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 Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes, Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT
(Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn)
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12 Home Design Improvement ideas you should consider when building your new home.  These simple gems will return huge dividends and may increase your home's value There is SO much to consider when building a home.  Whether you are building your primary residence or a vacation home, these tips may...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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Yes, I get asked how is that kitchen remodel with Lowes coming along almost every week from friends . . .  and strangers to boot. Problem is there has been no activity since the first week in December. Lowes had to come to a screeching halt with crown molding hanging midair because some of the Sh...

By Jennifer Stone, Favorite Four Letter Word: SOLD
(Big Show Realty)
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Do you want to know how to keep scorpions away? These creatures look deadly and can cause life-threatening stings. If you find their presence in your home, then the first thing that should come to your mind is to hire professionals to ensure complete removal. It is more important if you have youn...

By Jason Nenadov, expert advice and services to buyers and sellers
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When the California summer gets too hot, one of the best things to do is to stay inside your Clovis CA home and enjoy the feel of the cool wind from you AC while sipping a cold glass of refreshing drink. A working HVAC brings many benefits, especially here in Clovis, when the temperature climbs u...

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Aging in Place and to a lesser degree Universal Design are buzzwords that we've been hearing a lot lately. The intent is that you remain in your home as long as possible after retiring in order to continue enjoying your independence and contact with your friends and community.   Aging in Place an...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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A garage is an excellent place for storage, but things are often put there and forgotten. This can result in a disorganized mess that makes it difficult to find room for vehicles and other important items. If your garage could use some organization, you need a strategy.Get Help and Make a PlanFir...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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Now that February has arrived, homeowners are anticipating the upcoming spring season and everything that comes along with it.Warmer temperatures are on their way. By mid-February, colder zones throughout the country will be approaching the last frost of the season, making it the perfect time for...

By M.C. Dwyer, Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Century 21 Showcase REALTORs)
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Originally written by Lise Howe on the East Coast, I thought this article was worth re-blogging because of the reality she sheds on what the TV shows sometimes make look like an easy profitable experience.     She recommends adding 15 - 20% onto your budget for contingencies and I'd add, plan on ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Lately, I've been doing a lot of in home design consultations.  I help customers picking stain colors and pain colors.  While I'm there, I often give them other design advice as well as tell them the right order to do things.  (In this regards, I know much more than the average decorator given my...

By Steve Houck
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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Many of you have seen me post on this subject before, however, it is one of the most important things that a home buyer/owner should be aware of. I'm not an engineer, so I'm not qualified as such, but in my 20+ years in real estate, I've witnessed several problems caused by poor drainage. Now, th...

By Mark and Laura Anderson, Common Name - Uncommon Service
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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Top 8 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2019  If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design. Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a ...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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 An ideal dining table is the one that comes within your budget, is robust enough to survive harsh elements, properly fits in your small space, and features an elegant style that you and your guests will love for years. Your dining table isn’t just a set of furniture you’ve installed near your ki...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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Moving can be a hassle, especially when we fear we’re forgetting something. This moving checklist infographic will help keep you on track as well as informing you of deductibles that could apply to you.  

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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As more people become aware of their carbon footprint, many are looking for home interior alternatives that allow them to live consciously while still creating a beautiful home. You’ll feel better about your home knowing it’s environmentally friendly. This infographic breaks down the different wa...

By Joyce Thomas, Your Home Sold Guaranteed!
(The Thomas Group Brokered by eXp Realty)
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Utility bills are often much higher than they should be. By making some simple changes, you can keep your house comfortable and significantly reduce your monthly energy bills.Lower Heating CostsHeating and cooling are responsible for a large chunk of utility bills. In the winter, you can save mon...

By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
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One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidyi...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
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Fruits and Nuts Planting season continues for dormant trees. Fertilize fruit trees. Apply half of the fertilizer recommended for grapes now; apply the other half soon after fruit sets. Continue dormant pruning and grafting. Start strawberry plantings. Shrubs Planting season continues. Visit camel...

By Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--, Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.
(Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc)
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Some great tips for keeping the cold out! It's one degree this morning… 1°, and even that is warmer than some places around the country right now. We are seeing record-breaking low temperatures across the US. I even saw a Facebook post of the cold coming through light switch sockets, that's how c...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Green building materials have several benefits for both builders and homeowners looking to build or renovate. From energy efficiency to healthier products that give off fewer VOCs, more green building materials are appearing on the market, meeting the demand that many people have for homes and bu...

By Tiffany Hayden, We support real estate agent pros in the U.S.
(Top 10 Contractor)
Comments 3
How to Remove Ink from CarpetNearly all carpet cleaners tend to be cautious concerning ink spots or stains. Many of them have observed minimal results in removing them from carpeting. Ink stains are extremely difficult to cope with when seen on light colored high-density deluxe pile carpets.Ink s...