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Gary Birtles, Other/Just Looking in Scottsdale, AZ
Gary Birtles answered:
Should I put in laminate (that looks like wood) or hardwood floors?
Hardwood flooring is definitely more desirable, but laminate flooring is a good alternative. There are perks and negatives to both materials. Price is definitely a factor in why one wou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 30, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in 94040
Arpad Racz answered:
Moving in, how can I get deep cleaning?
Hi,

Some buyers also have the heating ducts cleaned.

All the best,

Arpad
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 17, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 92127
Sarah Smith, Real Estate Pro in 92064
Sarah Smith answered:
What can be done to the outside of a property in San Diego to make the value of the home rise?
Make sure the lawn & plants are trimmed away from the house. With the drought I have noticed buyers looking to homes with little or no lawns. Native plantings are very popular. Clean wi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 5, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
how do i get a permit to turn my detached garage into a small studio apt? its about 450 sq ft already wired for electricity
Right now San Diego County as a whole supports Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), granny flats, casitas, room additions and in some cases garage conversions. However, you really need to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 2, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 92120
Sinead McAll…, Real Estate Pro in Oceanside, CA
Sinead McAllister answered:
how much of a tax increase will I incur in an 80,000. improvement
If you are just remodeling and not adding, there is a chance that you will not be reassessed. I would need to know the specifics of your improvement. Otherwise, it depends on what area ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 25, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 92120
Hector Gaste…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Hector Gastelum answered:
Just bought a condo and we'd like to add washer and dryer hookups to improve condo's value and for our own enjoyment...advise?
You need to do plans, get them approved by your Homeowner's Association first, then the city. Hire a professional licensed & bonded Contractor/Plumber to do the work
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 8, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 92110
John Reeves, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
John Reeves answered:
When considering your return on investment, where is money best spent when remodeling a home?
Hi

Here are the Top 3 projects that can bring parts of the home up-to-date or add living space:

Replacing exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. The most cost-effective thing ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 5, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Mira Mesa
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
Do you think we can do a room addition for about 25k? It's a master bedroom using an existing bathroom. We can do most of the work ourselves.
If you're not doing minimal infrastructure retrofitting or replacement i.e. plumbing, elec. gas, etc. you and your not dealing with any load bearing walls you're closer to $100/sf depen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jul 11, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Toby, Home Owner in San Diego County, CA
Toby answered:
I am looking for 203K certified contractors in the San Diego area. We are getting ready for a complete remoldel through the program. Thanks!
As far as 203k contractors go I have used mayfield renovation for our second story addition. They knew the 203k process and gave us a very reasonable estimate.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 24, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 92117
Chad Basinger, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Chad Basinger answered:
When an inspection finds major problems with a home, how do you advise your clients to proceed (buyers and sellers)?
Without all the facts, one can't make an informed decision. Thus, it is imperative that all the facts are known and what the ramifications are for each "major" item that is noted. Kee ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 3, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Deborah Garv…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego County, CA
Deborah Garvin answered:
Adding sq ft in san diego to an existing home
thgorrie,

As already mentioned, there is really no way to provide an estimate by square footage without knowing the specifics of the project. Everything from windows and doors to si ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 16, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 92122
Reo Prep Ven…, Real Estate Pro in Texas
Reo Prep Vendor Management answered:
REOPrep.com is looking for additional roofing vendors in the San Diego CA area.
Hello John, not sure what the intent of your post is. We are actively involved in the real estate industry and we are in need of a few additional roofers/estimates in what appears to be ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 22, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 92129
John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John Arendsen answered:
What is the present from a single house cost I can invest in kitchen remodeling?
You can take all the guess work out of it by contacting:

http://www.intimatelivinginteriors.com/projects/feeleyresidence.html: Kari Arendsen. She's one of the top high end inter ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 17, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in La Jolla
Davide Salaf…, Real Estate Pro in Rochester, NY
Davide Salafia answered:
What renovations provide the best ROI?
Overall, you can see more return on the kitchen and bath. However, if you think about it those rooms have the most expense too. The cost of materials to make us those rooms are much mor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 23, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 92104
Kazem Zomorr…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Kazem Zomorrodian answered:
San Diego Condo Conversions?
Condo conversions are very tricky.
The developers did what was asked by the agency that approved the conversion.
The best way I know is to look at the approval resolution by the city ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 20, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Amanda Mitch…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego County, CA
Amanda Mitchell answered:
i am a contractor looking to expand my buisiness what is the best way to contact R E O asset managers,and realtors to solicite my services
Another suggestion would be to become approved for the FHA 203k loan repairs and renovations!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 20, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
David, Real Estate Pro in La Jolla, CA
David answered:
do i need to pull a permit to move entry door where a full window is now and cancel out existing entry?
Great answers here! I believe if the cost of remodel is over $500, a permit is always required.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 14, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Mark and Kari…, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Mark and Kari Shea answered:
We live in Californi and have a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. We want to change a full bath to 3/4, how does
Hi Marita,

I worked for my parents early in my career who both built and renovated houses and apartments. Below is what you need to consider:

1. It depends on many things, are y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 26, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
Dawn Lewis, Real Estate Pro in 92130
Dawn Lewis answered:
I currently have a 2 bedroom 1 bath home. The bathroom is large but in need of updating. Currently it has
Pam,

Because there's only 1 bathroom you would be making this home less desirable especially to a family who needs a tub for children. If you plan on living there for a long time mak ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 26, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
x,  in Mars Hill, ME
x answered:
what is the average sq foot price for a room addition in san diego, ca ?
Randy...there was a typo in my answer and I can't edit it. I meant to say if someone quotes you a low price per SF of "$150" not $50. Kim
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jan 19, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in San Diego
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