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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.


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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Not all bathrooms need a full-blown renovation, as Ellie says a fresh coat of paint can do wonders, maybe some beadboard, wainscotting, new vanity, and new lighting and fixtures are all that is necessary!!After all, bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, so a good deep clean and a little facelift in a modest home can do wonders. Updating an Out-of-Date Bathroom   Not all bathrooms are modern spa experiences. And in some cases, old and out-of-date bathrooms can be frustrating to use. They often have a lack of storage or space. But what can you do to make the space more functional and work for your family? Here are some tips to get you started: A fresh coat of paint There is nothing a fresh coat of paint can't fix. It's simply the most affordable option to transform a room. Choose a color tha...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Transformative ideas! Designing a dream bedroom involves selecting the right furniture pieces to create a comfortable and stylish space. This blog likely offers tips for choosing furniture that suits your style and maximizes functionality. Looking forward to learning more about creating the perfect bedroom retreat!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Creating a serene and personalized space in your bedroom is more than just a decorating endeavour; it's a journey towards crafting a haven that reflects your inner self and meets your functional needs. With the urban lifestyle of Pune steadily evolving, the concept of acquiring bedroom furniture on a rental basis has emerged as a savvy solution for those looking to blend flexibility, affordability, and style. This approach ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Exciting project! Updating an out-of-date bathroom can transform the space and add value to your home. This blog likely offers tips and inspiration for modernizing your bathroom, from cosmetic changes to more extensive renovations. Looking forward to learning more about revitalizing outdated bathrooms!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Updating an Out-of-Date Bathroom   Not all bathrooms are modern spa experiences. And in some cases, old and out-of-date bathrooms can be frustrating to use. They often have a lack of storage or space. But what can you do to make the space more functional and work for your family? Here are some tips to get you started: A fresh coat of paint There is nothing a fresh coat of paint can't fix. It's simply the most affordable option to transf...
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By Dan McElfresh, Your St. Louis real estate & lifestyle guide
(St. Louis Living powered by ExP Realty)
Excerpt: Joshua’s recent move to GuardEx as Director of Sales and Growth isn’t just a career shift—it’s a mission. Merging his formidable sales acumen with a heartfelt dedication to community service, Joshua is set to redefine what it means to care for our homes and, by extension, our communities.A New Chapter of Growth and ImpactJoshua's addition to the GuardEx team as Director of Sales and Growth marks a pivotal moment in his career. This role isn't just another step on the professional ladder; it's a reflection of his unwavering commitment to making a tangible impact on the community. Joshua’s journey to GuardEx is fueled by a shared vision of service and excellence, making it a beacon of his career.Aligning Values for Greater ImpactAt its core, GuardEx stands as a testament to innov...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Updating an Out-of-Date Bathroom   Not all bathrooms are modern spa experiences. And in some cases, old and out-of-date bathrooms can be frustrating to use. They often have a lack of storage or space. But what can you do to make the space more functional and work for your family? Here are some tips to get you started: A fresh coat of paint There is nothing a fresh coat of paint can't fix. It's simply the most affordable option to transform a room. Choose a color that matches your design aesthetic. Choose something in a light shade if you want the room to feel more open. Dark and jewel-tone colors can make the space pop for a more dramatic effect. Install wainscotting or tile board Installing wainscotting or tile board can give your bathroom a whole new look without requiring a huge con...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Updating an Out-of-Date Bathroom Not all bathrooms are modern spa experiences. And in some cases, old and out-of-date bathrooms can be frustrating to use. They often have a lack of storage or space. But what can you do to make the space more functional and work for your family? Here are some tips to get you started:A fresh coat of paintThere is nothing a fresh coat of paint can't fix. It's simply the most affordable option to transform a room. Choose a color that matches your design aesthetic. Choose something in a light shade if you want the room to feel more open. Dark and jewel-tone colors can make the space pop for a more dramatic effect.Install wainscotting or tile boardInstalling wainscotting or tile board can give your bathroom a whole new look without requiring a huge constructi...
