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 John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 8
On March 19, 2019 Terri Williams published a very helpful report on Realtor.com about the fallowing list of mistakes to avoid during kitchen remodel.1. Not buying appliances first,2. Overspending on cabinets and appliances,3. Installing flooring before anything else,4. Failing to measure,5. Going...

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
Comments 1
For those of you who have bought a new home in the past 4 or 5 years and have a building code, similar to ours in Mississippi, you have somrthing called "Arc fault preventers" in your electrical sub panel. These are little yellow buttons on the breakers that go to your bedrooms. The purpose of th...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
Comments 0
 Renovating a home can be much better than spending money on a new home as it shall help you to get the necessary changes you wish to do without having to buy a new house but to keep the old one and to give it a touch of the new look. Saves a lot of money, land paperwork and time. If you give an ...

By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Comments 1
When living in a condominium building....you have neighbors. GASP...just in case you didn't know! And when you need to have work done in your condo (maintenance or remodeling), does it affect your neighbors? YES!Now, modern buildings have some systems in place that make things easier, such as a h...

By Angela Lawrence, Broker/Owner
(Noble Merit Real Estate Services)
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Does your home have squeaky floors?There are several solutions, but we will focus on the one method that has worked best for us in several different properties.   Alternative methods and ideas have been used as well, but we will discuss those a little later.  So, let us get started by talking abo...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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Landscaped to Perfection If you are planning to sell your home, it is not only important to declutter, organize, and update the inside to make it as perfect as possible. Buyers see the front of the house first when viewing the online photos as well as during the showing. You should make a great i...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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When you have a pool, considering a pool enclosure is often mainly driven by the desire to keep the bugs out. However, a pool enclosure is like a gift that keeps on giving and it will maintain security and privacy for you and your loved ones. Benefits of a Pool Enclosure   It gives more shade to ...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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Individuals who wish to obtain their electrical work done properly will need a best electrician for the called for job. There are various type of electrical experts but it is always recommended to discover the best electrician to get the work done appropriately. Below are some suggestions that m...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 16
"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten." It's common wisdom that we should get three estimates and take the lowest bid.  That's just being an intelligent consumer, right?  But I would argue that the lowest bid is rarely the best choice. Now if t...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 28
Spring Cleaning? Don’t Forget These Areas! Whether you’re in the process of selling your house, or you are part of the multitudes who view the first signs of Spring as the signal to give your home a thorough cleaning, then below is a list of areas that often get overlooked.  In many areas we woul...
Work and productivity both go together when talking about high efficiency. To study work and productivity, you need to know that any team comprises individuals with different personalities. A lot of persons argue about the relationship between work and productivity with team-building activities. ...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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In today’s life of the hustle and bustle, we are in a constant fight against time. We are now so addicted to viewing our social media news feeds that we rarely get some time to sleep. As soon as we sleep, the sun rises and our alarms start buzzing to make us realize that it is time to get up now....

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 8
Whether you are a homeowner thinking about selling, in the process of selling your house or just getting ready for the summer, a deep cleaning is always a great idea, in fact, it should be done often. Trust me, it's well worth the time and effort. If you don't want to tackle this alone, there are...

By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
Comments 65
Let me ask you a question.  Ever had a guest or family member in your house ask to borrow your cell phone charger? You know how it goes.  They say, "Hey uh, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?"  Then you go scrambling around to find the one you have behind your bed.  Or in your office.  Or ...

By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
Comments 0
This article is to help flood victims access their damage and keep an open mind as to what steps need to be taken before moving back into a flood damaged mobile home. Structural Concerns:Depending on the year manufactured, mobile homes can be set onto a foundation, concrete footings, or concrete ...

By Deep Grover
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With a growing economy, amazing food, pleasant weather, and countless options for outdoor activities, it’s safe to say that San Francisco is currently one of the most sought-after places to live in the USA. If you’re thinking about making a move, the first and the most important thing you should ...

By Marc Afzal, Real Estate Investment properties
(Sell Quick California, LLC)
Comments 4
Historic homes have many benefits not only for the property owners but also for the community. The preservation process involves a few steps, each of which must be handled with care and determination. Always identify what needs to be done, including cleaning, repairing, and replacing different it...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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Your garage is a big deal. Even if you totally ignore that your garage doors themselves can take up a significant portion of your home’s street facing surface, there’s all that (often unfinished) space inside that you’re just leaving to its own devices (and possibly growing lots of brown recluse ...

By Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego
(Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula)
Comments 61
If You Have These Smoke Alarms, Get Rid Of Them! There are two types of smoke alarms, photoelectric and ionization. Which one should you use? Ionization alarms respond marginally faster to an open or “fast-flame” fire than a photoelectric smoke alarm. On average, ionization alarms will react abou...

By Deep Grover
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Coloured contact lenses are not exactly new. The first coloured contacts were invented in the late 1930s and were all the rage back in the 1980s. Now they are back in trend. Coloured contacts, when worn, give you a certain oomph factor when worn with different outfits. Lenses are great accessorie...