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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.


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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Contemplating a new look with paint? It's important to know the gloss level for optimum results!Interior paint finishes, also known as sheens or paint gloss levels, vary in their level of shine and durability. Here are the most common interior paint finishes and their ideal uses:Flat/Matte Finish:Characteristics: Flat finishes have a low or no shine, providing a non-reflective appearance.Best for: Walls and ceilings in low-traffic areas such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms. Flat finishes help to conceal surface imperfections and offer a smooth, velvety appearance.Eggshell Finish: Characteristics: Eggshell finishes have a slight sheen, offering more durability and washability than flat paints while still maintaining a soft appearance.Best for: Living rooms, bedrooms, and hall...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Decorating with House Plants: Bringing Life to Your Living SpaceIn recent years, house plants have made a comeback as an essential element of interior design. Not only do they add aesthetic appeal to our homes, but they also offer numerous health benefits, from purifying the air to reducing stress. If you're looking to refresh your living space, here are some tips on how to decorate with house plants effectively.Choosing the Right PlantsThe first step in decorating with house plants is selecting the right ones for your space. Consider the following factors:LightingSome plants thrive in bright, indirect light, while others prefer low-light conditions. Make sure to choose plants that will thrive in the available light in your home.  SizeFrom small succulents to large ferns, there's a plan...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Insider tip on kitchen cabinets, LVP flooring and so much more, Pat’s Sales in Leesburg, Florida.  Personally speaking we have an eleven-year remodel project going on and have used Pat’s Sales numerous times.  Kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, thresholds, hard to find wood trim and much more.  Some of the flippers and handymen go there for LVP flooring, plumbing fixtures and supplies, doors and windows and many other things.Recently I had a friend whose home was flooded in the Orlando area and needed all new kitchen cabinets.  Told him to bring his drawings from one of the big box home improvement stores and meet with one of their kitchen designers at Pat’s.  Saved them a lot of money and got more kitchen for their money!  The picture is cabinets I bought from Pat’s Sales a few month...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
A dream yard doesn't happen by accident! While the natural beauty of green spaces helps to make any yard feel magical, it takes careful planning to create a spectacular yard where you can spend time relaxing and entertaining. This guide to crafting your dream yard covers all the core points. Consider the Size of Your YardStart with a blueprint of your yard to establish what's possible. The number of square feet in a yard can help to determine how much space you have for gardens, open areas for play, a new patio, or any other feature you're considering. For smaller yards, it's important to prioritize the top one to three features that are important to you. A homeowner with small children may value open space for play more than someone who wants a shaded patio area for outdoor dining. Lar...
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By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Century 21 The Harrelson Group Firm | 7 Offices)
Are you looking to maximize the value of your home? Whether you're planning to sell your home soon or simply want to invest in your property's long-term worth, enhancing its value is a smart move. From simple DIY projects to more extensive renovations, there are numerous ways to elevate your home's appeal and marketability. Are you wondering what your property is currently worth? Get a free home estimate now! Here are seven proven strategies to help you increase the value of your home:1. Curb Appeal Enhancement They say first impressions matter, and this couldn't be truer when it comes to real estate. Sprucing up your home's exterior can significantly impact its perceived value. Consider simple upgrades such as landscaping, repainting the front door, installing outdoor lighting, or addi...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Timeless Elegance: Creating an Old Money Look for Your Home Embracing the old money aesthetic in interior design is about cultivating a sense of timeless elegance and sophistication.  It's about blending classic elements with modern touches to create a space that exudes understated luxury and refined taste.  There's a certain allure to the timeless elegance and sophistication associated with "old money" aesthetics.  It's an aesthetic characterized by understated luxury, classic design elements, and a sense of heritage.   As a Luxury Real Estate Broker and Interior Designer, I have had clients in the past, who have requested a traditional timeless “Ralph Lauren” classic look, or what you might call an "Old Money Look" which is trending these days. If you're looking to infuse your home wi...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
