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Philip Sencer, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Philip Sencer answered:
Will the size of an existing carport be "grandfathered" for Chicago zoning purposes if we replace it with an attached garage?
I think there are too many variables to give you an informed answer. You will just need to pull permits and go through the process. If you are using a contractor, they might know more a ... more
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Patrick Thies…, Real Estate Pro in Elmhurst, IL
Patrick Thies SFR, CNC answered:
Advisability of tearing down a rear addition?
You should check city codes and see what is legal and allowed. If you purchase the property, you may need to bring it to code.

If the space is allowed, it may be better to make it c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 4, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 60660
Matt Laricy, Real Estate Pro in Near North Side, Chi...
Matt Laricy answered:
rebuild a garage and add a second floor?
Give me some more details on what you are asking and I will give you an answer.

Matt Laricy
Americorp Real Estate
Brokers Associate, e-PRO
mlaricy@americorpre.com
708-250-2696
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 10, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 60647
Emily Erekuff, Real Estate Pro in Menifee, CA
Emily Erekuff answered:
find malek hogan
Hi Malek,

You've posted this question to Trulia Voices which is a forum for questions and discussions related to real estate. Since your question is off-topic, it will be remove ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Apr 15, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Jeff Nobleza, Real Estate Pro in 60640
Jeff Nobleza answered:
Seeking a reputable company/contractor at a good price to build a new front and back porch and/or garage for single family home...any recommendations?
Dan Huschen of Homesquad at 773 593 6088. Tell them I sent you to get good pricing.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Mar 13, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
203k Contrac…, Real Estate Pro in Phoenix, AZ
203k Contractor Program answered:
I'm in the same boat as John, I'm also in the 203K process, only I'm in Northwest Indiana. My client was referred to a contractor who
Hi John,

Our answer is definitely late in the coming, but anyone looking for 203k Contractors can go to the 203k Contractor Directory, where they will find all the Certified 203k Con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Dec 25, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Philip Sencer, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Philip Sencer answered:
May not be the right place to ask, but.. Question about interior wall stud spacing/condo/new construction
Yes, it is a bit odd generally speaking, but we are finding more and more how builders skipped corners on all sorts of things to save a few $$$ on new construction during those crazy ye ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 25, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 60647
Philip Sencer, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Philip Sencer answered:
What are the steps to convert a multi-unit into a single family home?
From a value/resale standpoint, converting a 2-4 flat into a single family house, in many neighborhoods in the city, possibly Albany Park, makes little economic sense. The cost/benefit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 16, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Wayne Beals, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Wayne Beals answered:
What are the city of Chicago requirements to turn an attic into a legal studio apartment on an r-3 property that has two apartments already?
I would engage the services of a local architect to do a feasibility study. If the architect believes it will be allowed, you'll need to present drawings to get the permit anyway. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 16, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Logan Square
Bill Eckler-…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler-Florida, answered:
What should I do with garden space originally designated as a sauna?
Remodeler,

Many new homes are being built with a space included for a wine storage area. Would this concept fit into your scheme of things?

Best wishes,
The Eckler Team
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 9, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Lincoln Park
Harry Maisel, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Harry Maisel answered:
how much does it cost to demolish a house built in 1908 on a 25x125 lot in chicago,il,60644?
I've heard from Chicago developers it can range anywhere between $15,000-$45,000 to tear down a home. Its going to depend on accessibility to get to the home from the street or all ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 60644
Dennis Toomey, Real Estate Pro in Hoffman Estates, IL
Dennis Toomey answered:
I need to find a contractor that deals with 203K loans, I heard no one wants to work with this type of loan?
Keisha

You could call Scott Manint at Platinum Home Mortgage. He has several contractors that do the 203K.

Scott Manint
Platinum Home Mortgage Corporation
2200 Hicks Road, Suit ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Oct 17, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Bucktown
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Voices Member answered:
CONTRACTOR AVAILABLE...LOTS OF EXPERIENCE, PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT IN THE CHICAGO AREA.
Hud.gov

The application process and forms are right there on the sight; they are the (government) largest single owner of foreclosed homes and a great place to start.

You'll ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 30, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Philip Sencer, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Philip Sencer answered:
I'm looking to work with a designer for an exterior "make-over" of a three story stucco apartment house in Andersonville. I have a
I have never heard of a 3 story stucco apartment house, but if it has the original stucco that was used 40+ years ago I would keep it. DO NOT USE DRIVIT! That is total crap and will lik ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 14, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Danielle, Other/Just Looking in Chicago, IL
Danielle answered:
I just bought a foreclosed 2 flat in Chicago with basement apartment. Can I legally rent out the basement apartment? If not, what do I have to do?
You should find out if the apartment is a legal unit or not. That should have been revealed prior to closing on the property. If it's legal, by all means go ahead and rent it out. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Dec 8, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
John Van Koo…, Real Estate Pro in 60614
John Van Kooten answered:
I live in Chicago and I am having a garage built. I was told I can't have a garage 20 x 24 in the city. Is this true? Please Help!
That is not true, your garage can be as big as your lot size may allow by zoning.
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 4, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 60617
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Voices Member answered:
Do you need a certificate of occupancy before any tenants occupy your building? My building owner does not have one and there are major violations.
Each time a unit is sold a resale certificate should be provided.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 2, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
Bill Eckler-…, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Bill Eckler-Florida, answered:
I am hiring a plumber to replace and fix some basement pipes. What is the "protocol" to pay the?
Sean,

We would agree with your agent's recommendation. One should always be a little suspicious of contractors that request money up front for a job. .....

What guarantee do ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 13, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 60609
Mari, Other/Just Looking in West Elsdon, Chicago,...
Mari asked:
I want to fix my roof and or fix my basement< I have a home euity loan already but have also about 15,000 in equity again, I owe 140,000 on my home and 34,000 on 2nd mortagage, is it a good idea to pull out equity if possible I dont know what to do?
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 18, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in West Elsdon
Chuck Stupar…, Real Estate Pro in Oak Brook, IL
Chuck Stuparits answered:
Does anyone know any good general contractors to oversee rehab projects.?
Before you hire anyone make sure you contact the Better Business Bureau as well as ask for references.
Some of the old timers that have been around for years are:Blinderman Const. Co.3 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 3, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Chicago
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