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Creating a serene and personalized space in your bedroom is more than just a decorating endeavour; it's a journey towards crafting a haven that reflects your inner self and meets your functional needs. With the urban lifestyle of Pune steadily evolving, the concept of acquiring bedroom furniture on a rental basis has emerged as a savvy solution for those looking to blend flexibility, affordability, and style. This approach caters to the dynamic needs of modern living and allows you to experiment with various designs and arrangements without the commitment of a hefty purchase. Let's delve into how you can design your dream bedroom with the right furniture, keeping Pune's vibrant ethos in mind.  Understanding Your SpaceBefore diving into the vast sea of bedroom furniture options, it's cru...
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By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(Century 21 The Harrelson Group Firm | 7 Offices)
7 Creative Ways to Furnish Your Home on a BudgetAre you eager to give your living space a fresh look without breaking the bank? Furnishing your home on a budget doesn't have to mean sacrificing style or quality. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can achieve a chic and comfortable living space without emptying your wallet. Here are seven savvy tips to help you furnish your home on a budget:1. Embrace Secondhand FindsOne person's trash is another's treasure. Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales, and online marketplaces like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can be treasure troves of affordable furniture and decor. Keep an open mind and be prepared to put in a bit of elbow grease – a fresh coat of paint or new upholstery can breathe new life into a secondhand piece.2....
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative guide! Flipping houses can be a lucrative venture but requires careful planning and execution. This blog likely offers a step-by-step guide to help aspiring flippers navigate the process successfully. Looking forward to learning more about the strategies for flipping houses!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP House Flipping 101: Your Guide to Success Flipping houses has become a popular venture for real estate enthusiasts seeking to turn a profit by buying, renovating, and selling properties for a higher price. While it can be a lucrative endeavor, flipping houses requires careful planning, strategic execution, and a keen understanding of the real estate market. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of flipping a house...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Fantastic topic! Natural light can transform a home, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. This blog likely explores the benefits of natural light and offers practical tips for maximizing its use in home design. Looking forward to learning more about the positive impact of natural light!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP There is something uniquely rejuvenating about the natural light that fills your home, and it plays a pivotal role in the architectural and psychological makeup of your living space. It's a silent ally, influencing everything from your mood to your health, as well as your home's aesthetic appeal and value.    Utilizing natural light in your home transforms it into a sanctuary that not only enhances your physical, mental, and emotional health but al...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative read! Relocating for a new job can be exciting but challenging. This blog likely offers a comprehensive moving guide to help individuals navigate the relocation process smoothly. Looking forward to learning more about the tips and advice for a successful move!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Moving to a new place of employment may be an exciting and difficult experience. While it offers new possibilities, a seamless transfer also necessitates meticulous organization and planning. Numerous things must be taken into account to ensure a successful relocation, from investigating the new area to adjusting to a new job and surroundings. This guide will help you follow a step-by-step moving plan with confidence and simplicity. Researching the New Location It's ...
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Moving to a new place of employment may be an exciting and difficult experience. While it offers new possibilities, a seamless transfer also necessitates meticulous organization and planning. Numerous things must be taken into account to ensure a successful relocation, from investigating the new area to adjusting to a new job and surroundings. This guide will help you follow a step-by-step moving plan with confidence and simplicity.Researching the New LocationIt's imperative to do extensive research about your new area before relocating for work. To prepare yourself, familiarize yourself with the customs, weather, and way of life of the area. This will facilitate your quicker adjustment and help you get used to your new environment. In addition, investigate your housing possibilities to...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Mastering Scale and Proportion in Interior Design  The Art of Scale and ProportionCreating Harmonious Spaces with Furniture and Decor In the world of interior design, achieving a harmonious and visually appealing space goes beyond just selecting beautiful furniture and decor pieces. One crucial element that is often overlooked is scale and proportion. The size of objects in a room can greatly impact its balance and overall aesthetic.  We’ve all seen it ourselves. You walk into a room and you just know things just aren’t right.  Something is off. Many times it’s the scale and proportion.   The importance of scale and proportion in interior design cannot be overstated and it’s imperative to get it right. Understanding Scale and Proportion:Scale refers to the size of an object in relation ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Important read! Storm damage can be devastating for homeowners. This blog likely offers valuable guidance for realtors on helping clients navigate the recovery and repair process, ensuring a smooth path to restoring their properties. Thanks for highlighting this crucial aspect of real estate!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Excerpt: Dealing with storm damage can be daunting. Learn from a realtor's perspective the steps to take immediately after a storm, how to handle contractors, and avoid common mistakes to ensure your property is restored efficiently and effectively. Introduction: Dealing with storm damage can be daunting. Whether it's a flooded basement, a roof shredded by wind, or trees fallen through the living room window, the aftermath of a storm leaves homeo...
