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 Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 37
Beware Unwanted Side Effects of Power Washing Your Home's ExteriorEarlier this year, I listed a home in the best condition I have encountered in a long time.   The sellers truly cared about their property and had made sure that it was in tip top shape to hit the market.  That included a good powe...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 1
There are many myths in real estate.Among them is the believe that every dollar spent adds a dollar to the value of a home."I bought the home for $200,000 and spent another $100,000 on improving my home, so it's worth $300,000!".  And as many sellers have learned, that doesn't hold true in the Ci...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 5
On July 16, 2018, a very educational report was published on Realtor Magazine about list of good tips for to transform an outdoor yard into entertainment space.1. Create a dramatic focal point,2. Enhance the lighting,3. Focus on nature,Perhaps, there are more list of good tips to transform an out...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 21
If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen please read this post. If you would like a free market analysis of your home please call me Git Bantwal at Re/Max Centre 215-343-8200 x124 or direct 2152758491   Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath this year? Lots of interesting new "must-...

By Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
(Simply Vegas Real Estate)
Comments 108
Alert - Failing KitchenAid Refrigerator Control Boards, part numbers 2307028 and the replacement W10219463, are no longer available, and apparently have had a fairly high failure rate. For the good news, I may be able to provide you with a possible simple repair as you read on.  These refrigerato...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 5
Atlanta Buckhead Carpet Cleaning Steam Deluxe European Craftsmanship  When you see this van driving to where you live, you are in for a treat: High quality work - performed professionally - great results. Mike Morgos, the owner of Steam Deluxe, came highly recommended from Benedict Fine Rug Clean...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 51
 Thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath this year? Lots of interesting new "must-have" kitchen and bath trends in 2018 according to ProSource Wholesale here in Charlotte, North Carolina, which they call "Inspiration Meeting Innovation.'  5 "MUST-HAVE" 2018 KITCHEN TRENDS New metal finishe...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Comments 4
On July, 19, 2018, The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) gained one point to 58 points in the 2nd quarter of 2018, from 1st quarter of 2018.The Remodeling Market Index’s current market conditions index declined one point to 57 points in the 2nd quarter of...

By YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
(YourSiteNeedsMe.com)
Comments 0
Tropical Green Building practices differ from other green building practices, because it fills a particular geographical need. The hot summer, heavy rains and mild winters call for specific building practices. These practices are in effect in some areas like Singapore, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka ...

By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Comments 1
Outside of the kitchen and master bedroom, the master bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the entire home. Not only do you spend a lot of time here, but it’s also something prospective buyers take into consideration when putting an offer in on a home. In other words, it has a big impac...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
Comments 2
Today I’m going to show you how to do orange peel texture on a wall repair. I’ll also give you some blending orange peel tips, tricks and more... How to do Orange Peel Texture on a repair with some blending orange peel tips, tricks and more...After I repaired this water damaged drywall from a plu...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 7
In my previous post I showed the incredible transformation of a mudroom. Check out "A Mudroom Makeover" if you missed it. Now I want to show the transformation of the laundry room right next door that was done at the same time.Laundry rooms do not need to be boring and just for function.  In fact...

By Paul Peck, Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor
(Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida)
Comments 10
 New Video Alert: Amazing trick to match knockdown texture on a ceiling repair!In today's video I'm going to show you an amazing trick to match knockdown texture on a ceiling repair with the knockdown texture sponge. After I repaired the failing tape joint at the giant vaulted ceiling drywall sea...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 1
This is a interesting blog that Endre Barath, Jr. that taught me a lot. Having the correct tools makes life easier in any profession. This of course is very true in Real Estate. When we bought our home, we loved that there were three orange, one tangerine and one lemon tree in our back yard.  Not...

By Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
(Rooms With Style)
Comments 5
I know the kitchen is the most important room in the house but the mudroom and laundry room get so much traffic and use that most people don't want them to be dingy.Renovating these rooms may not be on the top of a homeowner's list but I have to say that it can not only make you happy as a homeow...

By Barbara Hobbs, Lic. FL, AL & MA.
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
Comments 1
By: Anne Arntson Personalize your kitchen with design ideas like painting your floor instead of using tile. A new year, a new opportunity to make your kitchen swoon-worthy. Whether your most-used room is in need of a total refresh or a few simple tweaks, make this year, the year that you fall in ...

By Jeffrey Masich- Arizona Associate Broker,MBA &GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Comments 3
You may have questions about real estate and about some of the best and easiest ways to update your home and not sure whom to ask? You could ask me as your personal Realtor or you could ask the usually reliable but sometimes erratic "Garden Gnomes". You prefer to start with the garden gnomes, you...

By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 4
If you are planning on remodeling, listen up! Unpermitted work is getting a crackdown, especially in our city and potentially yours as well. When you take on a remodeling project it may be more than simply changing out a bathroom fixture or a few lighting sconces. And you'll have to pay attention...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 1
This is a great post and I thank you Don for sharing with us This post comes on the heels of a recent contractor nightmare a friend of mine has been dealing with. It seems like everyone I talked to has some crazy contractor story. When we explain a bad situation, people say, "yes, that sounds lik...

By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 40
Having the correct tools makes life easier in any profession. This of course is very true in Real Estate.When we bought our home, we loved that there were three orange, one tangerine and one lemon tree in our back yard.  Not wanting to sound uneducated, but I had no idea what it would take to tak...