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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Kelsey Compars answered:
Seeking a referal for basement waterproofing
My sister bought a home with a basement in it. She didn't pay much attention to getting things water proofed and went through it flooding. Hopefully now she will look into getting it wa ... more
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Kelsey Compars answered:
Basement waterproofing
My husband and I are going to be moving to an area that has been known for having floods. The home that we have been looking at has a basement too. We should probably find out if it has ... more
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lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Building a roof deck in Boston
Hi Brad, I have never built a deck in Boston, but I have in the Rochester area. In my experience you should get a few quotes from contractors, choose which one you want to have help you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 02128
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
Does adding solar panels and radiant floor heating add to resale value of a home in Sturbridge? Do buyers care for these "green/efficient"?
I think that for the most part, buyers really like more efficient options like solar panels and floor heating. I have a friend that is looking for homes, and really wants to get solar p ... more
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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
Do wooden replacement windows add significantly to resale value, or are premium vinyl replacements good enough?
I don't think there's any significant difference in the value of either one. If you are looking into the replacements for yourself, you should try to save some money and get the wood. I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 8, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Cambridge
Calvin James, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Calvin James answered:
I saw a waterproofed basement with vinyl on the floor and walls. Is this a good waterproofing technique? It
It can get the job done but it is not ideal. If you really want to protect your basement I would bring in a professional waterproofing contractor. They will be able to make sure the j ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 19, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cambridge
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
Does a nice front fence add to the perceived value of a home? Add to the curb appeal? In your experience, does it actually increase the
I think that usually, a fence helps with the appeal of a home most of all. I have always thought that fences make homes look neater, especially a nice fence like a picket fence or a sim ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 19, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Massachusetts
Myersjulie31, Home Buyer in Blakeslee, PA
Myersjulie31 answered:
I already have 2.5 baths in a 3 bed house. Would finishing a 700 sq ft basement with a half bath increase the value added?
With this plan, I think that it would definitely increase the value. Then you would not only have a finished basement, but there would be bathroom facilities there to make it more conve ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 18, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Revere
calebhart54, Renter in Orem, UT
calebhart54 answered:
Hardwood flooring 900 sqft condo
I've got a similar question. I have a hardwood floor right now in my kitchen and my wife hates it. She's been nagging me to look into getting different flooring. If I'm just replacing w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 3, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 01760
Larry Tollen, Real Estate Pro in Durham, NC
Larry Tollen answered:
Will building a deck add more value to my condo then it costs to build it? Is it worth the investment?
Probably not and you can't assume you may build a deck on a condo as you don't own the outside of the building. This is a project that will need the HOA's approval. In general I would s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 22, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in South Boston
John J Dean…, Real Estate Pro in Somerville, MA
John J Dean Jr answered:
Building a roof deck in Boston/Back Bay
I like the way Gary thinks down below .. it could save you lots of money in the long run. You may be a bit shocked at the sticker price for the deck , permits and the crane to get the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 28, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 02116
James Cole, Real Estate Pro in 02081
James Cole answered:
Room in beacon hill, boston around 800/month , where can I find ?
Hello!

Craigslist and roomates.com are great sources for apt. shares.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 02111
Larry Lawfer, Real Estate Pro in 02458
Larry Lawfer answered:
Looking for for a few reputable builders (rough to finish) to talk to for a possible project for a client. They want to add a full second floor.
I would suggest Charles Bourque of The Charles Company. He is a great builder who does very nice work. cbbuild@gmail.com 781-760-7727, please let him know I suggested him.
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Backbay?, Other/Just Looking in Back Bay, Boston, MA
Backbay? answered:
How much does a roofdeck add to the value of a walkup condo in Back Bay?
Does anyone have a ballpark figure as to how much people typically offer to compensate the association for roof rights? How is it determined?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 13, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Back Bay
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
I am interested in buying a house which needs leveling, does need of leveling means bad foundation?
That is a question for an engineer.

I would contact a local real estate professional to help with this answer and to save time and money.
(Not me, I'm on the Cape, but I can help yo ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 12, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Revere
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
I have a 955 square foot property on .92 acres that is family owned. We want to take down the original home and put up a 2200 square foot home.
The town assessors office will be able to help.

And,I would contact a local real estate professional to save time and money.


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0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 12, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 01748
Wen Farina (…, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Wen Farina (Wayne) answered:
Cost to add a second story?
The first thing I'd do is check with your town to see if there are any restrictions and to learn about the requirements and permits needed for the addition. You can then contact a few ... more
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Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
Remodel or renovate? Which is better in our current economy?
I think phil has a point.

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0 votes Share Flag Sun May 26, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 01876
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker answered:
Should I convert my Westborough, MA Two Family to a single family home?
Louis has some good info there.
I'd talk to a local attorney who understands your zoning and the building department.
The "Should I" part of your question is up to you after you have ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 24, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 01581
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
remodeling permit question
Is this one of those "hypothetical" questions where you are talking about "other" guy?
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 13, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
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