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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.


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Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Your guide on restoring walls with drywall repairs is comprehensive and practical. It provides clear instructions on how to tackle common issues like holes, cracks, and water damage, making it accessible for DIY enthusiasts. The emphasis on safety gear and proper preparation underscores the importance of doing the job right. Overall, a valuable resource for anyone looking to refresh their walls without professional help. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Repairing drywall is important for ensuring the walls in your homes stay structurally sound. You can need drywall repairs if your walls sustain several kinds of damage over time, from little cracks and holes to more serious wear and tear. If neglected, these flaws lessen the attractiveness of your living areas and ma...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I read a great article on landscaping this past week and it had me reflecting on "gardens" here in Tucson, AZ.When I first moved to our desert environment back in 2000, I have to admit it took more than a few months to get used to seeing folks rake their rocks rather than break out a lawn mower. Over time, I learned the value of water conservation, heat-loving plants and something called Xeriscaping.Xeriscaping is a landscaping approach that focuses on creating beautiful outdoor spaces while conserving water and reducing maintenance requirements. The term "xeriscape" originates from the Greek word "xeros," meaning dry, and "scape," referring to a view or scene. Xeriscaping is particularly popular in arid and drought-prone regions where water conservation is essential, like Tucson, AZ.Wi...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I recently followed an email link that had some pointers I thought a few of you with arachnophobia just might like to know.The Article was in REALSIMPLE and I paraphrase a bit here, condensing to give you the highlights.Here are some expert tips to keep spiders at bay:Outdoor Lights: While outdoor lights are essential for safety, they can also attract unwanted guests. Rogers advises against leaving them on all night, as they can become a spider's all-you-can-eat buffet. Instead, perhaps lights with sensors or timers Steamy Bathrooms: That relaxing hot shower might be attracting more than just you.  Turn that fan on! Spiders are drawn to moist and humid areas, making steamy bathrooms a prime spot for them.  Houseplants: While houseplants can liven up your space, they can also provide an ...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
As the warm weather starts putting an end to the cold winter season, many homeowners are preparing their homes for the summertime. Getting your thermostat programmed and switched over to cooling mode is a must. If you're worried about sky-high energy bills this summer, here are some smart thermostat hacks you can implement to keep your costs to a minimum. Use Energy Efficient Windows One of the best investments you can make in protecting your home's internal temperature is energy efficient windows. These windows create a thick barrier that helps to keep the warm summertime weather outside and your cool air-conditioned air inside. Most windows marked as energy efficient will have two to three panes of glass and argon or another gas inside the panes to further enhance their ability to ins...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Summer's calling, and just around the corner!  Explore what's trending for 2024 and make your summer sanctuary shine with these luxury home features. With some immediate planning and execution, you still have time to have in place for the Holiday week-ends coming up: Memorial week-end and July 4th. Some features you may already have and just need to spruce them up with some fresh accessories. Window washers are busy at this time of year, shining up your windows so they are sparkling for family and friends visits.
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Here are five simple ways to save energy: Switch to LED Light Bulbs: LED bulbs use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last much longer. By replacing your old bulbs with LEDs throughout your home, you can reduce your energy consumption for lighting by up to 75%. Unplug Electronics When Not in Use: Many electronics and appliances consume energy even when they're turned off but still plugged in. This phenomenon, known as standby power or vampire power, can account for a significant portion of your energy bill. Make it a habit to unplug devices like chargers, TVs, and computers when they're not in use, or use power strips to easily cut off power to multiple devices at once. Use Energy-Efficient Appliances: When it's time to replace old appliances, opt for ener...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Repairing drywall is important for ensuring the walls in your homes stay structurally sound. You can need drywall repairs if your walls sustain several kinds of damage over time, from little cracks and holes to more serious wear and tear. If neglected, these flaws lessen the attractiveness of your living areas and may develop into more serious structural problems. Whether your walls are suffering from holes, dents, water damage, or scratches, we'll walk you through the crucial processes of finishing, spackling, and repairing them to bring back their original look and feel.Should I Repair My Walls? Evaluating Your Home's Drywall DamageIt's critical to precisely determine the quantity and kind of damage you have before attempting any drywall repairs. The following procedures can help you ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
