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Rafael Herna…, Real Estate Pro in Roslindale, MA
Rafael Hernandez answered:
What are the order of steps to purchasing and converting a single family to a multi-family? Looking in Boston/Cambridge/Brookline if that matters.
You first have to check the area for zoning restrictions, then check with the town to see what is allowed in that specific area. The more information you get on the town and restrictio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Linda Balliro, Real Estate Pro in Cambridge, MA
Linda Balliro answered:
Do wooden replacement windows add significantly to resale value, or are premium vinyl replacements good enough?
Hello -

this is a great question and I like your aesthetics. The value of the type of windows depends on the type of property. If you live in a condo building, I'd venture to say ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 11, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Cambridge
Louis  Wolfs…, Real Estate Pro in Needham, MA
Louis Wolfson answered:
Want to refinance home with renovations done without permits.
older renovations have statue of limitations, I believe its 7 years, you may want to confirm that.

As to the kitchen the appraiser should check with the town's building dept, not all ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 13, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Braintree
Philip Cabral, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Philip Cabral answered:
I am interested in buying a house which needs leveling, does need of leveling means bad foundation?
Not necessarily. I have had to raise a section of my house in Hawaii because of soft soil. Areas in my other house in California needed re-leveling because of an earthquake.

I would ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 12, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Revere
Peter Edwards, Real Estate Pro in Westborough, MA
Peter Edwards 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.
With 2200 square feet in Hopkinton and average finishes I would say your assessed value should be in the range of $450,000-$500,000. If you take those figures and multiply it by the 201 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 12, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 01748
Richard Shap…, Other/Just Looking in Framingham, MA
Richard Shapiro answered:
Building a roof deck in Boston
I would suggest asking any neighbors who have decks. Find a contractor in the neigborhood who speicalizes in this so it makes permitting from the city easier.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 02128
Phil Rotondo, Real Estate Pro in Melbourne, FL
Phil Rotondo answered:
Remodel or renovate? Which is better in our current economy?
Dina;
I think this belongs on your blog.....especially if you're going to answer your own question.
0 votes Share Flag Sun May 26, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 01876
Shal Shahani, Real Estate Pro in Brookline, MA
Shal Shahani answered:
I am buying a 2 bed/2 bath and want to separate the living room area to add the third bed. What else do I need?
I would find out if the condo association requires you to pull a permit. Many of the Associations will. Plus, if you are having contractors work in the unit, the Association (and you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Nov 4, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Brookline
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
do you need a permit in massachusetts to turn a garage into a bedroom?
Check with your local town...
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 2, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Charlton
Joanne Mcdon…,  in Somerville, MA
Joanne Mcdonnell answered:
Replace attic with an extra room and roof deck?
Hi Grizzly,
Highly unlikely the city will allow a roof deck. Depending on your ceiling clearance in your attic you may be able to expand, you’ll need to check with the building ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 9, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Somerville
Paul Bombara, Real Estate Pro in North Reading, MA
Paul Bombara answered:
Renovating - add third bedroom or make larger open-concept kitchen?
Great question! You'd be better off by opening up your kitchen, living room and dining rooms rather than adding another bedroom. The value of your home will increase without a doubt! ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 9, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Somerville
lanewagon, Both Buyer and Seller in Centerville, MA
lanewagon answered:
What feature made you fall in love with your home?
I soon as we walked in we fell in love with the charm and the wood floors. It had almost every feature we wanted.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 15, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02632
Kenzo Tatsuno, Real Estate Pro in waltham, MA
Kenzo Tatsuno answered:
Financing a purchase, teardown and rebuild of a 2-family in Newton?
Lots going on here, but very exciting. You may be able to get creative with the financing but it could be difficult. first, is the home on the market? most lenders are gone for the holi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 6, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02460
James Furlong, Real Estate Pro in Brookline, MA
James Furlong answered:
How much does a roofdeck add to the value of a walkup condo in Back Bay?
Roof rights are usually granted when condos are first developed. If the access to the roof is only through your unit there is little value to the association. If the roof can be accesse ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 13, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Back Bay
Christine Sm…, Real Estate Pro in Canton, MA
Christine Smith answered:
I'm trying to convert a pantry and closet into a bathroom. I want to use the closet door as the entrance. The door is 23.5 in. Is this legal ?
You should probably check with the Town's building inspector. When you apply for the building permit, he should be able to answer all those questions. If you do not get a permit, it d ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 20, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02446
Louis  Wolfs…, Real Estate Pro in Needham, MA
Louis Wolfson answered:
how much to build a 24x24 garage with walk in closet above?
Depends on many factors -

first is it allowed by the zoning?
does the lot require much site work
Cost of plans?
is it attached or detached?
Cement?
access to 2nd floor?
what ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat May 19, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02324
Alain Picard, Real Estate Pro in Puyallup, WA
Alain Picard 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"?
Adding solar panels and radiant floor heating will matter to some buyers and it won't matter to others. It most likely won't get you the return on your investment.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 15, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Sturbridge
Gary Geer, Real Estate Pro in Antioch, IL
Gary Geer answered:
how will the real estate value and real estate taxes be affected by adding a studio on top of a two car garage?
Cindy,
Your value and taxes will most likley go up depending on conditions in your area. Before making any changes be sure to check with your private association to see if there are an ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 23, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02652
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
What other accomodations would be required if I added a second bedroom at the far end of my living room which comprises half of my lst floor. I would
Too many variables.
Too hard to answer.
Must see.
You should get a Contractor or maybe a Decorator to look.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Share Flag Mon Feb 27, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 02051
Heath Coker, Real Estate Pro in Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker 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?
It is my experience that it can be of use to yourself and a buyer, and you might get an increased vaule for a sale, but an appraiser will not credit you the amount it costs you, nor wil ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Dec 18, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Revere
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