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 Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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If insuring your home is taking a bigger bite out of your wallet each year, here are some ways to ease the pain.* Increase the deductible from $500 to $1,000 for a 20 percent premium deduction.* Combining auto and home policies could save you up to $300 a year.According to Money magazine, if your...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Many people expect to hear slamming doors, crackling candles, or maybe even howling sounds from ghosts during the month of October as Halloween quickly approaches. In just a couple of weeks, you may even have many kids constantly ringing your door bell. So how do you differentiate the silly holid...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
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Sometimes the thought of renovating a home seems much easier than moving. But whether you’re undertaking a major restoration or a minor remodeling, what begins as a dream endeavor can quickly devolve into a nightmare.Surprises may be lurking behind the walls and beneath the floorboards. Often, th...

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 Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation Here’...

By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
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One of the biggest decorating and/or home staging mistakes that homeowners, and many real estate agents, make is placing a mirror above the fireplace.It generally seems like a good idea, but in most cases it's not the best choice. A friend of mine, Michelle, moved into a new home recently. She sh...

By Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service
(Keller Williams Integrity First)
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FISHY SMELL THAT ISN'T FISHSome people refer to this as urine or burning rubber smell. This could be something electrical in the home overheating and melting plastic. This can lead to fire.The most likely culpit is an appliance. Such as a dishwasher or AC, or even a wash machine. AMMONIA SMELLThi...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Use These 5 Guidelines to Choose the Direction to Run Your Wood Flooring Wood flooring can be a great addition to any home. Unlike many other types of flooring, wood can be effective in every room in your house, from bathrooms and bedrooms to living rooms and kitchens. But once you have picked ou...
Designing an amazing kitchen starts with planning your kitchen in a way that fits both of your aesthetics and lifestyle. It’s about incorporating design and function to create a kitchen that adds quality to your life. Why so? Because the kitchen remains one of the most important rooms in the hous...

By Brad Miller
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The closet is the usually most difficult to organize and keep organized part of the home. Having piles of stacked shoes, clothes on the floor, and disorganized overburdened clothing rods are often common sights. How can you achieve your dream closet then and be free of such afflictions? We’ve com...
Fall is nearly in full swing! If you haven’t already, now is the time make your porch more fall-friendly by switching things up. Just because the cold months are approaching does not mean that you should stop enjoying your porch. Below are our 8 tips to give your summer porch a fall makeover!Brin...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Whose Tree Is This? Most of a large tree hangs over my yard, but the trunk is in the neighbor's yard. Who owns the tree? The neighbor owns the tree. So long as the tree trunk is wholly in the neighbor's yard, it belongs to the neighbor. When the tree trunk is divided by the property lines of two ...

By Ron Trzcinski
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre)
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The Roofer Couldn't Walk The Roof The house was inspected and the inspector noted a few issues with the roof, such as nail heads showing, curled shingles, and vent pipe boots which could stand to be replaced. The shingles which were 25 year shingles only had about 11 years on them, so it seemed t...

By Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616, Top 1.09% Of 147,000 KW Agents Worldwide!
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
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Got A Pest Problem At Home? Moxie Got Your Back... Plus A 50% Off Special!Are you getting frustrated finding spiders, insects and other pests at your home? Then contact Moxie for the safest, most effective pest control possible!Moxie’s #1 goal is making you feel at home in your home again by reac...

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 consultation A great...

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  Here...

By Eric J, Flannel Guy DIY
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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One of the most common problems homeowners with gas furnaces run into is when the furnace turns on but then immediately shuts off. This is due to a dirty or faulty flame sensor. If the sensor cannot detect a flame, it results in the shut down of the furnace to prevent gas leaks.  Sound complicate...

By the johns family team, inc., Your Johnson County Residential Specialist
(the johns family team, inc.)
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FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS Fall is a popular and ideal time for home maintenance. It can also be daunting for many homeowners to think about seasonal projects that help keep up their property values. But many things can be done without having to hire someone to do it. Here are some...

By The Berns Team
(The Berns Team)
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The Berns Team Part 1: Staging a HomeWhy We Stage Our Homes  For some, staging may not seem extremely important. However, The Berns Team believes that staging a home is a very important part of selling a home! We understand that listing a home is a very personal process. We also know that selling...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Your cell phone can make your life easier. Here are a few Smart home products you can control from your phone.iDobbi Wireless Mini Smart Plug Outlet - Simply plug this into any outlet and it converts that outlet into a Smart outlet - able to be controlled by your Smart phone. Use it for lights so...

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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Stop Breathing Dirty Contaminated Air Today!Supreme Air Duct Service IncA+ Rated BBB Accredited  BusinessOpen 7 DaysResidential/Commercial Air Duct Cleaninghttp://www.supremeairductservice.com   Have you noticed an increased level of dust buildup in your home or office lately? Do you or anyone in...