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.


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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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Now that summer is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare your home for the hottest season of the year. From pool parties and outdoor barbecues to summer play dates and entertaining guests, there are plenty of ways to revamp your home this summer. Thinking about ke...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 1
You may have questions about real estate and making your home sell and not sure whom to ask? What things do not help your home sell and have "got to go!". You could ask me as your personal REALTOR® or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start wi...

By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
Comments 0
A study by  Houselogic revealed which home renovations yield the best returns on investment (ROI), as follows:   

By Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent
(Solid Source Realty GA)
Comments 1
Last summer was hot. This summer may be hotter. Make sure your Georgia home is ready to beat the heat with these quick pro tips.Summers in Georgia are long and beautiful -- for the most part. But those days when temperatures soar to their highest can be brutally humid and uncomfortable. That's wh...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 9
From a Feng Shui perspective, the flooring represents one of the main foundations of your home. Choosing a floor design that is continuous through out your home is a common suggestion as this represents strong supportive energy [chi’]. When each room has different flooring, the energetic foundati...

By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
Comments 4

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 4
I am happy to share I was interviewed by Realtor.com in regard to providing insight into the world of Feng Shui. Throughout the article you will also read great tips from fellow Feng Shui Experts on what to avoid when Feng Shui-ing your home. Enjoy and happy Feng Shui-ing!To read the full article...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 25
Most everywhere you go in California, you will see communities with fences running between homes. Usually they are 6' cedar or redwood, which provide a bit of illusion and some reality of privacy. However, when the fence begins to age, and the winds come, the fence can come down.  Sometimes there...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
Comments 3
2016 was the hottest year on record and it looks like 2017 will top that. Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your clients are prepared to look for possible weather issues in the home that may affect their home’s sale or their purchase of a new home.  Here are some tips from Pillar To Pos...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
Comments 0
Congratulations you are officially a homeowner. Yes! Finally! No more paying ‘rent’. Paint the walls any color you wish. You can start remodeling. After all, you are the owner. But before you start ripping down walls and cutting electrical wires, let’s go over a few costly mistakes to avoid liste...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 14
Finding a Contractor You Can TrustAs a full-time Bristow, VA Real Estate Agent, I get plenty of referrals requests for general contractors.  When I come across good ones, they are often overloaded with work and don't return calls.  That's frustrating.  In my community, there are plenty of contrac...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 3
 Sam Shueh                                                        Realty One Group                                                         Silicon Valley, CA Experts estimate only 30% of American households use garage for automobile storage. Most Americans are hoarders.  In the East Coast most ho...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
Comments 6
Ways to Keep Homes Energy Efficient Here are some ways to make your home more efficient: Clean your air conditioning unit. Blocked or dirty air filters and coils can reduce your system’s ability to push and pull air through vents, so make sure to wash or replace filters. Also remove debris from a...

By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 106
Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Comments 29
Why Get an Energy Audit During a Home Purchase?   During the process of buying a home, a home inspection is typically performed.  A home inspection is designed to uncover defects, or things that might not be working correctly.  A home inspection is not designed to show the efficiency or life expe...

By Melissa Jackson, REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers
(United Country Real Estate FW)
Comments 3
5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS THIS SUMMER  Have a green thumb?  Spring has came and gone.  It’s not too late to add some color to your home this summer.  Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and may also improve your home’s air quality.  Although it does t...

By Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
( (408) 425-1601)
Comments 4
                                                                               Sam Shueh                                                        Realty One Group                                                        Silicon Valley, CA Many of use work from home at one time or other. Paper is a me...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
Comments 2
You may have questions about real estate and making your home sell and not sure whom to ask? Some one suggested 3-D Wall Art to add pizzaz to a boring wall of your home. You could ask me as your personal REALTOR® or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You pre...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 1
How to Water Your Lawn Efficiently The summer heat is on!  Here in the Dallas area, and many parts of Texas, there are water restrictions in place and require compliance when watering one's lawn.  Lowe's Home 101 experts, Joel and Courtney, share tips on how to water your lawn effectively. Learn ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 2
Here's a quick video that is important for homeowners (and home renters) too.  The folks at the plumbing company Mr. Rooter® want you to know how to shut off your home's water supply.  Be prepared to handle a water emergency by knowing how to use the water shut off valve for household water leaks...