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 Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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South Bay's Art of Home ShowPresented by the South Bay Home and Garden ShowSouth Bay’s Art of Home “The Show About Your Home” is this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center.A few of the Bay Area Home Remodeling and Home Improvement Exhibitors featured at the Home Show this weekend: Master ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On October 10, 2017, Realtormag.Realtor.org published the fallowing valuable helpful report about list of home maintenance tips can increase a home value.1. Fight moisture,2. Strive for energy efficiency,3. Maintain the exterior,4. Plan ahead,Perhaps, there are more valuable list of home maintena...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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While I may have been a bit absent in the Rain lately, I can assure you that I've been a busy bee on my own blog and on Pinterest. Here are some of the recent articles I've written:2018 Hardwood Flooring Trends - I just published this yesterday and it has historically been my #1 article for the l...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Best Autumn Upgrades For Your Charlotte Home for SaleWith school back in session and fall festivals to keep you busy on the weekends, it’s easy to forget to improve on your house for sale in Waxhaw. Fall is one of the best times to make much needed upgrades to your property. The hot weather is ov...

By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
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There are dangers lurking beneath the curb:Ficus microcarpa, also known as Chinese Banyan, Malayan Banyan, Curtain figor Indian Laurel:  Hawaii, Southern California and many other tropical climes around the world have just the right humidity levels to produce some of natures largest tree varietie...

By Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob"
(Renowned Realty )
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Who Owns Tree Rights? Homeowners do you know who owns tree rights when branches overhang or encroach over your property line? If some of the tree limbs or trunk are on both property lines both land owners can claim an ownership interest. Trimming branches or removing roots which encroach your pro...

By Stieg Strand, Always showing up and working hard for you
(RE/MAX Results)
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HGTV addicts listen up... You have an opportunity to own a peice of HGTV for only $245000. 1463 Sage Court in Shakopee, a three level split with 3 beds 2 bath Shakopee had an $80,000 full kitchen/dining/entry makeover in one evening!        Click here for more Sage Court information and virtual t...

By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
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Crown Moulding Modesto  Installing crown molding is an art. At least it can be, depending on a few things. The type of crown you're installing can be plain or it can be extravagant in detail, such as 2-step crown molding. The rule of thumb for a good installation (at least as far as I'm concerned...

By Shirley Redford
(Exit Realty Seaside)
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Wow savings on appliances! The North Carolina Realtors Association has partnered with Sears and I received great savings on appliances through this program.  I went to a local store to preview the appliances that I needed and then called the Sears commercial division in Raleigh.  The sales consul...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying the outdoors! Whether you're planning an outdoor get-together or you just want it for yourself ... it's great to have a lot of outdoor lighting glow. You can have candles or battery operated candles, lamps with oil, landscape l...

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 Here is...

By Gloria Valvasori, ASA, Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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Home Energy Audit ChecklistWe all know and recognize that saving energy is cost effective, but you may not recognize how inefficient your home really is until you conduct an energy audit.  You can spot many problems in your home with a simple walk-through.  Keep a checklist of areas you inspect a...

By James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
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Laminate flooring is a multi-layer, synthetic flooring product that simulates wood. Although there are many pros to having laminate flooring, there are several common problems that can come along with it.Laminate Problems and How to Fix Them:1. Peaking Peaking is an expansion problem. Floors and ...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Decorating a home can be fun, but it can also be stressful, especially when redesigning major elements or, even more nerve-wracking, staging a home to sell. Design decisions in both these scenarios require careful thought, careful budgeting, and a lot of work. But one element – choosing images an...

By Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager
(Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes)
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Need a great tool for matching paint colors?  I wrote this post about converting paint selections about three years ago.  To date, it has proven to be my most-visited!  The website www.easyrgb.com allows you to convert one brand's paint name/color code to another's.  It's a very useful tool when ...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    We designed, general contracted and built our house...and since that was a while ago...times change and people change...and as we have shown you earlier...we started with our foyer and dining room...on to the kitchen and great room...laundry room and down the hall with fresh paint and carpeti...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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Welcome back to part III of increasing the value of your home!This blog talks about creating compact, yet practical lower level living and work spaces.  As a realtor working with Livia Drennan, founder of Your Story By Design, it is my pleasure to share this brief introduction to one of her lates...

By Charlene Hamilton, Reno Relocation Real Estate
(Keller Williams Group One Reno)
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The average Nevada home uses over 900 kWh of energy on average each month. That comes to around $110 per month in energy costs. The City of Reno wants all of us to make an effort to reduce our energy usage. They decided to lead by example. That's why they've reduced the energy usage in their faci...

By Edward Drennan, Serving the Oakville, Ontario Area
(Century 21 Dreams)
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Creating an eye appealing, practical and space efficient laundry space helps increase the value and interest of your home, while helping to create a more enjoyable laundry experience! Welcome back! This is the second in a series of design inspirations co-written with Livia Drennan, founder of You...

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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Standby power occurs when electrical appliances are switched off but remain plugged into outlets. There are two types of standby power, passive and activePassive standby power refers to the electricity used when an appliance is turned off but can be turned on with a remote control.Active standby ...