As the warmth of summer envelops Catonsville, Maryland, the local real estate market springs to life with eager buyers seeking their dream homes. If you're a homeowner gearing up to sell your property this summer, now is the perfect time to ensure your home shines brightest under the summer sun. In this blog post, we'll share valuable tips and insights to help you prepare your Catonsville home for summer showings and maximize its appeal to prospective buyers.First impressions matter, and nothing sets the stage for a positive viewing experience like impeccable curb appeal. Here are some tips to enhance your home's exterior and create an inviting first impression:1. Freshen Up Landscaping: Trim overgrown bushes, mow the lawn, and plant colorful flowers to add a pop of seasonal charm to yo...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Whether adding a cutout between rooms, doing minor wall touch-ups, or bringing your wall’s outdated textures into this decade, you’ll need to get familiar with drywall. Drywall installation has a reputation as a labor-intensive project, and rightfully so. But if you’re an experienced, capable DIYer, you might consider installing drywall independently.Before diving in, you’ll want to examine the finer points of DIY drywall installation and determine whether soloing is your best bet or if this project should be left to the pros.When to Consider Replacing DrywallHere are a few indications that your drywall needs some love.Holes or DentsMinor holes or dents are the first signs you should consider replacing your drywall. They can point to cosmetic or severe damage to your home’s framing. Hol...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Ahhh! Sparkling floors, gleaming windows, and zero dust bunnies—a thorough cleaning can make your abode feel brand new. But that immaculate house comes with a price—sore biceps. Here's how to deep clean your home without skimping or pulling a muscle. Click Here for a complete list. Bottom Line: "We 'R' The Realtors For That." Sign up for our Monthly Real Estate NewsletterWe are Ambassadors for Pensacola, Pace, and Gulf Breeze, Florida. Whether you're a first-time guest or a frequent visitor, do as the locals do when you need to know something — whether about an excellent place to eat, job opportunities, or a real estate question. Call or text Charles Stallions at 850-476-4494 or email charles@charlesstallions.com. It's Who We "R."#PensacolaHomesForSale #PensacolaRealEstate #Pensacola Ho...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
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.    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 y...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Home office or home gym: which tops your must-have list? 🏠💼🏋️‍♂️ Whether you're zooming through meetings or crushing your fitness goals, let's find a home that fits your lifestyle perfectly. Drop a comment below with your choice and let’s start the search for your ideal space! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #househunting #thisorthat #homeoffice #homegym #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #investment #happyhomowners #dreamhome
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Living and working in a 55+ community The Villages, Florida many plan on staying in their homes as long as possible which is my plan, frog house.  We all need to face the fact that at some point if we are lucky we need to have our home prepared for when we have limited mobility, health problems and special needs.  Accepting that fact might be a hard one for some but not me as I have and will be making changes to my home so I can stay here as long as possible. Trip and fall hazards is big as many elderly end up falling and breaking a hip and end up in some type of assisted living arrangement due to not being able to care for themselves.  I have no carpet just throw rugs which when the time comes they can be moved.  Electrical cords are another one, when I show homes sometimes I see elect...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Want to save some cash around the house? Here are a few easy fixes that can keep some extra bucks in your pocket, both now and in the long run:Get Smart with a Thermostat: Invest in a programmable thermostat—it's a game-changer! You'll save big bucks by not heating or cooling an empty house.  Change Your Filters: Don't overlook this simple task! Swap out your air filters every month to keep your furnace running smoothly and your indoor air quality fresh.   We were always told to buy the cheap ones, and change them often.  Breath deep!Fix Leaks ASAP: That drip-drip-drip adds up! Replace worn washers in leaky faucets and consider installing faucet aerators to save water and money on your bill. I personally like the tap and touch faucets…no reason to leave it running.Dim the Lights: Bright...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
In today's world, homeowners are increasingly drawn to eco-friendly home improvements for their environmental benefits and the enhanced safety and sustainability they provide. From selecting non-toxic materials to incorporating energy-efficient systems, these upgrades can significantly improve your living environment. This article explores the dual advantages of these home improvements, offering a detailed guide to understanding how making environmentally conscious choices can lead to safer, more sustainable living spaces.Understanding Eco-Friendly Materials and Their Safety AdvantagesEco-friendly materials are at the heart of any green renovation project. Materials such as bamboo, cork, and recycled steel offer low environmental impact and are often safer for home environments. Unlike ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative topic! Landscaping for dogs requires thoughtful planning to create a safe and enjoyable outdoor space. This blog likely offers tips and advice for dog-friendly landscaping, including plants to avoid and features to incorporate.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Landscaping for dogs is easy with these tips about what to do and what NOT to. Like choosing the right mulch. Mulch DO: 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 Features DO: 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 ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Intriguing topic! A solar attic fan can offer numerous benefits for homeowners. This blog likely explores the advantages of solar attic fans, such as improved ventilation and energy efficiency.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP 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 cre...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative read! Budgeting for a home renovation in New Jersey requires careful planning and consideration. This blog likely offers practical tips and insights into estimating costs, prioritizing expenses, and managing your renovation budget effectively.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP 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 Involved Understanding the...
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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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