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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.


While you'll find a ton of helpful ideas and hints within these pages, you'll want to bookmark the site so that you can check back for the hundreds of daily updates from authors who spend their days actually performing the tasks you have questions about.


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

Recent blogs on Home Improvement
By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
More Sustainable Living Tips - Conserving Energy:Unplug and Power DownMany electronic devices continue to consume energy even when they're turned off or in standby mode. Get into the habit of unplugging chargers, appliances, and electronics when they're not in use, or use power strips to easily cut off power to multiple devices at once. Switch to Energy-Efficient AppliancesWhen it's time to upgrade your appliances, opt for energy-efficient models that bear the ENERGY STAR label. These appliances use less energy, which translates to lower utility bills and reduced environmental impact. Maximize Natural LightTake advantage of natural light during the day by opening curtains and blinds to let sunlight in. Not only does this reduce the need for artificial lighting, but it also helps regulat...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
It is coming… This year, we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday- as always on March 17th 💚   Visit my website (link below) to try other recipes: https://www.annasellsrealestate.com/fine/real/estate/recipes/custom/RECIPES--From-My-Family-To-Yours   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 Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Your roof plays a very important role in keeping your home comfortable and your family members and belongings safe from harm. It's even an important part of your health. Here's a quick guide to help you maintain a healthy roof in every season. Check for Damaged ShinglesCheck your roof often for cracked or missing shingles. Summer's hot temperatures can wreak havoc on shingles causing them to crack, curl, or shrink and strong wind storms can peel them away from the roof. In winter, keeping the heavy weight of snow off your roof with a snow rake will lessen the possibility of a roof collapse. A professional roofer can replace the shingles and extend the life of your roof.Clean Gutters and DownspoutsSeason to season, falling leaves, twigs and seeds, and other debris fill your gutters. Whet...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips for enhancing privacy and security at home! These simple yet effective solutions can make a big difference in creating a safe and comfortable living environment. Thanks for the helpful advice!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Having neighbors is nice, but sometimes privacy matters more. This is especially true for neighborhoods with homes built close together. Fortunately, you can find several easy ways to increase your home's privacy and security. Let's explore a few of them.   A Vinyl of Wooden Privacy Fence A good quality vinyl or wooden fence is at the top of the list for making your property more private. A fencing contractor and installation company can build a privacy fence that will match the architecture of your home and look fantastic. Fencing al...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Having neighbors is nice, but sometimes privacy matters more. This is especially true for neighborhoods with homes built close together. Fortunately, you can find several easy ways to increase your home's privacy and security. Let's explore a few of them. A Vinyl of Wooden Privacy FenceA good quality vinyl or wooden fence is at the top of the list for making your property more private. A fencing contractor and installation company can build a privacy fence that will match the architecture of your home and look fantastic. Fencing also offers other great benefits. Fencing keeps kids and pets safe at play and prevents other animals and trespassers off your lawn. With a privacy fence, you can sunbathe, have family barbeques, and other activities in total privacy. Although they aren't soundp...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a roofing company based in Columbia, MD, is offering roof tune-up services intended to improve the longevity and effectiveness of both residential and commercial roofs in Howard County.A roof tune-up typically includes services such as inspection for leaks, damaged shingles, and potential weak spots, gutter cleaning, resealing of vents and flashings, and minor repairs. Additionally, it may involve clearing debris, moss, or algae, and assessing the condition of the roof to make sure it remains durable and functions properly in the long run.According to a spokesperson from Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, "Regular roof maintenance is crucial to prevent minor issues from becoming costly repairs or premature roof replacement." By conducting routine tune-ups, homeowner...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Columbia, MD - Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, a trusted roofing company serving Columbia, MD, and surrounding areas, announces its top-quality residential roof replacement services, catering to the growing needs of homeowners seeking reliable roofing solutions.Residential roofs typically require replacement every 20 to 25 years, depending on various factors such as the material used, weather conditions, and maintenance. Asphalt shingles, one of the most common roofing materials, tend to last around 20 years, while metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more with proper care. Regular inspections by a qualified roofing professional can help homeowners determine the condition of their roof and whether replacement is necessary.According to Ernest Krebs, owner of Ridgeline Roofers Columbia, "Ov...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
How to create a "Palm Beach" or "Lilly Pulitzer" Aesthetic in your home...The Palm Beach Look or what I would call a "Lilly Pulitzer" Inspired interior,  have similarities in common: Vibrant hues Chinoiserie Bamboo Fresh fabrics, florals We all know about Lilly Pulitzer, the iconic American fashion designer known for her vibrant prints and preppy style.  Not only her fashions, but her style extends way beyond fashion into many homes that are decorated with those distinctive floral prints.A "Lilly" look is a happy look. A "make-you-feel-good-look"If you are tired of winter, tired of the old look in your home, it might be the perfect time to infuse your home with some vibrant hues, fabrics, plants, and accessories for spring and summer.Her designs evoke a sense of sunshine, happiness, and...