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
There is something uniquely rejuvenating about the natural light that fills your home, and it plays a pivotal role in the architectural and psychological makeup of your living space. It's a silent ally, influencing everything from your mood to your health, as well as your home's aesthetic appeal and value.  Utilizing natural light in your home transforms it into a sanctuary that not only enhances your physical, mental, and emotional health but also enables you to contribute positively to the environment. While it may involve some effort, which can range from simple furniture changes to a major renovation or paint job, embracing natural light is an investment both in your personal well-being and in the health of our planet, thus symbolizing a shift towards living in harmony with the natu...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Many times when I first speak with a buyer considering The Villages, Florida they share their want list and their not want list.  Let’s discuss the not want list, no carpet, no dark kitchen cabinets, no Formica countertops are normally somewhere on the list.  These are easy fixes and can happen within a few days of closing while you are not even here yet.  No carpet, in the past two weeks J&D Handyman has gone into homes not occupied yet and removed carpet and installed LVP the buyer has picked.  Mario my kitchen cabinet painter guy can take a few days and turn your kitchen cabinets to whatever color you want.  Speaking of kitchen cabinets, thanks to working with flippers I know 20-year-old kitchen cabinets are much better than what you buy today.  Formica countertops, right outside of ...
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By Dan McElfresh, Your St. Louis real estate & lifestyle guide
(St. Louis Living powered by ExP Realty)
Excerpt: Dealing with storm damage can be daunting. Learn from a realtor's perspective the steps to take immediately after a storm, how to handle contractors, and avoid common mistakes to ensure your property is restored efficiently and effectively.Introduction:Dealing with storm damage can be daunting. Whether it's a flooded basement, a roof shredded by wind, or trees fallen through the living room window, the aftermath of a storm leaves homeowners grappling with where to start the recovery process. As a realtor, I've seen my fair share of storm aftermaths and the chaos they can bring to families and properties. It’s not just about the immediate cleanup; it’s about making smart, strategic decisions that ensure your home not only recovers but is better prepared for future storms. This g...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Which Remodels Will—and Won’t—Pay for Themselves  The 4 Remodeling Projects that Pay for Themselves When it comes to return on investment, not all remodeling projects are created equal. While many homeowners are deciding to stay put and upgrade their existing residence during this market unpredictability, only 4 types of projects bring a positive return on the money spent. Discover what these projects are plus many more insights in the 2024 Real Estate Report from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Head to BerkshireHathawayHS.com today to read your copy. For more tips on remodeling, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.   #BHHS #BHHSRealEstate #RealEstateReport #HomeRemodeling #ReturnOnInvestment #berkshirehathawayhomeservicespreferredrealestate  www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Thrifty ThrillsThe Art of Budget-Friendly Shopping When it comes to decorating on a budget, mastering the art of thrifty shopping is not just about finding affordable items; it's about discovering hidden treasures that add character and personality to your space.  Flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales are the playgrounds of budget-conscious decorators, offering a vast array of unique finds waiting to be unearthed. At flea markets, you'll encounter a kaleidoscope of vintage treasures, from mid-century furniture to retro décor pieces. These markets are perfect for those seeking one-of-a-kind items that tell a story and infuse their homes with a sense of history and nostalgia. Whether it's a weathered leather armchair with years of use or a rustic farmhouse table that has stood the t...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
“Sunny Vibes: How to Create a Palm Beach Aesthetic for Your Home"Embrace the laid-back luxury of Palm Beach right in your own home with these simple yet effective tips for infusing your space with the quintessential Palm Beach aesthetic.Start by incorporating a vibrant color palette inspired by the sun, sand, and sea. Opt for shades of turquoise, coral, and soft pastels to evoke the coastal charm of Palm Beach. Consider adding pops of color through accessories like throw pillows, rugs, and artwork.Embrace natural materials such as rattan, bamboo, and jute to bring an element of tropical elegance to your décor. Incorporate these materials into furniture pieces like chairs, side tables, and light fixtures for a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.To create a sense of indoor-outdoor living, max...
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