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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Trending blogs on Home Improvement

By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Just published by the California Association of Realtors® (CAR) this neat infographic depicting the results for a recent survey and report titled, "2015 Cost vs. Value Report" from Remodeling Magazine.  I believe these results echo what many of us already know. Have a superb day!
By Sheri Jones, Realtor Specializing in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(Prudential California Realty)
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 Everywhere you look there are DIY programs on TV and instructional videos on the internet. This inspires many homeowners to tackle their own home improvement projects. While doing your own projects can be quite fulfilling, it also can cause you to spend more money than expected especially if you...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
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Is it possible to sand and refinish pre-finished hardwood flooring?The answer is generally yes, assuming that you have solid hardwood floors. Background:I often have customers moving into new homes with pre-finished hardwood in some sections. Some don't like the color, others don't like the sheen...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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Think Classic, Practical and ROI on Remodeling your HomeEveryone tells us the 2 most important areas to concentrate on when remodeling your home is your kitchen and master bathroom. There is no question buyers are looking for these 2 areas to be updated. However don’t discount the practical buyer...
By Jack Solloway, There's Only One Right Choice in Real Estate
(Right Choice Realty)
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Although often overlooked, a roof is one of the most critical elements of your home. If you're in the market to replace an old roof, or planning to build a new one, you have several common roofing types to choose from. Here's what you need to consider when comparing four popular roofing choices.A...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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When it comes to home improvements the biggest deciding factor is the actual pay off versus the cost. Although some home improvements on certain houses are almost necessary, a majority of home improvements decisions come down to how well it benefits/improves the home. This infographic below revea...
By Cathy Perry
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Do you find yourself decorating the tree in the same way each year, without even thinking about it? Here are ten tips to add extra sparkle to your holiday home:1)  Put the tree skirt down first if you have an artificial tree. I forget to do this every year, and then need to crawl around under the...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(RE/MAX Excalibur,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Protecting Radiant or Induction Cooking Surfaces - This is one area of cooking I've always wanted to know more about.  I don't own a radiant or induction cooking appliance, but have seen them in homes in the Scottsdale area.  But caring for these is an entirely different topic all together!   We ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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Periodically C.A.R., the California Association of Realtors, publishes newsletters, e mags and other useful information which I find interesting and helpful. One such email I get from them is called “One Cool Thing”. This month’s graphic was titled “Home Improvements That Pay Off” contains the re...
By Beth Paisley Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster Webber, Winchester Virginia 540-327-2813
(Long and Foster Webber and Associates)
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Starting out with a "blank slate" can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes if you have enough money to furnish your home with whatever you want from wherever you choose. Furnishing a home on a shoestring, though, takes creativity, an eye for a good value, and possibly some elbow gr...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Hire a pro or do it yourself? See how homeowners rank these common projects. http://bit.ly/DIY-Regrets 
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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NJ Estates Real Estate Group as a proud member of Pinterest, invites you to click on our Prized Web Sites for more home design ideas.  http://www.newjerseyestates.info/   and  http://www.njestates.net/real-estate/nj/listings     Over 15,000 Home Improvement Design Ideas  http://www.pinterest.com/...
By Rama Mehra, Certified Pre-Foreclosure Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Thinking about adding a brand new garage door? A deck? Remodeling the bathroom? Here's a look at how home remodeling projects retain resale value.
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Are you considering remodeling a bathroom or kitchen? There are certain common issues to focus on! Planning:The most important aspect of a remodeling one needs to have a Good Plan. What I mean by a good plan is to identify every aspect of the job.        What will be removed and why        What w...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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There are many generalizations that can be truly helpful for homeowners in Upper Marlboro. The undeniable importance of “location, location, location!” is a good one; de-clutter! As a main order of business is another…as is the wisdom of researching neighborhood comparables.Anybody with homes for...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
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 Can We Use The Existing Curb As A Foundation For My Shed?  It would be great to use an existing curb for a foundation for a new shed but it is not likely to be suggested. There are many reasons why the existing curb is not a good idea for the foundation.    It is not deep enough? There is no reb...
By Brad Miller
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Having a window in the bathroom is usually one of the very last details one thinks of when planning a home. If you’re stuck with a truly beautiful home that you love and just happen to have a windowless bathroom, then you’d like this compilation of 6 tips to open up your bathroom space. Use one o...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
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Whether you are staging your house for sale, or recently bought a house and are not ready to remodel, an old or boring bathroom is one of the easiest fixes to execute.One of the things that I recommend to my clients to put the "room" into bathroom by adding a piece of real furniture.  You can alw...
By Brad Miller
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Nothing can be as wonderful as a warm homey kitchen on a cold morning/night so why not add a rustic touch to your home’s hearth to make it even more inviting? With just a few accessories and/or minor changes, you can transform your kitchen into a comforting and cosy room that’s sure to bring the ...
By Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements
(Wrenn Home Improvements)
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How Should I Nail Lap Siding (HardiePlank siding)? This is a common question that I hear a LOT.  A LOT.  And it's still debated among siding professional to some degree.  Mostly that debate centers around maintenance, and the expectations of what the homeowner will and won't do.     JamesHardie r...