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By Robert Lei | Agent in Sunnyvale, CA
  • Tips for Sellers to Appeal to Buyers who care about Feng Shui

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Cupertino, Home Selling in Cupertino, Design & Decor in Cupertino  |  September 10, 2012 5:28 PM  |  769 views  |  No comments
    Not everyone lives by Feng Shui.  However, it can't hurt to introduce a few things to make your house appeal to those buyers who do care about Feng Shui.

    Two essential elements for good feng shui energy (aka Chi) in your home are good quality Air & Light.  To improve Air & Light, consider the following:
    1. Open the windows often to let in fresh air. 
    2. Introduce air-purifying plants into the house. 
    3. Allow as much natural light into your home as possible. 
    4. Consider using full-spectrum lights.

    Feng Shui has some more advanced elements that may be a little more confusing to follow.  However, following the simple steps above is easy to do and appeals to almost all buyers, not just the Feng Shui buyers.

    Robert Lei
    REALTOR, ePRO
    Century 21 M&M and Associates
    (408) 893-2410
  • Home Remodel: Removing Non-Structural, Non-Load-Bearing Wall

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Sunnyvale, Remodel & Renovate in Sunnyvale, Design & Decor in Sunnyvale  |  January 24, 2012 11:44 AM  |  1,223 views  |  No comments

    Home Remodel: Removing Non-Structural, Non-Load-Bearing Wall

    Here's a video discussing the removal of a Non-Structural, Non-Load-Bearing Wall
    Home Remodel: Removing Non-Structural, Non-Load-Bearing Wall



     

  • Home Remodel: Removing a Structural Load-Bearing Wall

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Santa Clara County, Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clara County, Design & Decor in Santa Clara County  |  January 24, 2012 11:35 AM  |  1,015 views  |  No comments


    Home Remodel: Removing a Structural Load-Bearing Wall

    Here's a  video

    discussing the removal of a Structural Load-Bearing Wall



     

  • Cost of converting kitchen electric range to gas

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Sunnyvale, Remodel & Renovate in Sunnyvale, Design & Decor in Sunnyvale  |  December 25, 2011 3:47 PM  |  1,544 views  |  4 comments

    What would be involved to convert an electric range to a gas range if the kitchen currently does not have a gas connection?
    Some initial factors to consider are the location of the gas meter and existing gas lines.
    The house in this video already ran a gas line to the furnace in the garage.
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    Another factor is the diameter of pipe you need to safely transport the gas.  Typically for most gas ranges you need a 3/4" diameter pipe to feed it.  If your gas meter is way over at the other end of the house, then you'll need to run a calculation that takes into account the BTUs and distance of travel.  Specifically, you will need to take into account the worst case scenario of all gas appliances running at the same time, (i.e. all appliances pulling gas simultaneously).  If the pipes are not wide enough for the extreme load, this could pose a hazard.  
    Running a new 3/4" gas line could cost approximately $700-$800.  If you can use the existing gas lines because they are just servicing two other things, then you would just need to put a T and tap out of that for a lower cost of just $200 or so.
  • Kitchen Remodeling Cost Breakdown / Estimate

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Sunnyvale, Remodel & Renovate in Sunnyvale, Design & Decor in Sunnyvale  |  December 25, 2011 2:53 PM  |  1,461 views  |  No comments
    Different people have different tastes, so often home buyers plan to remodel the kitchen to their individual tastes after buying their house.

    What is an approximate cost for kitchen remodel?

    Many contractors will tell you that the overall cost of a complete kitchen remodel could run from $60k-$100k.

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    Some of the costs are components that the homeowner chooses:
    Appliances could cost from $10k - $30k, depending on which appliances you choose.
    Cabinets (whether paint-grade or stain-grade) could run from $12k -$14k
    Countertops, assuming nice granite countertops, could cost from $5k-$7k

    The Electrical Circuits often need to be upgraded in the kitchen to get a permit
    Count on 7 new circuits for an approximate cost of $7k
    1. Dishwasher
    2. Refrigerator
    3. Garbage Disposal
    4. Microwave
    5. Oven 220V
    6. Lights - Fluorescent
    7. Other

    The Total, if you add up stuff you have to do, comes to approximately $65-$70k.

    PLUMBING 
    It's a good idea to change all the pipes to copper at this point.  Whether it currently is copper or galvanized piping under the house, you'll want to run in copper from the floor up during the kitchen remodel, so you never have to run through it again.  If you ever have to repipe to copper underneath the house, the pipes above the floor in the kitchen will already be copper, so you would not have to rip it up.  You would be able to just tie the new copper pipes underneath into the existing copper pipes above the floor.  

    If the sink stays in same place, you will save yourself from some more extra plumbing work.
  • South Bay's Art of Home Show

    Posted Under: Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clara County, Design & Decor in Santa Clara County, How To... in Santa Clara County  |  January 21, 2011 12:33 AM  |  1,521 views  |  No comments

    1. South Bay's Art of Home Show "THE Show About Your Home" at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, 95054 will take place this weekend Friday Jan 21- Sunday Jan 23, 2011
      FREE PARKING HOURS are Friday: Noon - 7pm, Saturday: 10am - 7pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm
  • General Admission costs $10, online $7;  Seniors (65+) get in for $6, both at the door and online; Children 12 & Under are Free

    Active Military in uniform or per valid ID will receive one FREE admission,

    Wine Tasting Garden costs $10 additional

    1. Frequent Contributors

    2. Robert Lei - California Bay Area Real Estate
    3. Century 21 (SUNNYVALE, CA)

      Address 761 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087 Office (408) 350-4726 Cell (408) 893-2410
  • Upgrade your Walkway and Front Entry with Flagstone; Backyard Retaining Wall, Walkway with Brick Divide

    Upgrade your Walkway and Front Entry with Flagstone; Backyard Retaining Wall, Walkway with Brick Divide

    Cuong discusses how you can upgrade the looks of the path leading up to your Front Entry by replacing boring concrete with beautful, impressive Flagstone

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    Cuong discusses how the Flowerbed and Rock Walkway in the Front Yard and the Concrete Border, Retaining Wall in the Back Yard should be laid out. Large slabs of concrete need to be cut into manageable pieces. If you want a Brick Divide he needs to place the Boards during the pouring of the concrete. Drainage System.

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    Robert Lei

    Real Estate Professional

    Century 21 El Camino

    Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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