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 Tom Evans, Real Estate Counselor and Investor
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 If you have been disappointed by a roofing company before, you probably understand that hiring a qualified roofing contractor is never straightforward. Many promise heaven but deliver hell. To complicate it even more, customer reviews cannot be relied upon as they can also be doctored. So, how e...
Almost like the "Williams and Sonoma" Store Scent Recipe  Make Your Home Smell Wonderful... I don't know about you, but I love to have my home smell wonderful, but I'm allergic to many "fake" scents and they never smell that great to me. Whenever, I walk into a Williams and Sonoma store, the stor...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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5 Helpful tips when buying a couch for your new home  1. Measure the size of your room.  If your room is small pick a neutral color use dark colors as an accent on pillows and lamp bases  2. Book an appointment with a Furniture consultant at any local furniture shop. You may have to pay $100, but...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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What's your creative storage solution?  Wine bags aren't just for wine bags these days. House remodels mean you tend accumulate caulk for the shower, caulk for the baseboard caulking, for the sink, etc..... who would have thought that a wine bag makes the perfect holder for all your caulking need...

By Asad Malik, I'm an real estate agent and a house builder.
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Furniture brings life to a home. It must be picked and chosen carefully and wisely to make sure that it compliments all of the rooms of your home. The more details and information you have about furniture, the better decision you can make for your home. Here is a guide which can help you pick the...

By Jonathan Benya, The Benya Group
(The Benya Group)
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A leak in the roof may seem like the least urgent of the major repairs on the list, but it’s certainly no issue to ignore. Water coming in from the roof, when unaddressed, can lead to further problems. Ice dams on your roof are a leading cause of leaks. These are formed by snow and ice buildup on...

By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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5 small remodeling projects for your homeToday, I am thinking of my Father-in-Law and how he loved to change their living room around. I always liked going to my in-laws house and seeing the changes he made.  He got bored with things and changed them quite often. These 5 small remodeling projects...

By Jennifer Stone, Favorite Four Letter Word: SOLD
(Big Show Realty)
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If you want to maintain your lawn and enhance its look, then you’ll have to protect it from bugs. There are some helpful plants that keep spiders away. You’ll find that different types of plants repel different types of bugs. The following list will include different plants that keep spiders away...

By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Ormond Beach Florida, The Finest in Coastal Luxury Living...
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Make Your Home Smell Wonderful...I don't know about you, but I love to have my home smell wonderful, but I'm allergic to many "fake" scents and they never smell that great to me.Whenever, I walk into a Williams and Sonoma store, the store always has a very fresh inviting scent that is very natura...

By Peter Mohylsky, Bucket List, Do you have a bucket list in the works?
(Gulf Place @ 30A)
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Small changres can yield big results in your home or condo.   5 small remodeling projects for your home Today, I am thinking of my Father-in-Law and how he loved to change their living room around. I always liked going to my in-laws house and seeing the changes he made.  He got bored with things ...

By Besmove Property, Property Manager
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When it comes to kitchen remodelling, we often associate kitchen remodelling with homeowners. This is because as a homeowner, you have the right to decide whether or not you want your kitchen to be remodelled. When it comes to kitchen remodeling, we often associate kitchen remodeling with homeown...

By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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I remember watching The Jetsons when I was a kid and being fascinated by the idea of being able to actually see somebody when talking to them on the phone. And a robot maid? Who wouldn’t want one of those?!  I had no idea that in my lifetime, the things I saw on that cartoon fantasy would become ...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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In today's video I'm going to show you how to skim coat over an ugly ceiling in this skim coating series part 5 video. I've already started apply the second round of skim coating on the first section of this bedroom in the last video.  I'm doing the second skim coat in three different videos. Tha...

By Crystal Simmons, A present for the self.
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It’s an out of this world feeling to move into a new home, especially if it’s better than the other one. It would be the other way around if the bank repossessed your home. Either way, you have to move and get used to your new house or apartment. Unpacking is stressful. You make one packing mista...

By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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 Organizing your home can sometimes seem like a time-intensive endeavor. Breaking down projects into two-minute tasks every day could help to make clearing clutter more manageable and easily attainable. Two-minute task #1: Tackle desk and kitchen drawers one at time. Take two minutes each morning...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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You are remodeling or renovating your home because you want to look more beautiful and feel more comfortable. Consider your home renovation plan and business plan or as your special project you are starting from zero. To remodel a house is not as simple as you think it is. There are many things t...

By Lisa Davies
(Online Buzz)
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It is very important to educating yourself about roofing ahead of getting any repairs completed. Read more this post for a few tips on how to pick amongst the proper choices and thinking about your alternatives. One can learn a lot about roof covering and with any luck, have the ability to get fa...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
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Gum and carpets make for a particularly tricky combination. This is especially so for rugs boasting a dense pile, because all the tiny little fibers ultimately cling to the gum. This is why you should never try scrubbing a piece of gum off a rug; the mess will merely get worse! However, There is ...

By Charles Fugate, Real estate agent in Autaugaville, AL
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After a while, even the most beautifully decorated home can begin to look worn-out. Now, this can be a problem even if you aren’t planning on selling the house. After all, who wants to live in a home that has seen better days? You will be pleased to know that you don’t always have to undertake a ...

By Wendi-Mae Davis, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate
(Future Homes & Real Estate)
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Here are 10 “Do We Dare?”  Interior Home Designs of 2019  We’ll be the first to admit that it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest decor trends. Not only are they constantly changing, but views vary wildly: One designer says something’s in, while another says it's out. And that’s nothin...