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Lingtm777, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Lingtm777 asked:
Expanding a home from 1 story to 2, advice needed We are in contract for a house in zip code 11365. Currently a one story ranch, we are expanding to 2 story 1 family home. Anyone has a good architect recommendation? Also, do we need to...
0 votes Share Flag Fri Oct 5, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Queens
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
looking into updating our going to be new coop kitchen and looking to find out how much it would cost
Depending on the extent of the renovation, check with management beforehand for any rules/regulations. As for costs, contact a few local licensed contractors and ask for free estimates ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 17, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Forest Hills
Jannis Vann,  in 30188
Jannis Vann answered:
Does anyone know what is the average refurbishment cost per square foot for an average market apartment in Las Vagas?
A per square foot price for estimating a project is not very accurate, but contractors can establish an average based on the work they have done in the past. Of course, the grade of ma ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 29, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 11374
Robert D Hug…, Real Estate Pro in Devon, PA
Robert D Hughes answered:
Is it a good idea to moisture seal a basement floor?
Joseph, better to have the basement water-proofed by a professional company, if it's a water penetration issue. It will cost a decent amount of money. However, any buyer would be p ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jan 22, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Whose responsibility is the "alley jumper" as far as repair of electricity supply to a home?
From what I've witnessed,
the Electric Company is responsible for getting the electricity to the house. The Owner is responsible from that point on.

Good luck and God bless
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 5, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Ann Ryan, Real Estate Pro in Doral, FL
Ann Ryan answered:
If I have my home rewired, do I need to also upgrade other systems in my home?
If your home hasn't been rewired since 1920, it is probably far past time to do so. I'd suggest you go into your city's permits office to ask what will be required, and w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 3, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Fernando Kar…,  in New York
Fernando Karlow answered:
Can I remove a retaining wall which supports my neighbors land so I can widen my driveway? Who is fiscally responsible for building the new wall?
check with building dept code , consult a professional engr/archt, do not take this task upon yourself, you may be subject to property violations, and this is not a small job, thank you
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 6, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Queens
Tayeb Group, Real Estate Pro in Astoria, NY
Tayeb Group answered:
I'm planning to re-build a three-family house. Zoning restriction states that rear yard has to be 30 feet, but my land is only 30 wide and 64
We as realtors are not the best to answer you must speak to an architect got get an exact figures before you start investing your time and money good luck.
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 3, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Queens
Terri Vellios, Real Estate Pro in Campbell, CA
Terri Vellios answered:
CONVERT 1st floor laundry room to an extra bedroom
I suggest you contact a local agent and have them run by you some scenarios. If your neighborhood is primarily 5 bedrooms this could add value, but the opposite you are over building. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 4, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Forest Hills
James Harris…,  in Chicago, IL
James Harris Jr. answered:
I do not want to sell my home, I just need help to fix it. I love it here, But; when it rains it rains through my home and the damage is getting wors
Good Morning Albertine. We may have a perfect solution for you. Wells Fargo offers a refinance and renovate loan. This loan would essentially pay off your existing balance and include a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 8, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Jamaica
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
three owners two dont have money how can the third owner get his money back from home impvoement from them
It's in your best interest to consult with an attorney who specializes in real estate--if you would like to make needed repairs, perhaps some kind of legal can be reached so that e ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 26, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Queens County
Rich Homer, Real Estate Pro in NAPLES, FL
Rich Homer answered:
Do I need a permit to roof and side my home in Queens,NY?
J, usually yes. Contact the county directly for a local answer.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Nov 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Queens County
Christine Mc…, Real Estate Pro in Valparaiso, IN
Christine McDaniel answered:
is it legal to convert my one family houser to a mother and daughter.?
Call your county planning and development office to find out what the rules are for multi-unit properties. In my area it depends on the county. They have certain areas designated for ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 3, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 11416
Dan Chase, Home Buyer in Texas City, TX
Dan Chase answered:
In NYC, do you need a building permit to repair concrete in front of your home? How long does it take to get such a permit if needed?
I would contact city hall and ask for code enforcement. They know what you need and will fine you if you get the wrong advice here.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 10, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Mark LeMenag…, Real Estate Pro in Lake Nona Orlando, FL
Mark LeMenager answered:
I have bad credit ,a decent income & a large 2 fam home worth 400k as is,a ton of repairs needed,contractor asking 250k,& he's ready to
Sounds like you should stretch the projects out over time so that you can pay for them out of your current income. You've said the key thing here, namely, that you have demonstrat ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Feb 7, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 11691
Timber Creek…, Real Estate Pro in Los Altos, CA
Timber Creek Construction answered:
If I finish my basement , will my property taxes increase? I live in Queens, NY.
Most of the time it goes by added square footage, since your basement is already there, I wouldn't think it would raise your taxes.

Most of the time basements don't count a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Dec 13, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Thomas McGiv…, Real Estate Pro in Farmingville, NY
Thomas McGiveron answered:
Should structural support beams in a basement be painted? If so, what type of paint is best?
Best to ask an engineer. I would say that INTERIOR support beams in a basement say - do not have to be painted to protect the wood. It's outdoor elements that impact wood surfaces ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 17, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Ralph Windsc…, Real Estate Pro in Hauppauge, NY
Ralph Windschuh answered:
What is involved in switching from 2 electric meters to one as far as cost and utility notification?
I'm sure you would have to notify the utility company because if there's two meters, there's probably two accounts and one would have to be shut down. A licensed electr ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 30, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 11418
Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Anna M Brocco answered:
Is the co-op apartment renovation cost tax deductible?
If it was done with a home equity loan yes.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 13, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 11374
Everett Perry, Real Estate Pro in Fresh Meadows, NY
Everett Perry answered:
Need help buying a foreclosure in NYC and understanding how much renovation work might cost. Deal or no Deal!
Im licensed in NYC and Nassau. I can come out to view the property and give you a price on the spot for what it will cost to renovate the house. I can also do a quick run through of t ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 10, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Queens County
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