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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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Put the hammer down and the glasses on and read on.

Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Designing your dream home is a journey filled with excitement and decisions. This blog likely provides valuable insights and practical tips for navigating the design process, from choosing the right layout to selecting finishes and decor that reflect your style.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP  Embarking on the journey to create your dream home can be as exhilarating as it is complex. Thoroughly understanding the custom home building process is pivotal for aspirants who wish to see their dream home come to fruition. More goes into creating a living space than mere construction; it's about molding your unique vision into a place you can call home for years to come, where design preferences harmoniously meet lifestyle needs. Envisioning Your Dream Home Your journey be...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Embarking on the journey to create your dream home can be as exhilarating as it is complex. Thoroughly understanding the custom home building process is pivotal for aspirants who wish to see their dream home come to fruition. More goes into creating a living space than mere construction; it's about molding your unique vision into a place you can call home for years to come, where design preferences harmoniously meet lifestyle needs.Envisioning Your Dream HomeYour journey begins with the vision of your ideal living space that encapsulates a desired aesthetic and embeds functionality tailored to your way of life. Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency should be considered front and center in today's home designs. Smart home technology is no mere trend; it's a forward-thinking ...
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By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
(RealEstateAgent.com)
Renovating your home can be an exciting journey that transforms your living space into a personalized sanctuary. However, meticulous financial planning is required to ensure the project is completed without unpleasant financial surprises. This guide provides actionable tips and essential information to help homeowners in New Jersey effectively budget for their home renovations, utilizing insights from industry experts and local data.Understanding The Costs InvolvedUnderstanding the costs of a home renovation is the foundation of your budgeting process. In New Jersey, starting renovation costs hover around $100 per square foot, with variations depending on the project's complexity and the home's location. Sweeten provides insight into more specific endeavors, estimating that kitchen remo...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Innovative ideas! Military renters can make the most of their space with creative solutions. This blog likely offers practical tips for transforming unused areas into functional spaces. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Military renters know that each home they move into has quirks to overcome and embrace. For example, some lucky duck renters inherit room space that’s often left unused. Today, rarely used formal living and dining rooms often have hidden transformation potential that could drastically improve the way your family lives. Tailor the Transformation to Your Needs If you have a room that you think is perfect for a redo, remember that the most critical aspect of a room update is creating an area that genuinely serves your family's needs. Think about your hob...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Here’s the problem like many others have, hot water heater is in one side of the house and the bathroom is on the other side.  Want to shave with hot water?  Turn it on and do something else for a few minutes, shower takes forever!  I thought this was something I would just need to live with, hold on, wait there is a solution!Few weeks ago, I was visiting a plumbing showroom for a project and somehow the discussion came up about delay in getting hot water and I commented I guess very expensive to solve and the lady I was working with said hold on we have the answer and it’s not that expensive.  Turns out for less than $500 they can put a circulating pump on your water heater and some sort of tee in your bathroom that has a timer. You can set the timer up to 4 hours and you will have ins...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Military renters know that each home they move into has quirks to overcome and embrace. For example, some lucky duck renters inherit room space that’s often left unused. Today, rarely used formal living and dining rooms often have hidden transformation potential that could drastically improve the way your family lives. Tailor the Transformation to Your Needs If you have a room that you think is perfect for a redo, remember that the most critical aspect of a room update is creating an area that genuinely serves your family's needs. Think about your hobbies and daily routines. Let your imagination run wild and personalize the space to reflect your family’s lifestyle. Transformation Inspiration  Pinterest Power Before diving into the transformation, gather inspiration! A conversion projec...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
