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.


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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.


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By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
(THE TEMPLE TEAM)
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 Winter Decorating Ideas Winter time is all about being cozy and snuggled up under blankets and using elements from nature to add a fun flair to your decorations. After the Holiday decorations are put away you can still have fun decorating your home before Spring arrives. Here are a few ideas tha...

By Bill & Cyndi Daves, TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!
(Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond!)
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 Unless you've been on an extended vacation in the tropics, no doubt you have encountered some sub-freezing temperatures over the last few weeks.  While a white Christmas is the subject of many songs and the dream of school kids everywhere, if the bone-chilling, frostbite-inducing cold hangs arou...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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      We have the privilege of working with all kinds of Buyers and Sellers in a variety of communities and price points…very intentionally….and we enjoy the variety that this brings to our practice.      Working with Buyers new to the area or referrals to first time buyers brings a different dim...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Hardwood Flooring Trends for 2017  Yes, it's hot off the presses...My 2017 Hardwood Flooring trend report.  Last year's article received 115,000 clicks, and I'm hoping this one can exceed that.  So, without further ado... Please note that this article contains affiliate links.  You can read my fu...

By Jordan Ayan
(The Lifestyle Collection)
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Last March my wife, daughter and I purchased a dilapidated little home in the North Central area of Phoenix. Our goal at the time was to "flip" it. As we started, we had no idea what we were in for, but it was quite an adventure. Our little home built in 1951, and over the years had become quite ...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On January 17, 2018, Holly Amaya published the fallowing valuable helpful report on Realtor.com about list of reasons to remodel a home in 2018.1. You (likely) have more cash,2. Interest rates for building loans are low,3. It could be cheaper than buying a new home,4. Costs will go up the longer ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I can't believe January is more than half over, and I'm just getting around to posting last month's round ups.  I have been so busy December and January and I'm just trying to get caught up. On December 10th, my website crashed from a large surge in traffic.  It wasn't fun.  It was 4-5 days of ch...

By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com)
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What 2018 Home Improvement Projects Provide the Greatest Return on My Investment?   You know the expression, “get your house in order?” Well, as it turns out, ensuring that the foundation of your home is in great working order is one of the best investments you can make when it comes to increasin...

By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Must-Have Kitchen Storage Solutions to Consider The steps you take when thinking about important factors like storage space will make or break your home improvement project. Whether you're building a new kitchen in your home or renovating an existing one, you should consider everything from built...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Here are 12 Hardwood flooring trends for 2016.  I originally wrote this post on TheFlooringGirl.com at 2016 Hardwood flooring trends.  I spent a long time on this epic post, and I'd love if you reblog and socially share.  If you do share on social media, it would be great if you share from the or...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Did you know you're supposed to use a DIFFERENT vacuum for hardwood floors than for carpet?  Did you know that your current vacuum may be scratching your hardwood?  Most people don't realize this. Originally posted in full here:  What's the best vacuum for hardwood floors?  (Please note that ther...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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This article may come in handy right now as it's spring, and many of your clients are about to put their houses on the market.  Take a look at some of the most common mistakes made...from a real estate agents' point of view.   Note:  Some of these may make you laugh. Originally posted at: The Big...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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What is the best flooring choice for a kitchen? Pros and cons for the Top 9 kitchen floor choices.  This is a "condensed version" of my original article:  What is the best floor for a kitchen?  This version discusses the pros and cons for the Top 5 flooring choices for kitchens.  You can read abo...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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High quality hardwood and flooring brands - The Flooring Girl's recommendationsMy blog gets traffic from across the country, and I get questions all the time about what brands I recommend. So, I thought I would share those brands with you. You can buy these from you local hardwood flooring store ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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8 Carpet, runner and area rug trends for 2016  Carpets, area rugs and runners play a big role in our homes from style, comfort to warmth. Over time, carpets and runners (which are fashion items as well as functional), styles and colors continue to evolve. Some trends overlap and create synergy wi...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Where to find and buy Quatrefoil (or Moroccan Trellis) area rugs and matching accessories Originally posted at:  Moroccan Trellis and Quatrefoil area rugsPlease note that this article contains affiliate links.  You can read my full disclosure in the right side bar (scroll down a bit). Yes, the qu...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Hardwood flooring is all the rage these days.  And, it's not going out of style.  But what if you want a hardwood look in an area that's prone to water or moisture?  What if tile won't do it for you?  (Because it's hard on your feet and cold in the winter).   Well the good news is that there is a...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Hardwood cleaning products and suppliesThese are recommended items if you are about to or just recently refinished your hardwood floors or added new hardwood flooring to your home. These items will help you clean and protect your floor. Some items will also help with furniture moving.  Feel free ...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Hardwood floors are a huge asset to your home, and most people would like to protect that valuable investment.  Below are some products that I highly recommend to my customers. Feel free to bookmark this page as it may come in handy for you and your clients.  Please note that this article contain...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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Over the last couple of weeks, I've come across a lot of customers with pet stains in their carpet.  For sure, these types of stains and smells are not fun. Often carpeting needs to be replaced (as the stains have soaked through below to the carpet cushion.  But, sometimes, especially if you catc...