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lewisremingt…, Home Owner in Rochester, NY
lewisremington19 answered:
Building a roof deck in Boston
Hi Brad, I have never built a deck in Boston, but I have in the Rochester area. In my experience you should get a few quotes from contractors, choose which one you want to have help you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 10, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in 02128
John J Dean…, Real Estate Pro in Somerville, MA
John J Dean Jr answered:
Building a roof deck in Boston/Back Bay
I like the way Gary thinks down below .. it could save you lots of money in the long run. You may be a bit shocked at the sticker price for the deck , permits and the crane to get the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jul 28, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 02116
James Cole, Real Estate Pro in 02081
James Cole answered:
Room in beacon hill, boston around 800/month , where can I find ?
Hello!

Craigslist and roomates.com are great sources for apt. shares.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jun 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 02111
Backbay?, Other/Just Looking in Back Bay, Boston, MA
Backbay? answered:
How much does a roofdeck add to the value of a walkup condo in Back Bay?
Does anyone have a ballpark figure as to how much people typically offer to compensate the association for roof rights? How is it determined?
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 13, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Back Bay
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
remodeling permit question
Is this one of those "hypothetical" questions where you are talking about "other" guy?
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 13, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Boston Luxury…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Boston Luxury Residential LLC 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.
All the answers here are really good.
I also would recommend consulting a real estate lawyer for this matter.
Please keep in mind that if you are borrowing money for this project, y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Boston Luxury…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Boston Luxury Residential LLC answered:
Considering building a roofdeck on my condo in Roxbury. What type of premium can I expect above regular rental prices if I add the roofdeck?
I am not really sure a rood deck will bring that much more than what your unit rents for.
A roof deck is more of a extra feature to attract a better tenant, for example, than to bring ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Apr 22, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Kevin Vitali, Real Estate Pro in 01876
Kevin Vitali answered:
Is it worth it for an owner of a property in a very highly desirable area to renovate for a little more rental income??
its all about the numbers or the dollars$$$$$$ as far as I am concerned. Does it net you a higher cap rate by doing the renovations? What is the resale potential with the renovations ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 17, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Territory.com, Real Estate Pro in Massachusetts
Territory.com answered:
Below Grade Bedroom
Hi, Shannon!

Review the condo doc's first and make sure there aren't any restrictions on building out that space. This means make sure you have a condo doc contingency in y ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 31, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Bill Patters…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bill Patterson answered:
Can i as a client cancel a contract with a contractor who wants 40% up front and has promiced to show up 4 times an has not?
Hi Ron,
You really need to consult an attorney on this issue. To be clear, you should ask for someone well versed in Contract Law.

There may be conditions in your contract that wou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 6, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in 02108
Bill Patters…, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bill Patterson answered:
how much would my property value increase if I add a shared roof deck? The condo is in the north end. it's a 10 unit building, each unit approx
The coin op laundry will not really add any value. The storage will give you, roughly, $10,000 (if it's big enough and clean) the roof deck should add another $15,000 or so.

Ta ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Sep 24, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Dan Chase, Home Buyer in Texas City, TX
Dan Chase answered:
Homeowners: What green changes will improve the value of my home?
A new energy efficient furnace with good insulation can make or break a sale. if a house has zero insulation the price will plummet. If the furnace is old and inefficient that will cost ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri May 14, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Bart Foster, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bart Foster answered:
I own an old multi family dwelling in MA and would like to know what the min. amperage requirement is
As a Realtor(r) I see this question come up often. Recently closed three transactions in Medford where amperage varied from 200 amps (100/unit) to a low of 60 amps for a two family. I ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Bart Foster, Real Estate Pro in Boston, MA
Bart Foster answered:
I bought a house 3 years ago in Boston. With the recent floods I had a sewerage backup which I handled and did the claim etc etc. When the?
Cate, count your blessings that the cost is only $1,000. If you own a condominium, chances are that this might be addressed as a necessary repair and paid in part or whole by the assoc ... more
1 vote Share Flag Thu May 6, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Ken Lambert, Real Estate Pro in Exeter, NH
Ken Lambert answered:
Can you recommend a termite inspection company that is familiar with South Boston?
Hello- You should try the Bug Guy, 781-572-8489. Very reasonable with price, etc. And flexible.

Thanks, and good luck,

Ken L.
1 vote Share Flag Sun Nov 8, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in South Boston
Luke, Home Buyer in Palm Desert, CA
Luke answered:
How long is BOA is taking with FHA loans these days? Any regulations on FHA new purchases in month of July?
At least 5 weeks for conventionals too? Yikes, that's not what I want to hear. I am 24 days and counting. My BOA loan officer said that I should close on my loan between 30-40 days ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 30, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
Zelda Kohn, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Zelda Kohn answered:
Is it worth completely waterpoofing and renovating the basement of a 1,400 sq foot ranch home?
For the properties that are pre-disposed to some water penetration, waterproofing and renovating the basement is a good idea, even if the ROI is not always obvious. There are different ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Mar 3, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in Boston
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