I love Florida and even in the dog days of summer but your attic might not!  When I sell a home to somebody from the “North” I tell them to not store their Christmas candles in the attic because if you do you will have a melted candle.  Temperatures in a Florida attic can be 130 to 150 degrees which means your ceiling can be hot so there goes your cooling cost up.  Most homes here have roof vents but that might not be enough you might want to consider a solar powered roof fan.  You will need to check but on one website they were talking tax credit if you installed them.What happens when hot moist air hits cool air besides thunderstorms?  The moisture in the hot air turns to liquid and that is happening right above your ceiling in your installation, not good in the long run.  Some homes ...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Landscaping for dogs is easy with these tips about what to do and what NOT to.Like choosing the right mulch.MulchDO: Use gravel, shredded hardwood mulch, or wood chips; they won’t stick to longhair coats.Don't: Use cocoa mulch, which may contain theobromine, the same ingredient that makes chocolate poisonous to dogs.Yard FeaturesDO: Create a water feature so your dog can cool off on hot days.DON'T: Install a pond or pool that's hard for your dog to enter and exit.DO: Add a sandbox so your dog can feel free to dig in. Bury bones and treats at first to pique their interest.DON'T: Think that sandboxes are maintenance-free. Keep a shovel and rake nearby to cover holes and clean waste.Related: How to Stop Your Dog From Digging in Your YardPlantsDO: Use organic fertilizers, herbicides, and pe...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
To check out more of Homeowner and Seller’s Tips, visit my website: Homeowner And Real Estate Tips (That is also where you find PART 1 of “Uses For Jar Opener”):https://www.annasellsrealestate.com/fine/real/estate/homeownertip/custom/Homeowner-and-Real-Estate-Tips Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece RealtyCall me at 772-485-4188 with any Real Estate Questions. Web-site:www.annasellsrealestate.com1775 SW Gatlin Blvd Ste 101, PSL, FL, 34953 
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Invaluable topic! Landlords play a crucial role in ensuring their properties are safe for tenants. This blog likely offers tips and strategies for preventing injuries, such as maintaining proper lighting and addressing potential hazards.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP How Can Landlords Prevent Injuries on Their Properties Landlords carry the responsibility of ensuring their rental properties are safe and free from hazards that could cause injuries to tenants or visitors. Not only is this essential for the wellbeing of the occupants, but it can also protect landlords from potential lawsuits and financial losses. This article examines the proactive measures landlords can take to mitigate the risk of personal injuries on their rental properties. Conduct Routine Inspec...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative read! Crawlspace damage can lead to significant issues in your home. This blog likely explores common problems and offers solutions for addressing crawlspace issues.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Crawlspace issues are a prevalent but hidden concern that hides beneath the floorboards of many homes in Salem, Oregon. These problems may not be visible, but they can have a big effect on the structural soundness and health of your house. The problems with crawlspaces are many and range from bug infestations compromising the soundness of your home's foundation to mold collection resulting in mold growth. Moreover, it is impossible to overlook the dangers posed by radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally. Recognizing the Value of the Crawlspace in Your H...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great timing! Spring home maintenance is crucial for keeping your property in top shape. This blog likely offers practical tips for tackling important tasks to prepare your home for the season.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP As the chill of winter melts away, spring ushers in a perfect opportunity for homeowners to conduct essential maintenance. Here’s a comprehensive guide to spring home maintenance from Double H Inspections to keep your home in peak condition. Exterior Maintenance Inspect the Roof: Look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles that may have been impacted by winter weather. Early repairs can prevent costly water damage. If you can’t safely get on your roof, call a home inspector or roofing contractor to do the inspection. Clean Gutters and Downspou...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Long Beach Island, nestled along the picturesque Jersey Shore, is not only a haven for beach enthusiasts but also a vibrant culinary destination. Known for its beautiful sandy beaches and serene ocean views, this island offers more than just scenic beauty—it's a gastronomic paradise waiting to be explored. Whether you're craving freshly caught seafood, a sophisticated dining experience, or a casual meal with family, Long Beach Island's diverse array of restaurants caters to all tastes. In this comprehensive guide, we dive into the heart of Long Beach Island's dining scene, exploring the unique flavors and experiences that make each restaurant a must-visit. Prepare to indulge in a journey of culinary delights as we uncover the best restaurants on Long Beach Island.Why Long Beach Island i...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Long Beach Island, affectionately known as LBI, is a beloved destination for beach enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. While its golden shores and charming cottages draw visitors year after year, the island also boasts an array of state parks and open spaces, offering a serene retreat from the bustling crowds. Discover the natural wonders and outdoor adventures awaiting you at Long Beach Island State Parks!Barnegat Lighthouse State Park: A Beacon of SerenityBarnegat Lighthouse State Park stands as a historic landmark and a beacon of serenity on Long Beach Island. Its iconic lighthouse, towering over the landscape, offers breathtaking panoramic views of Barnegat Bay, Long Beach Island, and Island Beach. Open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting, this expansive p...
