Hi Jan, My name is Tom, I'm a Real Estate agent with Bay Coast Realty however I've been a contractor all my life. Stone in place of a lawn is a real shore tradition, especially today because of all the colors available. Pinks, reds, blends, crystal, blues, polished, you name is. The sky is the limit and nothing decorates the outside of your home like nice clean maintenance free landscaping. The stone itself is not that bad anywhere from $12.00 per ton to $25.00 per ton for real fancy. A ton covers approximately 100 sq.ft. at 2 " thick. To go over a lawn however there's two ways to do it. The correct way is to get a guy and a machine for a day and let them scrape of the layer of dirt with the grass. then you put down a good commercial landscape fabric so weeds dont grow through then apply your stone. Ballpark price of about $50.00 to $65.00 per sq. (1 sq. = 100 square feet or a 10 x 10 area)
The other way to do it is to cut the lawn down as low as possible, spray weed killer over the lawn (something environmentally safe because thats alot of weed killer) and go over the grass well with the landscaping fabric. I would suggest using more stone in this application because the stone has to pack down the grass under the fabric. So really what you save in labor you lose in extra stone plus theres a better chance that maintenance will be required sooner then scraping off the old lawn. Hope this helps you and answers your question. If you need help finding a home or a contractor for that matter please give me a call, my profile is in here... Have a safe summer.... more
The link below will give you some guidance on how to PROPERLY go about the rent increase/ Keep in mind if your tenants have leases you won't be able to increase those rents until the lease is about to expire and you present them with a new lease.... more
The best way to answer this question is to complete a review of your local market? What are homes selling for with updates and without? How long are both levels of condition on the market before they sell? How many dated exterior homes in your category are on the market? How many updated homes are available? You want to be sure you stand out in this marketplace but you have to also look at the financial cost and time on market. Most buyers in todays market are looking for value. If they see repairs that will have to be updated when they purchase the house, they will often reduce the offer for more than the cost of the repairs. Work with your agent and let them guide you to the correct answer for your market.... more
Jess: I think everyone has answered your question very well but I did find a site that has some unique outdoor items that you may want to consider. You could put a wall mounted waterfall or a bird bath with some flowers floating in it. http://www.1000fountains.com/solar-fountains-c-1732.html?RSPHPSESSID=p4ue4cvsd15l2vl29dr75vrdl2... more
Its a great questions, but i'm wondering are you updating or fixing the bathroom?
Let me clarify.
Updating would mean the bathroom needs to be brought up to date with todays bathroom standards (ie no formica). This would involved in some cases gutting the bathroom and starting from scratch, but you want to make sure that the materials you use complement the rest of your house.
Fixing would mean fixtures or other entities of the bathroom need to be fixed and depending on the extent of damage in many cases you can zip over to home depot or hire a general contractor.
In either case I would start with a home depot or lowes representative as picking their brains can be helpful.!
Good Luck, let me know if i can help!
John Davis, Realtor
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