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 Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
Comments 7
The best way to fix a two to three inch shallow rut in your yard is to first loosen the dirt around and under the rut with a garden fork. The idea is to bring the dirt up to the sides of the rut, then spread a little compost over it. Once your compost is in place, then spread your dirt back onto ...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Comments 0
You may have questions about real estate and dream of a home with a "view" or wish you had a view at a reasonable cost. Homes with a "view" make them more enjoyable and also get attention to make your home sell. Are you not sure whom to ask about where to find a view home or how to get a view in...

By April Stephens, Broker/Realtor - Johnston & Wake County
(RE/MAX One Realty)
Comments 4
 1. Amp up your curb appeal!Curb appeal may sound daunting, but there are several easy ways to make your home stand out on your block. While landscaping is an important part of curb appeal, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to do a complete (and often expensive) overhaul. For instance, in lieu...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 3
By: HomeAdvisor.com With a growing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important. Fortunately, improving your home’s energy efficiency isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you may think. Here are four tips to help you cut costs without compromising comfort. 1. A...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Comments 3
Call or Text Charles Stallions 850-476-4494 for any of you real estate related questions NOW. Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida Homes and Real Estate: Pensacola Realtor Charles Stallions ask,Fla. building permits rose 20.8% year-to-yearHome construction continues to lag nationwide, but incr...

By Mullen Real Estate Team, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 3
By: HouseLogic.com No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. #1 Add Some (Tough) Edging:It’s your yard — yours to do with as you wish. And while that’s great, that doesn’t mean you have to be one of those people who spends every spare moment i...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 15
I've been dealing with a fairly significant plumbing problem at my home the last couple days. Out in my yard, there is a break in the waterline from the main at my back fence to the house. The break was under my brick patio. Several years ago, there was an addition put onto my home to create a di...

By Joe Lattanzio
(Russell Real Estate Services)
Comments 3
 The oft-repeated maxim that there is never a second chance to make a great first impression is especially true when it comes to real estate. Street appeal may focus on a dramatic approach to the front door, but prospective buyers will be especially “wowed” by an appealing back yard.Early spring ...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
Comments 1
How do you clean grout? - CHICAGOLAND – Tile & Grout RestorationGRANITE HERO HINT: For grout joints complimenting porcelain or ceramic tile, fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and hot water. DO NOT USE VINEGAR ON NATURAL STONE TILES. Spray the grout joints with the homemade solu...

By Stieg Strand, Always showing up and working hard for you
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 3
HGTV addicts listen up... You have an opportunity to own a peice of HGTV for only $245000. 1463 Sage Court in Shakopee, a three level split with 3 beds 2 bath Shakopee had an $80,000 full kitchen/dining/entry makeover in one evening!        Click here for more Sage Court information and virtual t...

By Rob Colarusso
(Long Island Insurance)
Comments 1
In New York, particularly on Long Island in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Brooklyn County, and Richmond County, homeowners may be faced with the prospect of trying to obtain home insurance (or having existing insurance) for a home that they own which is on or close to the water. I...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Lake Norman/Charlotte/Charleston
Comments 2
5 QUICK TIPS to keep your home looking it's BEST and takes very little time and money to do it! DECLUTTER ... This is something that if it's done on a daily basis your home will be always ready for unexpected guests and impromptu get-togethers!PAINT YOUR MAILBOX ... This little trick will instant...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
Comments 0
Many fruit trees grow well in Midland, Texas. Some fruit trees should be avoided altogether though. For various reasons, many growers suggest residential, small scale fruit tree enthusiasts shy away from growing particular fruit trees. So, if you're considering growing fruit in your own yard, tak...

By Faye Y. Taylor, Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni
(StepStone Realty, LLC )
Comments 1
Fleas?   Dogs and cats both fight them every year. Fleas can be a real problem; not only for the discomfort of your pets but for the nuisance they are. I can't stand them and neither can our dogs.                                                                  I have referenced below a blog abou...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 29
When it comes to first time home buyers, one of the least understood components of a home seems to be plumbing vents.  You know, those pipes sticking up out of the roof that run through the attic and through the rest of the house.  All plumbing fixtures, with the possible exception of floor drain...

By Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth.
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
Comments 14
In last week's blog post about washing machine connectors, I mentioned that I'm not a big fan of the FloodSafe® washing machine connectors.  These are special flexible water supply connectors, aka 'hoses', with a mechanism that will completely shut off the flow of water if the hose bursts.  These...

By Andy Lee
(Andy Lee Finish Carpentry)
Comments 4
Crown Moulding Modesto  Installing crown molding is an art. At least it can be, depending on a few things. The type of crown you're installing can be plain or it can be extravagant in detail, such as 2-step crown molding. The rule of thumb for a good installation (at least as far as I'm concerned...

By Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
(Respect Realty LLC)
Comments 7
Winter is coming to Oregon and so is the freezing rain. If you have trees around your house, you know when the freezing rain hits, some of those limbs will be coming down from the weight of the ice hanging off of them.Now, if those limbs are above your home, then you and your family are in danger...

By Granite Heroes, Marble, Granite & Terrazzo Restoration
(Granite Heroes)
Comments 0
Project Description:Marble Floor Honing & Polishing - Arlington Heights, IL 60005What do you do with a natural stone or marble entry way when its old and dirty?  Depending on the type of remodeling or home upgrades planned,  some people choose to replace the marble entryway flooring. Conversely ...

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 63
Just Because There’s Space Doesn’t Mean You Have to Fill It. Recently I was visiting a friend who was doing some redesign of her family area. She’d purchased a whole new seating arrangement, new lamps, end tables, hand rug.  She even replaced (finally) her large entertainment center with a sleek ...