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 Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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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 YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Whether you're selling a home in Uptown Charlotte, Mint Hill, South Park, or Ballantyne, you need to prepare it for the market.  And that means you need to look for simple ways to spruce it up before your Charlotte Realtor(R) lists it on the MLS. 3 Easy Upgrades That Could Increase Your Home's Va...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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The Emerald Ash Bore is a beautiful green beetle that eats the foliage of ash trees. The larvae of the Emerald Ash Borer, however, eats the inner bark of the ash trees which can kill the trees. Therefore, they are considered pests.Emerald Ash Borers are also not native to the United States but ra...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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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 Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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An outdoor office, a quiet place to read, a cozy setting to enjoy another's company or for meditation. Creating relaxing outdoor spaces help increase the value, current enjoyment & interest of your home!This is the first in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of...

By Karen Sackett, BizEBee Virtual Assistants
(BizEBee Virtual Assistants LLC)
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  If you are like most people, keeping your house in order, along with papers and clothes, is not an easy task. The other day my sister called me and said “This book I am reading is changing my life!”  She was so excited about it that I just had to see for myself. So what book was it?  The book s...

By PROFESSIONAL REFERRALS Asheville NC Real Estate, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779
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 Creating a Feathered Nest of a Lifetime?  With luck, you will be old some day. Are you planning a place to live in comfort and style? Plenty of light and ease of navigation  may be on the table for discussion- (see photo) -but there's more to consider, and (P.S.) you don't have to be OLD to live...

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 Tom and Bev Herring, Tulsa Oklahoma Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker - Rader Group)
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Summer Lawn Care Tips for the Tulsa HomeHello to all of you Tulsa home owners out there working hard in the yard! Yard work is tedious and very time consuming. Some people enjoy it and find it therapeutic while others dread it. Regardless of how much you do or don’t like yard work, having a yard ...

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 Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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As a Green Realtor® I am always reminding everyone how easy it is togo Green with recycling, remodeling using Green products in flooring,paint and more.  What is one of the easiest ways to save money andenergy?  By installing and using a clothesline!  Although someHomeowner's Associations, partic...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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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...
You’ve probably heard it said that the foundation is the most important part of your home. It is the support and layout for the rest of the building process, so the last thing you want to do is have a foundation that isn’t all it should be. A bad foundation can impact a house for the lifetime of ...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management: Fla. gives property insurers a higher rate hike than requestedThe state says it approves financially sound insurance rate hike requests, and its approval may be "more or less than what a company requests." For two Fla. insurers, the state deemed t...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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These gigantic flowers really make a statement - spider lilies stand out!  These tropical flowers bloom in the spring/summer season here in Hawaii.A white spider lily flower in Haiku MauiWhite is the most common color, but they also come in a purplish red shade which is called the Queen Emma spid...

By What Not To Renovate - Milan B., We provide tips & trends on home renos & designs
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Finishing a basement is a decision that most owners struggle with.  Here are some popular ways finished basments are used: playroom, movie room, family room, bar, wine cellar, library, office, craft room, laundry or guest room. We've included some favorite basement design ideas and images below. ...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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With a little organization you can reclaim valuable space that is being wasted in your home.  You won't believe how much space you can create by simply getting rid of stuff you no longer need, and designating a place for everything else." A place for everything, and everything in it's place."Whet...

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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Irvine Air Duct Cleaning 714-783-6103A+ Rated BBB Accredited Business Irvine, CAFacts to Consider on cleaning your home or office air duct system Irvine, CAhttp://www.irvineairductcleaning.supremeairductservice.com RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL AIR DUCT CLEANING SPECIALISTS Irvine , CA Stop Breathing ...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
Comments 0
951-220-8608 Banning Air Duct Cleaning, Beaumont CA air duct cleaningAnyone that lives in a rural area such as many areas in the inland empire, should have their air ducts cleaned on a regular basis.Many of these homes are built in areas that are undeveloped and surrounded by open land or desert ...
How cool will your house be this summer in Tampa FL when the spring and summer sun comes?Just like your car, truck or boat, your air conditioner at home needs a regular tune-up. Assuming you don’t know much about air conditioners, we wanted to share some quick tips and facts:Your home’s air condi...