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.

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By Nina Rogoff, Selling Norfolk County Homes
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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There has been a huge surge in the sale of generators for home use in the last few year years. Lengthy power outages from storms, flooded basements and refrigerators full of spoiled food have made more people the need for a generator. In New England, power outages typically happen in cold weather...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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Got MOLD?There are several ways you can tackle the problem with household items BleachBleach is extremely effective in killing mold spores in non-porous materialsBoraxBorax is a natural mold inhibitorVinegarVinegar is a mild acid which can kill some mold sporesAmmoniaAmonia like bleach will only ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips to Prepare Your Home for WinterFall is here and before we know it we will have out winter jackets and boots on and scarves around out necks. Our homes need attention to get them ready for the colder temps so what better time than those sunny fall days with mild and p...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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October is one of our favorite months. It has beautiful weather, fun activities, lots of sales, and the beginning of many holiday shopping. With Daylight Savings in November, don't you want to get a head start on your end of the year tasks.  Clean windows.Clean off all the bugs, dust, and grime f...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Aloha Friday from Haiku Maui - not so leaping lizard These little green lizards like to hang out in the garden and I hope they're eating lots of little bugs that damage my plants.  There's plenty for everyone!  Don't confuse these guys with geckos who tend to be inside homes and leave their littl...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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It’s hurricane season, that’s pretty clear. What’s worse is the August September season, at least in Florida, is now extended through November. So, we are facing a longer season, more intense storms and hurricanes, and more frequent touchdowns which all spells disaster.  Yet many of the areas tha...
Avoiding the most common design mistakes may not be as easy as most think, because even beautiful homes are guilty of one or a few. While styling one’s home is one’s prerogative, it is best to steer away from common design mistakes to ensure a professionally styled look. The following are what to...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
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  Fall Home Maintenance Checklist   Clean Gutters and downspouts- make sure that water drains away from the foundation Change summer screens on doors and windows Check and replace weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to help prevent drafts Check flashing around the seams of your...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Must-Have Kitchen Storage Solutions to Consider The steps you take when thinking about important factors like storage space will make or break your home improvement project. Whether you're building a new kitchen in your home or renovating an existing one, you should consider everything from built...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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Use Less Energy: A high efficiency furnace uses less gas to heat your home.Using Fewer Natural Resources: Engineered lumber uses less wood fiber and preserves old growth forests. Companies such as Floor Coverings International specialize in engineered wood floors that look so real often people ca...

By Donnie Keller, Reata Realty - Delivering Excellence
(The Reata Realty Group)
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 As we get further into the fall months, homeowners must prepare for the inevitable: winter. While the weather has not gotten too bad, it’s nice to make full use of the last days before the major cold hits to uncover damages your home has undergone throughout the past year andprevent  the bad wea...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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 Outdoor Living InspirationOregonians can't let a little rain dampen their outdoor entertaining experiences. Here in Salem, we adjust as needed to make good use of our homes and outdoor living space!Decks, patios, pergolas, and gazebos are great additions to your home. A deck expands your options...

By Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL
(REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL)
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This is an excellent post from Rhonda Sanderson of Pillar To Post.  Having experienced hurricane damage myself I found the advice in the article to be invaluable.  It’s hurricane season, that’s pretty clear. What’s worse is the August September season, at least in Florida, is now extended through...

By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
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Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...

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 There...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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Fall Home Maintenance for Your Clarksville TN HomeFall has arrived and that means it's time to do some home maintenance on your Clarksville home. The days may still be hot but don't let that fool you. Cooler temps are on the way and you need to prepare your home. If you want to own a home in Clar...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Maybe you have lived in your Marco Island home for a decade or two, or perhaps you are in the process of buying one. Whatever the case may be, you want to have ideal flooring in your place. For many people, vinyl flooring is the best. It is also known to be quite practical for representing indivi...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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1. Misidentification and Wrong Treatment for ProblemsIf your yard is unhealthy and you misdiagnose the problem and then use the wrong treatment, your yard could wind up looking even worse. Sometimes it’s difficult to determine whether your lawn is suffering from an insect problem or fungal issues...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
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Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and renovation of your home, all in one loan.The first thing most people want to do when they buy their home is – “make it theirs”. Renovation...

By the johns family team, inc., Your Johnson County Residential Specialist
(the johns family team, inc.)
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Paint?  New floors?  Or update the fixtures?  What are the best thigns to udpate when you're  getting ready to sell your home?