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By Sean Harron, Rural property specialist
(Dirt Road Real Estate / AZ Rural Land Pro)
I just got a spam call from Angie's list trying to enlist me to take on projects in the rural areas I service. I had to explain to the gentleman that the rural market is a different animal and can't be handled the same as an in town project. He didn't quite get the point of what I was telling him but it made me think.Any rural market has its challenges when it comes to getting people to show up to do a job, big or small. Here's how it works in my head;Being in business is expensive.Being in the construction business is absolutely expensive. Rural contractors can't do the volume of in town guys. Volume keeps the wheels on the bus turning. The more business you get the more labor you can keep on the rolls and the more large and small projects you can do profitably.As a small rural company...
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By Tom Hurley, Residential and commercial inspector.
(Double H Inspections)
As the chill of winter melts away, spring ushers in a perfect opportunity for homeowners to conduct essential maintenance. Here’s a comprehensive guide to spring home maintenance from Double H Inspections to keep your home in peak condition.Exterior Maintenance Inspect the Roof: Look for missing, loose, or damaged shingles that may have been impacted by winter weather. Early repairs can prevent costly water damage. If you can’t safely get on your roof, call a home inspector or roofing contractor to do the inspection. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear out leaves and debris. Ensure downspouts drain away from the foundation to prevent water damage. Downspouts draining near the foundation are a leading cause of foundation issues and moisture intrusion into the home. Examine the Foundation...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Welcome to Hatton Fields, Carmel, CA—a community where luxury meets the serene beauty of coastal living. Nestled amidst green spaces dotted with majestic trees and vibrant landscaping, Hatton Fields offers a unique blend of elegance and natural charm. For those in the market for Hatton Fields Carmel homes for sale, this blog provides an in-depth guide to what makes this area not just a place to live, but a place to thrive. From spacious estate homes to breathtaking views and convenient local access, discover why Hatton Fields is a top choice for discerning homebuyers.Discover Hatton Fields, Carmel, CAThe Charm of Hatton FieldsHatton Fields isn't just a location; it's a picturesque escape into nature's embrace. The community is known for its rolling landscapes, shaded by a variety of mat...
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By Legal Info, Here For Your Legal Needs
How Can Landlords Prevent Injuries on Their PropertiesLandlords carry the responsibility of ensuring their rental properties are safe and free from hazards that could cause injuries to tenants or visitors. Not only is this essential for the wellbeing of the occupants, but it can also protect landlords from potential lawsuits and financial losses. This article examines the proactive measures landlords can take to mitigate the risk of personal injuries on their rental properties.Conduct Routine InspectionsOne of the most effective preventive measures is to establish a regular maintenance schedule. Landlords should conduct routine inspections to identify any potential hazards or repair needs. Aspects such as electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, roofing, and structural...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Invaluable topic! Knowing which home improvements add value is key for homeowners. This blog likely offers insights into which upgrades and renovations can increase your home's resale value. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Making Sense of Home Improvements: What Adds Value? Before diving into renovation projects, it's important to understand which upgrades are likely to boost your home's value and which ones may not yield a significant return on investment. While certain improvements can enhance your home's appeal and attract potential buyers, others may fall short of expectations. It's prudent to explore examples of home improvements that have the potential to increase your home's value, as well as situations where renovations may not have a substantial impact on ...
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Before diving into renovation projects, it's important to understand which upgrades are likely to boost your home's value and which ones may not yield a significant return on investment.    Making Sense of Home Improvements: What Adds Value? Before diving into renovation projects, it's important to understand which upgrades are likely to boost your home's value and which ones may not yield a significant return on investment. While certain improvements can enhance your home's appeal and attract potential buyers, others may fall short of expectations. It's prudent to explore examples of home improvements that have the potential to increase your home's value, as well as situations where renovations may not have a substantial impact on its worth. By gaining insights into these factors, home...
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