellness coach, licensed massage therapist, and essential oils, educator. She was a guest on Listen Up Home Buyers! Information about what to look for when choosing essential oils and what makes doTERRA one of the best choices::55 what is aromatherapy1:23 home should be our sanctuary1:48 powerful natural well-being tool we intentional use to create a supportive environment2:10 using aromatic compounds from plants-roots, fruit rinds3:05 protective elements of the plant and different plants produce different essential oils3:37 Victoria talks about walking past jasmine and how it made her feel4:10 in the fall cooking up orange rinds, clov...
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By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
Why is lightning so dangerous to your home?Lightning can cause a lot of damage to your home if it hits it in just the right spot. Some of the dangers of lightning include: Electricity Shock: If you are in direct contact with electricity when lightning strikes, you can be shocked. This can cause serious injury or even death. Fire: A lightning strike can start a fire in your home. This is especially dangerous if there is a flammable material in the home, like wood or paper. Damage to Equipment: Electrical equipment in your home can be damaged by a lightning strike. This can prevent you from using appliances or even connecting to the power grid. Damage to Trees and Plants: A lightning strike can kill trees and plants in your yard.  How can you prevent damage to your home during a lightning...
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