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)
Comments 9
Here ís one way to reduce the wad of keys in your pocket. Install a keyless entry system at your place. They are convenient for front door, back door, and garage door. The keypad by the door is also a plus for parents whose kids forget, or lose their keys. The systems are actually more secure tha...

By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence
(The Reata Realty Group)
Comments 1
 I just met with the people at Fixd Home Warranty yesterday.  They are a new to North Texas but not new to the warranty business.  Originally in the business of providing extended warranties for brand name HVAC systems.  They have a very unique business model that is customer focused, providing h...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
Comments 0
Updating and beautifying your home is a sure-fire way to get more potential buyers in the door. However, many sellers make the mistake of making too many upgrades or upgrading things that do not increase the property value. Some people even make upgrades that end up turning OFF buyers! Before you...

By Charlie Dresen, Steamboat Springs, CO e-Pro
(Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 0
Home heating is typically the largest energy expense in a home, accounting for about 45% of the average American family’s energy bills. Especially in a place like the Colorado mountains where snowfall can happen at any time and the cold is our faithful friend for at least 6 months of the year. M...

By KW Island Living, Ask for the Best, Ask for KW Island Living!
(KW Island Living)
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It's natural to want to cultivate a beautiful landscape to surround your Maui home. The balmy sub-tropical temperatures here in Hawaii just beckon for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. You may have opted for a home with a spacious lanai, a tranquil swimming pool, a soothing hot tub spa, a shiny grill,...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 3
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)
Comments 6
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)
Comments 11
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. )
Comments 0
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 )
Comments 14
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 )
Comments 43
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)
Comments 1
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)
Comments 1
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)
Comments 1
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
Comments 3
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)
Comments 1
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 James Murr, www.cortiersrealestate.com
(Cortiers Real Estate)
Comments 1
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 Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager
(Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes)
Comments 13
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 Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
Comments 1
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 13
    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...