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.

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By Jeffrey Masich/ Associate Broker, MBA, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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There are so many real estate remodel and upgrade projects out there for selling or flipping a home. However, they take "Time" and "Money". Time is a killer, if you can flip three homes in the time in takes to remodel one you are behind. Sure the home may look great when done, but it could have b...

By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
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Read a great note from Tom Lynch on NextDoor Yountville about clean-up of ash from the recent fires that we should all heed. Hope this helps.Tom Lynch October 18 at 10:05am Spent two years in Lake County helping clients recover. My advice was to put a sign “No Right To Enter Without Owner Approva...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Aloha Friday from Paia Maui - oceanfront opportunityThis newly listed property on Maui's north shore could be a real development gem because there's a whole acre of land, and 2 small dwellings.  The current homes have been updated and are quite charming, but there's a potential to build a much bi...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 19
On September 29, 2017, Realtormag.Realtor.org published the fallowing valuable helpful report about list of exterior renovations tips can increase home's value.1. New roofing,2. New garage door,3. New fiber-cement siding,4. New vinyl windows,5. New steel front door,6. New vinyl siding,7. New fibe...

By Gloria Valvasori, ASA, Outstanding Service Since 1987 416-717-6331
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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Home Energy Audit ChecklistWe all know and recognize that saving energy is cost effective, but you may not recognize how inefficient your home really is until you conduct an energy audit.  You can spot many problems in your home with a simple walk-through.  Keep a checklist of areas you inspect a...

By Rhonda Sanderson, Pillar To Post resident Blogger
(Pillar To Post Home Inspectors)
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TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FOR  HALLOWEEN VISITORS It’s that time of year when the kiddies come a callin’. Not only do we have to keep them safe from strangers or tainted candy, but from minor hazards around your house that could cause an accident, even a small one. Keep the pathway to your door ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 9
Big shady trees keep your yard delightfully cool, but it is often difficult to grow grass and nearly impossible to grow flowers.So what can you do to brighten up your shady landscape? Go for foliage. Choose plants in a variety of textures, leaf sizes and shapes, and tones of green, some with gold...

By Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales
(Real Estate Places)
Comments 90
Welcome to March - We are almost to the time when it I get itchy to make soe improvements to my house - I'm thinking you might too. And I'm not just talking about some new seed on the lawn. UPDATED 9/3/2015 - Additional HERO program info and benefits added. So, over the past few years, sales peop...

By Kevin McKenzie, Helping Realtors with Expert Content
(Spectrum Communications)
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When you’re looking to redo your flooring, or add that extra touch to your current concrete floors, it’s important to know what your options are. Depending on the scope of your project—whether you’re coating a commercial kitchen or shoring up the durability of an automotive workshop—the type of o...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
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Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Elk Grove Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Elk Grove, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation Here’s ...

By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
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When the time comes to sell your home, you want it to leave the market as soon as possible, selling soon after you list. This means making sure that the first impression your home makes any anyone that views it is favorable, and enough to make them want to take another look.As the living room is ...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
Comments 0
Fannie Mae’s Homestyle Renovation mortgage, VA’s Renovation, and FHA’s 203(k) and (FHA 203K Streamline) loan programs are designed to finance the purchase and renovation of your home, all in one loan.The first thing most people want to do when they buy their home is – “make it theirs”. Renovation...

By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA)
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It is my opinion when you enter a home, for a showing, when the front door opens and you step inside the client should be WOWED. It sets the tone, especially when the rest of the home carries it forward.This is the photo I am submitting for the Dick Greenberg 2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest. ...

By Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Summer Gardening in FloridaPeople who move to Florida from northern parts of the country find that they have to adjust to the different growing conditions when they are thinking about planting flowers or a vegetable garden. Typically late winter/early Spring and Fall are the best times to plant m...

By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1807
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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My 203k consultant isn't doing a good job of managing the contractor!Well, I don't know how to put this any other way but "it isn't the consultant's job to manage the contractor" so he or she shouldn't be expected to do that.1) The consultant is a consultant when first hired. They will consult wi...

By Ryan Reynolds Team, Helping YOU is What We're Here to Do!
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 3
 Tips For A Smooth Home Renovation - Renovating or remodeling your home may seem like a daunting task if you don't know where to start, but it doesn't have to be a stressful project. Planning ahead and doing research will help you ensure a smooth home renovation. Here are some tips from BHG to ge...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 2
Homeowners, new one-time tax break makes sun power attractiveCongress has renewed and increased the tax credit for wind power, solar power, geothermal and other energy saving power plans.Buyers of green homes will benefit, but homeowners who install solar power in their present homes will get a 3...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
Comments 3
If insuring your home is taking a bigger bite out of your wallet each year, here are some ways to ease the pain.* Increase the deductible from $500 to $1,000 for a 20 percent premium deduction.* Combining auto and home policies could save you up to $300 a year.According to Money magazine, if your...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Many people expect to hear slamming doors, crackling candles, or maybe even howling sounds from ghosts during the month of October as Halloween quickly approaches. In just a couple of weeks, you may even have many kids constantly ringing your door bell. So how do you differentiate the silly holid...

By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Comments 0
Sometimes the thought of renovating a home seems much easier than moving. But whether you’re undertaking a major restoration or a minor remodeling, what begins as a dream endeavor can quickly devolve into a nightmare.Surprises may be lurking behind the walls and beneath the floorboards. Often, th...