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wwest1980, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
wwest1980 answered:
My Pool: To Repair or Remove?
We recently bought a house that had a pool in the back yard and it was not kept very well. It looks like they hardly ever used it and almost never had it cleaned. I wanted a pool anyw ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Oct 28, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Ramon
deanmortensen, Home Buyer in Emeryville, CA
deanmortensen asked:
I have a pending transaction to buy a house built by Braddock & Logan in 2005 in the Valley View Estates Development in El Sobrante, and my general .. ...inspector noticed that the hot water pressure in the house is abnormally low. When any hot water faucet is turned on, the flow is adequate for a few seconds, but then tapers off. The…
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 14, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94803
Ron Rovtar, Real Estate Pro in Boulder, CO
Ron Rovtar answered:
I want to add the 5th bedroom to my home all it is, is a wall and a framework for a door. Will my house value gain from doing this?
Hi vinamel97:

This is a tough question. It does not sound like you will be adding any additional square footage to the house. If you were, you would have to put in additional foundat ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Apr 23, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Antioch
The Shawn Sp…, Real Estate Pro in 46383
The Shawn Spaw Team answered:
We've done a cash purchased on a historic property. Could we still get a 203k loan to take care of structural repairs?
It would not be a 203k loan. You would have to refinance with a renovation loan.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jan 2, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94526
Cmingo, Home Buyer in Lafayette, CA
Cmingo answered:
I'm having a pool removed in Lafayette. What soil compaction level is required in order for us to build atop of the area?
I you want to build a road or house atop, subgrades must be compacted so that the minimum dry density achieved exceeds 95% of the Standard Proctor Maximum dry density.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 23, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Lafayette
Marbrady56, Home Buyer in Richmond, CA
Marbrady56 answered:
Anyone know of any 203k general contractors that have been validated through Wells Fargo?
Try searching under FHA203k contractors. I found only one in Richmond. "Priority Home Solutions, LLC" Good luck to you. I'm going through the same thing.
1 vote Share Flag Tue May 14, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Richmond
Darrell Cara…, Other/Just Looking in Richmond, CA
Darrell Caraway Architect AIA answered:
What is the minimum size for a bath with only a toilet and sink? What is the minimum door opening permitted?
A 2-0 door is wide enough for the room to be used but code says 30" on all doors now.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 26, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94804
Steve Curtis, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Steve Curtis answered:
Can I convert one of my three garages (single car) into a bonus room and is the garage considered the interior of the home?
Hi Olivia ... while i am not an attorney I am an Architect in addition to being a Broker. My recollection is that from the City of Danville's standpoint they require a two car garage . ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 18, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Danville
Claudia Mull…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Claudia Muller Gravelle answered:
is FHA 203k loan for remodel possible if we already bought the house and already have a mortgage?
Absolutely you can. You will need to have the plans (with a complete materials list) before the appraisal can be completed.
You will need to utilize a licensed contractor.
Once the w ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 3, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94526
Reggie, Other/Just Looking in Pleasant Hill, CA
Reggie answered:
Can anyone recommend a handyman in Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood area ?
Hi James,

I do work in the Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley area's.
Barker Construction
Reggie 925-783-0625
0 votes Share Flag Fri Apr 27, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Antioch
Reggie, Other/Just Looking in Pleasant Hill, CA
Reggie answered:
How much does it cost to widen a window?
The Exterior of the house is important on the pricing range. If you have stucco and can do painted wood trim. Estimate $ 2,000.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 25, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94521
Reggie, Other/Just Looking in Pleasant Hill, CA
Reggie answered:
Install Central AC in a 1959 house in Pleasant Hill
IF your Power Panel needs to be upgraded for a Central A/C unit the Estimate is $ 7,000.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 25, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 94521
Bob Georgiou, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Bob Georgiou answered:
Sliding house - ballpark idea on what it would cost to rebuild?
Pam,

Contractors hard cost is between $80 to $120 per square foot before some additional underground work and permit add ons. $200 per square foot is probably reasonable.
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 12, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Walnut Creek
Sheron Mccor…, Real Estate Pro in 94595
Sheron Mccormick answered:
Is there asbestos in the popcorn ceilings? I'd need to know that before disturbing the ceiling to remodel, say, with lighting.
Rossmoor was built over 40 years ago which puts it in the ge of asbestos - there are several contractors that work with the asbestos removing it and there are also some contractors that ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 31, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Rossmoor
Sheron Mccor…, Real Estate Pro in 94595
Sheron Mccormick answered:
Have people who bought extended units found maintaining the extended portion to be unusually challenging?
once any alterations are made to any of the properties in rossmoor they owner is responsible for any and all problems that occur - it is like maintaining your own home- need permissi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 31, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Rossmoor
Johnny Huang, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Johnny Huang answered:
how do I get a copy of a certificate of occupancy or a building permit in concord, california?
check with the permit's department. Link attached.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Sep 1, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in 94520
Doug Buenz, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
Doug Buenz answered:
How much does it cost to build a pool?
Gdn Bear -

Pools can run from $40,000 up in general. Like anything, you can spend a minimum amount for a basic pool, or add things like spas, water features, fiber optic lighting, s ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue May 19, 2009 Remodel & Renovate in San Ramon
Will, Real Estate Pro in Atlanta, GA
Will answered:
Remodeling Loan in present market conditions
I can assist you with financing your home renovations. My loan will be based on the after improved value of the home. Which in our case would be an ideal program for you.

Will Addo
... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Oct 12, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in Walnut Creek
Johnny Huang, Real Estate Pro in Walnut Creek, CA
Johnny Huang answered:
We are chaning home owner's insurance and want to make sure we have enough insurance to rebuild. What is the?
Ask a licensed contractor (a few of them), get an idea of the materials your home requires to rebuild. How's the quality of the construction...are you using high quality materials or no ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 10, 2008 Remodel & Renovate in 94583
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