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 Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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Look for High Quality PaintAs in everything .... paint is no exception,  quality matters!   Ideally, the paint should have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs.Look Online for InspirationLook at sites like Pinterest and Houzz for lots of ideas and inspiration!Use Paint Samples Buy small...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
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Love Thy neighbor!Help Thy Neighbor!Thanks Myrl Jeffcoat for the great advice on how we can do that.The House Next Door has a "For Sale" Sign - What You Should Consider! The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be go...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Carmichael Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Carmichael, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation  The ...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 72
The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors?  There can be a small amount of anxiety surrounding these questions.  However, there are things you can do to improve your chances of getting a quality new ...

By Makeda Phillander, For an exceptional real estate experience
(guerilla/realty)
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Phina’s for the home - Linen and Gift BoutiqueJust before my last trip to Amsterdam and London, a good friend introduced me to Carla who is the owner of Phina’s for the Home - Linens and Gift Boutique. You must meet Carla. She is so warm and inviting and her shop is such a treasure! So many excit...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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How To Create a Smart Home on a BudgetIf you’re tech savvy and want your home for sale in Waxhaw to be as well, it’s easier than you think! You may assume it’s extremely expensive to add convenience, but if you have a smart phone, you’re already halfway there! Read this article to learn how to cr...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultationIf you'r...

By Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota!
(J Wood Realty)
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Whether you are preparing to sell your home or just improve it for your own enjoyment, use caution when hiring a contractor.  Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured and always ask for references.  If possible, especially on major repairs and renovations, call a couple of the people who ...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA
(Barcode Properties)
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1.   Color. If you’re freshening up the paint anywhere in your house or paint it outside. My friend just painted her house in bright pink. She loves it and it is the happiest looking house on her street. Reminds me Italy...:) 2.   In-demand home features. Take a look at the latest American Instit...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize this. Originally posted in full here:  What's the best vacuum for hardwood floors?  (Please note that ther...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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If you plan on putting your Weston home on the market, you may want to redecorate the living room. It can be as simple as changing the lighting. Different lampshades can create a different atmosphere as they diffuse soft light with a hint of color about the room. If you find your living room a li...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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It is....a post about doors! And no it's  not a construction post, ha. I recently was on vacation and one of the places we visited was Carmel-By-The-Sea, California. I fell in love with it!! And one of the main reasons was because of the doors. OH MY GOSH!     I seriously could not stop looking a...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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When the time comes to paint the kitchen cabinets in your Palm Beach Gardens home for sale, you really should know exactly what you are doing. For starters, consider the size of your kitchen when picking colors. With lighter shades of color, it can give your kitchen a bigger atmosphere. Darker sh...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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 We All Have Our Favorite Smart Phone Apps, but what if your smart phone could control your home? That is exactly what a local Los Gatos company has set out to do. cyberManor was founded in 1999 by company president Gordon van Zuiden, and has since lead the innovation in upgrading homes to run on...

By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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Last week I met with a soon to be home seller who had just spent $44,000.00 on solar panels. The average sales price for homes like his is approximately $250,000.00. When the sales representative came to terms with Mr. Seller he informed him that his "investment" would bring substantial value to ...

By Steve Bracero, First Time Homebuyer and Investor Specialist
(Heisler and Mattson)
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Going green can be beneficial for the environment as well as you monthly living expenses! With a few changes, your home can consume less energy and help your wallet. You don’t have to make major changes such as solar panels but you can start with energy efficient appliances or insulated building ...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Range hood venting - FHA 203k loan or any other installation as well. I keep seeing more and more flexible duct being used as range hood vent ducting. THAT IS A BIG NO NO.As a former manufacturer of flexible duct and knowing the installation instructions it is clear that the contractors using thi...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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Hello, Friday afternoon! For the next 48 hours, you’re the master of your own time, the ruler of your own domain, the king of your castle. But for some of us, that castle could use a little work before it can be considered truly weekend-worthy. Thankfully, plenty of home upgrades offer high retur...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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When it comes to residential concrete, there are many ways concrete can be used to maintain and improve your home. Edmonton concrete companies can install new concrete for your home’s driveway, pathways, patio and garage pad. It is also used for your home’s foundation and as pilings for your deck...

By Lauren Williams, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
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Tips for Staying Organized with Kids  This advice is probably universal among my colleagues and I. I was just glad to contribute to this GoodCall blog. I'm reprinting it here with permission. I'm even more glad I got permission when I did - four days in Ocean Shores, WA on a bit of vacation is gr...