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 Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
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 Should You Reface your Kitchen Cabinets Before Selling? Many homes in Winnetka and the North Shore have beautiful (and not very old)  kitchens with wood cabinets. Nowadays, the current trend of white or painted kitchens is going strong and stained wood cabinets scream “dated.” If you are plannin...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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32514 Pensacola Florida News: Real Estate Pros See 3 Common Landscaping Mistakes Good landscaping is the backbone of curb appeal, yet a survey of agents finds some oft-repeated mistakes can mar a buyer’s first impression. Read more Call or Text Charles Stallions Now 850-476-4494 for any of you re...

By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate Blog
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Moving your home can be both exciting and stressful though it is a process which is not like by all. Though moving offers an opportunity for change and reinvention in your life but it also comes with to-do lists and a lot of packing. Packing clothes may seem an easy task and you may think that to...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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When looking for the best flooring for bathroom remodel, consider its performance and durability under stress. In this scenario, such stress has to do with lots of water. For that reason, the best flooring should withstand the heavy demands of a wet atmosphere while complementing your décor at th...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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If you have plants popping up in your yard that you didn’t plant, your first instinct may be that it’s a weed. You very well might be right; after all, what are weeds except for unwanted plants? At the same time, it’s possible that you’ve got wildflowers growing on your property. Depending on you...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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Are you up for a home transformation? Don’t worry if you aren’t a natural talent for interior design; we have compiled some of the best tricks used by interior designers. They’re easy to employ and very affordable. Get ready to be inspired.1.Paint the WallsYou don't have to break the bank to achi...

By Sandi Reed, Lee's Summit #1 Real Estate Expert
(Chartwell Realty, LLC)
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Each month the Sandi Reed Real Estate Group will provide you with a list to keep you on track with those essential home repairs. We want to remind you that maintaining your home does not have to be overwhelming, but it does require some consistent attention. This month – well, it’s just plain hot...

By Robin Wells, Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time
( RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections)
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Had an individual at church today who is a General Contractor and performs Home Inspection on the side, now he has no other education or training other than what he has as a General Contractor.He had a friend approach him who had their home inspected and were told by another Home Inspector that t...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On July 18, 2019, The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) up one point to 55 points in the 2nd quarter of 2019 from 54 points in the 1st quarter of 2019.The current market conditions index gained two points to 55 points in the 2nd quarter of 2019 from 1st qu...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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Adding swimming pool water features improves your pool’s aesthetic appeal. There are plenty of water features from which to choose. Most features are customizable and can work with any pool. if you’re looking to give your pool a facelift, then here are some swimming pool water feature ideas to be...

By Amy Brotherman, Educational Blogger for Beginning Readers
(My Three Readers)
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A home library seems like a luxury, but really - it's an achievable dream if you just put a little creativity into it!Whether for the adults in the house, or a child's reading nook, a reading space can bring beauty and a warm comforting tone to a home.For creating a "diy" nook, there are lots of ...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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If your room is to become the haven and restful place that you deserve then it needs to get a thorough cleaning. The only way to do this effectively is to have a cleaning your room checklist that provides a step by step procedure on how to do it. The best time to do it is usually in the spring wh...

By Chrissy Boltan, Service professional specializing in Real Estate
(Pro Services)
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How do termites spread? What are the signs of infestation? Termites are social insects and live in colonies. If you have a termite infestation in your home, then they have formed colonies somewhere in the structure. They need moisture to survive and you can find their colony in a humid prone envi...

By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
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Is your fireplace safe?A fireplace is a comfortable place for the family to gather around during a cold winter. Statistics show that fireplaces and chimneys cause over 23,000 serious domestic fires every year in the United States, resulting in over $110 Millions in property damages and tens of fa...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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If you're a borrower seeking funds for emergency expenses, you may be dismayed by the rates available on personal loans, which can average 10%–28%. However, if you're also a homeowner who has built up substantial equity, you may be in luck, as a second mortgage offers significantly cheaper rates ...

By Joe Resendiz, Jr. Research Analyst
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For many people across the country, owning a home is part of the American dream. But homeownership is also a major responsibility—including cleaning, maintenance and the financial wherewithal to handle an emergency home repair when the need suddenly springs up. In 2015, a survey found that 25% of...

By Supreme Air Duct Svc, Serving ALL of So CA! Air Duct Cleaning Experts
(Supreme Air Duct Services 888-784-0746)
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 951-220-8608 Residential Insulation Service for ALL of Riverside County Open 7 Days A+ Rated BBB Accredited Business AAA Rated Business Consumer Alliance Does your home have trouble retaining heat or cool air? Have you checked your attics insulation condition? Proper Insulation reduces energy bi...

By Susan Sechrist, New West Realty, LLC
(New West Realty, LLC)
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Most new homeowners have something about their property that they want to change. And as family needs and design trends shift over time, many will eventually choose to remodel. Some homeowners make updates to their property before listing it to maximize their potential sales revenue.Whatever your...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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I'm one of those people who really looks at an item before I'm ready to haul it to the dumps. Just because something is believed to have lost purpose, doesn't mean it is always so!For example, several years ago I came across these old chimney pipes on a piece of land, ready to be discarded.  When...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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Tile is a very popular flooring option in Phoenix, AZ - it keeps the rooms cool, it is easy to maintain, and does not store dust, as carpet does. After designers made tile to look like wood, now I can see it is starting to resemble carpet and area rugs. I liked these ideas.