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 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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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 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 ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On October 12, 2017, Holly Amaya published the fallowing valuable helpful report on Realtor.com about list of home maintenance tasks to take care of during month of October.1. Clean your dryer vents,2. Seal your outdoor surfeces,3. Store your yard furniture,4. Stow that hose,5. Do a 'fall cleanin...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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One great way to de-clutter your home is to hold a garage sale! Not only do you eliminate unwanted things from your home, you earn a little pocket cash in the process. Here is a step-by-step guide to holding your own garage sale this fall! Pick a date. You could participate in a town wide garage ...

By Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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Your sunroom may only be a three-season addition, but you can still furnish it to make it more enjoyable during the colder months. As it becomes chillier, family and friends move indoors, which puts a high premium on entertaining space. A completely winterized sunroom will give your home another ...

By Eric J, Flannel Guy DIY
(Eric J - Dream Home Financing)
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Many homeowners have PVC fences and a common problem due to their poor construction is a broken gate. The PVC often is not strong enough to withstand the beating that the gate will take while opening and closing.This video will help homeowners to repair the PVC gate themselves.  You will also see...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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California Home, Garden & Gourmet ShowThe largest Home Show in the Bay Area ** Free Admission ** Free Parking Friday, January 7, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Sunday, January 9, 2011 from 10:00 am to 5:00pm The California Home, Garden & Gourmet ...

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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Professional chimney cleaners say any soot deposits more than a quarter-inch thick present a fire hazard.The soot, called creosote, is one of the top reasons for the thousands of fires involving fireplaces each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Creosote is flammable and...

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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It's becoming the flooring of choice for kitchens, living rooms, and throughout the house. But the huge variety of materials and finishes available can make it hard to pick the right material for your application. Some things to consider: * Solid hardwood flooring is manufactured in varying thick...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
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by Patricia Feager, 10/7/2017  Peace begins with a smile --- Mother Teresa Fall flowers are a favorite of mine. When I get up in the moring and see the sun shining it makes me smile. If you look deeply into the center of a flower you can almost feel a spiritual connection, I know I do. Have you e...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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When you’re putting your home up for sale, it’s important to invest in improving your curb appeal and staging your home attractively in order to lure potential home buyers. First impressions are everything and a professional interior or exterior paint job is a cost-effect way to upgrade your home...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Are you experiencing fall allergy symptoms? Runny nose, itchy eyes - feels like spring hay fever but it's happening in the fall.Warm piles of wet leaves are a breeding ground for mold spores, which can travel through the air for miles. As many as 10% of the population experiences mold allergies, ...

By Renovation Find, Helping you find the best renovation companies.
(RenovationFind)
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If you’ve noticed a cold draft coming off your windows, it means they are no longer doing their job. Older aluminum slider or wood-framed windows can start to deteriorate over time, can warp and twist and seals can be broken. Plus, they way the window and door industry manufactures energy efficie...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors?  The house next door has a newly installed “For Sale” sign.  Perhaps, you wonder who your new neighbors may be.  Will they be good neighbors?  There can be a small amount of anxiety surrounding these questions.  Howe...

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 Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
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This content is courtesy of my AR associate, Debbie Gartner. Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2017   Yes, it's hot off the presses...My 2017 Hardwood Flooring trend report.  Last year's article received 115,000 clicks, and I'm hoping this one can exceed that.  So, without further ado...   Hardwood fl...
If you're selling your house in the next year, or think you will be in a few years, it's time to think about curb appeal. Broadly speaking, curb appeal refers to the picture prospective buyers have as they drive up to your home, whether you literally have a curb or not.Most buyers let their finge...

By Jon Solomon
(Javic Homes)
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By Lana Bingham As a Tampa new home builder, we love the elegant and timeless appeal of granite and marble countertops. Although it is often a first choice for most customers, there are some other unusual materials that are currently trending in custom kitchens. Swapping out these precious rocks ...