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Noah Seidenb…, Real Estate Pro in 60202
Noah Seidenberg answered:
I want my old garage tore down. Has a lot of metal and steel pole. How much?
Only an estimate from a contractor or garage builder can really give you an accurate answer.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 10, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 60631
Marcus Morgan, Home Buyer in Orem, UT
Marcus Morgan answered:
We're seeking ballpark estimates for extensive renovations on an 1880 frame 2-flat in Chicago. Thank you!
It looks like you know exactly what you want to get done with your remodeling. I think the best thing for you to do is contact a bunch of different contractors and give them this list ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 8, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Brittany898, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA
Brittany898 answered:
FHA 203k contractors
FHA 203(k) Loan Contractor
Starting your selection and bidding process should begin by searching for a general contractor that has completed home renovation projects with 203k loans, a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 7, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Venting of On Demand Gas Water Heater
I would recommend calling a professional and asking them. They'll have the best idea on what to do, and what will work. You don't want to risk not having your water heater work after sp ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 21, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Matt Laricy, Real Estate Pro in Near North Side, Chi...
Matt Laricy answered:
Good recommendations for Chicago based handyman or handywoman?
Jason Truncale is good. His cell is 773-220-7300
0 votes Share Flag Fri Mar 27, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Ravenswood
Matt Laricy, Real Estate Pro in Near North Side, Chi...
Matt Laricy answered:
Any ideas of the difference in cost between a tear-off roof on a Chicago bungalow and adding the basic construction of a couple dormers?
A tear off roof is usually around 12k. To add an addition on for a dormer is 50k+. It is a pretty big difference.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Feb 4, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Jackson Will…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Jackson Willis answered:
What is the cost of adding a basement bathroom?
You'll most likely have to talk to a plumber to get the exact numbers for adding the additional plumbing. Other than that, I think you should be able to get pretty good deals on the bat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 3, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Celine Sande…, Home Buyer in Walla Walla, WA
Celine Sanderson answered:
Recessed lighting installation
Honestly, Remodeler, I think that would be a good investment. My dad owns a few duplexes and he just always makes sure the entire square footage of the top and bottom floors have proper ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 3, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Huy T., Home Buyer in Chicago, IL
Huy T. answered:
Renovation financing options for second story addition
Hello Waitingforwinter,

I'm curious as to what you ended up doing? Costs? I'm also looking into a ranch where a second story needs to built. The architect is quoting me 250K! Thi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 28, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 60631
Noah Seidenb…, Real Estate Pro in 60202
Noah Seidenberg answered:
What is the cost to rehab a 96 year old two flat building and convert the basement into an apartment?
You need permits from the city of Chicago and the cost of doing this depends on many factors. I suggest getting a professional
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 26, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Suzanne MacD…, Real Estate Pro in 07856
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
We're have a 203k loan, what happens if the contractor doesn't finish the construction project in 12 months?
Call the FHA supervisor and tell him what is going on. You can fire the contractor and find another one, it's not the ideal thing, but it can be done. I know they will give you an ext ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 9, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 60647
Dave Kaplan, Home Owner in Chicago, IL
Dave Kaplan answered:
I want to rehab my house using fannie maes home style loan. Are their certain contractors that I have to use or can I use any contractor that is?
Hi, I'm trying to get one of these going myself. I'm also looking for a good GC.

The lender, Guaranteed Rate, had me ask the Consultant on the project. I believe every project will ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Dec 5, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Mark Zatz, Real Estate Pro in 60102
Mark Zatz answered:
I moved in with my parents and I have 2 children. I built an apartment in the basement and now the city has
You can also look online at the City's website to see what violations specifically were assessed.
Sometimes it is just a matter of taking the stove out from the kitchen area. You may ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 12, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 60646
Howie Andron, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Howie Andron answered:
what is required to have a room classified as a bedroom in North Myrtle Beach, SC?
This is a Chicago forum. Try asking this question in the South Carolina Q&A
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 16, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 60657
Kenneth, Real Estate Pro in Palatine, IL
Kenneth answered:
Does $11, 518 sound like a good price to finish a basement? Drywall, insulation, carpet and suspended ceiling. That price is with a 15% discount....
Have you ever thought of refinancing with an FHA 203K rehab loan? There would be two distinct benefits from using this loan program:

1) You wouldn't have to come up with the ca ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 30, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Mike Opyd, Real Estate Pro in Near North Side, Chi...
Mike Opyd answered:
I demolished the walls and ceilings without a permit. Am I in violation? And what is the penalty?
If the city finds out you may be in trouble. Most likely a monetary fine of some sort. Really depends on the property type, what its zoned for, what you did. Too many variables there to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 14, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 60647
Bill J Delig…, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
Who should I contact about getting a loan for an addition to my current house in Chicago?
Contact your local bank or credit union.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 4, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Bill J Delig…, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
This is a single family house turned to a 2 family home. Top floor my uncle and aunt and their family and 1st floor my mom and day and family.
Work with a Loan Officer in order to help you sort out the details.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 27, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
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