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
For this YouTube Thursday, here is the latest video in the Build a Shop series. The video is a brief update on the personal shop and its progress yet totally highlights I skipped making a Permit Approval video. I'll get that made while I continue to film the progress. 
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative article! Insulated vinyl siding offers several advantages, from energy efficiency to durability. McHenry Roofing does a great job explaining these benefits, helping homeowners make informed decisions about their siding choices. Thanks for shedding light on the advantages of insulated vinyl siding!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Baltimore, MD – McHenry Roofing, a trusted provider of roofing services in Baltimore, is shedding light on the advantages of insulated vinyl siding for homeowners. Insulated vinyl siding, a popular choice for exterior renovations, offers numerous benefits ranging from energy efficiency to durability and environmental sustainability. Insulated vinyl siding is designed with built-in insulation, providing an additional barrier again...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD – McHenry Roofing, a trusted provider of roofing services in Baltimore, is shedding light on the advantages of insulated vinyl siding for homeowners. Insulated vinyl siding, a popular choice for exterior renovations, offers numerous benefits ranging from energy efficiency to durability and environmental sustainability.Insulated vinyl siding is designed with built-in insulation, providing an additional barrier against outdoor temperature fluctuations. This insulation layer helps to keep homes warmer in winter and cooler in summer, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs for homeowners. Furthermore, the insulation reduces outside noise, creating a quieter indoor environment conducive to relaxation and focus.One of the standout features of insulated vinyl siding is its l...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore, MD - McHenry Roofing, a leading full-service roofing company in Baltimore, is pleased to announce the expansion of their offerings to include vinyl siding services. The company is making this strategic move to meet the increasing need for complete exterior home improvement services and show their dedication to serving Baltimore homeowners' various needs.Vinyl siding, crafted from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) resin, has gained popularity for its durability, ease of maintenance, and versatility in design. Homeowners opting for vinyl siding enjoy a cost-effective solution that requires minimal upkeep, eliminating the need for painting or staining common with wood siding. Furthermore, vinyl siding offers a wide range of colors, textures, and profiles, allowing homeowners to achieve t...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Exciting DIY projects! Adding value to your home with DIY projects is not only rewarding but also cost-effective. From simple upgrades to creative fixes, these ideas empower homeowners to enhance their spaces and increase property value. Thanks for the inspiration to DIY like a pro!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Hey there, handy homeowners! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves, grab your toolbox, and embark on a DIY adventure that'll have your property looking like a million bucks? Well, dust off those overalls and cue the power tools, because we're about to dive into the wonderful world of home improvement – with a side of humor and a sprinkle of expert advice, of course! Curb Appeal: The Ultimate First Impression They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Love these decor ideas! Creating a space that promotes positive vibes is so important for overall well-being. Thanks for the inspiring tips!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP On February 28, 2024, Larissa Runkle published a very good helpful report on Realtor.com about list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes. 1. Singing bowl, 2. Horseshoe, 3. Elephant statue, 4. Plants, 5. Scarab beetle 6. Hamsa, 7. Cat figurine, Perhaps there might be other helpful list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes. For complete more detailed information about LarIssa Runkle’s report list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes, please click HERE John Pusa Better way to buy and sell real estate Office (818) 441-8881 Mobile (818) 441-8881
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips for indoor lighting! Mastering different lighting styles can truly transform a space, creating the perfect ambiance. Thanks for the illuminating ideas! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When we talk about home aesthetics, indoor lighting often takes a back seat to elements like color schemes and furniture. Yet, the impact of well-chosen lighting can transform a room from mundane to magical. It's not just about the brightness; the style, placement, and type of lighting all play pivotal roles in creating ambiance, functionality, and enhancing the overall design of your indoor spaces. Let's embark on a journey through the world of indoor lighting styles, where light not only serves as a utility but as a central component of home decor. Lighting styles are as ...
