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 Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead
(Women of Westchester Working Together)
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Hey, it's Dagmar again from Dagmar's Home. On my blog I have recently shared many ideas and tips on how to enter the Holiday Season as prepared as possible! Every year, I'm getting into the Christmas spirit by putting together my Christmas Home Tour, and I hope I will bring that spirit into other...

By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA
(Barcode Properties)
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Aroma…Some of us care more, some less, but we all agree that smell is one of our most powerful senses. Smell brings memories...makes us feel hungry, happy, sad, sick, relaxed, nostalgic, focused, excited... Essential oils have been always an important part of my life and my journey to clean livin...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
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Want to learn more about the 203k & renovation loans?Our new radio program starts next Sunday 7 January 2017 from 1-2 pm. Click on the link above to get more details and call in numbers, etc. Please join us if you can, call in or email us to get your specific questions answered on the air. Some o...

(Chapman Hall Premier Realtors)
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It’s been a busy year. It almost feels like we completely skipped over spring, summer and fall and found ourselves barreling head first into winter like a kid on an out of control snow sled. With those cold days just around the corner, now is the time to make sure all your heating equipment is sa...

By Jennifer Maker, Home blogger with DIY projects & crafts
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I visited my local "re-use" center here in Ann Arbor recently, on the search for old shutters. Why? Well, I had an idea on how I could use shutters to create paper storage for my home. And I went as far as to buy some shutters from a big box home improvement store. But when I got home and opened ...

By Amanda Fontana, Real Estate Professional
(Amanda Fontana Real Estate LLC)
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2018 is nearly halfway over, and this year has brought home design updates worthy of multiple Instagram posts. Buyers and renters alike are paying closer attention to detail than ever, and these designs pack a punch!  Here are the top 5 home decor trends of 2018, and my predictions for how we’ll ...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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It is often believed that cockroaches are discovered in unclean areas yet cockroaches likewise dwell in household spaces. Cockroaches produce havoc as well as problem for humans.Cockroaches get in the house in the adhering to means-.- Through fractures around the doors as well as windows.- Throug...

By John Tabbart, Finding the Most Shared Content & Key Influencers
(Investment Properties)
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Stains are one of the common occurrences if you have a pool, but removing the stains is not as simple as you may think it to be. There is no particular process by which a stain can be removed. What may work well on one type of stain may not be so effective on another stain. The first and foremost...

By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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50-degree days in the middle of November are a great relief from the second snow of the season in the city.  The snowstorm on Veteran’s Day this year provided everyone with a snowy and icy yard.  If you were so unlucky as to not have picked up your leaves yet, those became frozen, wet and clumped...

By Karen Borden
(Keller Williams)
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Landscape and yardwork are usually the last thing on the minds of most homeowners in the dead of winter. But this is actually the ideal time to renovate the lawn and eliminate the brown spots and crab grass left over from last summer.Lawn renovationA lawn renovation starts with a thorough raking ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Can you put wax on a marble floor? Granite Hero Hints: Marble Cleaning & Maintenance Tips GRANITE HERO HINT: Conventional floor waxes should not be used on marble floors. Wax is an acrylic topical coating that does not allow the stone to breath and will cause discoloration and streaking. Professi...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
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In this Part 6 video, I show you how to easily fix damaged drywall by skim coating with these diy drywall tips. I first show you the damaged and bubbling texture and paint that needs a skim coat due to a roof leak. Next, I show how to prime the damaged drywall area with a primer called Kilz stain...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
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Save 10% this Holiday Season on any Terrazzo Maintenace ServiceValid: Nov 13 – 30 Locations:  Chicago, Dupage, Kane Cook & Lake Counties in Illinois.     This holiday season save 10% on any terrazzo floor or shower pan cleaning, polishing or restoration service. Does your terrazzo have cracks or...

By Tom Evans, Real Estate Counselor and Investor
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Adding a patio swing with canopy to your patio enclosure or backyard can help you create space where you can have more control over the environment around you. There are times when you might want to enjoy your favorite novel outside without being bothered by pesky bugs or mosquitoes. Or maybe you...

By Fin Tatello, Indoor Air Specialists
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In the modern era, when buying tech, you end up with a lot of options to consider. On one hand it gives you flexibility and variety while on the other it tends to confuse people because they become bogged down with technical details and new choices they never thought they had to consider.The air ...

By Mike Sackman, Realtor, Broker ABR, CRS. All around good guy!
(HomesFinder Realty Group)
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Home trends can be fleeting, here one minute, then gone the next. What about smart technology? Smart technology adds functionality and value to a home, so it should be a trend that sticks. Here's a few smart home products that can make your home not only more safe, but convenient.Video DoorbellWi...

By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
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Home trends can be fleeting, here one minute, then gone the next. What about smart technology? Smart technology adds functionality and value to a home, so it should be a trend that sticks.   Here's a few smart home products that can make your home not only more safe, but convenient. Video Doorbe...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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Looking to upgrade your kitchen with new countertops? Consider quartz countertops! Not only are they extremely durable, there are also a wide array of quartz countertop colors. For a clean, blank canvas choose white quartz countertops. For a more bold statement, solid black quartz countertops are...

By Tracy Gremillion, Because Your Agent Matters.
(Tracy Gremillion Group)
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It's awfully early early this year, but the temperature here in the Katy/Fulshear area will dip below freezing tonight.  Have you winterized your sprinkler system?  If not, please take a look at this video to show you how to do it so you can avoid the headache of a repair!https://www.youtube.com/...

By Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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Many homeowners living in communities defined not by common acquaintances, knowledge or culture – but geography or economics, rather than knowing your neighbor or childhood, you may not know your neighbors at all. In order to create a sense of community, it is often necessary to bring people toge...