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jbush9, Home Owner in San Francisco, CA
jbush9 asked:
I had a kitchen fire and need to replace cabinets , my ceiling is asbestos . Does the insurance company have to remove or contain this material ? I had thought if any renovations were done the ceiling must be removed by state law.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 16, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Carlos Parra…, Real Estate Pro in Monrovia, CA
Carlos Parrague answered:
What does it cost to add sqft to a commercial retail building with store front? (shell only) 12 feet ceiling hight.
Too many variables.
Have you checked with the City? Is it allowed? Will you have to do additional site work to add parking?
Will it require sprinklers?
What material for outside wal ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Mar 28, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Katherine Jo…, Real Estate Pro in San Bernardino, CA
Katherine Johnson answered:
can i paint over old lead paint to cure it?
If it is chipping and peeling NO.It will need to be removed otherwise flat walls yes.
0 votes Share Flag Tue Apr 16, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 90026
Anthony R. P…, Real Estate Pro in Sylmar, CA
Anthony R. Perez answered:
I'd like to add a 400 sq.ft. bedroom with its own bathroom and closet above my existing garage. What am I looking at cost-wise (per square foot)?
As a 23 year licensed contractor you are looking at 'about' 5 thousand for plans, 6-7 thousand for plan check and permits and 'about' $120.00 psf. construction medium grade set finish. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 22, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
how much $ would you put into a house for renovations in Koreatown?
Depends on the House, the neighborhood, etc.
You do not want to IMPROVE the house beyond the neighborhood; having a palace among shacks will not do.

The most important factor right ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Nov 30, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Wilshire Center / Koreatown
Sonya Chun, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Sonya Chun answered:
I live in los angeles, ca. I have an open concept bathroom. I want to enclose it by adding 2 interior walls. Di I need a permit
Best place to check is Building and Safety. They have offices in West LA, Van Nuys and Downtown Los Angeles.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jan 9, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Carlos Parra…, Real Estate Pro in Monrovia, CA
Carlos Parrague answered:
Can I buy a home that has had fire damage?
Yes, however, you may have a hard time getting financing and getting insurance until all repairs have been completed by a qualified professional. Obviously, you can buy all cash and ins ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Sep 17, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Brenda Feria, Real Estate Pro in 23233
Brenda Feria answered:
What are some good questions to ask the loan officer when inquiring about 203k Financing?
You want to make sure that they are direct endorsers. If not, closing may take a much longer time.
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 6, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
John DL Aren…, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John DL Arendsen answered:
how to get banks to hire you to do property preservation?
You will need the proper licensing and liability insurance and some real good references.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Sep 10, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Anthony R. P…, Real Estate Pro in Sylmar, CA
Anthony R. Perez answered:
Does anyone have opinions on Meridian Kitchen and Bath located in Los Angeles?
Put in the company name on Google or BBB possibly some ratings, Cabinet City in San Gabrial have a high quality 'solid' wood assortment of cabinets affordable priced...nice st ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jan 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Anthony R. P…, Real Estate Pro in Sylmar, CA
Anthony R. Perez answered:
What do you recommend when looking for a good kitchen and bath store that provides tiles?
Quality and thickness is everything pay a little more!
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 6, 2011 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Deborah Brem…, Real Estate Pro in 90049
Deborah Bremner answered:
CAN A BUILDING INSPECTOR TELL A CONTRACTOR OR EVEN VOICE HIS/HER OPINION IF THE CONTRACTOR IS CHARGING TOO MUCH FOR A JOB SITE??
I doubt that the inspector would have access to records of costs/ expenditures on a job site.
Deborah Bremner
The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
REALTOR, 00588885, ABR, CDPE, eAgen ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jul 27, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Anthony R. P…, Real Estate Pro in Sylmar, CA
Anthony R. Perez answered:
When re-tiling a bath tub/shower how far up should the tile go? Does the tile need to extend past the shower nozzle by a certain distance?
ICC building Code is 72 inches minimum from the bottom of the shower pan whatever you want to do after that is your choice.

I like tile on the ceiling because of steam (water vapor) ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Aug 15, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 90065
Chris Blasic, Real Estate Pro in Murrieta, CA
Chris Blasic answered:
What's the typical cost for extending the 2nd floor of an existing 2-storey house into a master bed and bath in the Hollywood Hills?
Hi Brianwils,

Every project is unique and will require different permits, materials, and labor costs. I would get some free estimates from licensed contractors.

good luck

Chris ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 8, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 90046
David Chiles, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
David Chiles answered:
do you know of any painting contractors that repair decks as well as exteriors?
Thank you for your question about a contractor referral. I recommend using the website Angie's list. I know there is a small fee for its use but the information you gain is inval ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 14, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Deborah Brem…, Real Estate Pro in 90049
Deborah Bremner answered:
I recently purchased a home, after having some pluming issues I have found that PVC pipe was used with CPVC pipe in my kitchen (this is a no no).
First of all, Carmen, I am not a plumber, so I can't comment on whether this is a problem. I take your word for this.

If it's really a problem, then yes, an inspector shou ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 25, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Richard Schu…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Richard Schulman answered:
Room addition contractor
Sure, contact Vahik Tatoosi at (818) 585-1988 or tatoosi@yahoo.com. He's great! Tell him I sent you, he'll take good of you. If you have any other questions, feel free to con ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jan 14, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 90016
Joe Arnao, Real Estate Pro in Sandwich, MA
Joe Arnao answered:
is it better to repair some water damaged siding, then repaint. or reside the entire house. is wood composite siding respected?
The easy answer is to reside the entire house. Then you know there would be no questions arising, cost not being an issue. Talk to a local builder about the wood composite. We don' ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jul 16, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Mount Washington
Monique &…, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
Monique & Joe Carrabba answered:
Insulate attic before or after adding ducting for A/C?
Hello Squid,

I had the same dilemma. I recently added insulation to my attic after the ductwork. It was a blown in insulation. The issue depends on what insulation you are using. A b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Jun 3, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in Los Angeles
Mack McCoy, Real Estate Pro in Seattle, WA
Mack McCoy answered:
Should I renovate my pool or just fill it in if we want to sell in 5 years?
How much do you want to use the pool over the next five years?

Some things in a home aren't exactly investments, they're consumables. A kitchen remodel today does increase ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Oct 14, 2010 Remodel & Renovate in 90066
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