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 Troy Erickson, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Diverse Solutions Realty www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com)
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 Going green is great for the environment, but that's not the only benefit. When you make green upgrades in your home, it can also lead to some major savings.   1. Solar panels: The upfront cost is big, but the long-term savings are huge. Solar panels will cost several thousand dollars to install...

By Shawn and Angela Miller, REALTORS®
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate)
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Is your lawn looking a little thin? Starting to see more dirt and weeds than blades of grass? If so, now is your time to overseed. Late summer through early fall is the perfect time to overseed your lawn in Nebraska. Temperatures are just right, not too hot and not too cold, to get that new seed ...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
Comments 25
Zen and The Art of House Painting  or, How Achieving Consensus in a Multi-Gen Household is Also An ArtPainting is one of my favorite home improvement activities.  After a few of those projects, interior or exterior, you recognize that most of the thought and activity goes into planning: selecting...

By Royal Oaks, Premier Home Builder in Greater Raleigh Area
(Royal Oaks Homes)
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For the past few months, you haven’t had to worry about tripping over backpacks, finding lost homework, and making sure the permission slips, library books, and projects make their way to the classroom on time.Then, school starts again.Getting OrganizedHave you figured out a better system for org...

(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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“Projects that take a home significantly beyond community norms are often not worth the cost when the owner sells the home,” says Scott Robinson, president of the Appraisal Institute. “If the improvements don’t match what’s standard in a community, they’ll be considered excessive.” Here are a few...

By Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner
(Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions)
Comments 4
Ways to Keep Your Home SafeSummer is when many of us are excited about getting out of town for a much needed vacation, but it’s also a great time to think about ways to keep your home safe while you’re away.AlarmsYou don’t need to invest in an expensive home alarm system or install an unsightly b...

By Wendi-Mae Davis, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate
(Future Homes & Real Estate)
Comments 2
The Top 5 Household projects that give the Highest ROI (Return on investment)...may surprise you!  Now that the sun is out, and Spring is almost here, many of us are starting to think about what we can do to clean and brighten our homes.  The top 5 projects are:Garage Door Replacement-85% ROI, En...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty)
Comments 6
New Constuction - Brand New Energy Star Rated Center Entrance Colonial. Quality built by Szekely Construction. Learn more about this property and see more photos by visiting our site. Simply click the link below: Lot 28 Webster, Andover, MA 01810 To speak with us directly about this home or sched...

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 With ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 5
On September 12, 2017, Holly Amaya published the fallowing valuable report on Realtor.com about list of tips to make a bedroom appear expensive.1. Remove things instead of adding them,2. Use mirror,3. Layer your lighting,4. Add brass accents,5. Layer your bedding,6. Upgrade your headboard,7. Pain...

By Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells
(Dove Realty Inc.)
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  This is what the owner of Condo A had to be asking herself when my listing Condo B closed. Same square footage and same floor plan…even our furiously paced market cannot account for this difference. So, what was it?  I have to give credit to my Seller, she listened to me and implemented all of ...
Having an energy efficient home will not only save you money while living in it but will also help you a lot should you decide to let go of your home. Energy efficient homes generate buzz among buyers because like you, they also want to save on bills on their future home. Because of this benefit,...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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  The Bottom Line on Recycling Do's and Dont's There is no single standard for recycling - every community sets their own. Phone Books and Pizza Boxes are often not welcomed by recycling programs. Not all plastic can be recycled. Look for the recycling symbol to be sure. Did you know? Your local ...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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                           Even the not-so-handy person out there can manage some basictechniques to maintain their garage door.  It's something that mosthomes have, and sometimes in multiples!  From those helpful,handy folks at Lowe's Home Improvement, here is Mike Kraft witheasy tips to help ke...

By the johns family team, inc., Your Johnson County Residential Specialist
(the johns family team, inc.)
Comments 1
 You've decided you need more space.  But moving is out of the question.  So you’ve settled on an addition. There's still a lot of questins to ask yourself:  What do you need to know before you start? Will you build up or out? Should you build on out the ground floor or add another floor to your ...

By Donna Jarock, The Realtor that Delivers you Home
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
Comments 0
For you HGTV junkies, Chip and Joanna Gaines will be offering up their goods coming soon to a Target near you. http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice/item/1005312-20170918-a-sneak-preview-of-chip-and-joanna-gaines-new-home-collection-with-target?rtmpage=donnajarock   The hit TV sh...
Owning a home means a lot of work in terms of maintaining it and making your house truly feel like a home. Unfortunately, homes do not come with care instructions and you are usually left to your own devices - which is a lot to take in more so if you are a first time home owner! The home maintena...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 39
 How do you feel when your home and life seem cluttered? I've always found that too much clutter around me seems to clutter my brain. And I've always found that when I clean out my closets, pantry, office, storage room, etc. I end up feeling much lighter mentally and my energy level soars. But I ...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 31
With the new year upon us, it's a great time to put together your annual schedule to maintain your Charlotte metro area home month by month in 2017. We know that when we neglect  home maintenance, the ultimate cost to repair and replace is often much higher than just maintaining as you go. It can...

By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 4
California Home, Garden & Gourmet ShowIf it's time for change in your living environment then you definitely want to attend the California Home, Garden & Gourmet Show this weekend. It's happening at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds located at 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA 95111The California Hom...