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 Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
(Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue)
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Staging your house is when you dress up your home so that it’s appealing to potential buyers. Keeping your house in show condition is important during the home selling process. You never know when a potential buyer will be dropping in to check things out, and you want to be ready! Fortunately, st...

By Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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Homeowners are familiar that they can deduct the interest and property taxes from their income tax returns. They also understand that there is a substantial capital gains exclusion for qualified sales of up to $250,000 if single and $500,000 for married filing jointly. However, ongoing recordkeep...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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What is the best way to clean marble tile floors?Granite Hero Hints:  Arlington Heights, IL Marble Cleaning & Maintenance TipsMarble Tile Floor Cleaning Basics. Sweep or vacuum your polished marble tile floors regularly to keep them from getting dull. Marble Tiles may be resistant to dirt, but sa...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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There’s no better time than spring to take on a big renovation. The sun is shining, the days are longer, and the humidity of the summer hasn’t arrived yet. They’re the perfect conditions for rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business. But before you can start your springtime renovations...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
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Recently one of my investors bought a house without my guidance, and because of this, he overpaid for the fixer by about $20,000.He thought to himself that he could fix it up and still make about $20,000 profit. The only problem with his idea was he over improved the home for the neighborhood. It...

By Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(Wheeler Steffen Sotheby's Int. Realty)
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Spring is upon us and this is the time of the year when we start to landscape and make our properties beautiful and show stopping. Our gardens are meticulously seeded and we wait in anticipation as each begins to bloom. When doing this it is important to landscape with plants, trees and shrubs th...

By Allen Lomax, WNC luxury homes and horse properties specialists
(Steed Talker Realty & Investments offering the best in horse properties and estates in Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina)
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In the featured photo above Buttercup, a poisionous invasive weed, is choking out this pasture.  Well Maintained Horse Pastures Provide a Positive Selling point for Buyers of Equestrian EstatesHealthy Pasture for Healthy HorsesHorse property owners in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
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Summer is just around the corner and that means pool parties, barbeques, and lots of outdoor activities. Has the winter decimated your once beautiful backyard? Don’t worry! You still have a few months to bring it back to life before summer arrives. If you need some inspiration for outdoor home im...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
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Nothing is more depressing than aircon that did not cool during the hot season in Singapore. When the time your aircon is completely frozen, that mean the machine need some attention. Air conditioners are electrical items that using the water and it is therefore not suitable attempt to repair air...

By Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate
(The Shannon Jones Team)
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Spring is the perfect time to set the stage for kicking back this summer. After all, if you're not on vacation, wouldn't you rather spend your summer relaxing rather than dealing with home tasks.Handle these five things now and you'll get a head start and be in great shape when summer hits.   #1 ...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
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A bathroom renovation is a remarkable way to enhance the look and function of the space and can add tremendous value to your home.  Bathroom retiling is an essential part of remodeling as tiles play a massive role in bringing style to this significant space.  There are tons of various types and s...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By: Stacey Freed Are you blind to the grime in your home? Admit it: It’s easy to get a little “Judge Judy” inside someone else’s home. We notice gunk on the floor, cobwebs in the corners, and dust on the overhead fan. But guess what? Unless you’re Adrian Monk, you’ve probably got some gunky place...

By john wayne, I am wayne john A real state marketer
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With regards to fitting a space or room with top-notch ceiling lights, there is a wide assortment of styles, and designs to browse. Great lighting will add more vivacity to any room in your home. Dimmable Ceiling Lights are commonly suitable for all kind of rooms where space is a restricting elem...
Home-hunting season is upon us again! While you can buy any home you want for the price-range that you can afford, there is nothing wrong with making sure that you get your money’s worth by avoiding homes which will cost you a lot on maintenance and insurance fees. After all, even luxury home buy...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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When it comes to hardwood floors, which type of finish sheen is most in style?Originally posted at: What type of sheen is most popular for hardwood? Satin or Semi-gloss? There are 4 levels of hardwood floor finish sheens: Matte, Satin, Semi-gloss, Glossy (from least shiny to most shiny)The sheen ...

By Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience
( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty)
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The following information was provided to me by Joe Lederman of the Mesothelioma Cancer Center. I am happy to provide this information to the public in an effort to provide information about the risks associated with mishandling of asbestos.When searching for a new home or apartment, there are ma...

By Joe McCord, Making It Rain On The Regular
(Property Investment Wise)
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Making repairs to favourite household items such as metal coat stands or garden tools is often the DIY enthusiast's introduction to welding, but before embarking on home welding projects at home in your own garage, there are vital safety measures that need to be put in place. How To Place Welding...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(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 Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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When you drive up to a home you've never visited, one of the 1st impressions you come across is the front door. As you walk throughout the home as either a guest or potential buyer, you come across a number of doors leading to various rooms, closets, and out doors. It's not just the color that ma...

By Liz Miller, Just Call Liz
(Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty)
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The Lake Havasu real estate market isn't the only thing that's hot. While warmer temperatures make winters here amazing, we stay in the triple digits for several months each year. And yes, it's a dry heat. The humidity stays well below the national average. That makes it a little easier to tolera...