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 Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
(BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE)
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Pros and Cons of Solar Energy With the rising costs of hydro and gas, many consumers are turning to solar energy to heat their homes. Solar energy is technology that is used to capture the sun's energy and make it useable. As I drive around the neighbourhood I am seeing them pop up in greater fr...

By Nate Simms, Insurance Nerd, Consultant and Marketer
(RHW)
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Statistics show that 2/3 of new homeowners require major system repairs within the first year of their residence. If your fridge unexpectedly starts to hiss, sweat or leak then chances are that it requires an overhaul.It’s normal to speculate how much it would cost you to fix a damaged fridge. Ge...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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Most people feel completely safe at home, but it’s more dangerous than you think. Carbon monoxide could kill you if it leaked into the air and you wouldn’t even know what was happening. The silent killer is odorless, tasteless, and colorless.Luckily, it’s easy to prevent anything bad from happeni...

By Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA
(Steele Group Realty)
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Depending on where you live in the U.S., you may have noticed a marked up turn in the number of homes that have installed solar panel systems.   I don’t have any statistics, but as a Realtor I’ve noticed a large increase in the number of San Diego resale homes with solar as compared to even a yea...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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It can be disheartening to pour love and attention into your garden only to have deer come in and make off with your haul. But with urbanization and building pushing more and more deer from their natural habitats, it’s no shocker they end up in your yard. Here are a few kind ways to keep them out...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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You may have questions about real estate and first landcaping projects after moving in and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you say. OK, OK. Your...

By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Some people don’t like open shelves beause they think their dishes will dusty, and they would have to dust more often than if they had their dishes and glasses behind doors. Even if you are not concerned about the cleanliness of your dishes, it's possible that you just don’t like that look. You m...

By Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Your living room is like a business card. It shows who you are in so many ways. From the colors you choose, and the furniture you pick (chic or cozy or both?), to the flooring - you present your style to your visitors. At holiday celebrations, parties and other events, sooner or later people will...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfections - it's pretty easy to embrace. After all, we are all basically imperfectly perfect, just like life.  Wabi-Sabi! The root word Wa means harmony, peace, tranquility, and balance. Sabi means "the bloom of time." As far as home decor is...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
(hunts)
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If you’re serious about having a wood deck look beautiful with year-to-year low maintenance, an ArmorThane polyurethane or polyurea coating is the answer.Best Choice Deck CoatingsCurrent deck owners know how decks warp, peel and rot even after a few years.  It doesn’t matter if painting or applyi...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
(hunts)
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That line of ants can be annoying especially when you have an event in your home, or guests will arrive at your location. Insects, rodents, mice, spiders, flies, and bugs are one more group of hazard that can ruin your state of mind and the surroundings.Maintaining the pest away is the only remed...

By Ideal Homes, Home building and design in the OKC metro area
(Ideal Homes)
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We’re enjoying a beautiful spring here in the Oklahoma City area. Finally, the best part of the season has come, motivating many homeowners to take a fresh look at their great outdoors—and realizing maybe it’s not as great as it could be. Before Memorial Day launches you into outdoor entertaining...

By Duane West
(3R's Construction Management LLC)
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Repair and Remodel for a Longer Stay in Your HomeSometimes the thought of moving out of a beloved home just seems inconceivable. It has been the place where happy memories have been made, the mortgage is paid off, and it’s close to friends and family. But as the years have gone by, it’s harder to...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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What do you mean your client isn't buying it just because of the countertops? My client just spent $5,000 on those granite countertops to make it look this good so it will sell faster and now you are telling me that you aren't buying because of them?Yep, this was the conversation I had with a buy...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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5 Things You Should Paint Instead of Replace to Save Money Painting is not just for walls anymore. You know a fresh coat of paint can give any room a quick and inexpensive face-lift saving you lots of money. Here is a list of some items to paint instead of replace.#1 Door, Drawer, and Cabinet's a...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On May 3, 2018, Realtormag.Realtor.org published the fallowing very helpful report about homeowners must do list for the month of May.1. A new refrigerator,2. Exterior painting,3. A new mattress,4. Overflowing closet,Perhaps, there are more valuable list of homeowners must do for the month of May...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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  Life on the farm often revolves around hard work, equipment maintenance and practical decision-making that will yield to a successful harvest. Design elements and aesthetic décor are often assumed to be luxuries that simply aren’t a priority for a farmhouse. However, there are some awesome home...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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  While the old saying suggests that bigger is better, a lot of individuals are actually opting for smaller homes. In fact, there are a variety of advantages, like less maintenance, lower utility bills, and fewer resource waste during renovation. Interior decorating can be a powerful tool for tra...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
(hunts)
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These days, the advent of technology is emerging so that people are grabbing multi-purpose tools for everything. In addition to this, the Scoop Claw is a revolutionary patented kitty litter which eliminates the bending and stooping methods clearly. So, most users are looking the familiar tool for...

By Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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  Artificial turf is becoming very popular for homeowners in Colorado.  It looks like real grass and provides a lush green blanket all year long.  During the dog days of summer, artificial turf typically needs nothing more than a quick hose off.    With two golden retrievers and a fairly small ba...