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On February 28, 2024, Larissa Runkle published a very good helpful report on Realtor.com about list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes.1. Singing bowl,2. Horseshoe,3. Elephant statue,4. Plants,5. Scarab beetle6. Hamsa,7. Cat figurine,Perhaps there might be other helpful list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes.For complete more detailed information about LarIssa Runkle’s report list of decor ideas to harness for all the positive vibes, please click HERE
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Joanna Gaines, the design icon and co-star of the very popular show "Fixer Upper" has her signature interior decor style. It's a blend of contemporary, industrial, farmhouse, and chic all rolled into one.   She has a way of blending rustic charm with modern elegance and has successfully mastered creating spaces that feel both cozy and sophisticated.  Theres no doubt that she is extremely talented as well as very successful.If you wanted to create a similar look, here are a few tips that I would suggest to create a similar style, but also to make it uniquely your own.    Embrace Neutral hues One hallmark of Joanna Gaines' style is her use of neutral tones throughout her designs. From soft whites and creams to warm grays and beiges, neutral colors create a calming and inviting atmosphere....
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By Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
Hey there, handy homeowners! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves, grab your toolbox, and embark on a DIY adventure that'll have your property looking like a million bucks? Well, dust off those overalls and cue the power tools, because we're about to dive into the wonderful world of home improvement – with a side of humor and a sprinkle of expert advice, of course!Curb Appeal: The Ultimate First ImpressionThey say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to real estate, first impressions are everything! Sprucing up your curb appeal doesn't have to break the bank – a fresh coat of paint on the front door, some colorful flowers in the garden, and maybe even a quirky garden gnome or two (because who can resist a gnome?) can work wonders for your home's exterior charm.Upg...
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By David Best, Turn your house into a home! Home Improvement Tips
(HouseHome)
When we talk about home aesthetics, indoor lighting often takes a back seat to elements like color schemes and furniture. Yet, the impact of well-chosen lighting can transform a room from mundane to magical. It's not just about the brightness; the style, placement, and type of lighting all play pivotal roles in creating ambiance, functionality, and enhancing the overall design of your indoor spaces. Let's embark on a journey through the world of indoor lighting styles, where light not only serves as a utility but as a central component of home decor.Lighting styles are as diverse as interior design itself, ranging from modern minimalism to rustic charm. Each style carries its unique signature, capable of altering the mood and perception of space. The right lighting can elevate your home...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Among the worst experiences a homeowner may have is dealing with a house fire. You have to cope not just with the fear of getting your loved ones out of danger and with the expense of replacing lost or treasured belongings, but also with the odor of a horrific event: smoke damage. This brings us to a frequently asked question by our clients: does smoke damage get covered by insurance? One common and frequently overlooked effect of fires is smoke damage, which can have a long-lasting impact on your house. We're here to share our knowledge of smoke damage as specialists, including how home insurance usually handles these kinds of claims and what to anticipate from the restoration process.Recognizing Smoke Damage Under Homeowner's PoliciesAfter a fire, smoke damage is a frequent but compli...
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