To View other Recipes, Visit: https://www.annasellsrealestate.com/fine/real/estate/recipes/custom/RECIPES--From-My-Family-To-Yours  Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece RealtyCall me at 772-485-4188 with any Real Estate Questions. Web-site:www.annasellsrealestate.com1775 SW Gatlin Blvd Ste 101, PSL, FL, 34953
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Most Villagers use their garage doors to gain entry into their home using the remote in the car, golf cart even the code box outside but what if power is out and the garage door doesn’t open?  Do you have your house keys with you?  What if a neighbor wants to borrow something or you ask them while you are away to check something in your home?  Sure maybe a neighbor has a key to your home and they are not home and you are locked out!  Hide a key and Not under the door mat! Most homes in The Villages have an irrigation system so what about a fake sprinkler head that holds a key?  Just checked Amazon they have a bunch of them starting at $6 to $15 and are waterproof and you can hide cash in them, not sure about the cash part and why?  Five-minute project and you have a safe place to hide ...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a trusted roofing company serving homeowners in Maryland, proudly recommends the best roofing options for residents looking to protect their homes with high-quality roofing solutions. In order to help homeowners make well-informed decisions about their roofing needs, Ridgeline Roofers Columbia places a strong emphasis on energy efficiency, durability, and aesthetic appeal. The company understands how important it is to recommend roofing options that provide homeowners with long-term value and peace of mind.Homeowners in Maryland face a variety of weather challenges, including excessive rainfall, strong winds, and extreme temperature fluctuations. These conditions can put significant strain on roofing materials, leading to leaks, damage, and premature deterior...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a reputable roofing company based in Columbia, MD, has announced their expansion into vinyl siding replacement services. Intending to provide complete exterior home improvement solutions, the company now offers professional siding replacements to homeowners in Columbia and surrounding areas. This expansion aligns with Ridgeline Roofers Columbia's commitment to meeting the diverse needs of their customers and guaranteeing the longevity and aesthetic appeal of their properties.Vinyl siding is a type of exterior cladding material made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin. It is a popular choice for residential and commercial buildings due to its durability, low maintenance requirements, and affordability. Vinyl siding is available in a wide range of colors and st...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a trusted roofing company serving Howard County and surrounding areas, highlights the importance of using high-quality repair materials for flat rubber roofs in Maryland. The challenges faced by these roofs, including ponding water, extreme weather conditions, UV exposure, and fluctuating temperatures, necessitate durable and effective repair solutions.According to Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, the choice of repair materials is essential in ensuring the longevity and performance of flat rubber roofs. "Using high-quality repair materials is essential for long-term durability and effective maintenance," says a spokesperson for Ridgeline Roofers Columbia. "Inferior materials may offer temporary fixes but can result in recurring issues and premature roof failure."F...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a leading roofing company in Columbia, MD, highlights the importance of recognizing common asphalt shingle damage for homeowners and property managers. The company prioritizes educating clients and proactive maintenance to help individuals protect their properties from potential roofing problems.Awareness of common asphalt shingle damage types is crucial for maintaining the longevity and structural integrity of buildings. By familiarizing themselves with these damages, homeowners and property managers can promptly identify issues and take necessary actions to prevent further deterioration. According to Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, this knowledge also facilitates informed decision-making when selecting roofing materials and hiring contractors for repairs or rep...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD - Towson Roofing Pros, a roofing company based in Towson, Maryland, is dedicated to assisting Baltimore County homeowners in finding reliable roofing and gutter installation services. As weather challenges persist in the region, the need for trusted contractors becomes increasingly important to protect homes against potential damage and maintain structural integrity."Homeowners in Baltimore County often encounter difficulties when trying to find reputable contractors for their roofing and gutter installation needs," says a spokesperson for Towson Roofing Pros. "Our mission is to provide a seamless solution, offering expert guidance and reliable services to address the concerns of our community."Baltimore County homeowners frequently seek roofing and gutter installation servic...