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Tim Johnson, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Tim Johnson answered:
General contractor recommendations for Major Remodel
I think that you should start by doing some local searches online. After that just make sure you ask them for references and check with their past clients. If you find someone with good ... more
0 votes Share Flag Yesterday at 3:10pm Remodel & Renovate in 95014
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Permit for storage shed
There is a distance requirement from main structure in addition to size of deck.

Burbank and Fruitdale is Santa Clara County.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Oct 18, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Santa Clara County
Zeda Jackson, Home Buyer in Fullerton, CA
Zeda Jackson answered:
Replace windows without touching frame - need permit?
My sons were playing baseball in the backyard and the ball hit the glass window. It was a miracle that the glass window did not completely break! It did leave a huge crack though. I nee ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 16, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Sunnyvale
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Should I remodel and divide the one jack and jill bathroom into 2 small bathrooms in my duplex townhouse? Cost? Permit?
permit is required. Get a few quotes.

As for resell value, possibly more. But you need to check with HOA CC&R see if you can alter the structure or interior as you stated.
0 votes Share Flag Mon Oct 13, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Milpitas
Caroline York, Real Estate Pro in Saint Petersburg, FL
Caroline York answered:
we need to remove a tree because it is against the house . Will the tree removal cause issues if we plan to add on in a few years.?
Ask the arborist that gives you the quote for removal. The material used to fill the hole at the time of removal may make all the difference.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 9, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94022
webmihir, Home Buyer in Sunnyvale, CA
webmihir answered:
Permit for breaking non-structural wall?
Thanks for the answers everyone.

The HOA is fine with giving permission as long as the City Hall issues the permit. The structural engineer at the city hall took a look at my renderi ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 4, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 94087
Mitul Patel, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Mitul Patel answered:
what is the minimum garage size for a two car attached garage in Cupertino?
Hi Homebuyer,

I believe 20'X20' is building code.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Aug 19, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cupertino
uniquely1, Home Buyer in Berkeley, CA
uniquely1 asked:
Realistic Rebuild costs 1200 sq ft hse Campbell CA. Renovated through 10yrs ago.tile/granite/oak-floors/roof/drive/ upper-mid quality Need to know how to calculate realistic building costs. AAA says $350K but without any proof of the calculation. any help pls.
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 7, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Campbell
Michelle Car…, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Michelle Carr-Crowe answered:
How much does it cost to repair cracks in foundation and make soil changes?
You need to get a professional to give you this information, and realize you will need to pay for their expertise. Remember $500 for an inspection is worth it when it gives you peace of ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 30, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95014
Tim Johnson, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Tim Johnson answered:
have anyone had experience dealing complaints to the contractors board? my contractor is not performing. Please share your experience and advise.
It sounds like you just got unlucky hiring a bad contractor. Some good advice is to ask the contractor for references of past people who they worked for. What exactly is it that he's do ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 30, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
saaveri_11, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
saaveri_11 answered:
How much does it cost to add arond 500 sft to the existing 1200 house in san jose, CA area?
Hello Pankaj, Were you able to add a room? Could you please share with us how much it costed you? we are looking into adding a family room of ~400sqft. Thanks Hema.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 22, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Timber Creek…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Timber Creek Construction answered:
re-model or tear down/re-build
RG:
Get in touch with me and we can discuss your ideas, see what your budget is, and help you decide which way to go.
I have been building and remodeling in this area for the last 25 ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 29, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cupertino
Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Sam Shueh answered:
Building a new house in West San Jose.
If you have an architect drawn up a completed design. You can probably narrow the contractors to a lot of less. Roofing materials specification(tile, composition shingle, solar reflec ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed May 28, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Oscar Wong, Home Owner in San Jose, CA
Oscar Wong asked:
"Leave one wall up" buildng option. Good or bad idea? Some general contractors and realtors tell me to leave a garage wall standing. Knock down rest of the house, build a new house. They say this way, my house ia a remodel. County Assessor…
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 26, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Timber Creek…, Real Estate Pro in Los Gatos, CA
Timber Creek Construction answered:
I want to add a bathroom in the existing structure of my home. How much will it cost to get it permitted?
Have you found anyone to take care of this project for you?
If not feel free to contact me.
I can give you a line item estimate for every single item that will be used in the additio ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 21, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 95129
Pavel Sakure…, Real Estate Pro in Minneapolis, MN
Pavel Sakurets answered:
What is the general cost per square foot for a second story addition in 95118?
Its important to mention: the smaller you build-the more expensive it will be per sq. ft.
Also location, it costs about 25% less in the South than in Midwest

In Midwest the numbers ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Apr 2, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cambrian
Kevin P. McD…, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Kevin P. McDonough answered:
I bought a home in San Jose 95132. Its an old house. How long does it take to get permits for to add recessed lighting ?
The permit can be obtained by either yourself or a contractor and is a relatively straightforward process.
The length of the job will depend on the complexity and contractor.
When the ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Feb 22, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in San Jose
Jerry Zang, Real Estate Pro in Santa Clara County, CA
Jerry Zang answered:
need to build a new house around 6000 sf in los altos hill. It is flat land. main house 4 b/4 1/2 bath, 3 car garage. in-law unit:2b/2bath. how much?
I Knew some licensed contractors can do it around $150/sqft with permit.
Please feel free to reach me at 408-930-4684
Jerry Zang
Realtor
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 24, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Cambrian
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