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 Rono Williams
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  We cannot do without air conditioners during summer; these active systems help to make the interior parts of our homes more comfortable even when the temperature outdoors is very high. Some issues people encounter when buying air conditioners is deciding the type of system needed for the space ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I'm guessing that you come across this fairly often when clients are selling their home, especially if they've lived there for a long time. I see it all the time...linoleum or vinyl...in the kitchen and/or other areas of the home.  It's an eye sore and can inhibit the ability to sell a house - bo...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Can you put wax on a marble floor? Granite Hero Hints: Marble Cleaning & Maintenance Tips GRANITE HERO HINT: Conventional floor waxes should not be used on marble floors. Wax is an acrylic topical coating that does not allow the stone to breath and will cause discoloration and streaking. Professi...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 Home Improvements That DO NOT Pay Off When Selling A Home Selling your home? Here are 5 home improvements to avoid when planning to sell. They include: Installing a pool Converting a room to a home office Adding specialized spaces (wine room, exercise room, high end theatre room) Adding a sunroo...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Houselogic.com No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment in their yard, sprucing it u...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Do you need to know how to find a roofing contractor? It's one of the most important jobs on your entire house, so choose carefully. Here's some guidance on how to choose a roofing contractor. First off, talk to several roofing contractors before choosing one. Make sure that they are qualified to...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Nancy Mann Jackson For when you want to exercise your imagination, not just your legs. Unless you get an unusually deep thrill from doing calf exercises, climbing your staircase is typically more about function than fun. But a little DIY can change that (and maybe boost your home’s future des...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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 Are you the type of person who likes to take their flower garden indoors? Indoor plants do more than simply add color to your space; they can also improve the mood of those who live with them. If you’re looking for a blooming plant, consider one of the following four:Bromeliads. These funky, spi...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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4 Tips to Help You Make the Sale Prepping your home for a summer sale is a huge deal. Let’s say you live in a San Antonio home and you’re downsizing to make a cross country move to a Chicago neighborhood apartment; or maybe you’re moving into a bigger home in a nearby San Antonio area. Either way...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
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Everyone has a vision of their 'dream home'. It's different for every person and my job as a designer is to understand my client's vision and assist them in achieving it. A few years ago I met a couple that were selling their home. I assisted them with suggestions on how to get their home in top ...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 We are always encouraged to be GREENER, to recycle when possible, and protect our environment for our children for the future years.    Lisa has done a great job in providing some tips on how to be GREENER.   Please take some time to go back to Lisa's original post and leave her some comments.  ...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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When you buy a home, you'll be responsible for maintenance - but what happens if you have a sewage backup?Your best bet is to call a sewage cleanup company near you. You'll have to explain what happened and, if possible, identify the source of the backup. When there's a backup, where it comes fro...

By Rachell Lara & A List Properties, A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts
(eXp Realty / 619.316.7445)
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How to Clean Your Dishwasher Filters and Maintain Your DishwasherDid you know your dishwasher has a filter?Besides washing your dishes and making sure you have rinse aid, I didn't realize there was more to do. In all fairness, I grew up on a boat so it wasn't until I was a full-fledged adult that...

By Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate
(The Shannon Jones Team)
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A Blast From The Past … Or Is It The Future? Although it originated over half a decade ago, the Mid-Century Modern style is still alive and well today. The term Mid-Century Modern covers a wide range of influences, including architecture, furniture, interior design, and graphic design. The exact ...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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Are you considering a DIY gazebo? That's awesome! Don't bother playing for plans for a DIY gazebo though. There are ample free plans online.For example, The Balance Everyday offers 11 free plans ready for downloading. The plans are for a variety of shapes. You'll find plans for a square gazebo, a...

By Jennifer Maker, Home blogger with DIY projects & crafts
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I visited my local "re-use" center here in Ann Arbor recently, on the search for old shutters. Why? Well, I had an idea on how I could use shutters to create paper storage for my home. And I went as far as to buy some shutters from a big box home improvement store. But when I got home and opened ...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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One of the best writers about home improvement projects is right here on Active Rain, Debbie Gartner. Her advice and tips are always spot on. It's like she keeps her fingertips on the pulse of what's happening in interior design, so she always knows the types of improvements buyer will come to pr...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I can't believe April is over.  It was a great month for my blog.  I actually got over 175,000 pageviews for the month with large growth in both organic and pinterest traffic. It was also a record month for blog income (I'll have to write about it separately...in a members only post). In April, I...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
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Many people are suffering from the Stress and Anxiety. The main reason for this problem is the sleeplessness. With complete physical and psychological rest at night brings you the right way for leading the healthy lifestyle to the maximum. Quality sleep mainly depends on the quality of mattress s...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Wow, it's hard to believe March has finished.  There are rumors of a "chance of snow" for tomorrow, but I'm hoping these remain rumors. March was another good month, and I set a record high for passive income on my blog.  And, Feb had been a record setting month as well.  I'm hoping that this tre...