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a full-service roofing contractor in Towson, Maryland, is offering valuable guidance to Maryland homeowners on selecting the best chimney flashing sealant options to protect their homes from potential water damage and structural issues.Proper flashing sealant is essential for protecting homes in Maryland due to the region's varied weather conditions, which include heavy rainfall, snow, and fluctuating temperatures. The sealant prevents water from seeping into the home through gaps between the chimney and the roof, which can lead to costly water damage, mold growth, and structural issues. Without adequate sealing, moisture can penetrate the chimney flashing, causing deterioration of the underlying materials and compromising the integrity of the roof and surrounding a...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson, MD - Towson Roofing Pros, a leading full-service roofing company based in Towson, MD, is proud to announce their expert vinyl siding repair and replacement services, catering to the unique needs of homeowners in Maryland. The company is dedicated to improving homes in Maryland by offering a long-lasting, energy-efficient, and attractive siding solution that's both affordable and environmentally friendly.Vinyl siding is a popular choice among Maryland homeowners for its durability, low maintenance requirements, and energy efficiency benefits. With Towson Roofing Pros, homeowners can ensure their vinyl siding remains in top condition, enhancing both the aesthetic appeal and functionality of their homes.Vinyl siding offers several advantages to Maryland homeowners. It provides exce...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing, a full-service roofing contractor in Baltimore, MD, is offering shingle replacement services in Baltimore and surrounding areas. The company prioritizes quality work and customer satisfaction to help homeowners and businesses with their roofing needs.Homeowners and business owners in Baltimore may consider shingle replacement for various reasons. One reason is the age of the roof, as shingles become more prone to damage and wear over time, especially as they approach the end of their expected lifespan. Additionally, visible signs of damage like missing, cracked, or curled shingles indicate that they need to be replaced to prevent further deterioration and protect the interior of the property from potential water leaks. Addressing water leaks promptly by replacing damage...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great timing! Spring is the perfect time for home maintenance. This blog likely offers a checklist of tasks to prepare your home for the season, from cleaning gutters to servicing HVAC systems. Looking forward to learning more about essential spring home maintenance!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP On March 19, 2024, Larissa Runkle published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about the list of essential Spring home maintenance tasks to do. 1. Inspect your home’s exterior and roof, 2. Check for water leaks in the basement, 3. Reseal driveways and paths, 4. Get your chimney cleaned, 5. Clear gutters and spouts, 6. Spiff up the yard and garden, Perhaps there might be other helpful list of essential Spring home maintenance tasks to do. For complete more detai...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Inspiring topic! Maximizing space with style is key, especially in smaller homes. This blog likely offers creative tips for making the most of limited space without sacrificing style. Looking forward to learning more about small space design ideas!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Are you tired of feeling cramped and confined in your living space? Do you dream of turning your small apartment into a stylish oasis that maximizes every inch? Look no further! Today, we will delve into maximizing small spaces with style.   In this fast-paced era, where urban living is becoming the norm, space has become a precious commodity. However, even though your home is compact, you can still maintain style and functionality. Creativity and ingenuity can transform even the tiniest sp...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Exciting concept! A bespoke fitted kitchen can transform your home, offering tailored solutions that suit your lifestyle. This blog likely explores the benefits and process of designing a custom kitchen. Looking forward to learning more about reimagining homes with bespoke kitchens!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Forget one-size-fits-all kitchens – your kitchen is the vibrant soul of your home, and it’s a space that should match your personality while offering perfect functionality. Here's where bespoke fitted kitchens come in, transforming your cooking space into a haven designed just for you. A fitted kitchen can elevate your home in every way, and working with a professional designer such as Colourhill Kitchens in Lincoln can help you achieve a design that’s uni...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Crucial reminder! Neglecting roof inspections can lead to costly issues down the line. This blog likely emphasizes the importance of regular inspections for maintaining a healthy roof. Looking forward to learning more about the significance of roof maintenance! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP McHenry Roofing, a reputable full-service roofing company in Baltimore, MD, is advocating for Maryland homeowners to prioritize regular roof inspections to protect their properties against potential risks and damages. With the region's varying weather conditions, including heavy rains, snowfall, and high winds, the importance of proactive roof maintenance cannot be overstated. Neglecting roof inspections can result in various risks and damages, including water leaks, mold grow...
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