Although it's more expensive, hardwood flooring will really add more value than laminate flooring...but if your budget is limited, and you like laminate flooring , then go for it.
Are you planning to sell in the near future, or just curious as to how the price might be affected down the road?
If you have no plans to move, then definitely install whatever you prefer!
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As long as your remodel is TASTEFULLY and professionally done, and it has some cohesiveness with the rest of the house - AND you make sure to get all the proper permits - your project should enhance the value of your house by at least the amount you put into the remodel.
Such a project should not jeopardize your Prop 13 standing, although any added space ( That is now between the main house and your current pool room, for example.) might make for a slightly higher assessment from the tax man.... more
That question is impossible to answer here as you'd have to do a large scale survey of fencing preferences throughout California. In practice, wood is a much more common material simply given its easy availability and lower cost for builders.
However, for you area, I would suspect vinyl would be a more practical solution given the environmental conditions and relative wealth of homeowners.... more
Hardwood floors are durable and really warm up a room and home. I would certainly get pricing from several differently places and their are a lot of great deals out there for flooring. Doing it before you move in is a smart move otherwise later you are moving furniture, displacing the family etc.
Would love to help in any way.
I would check with the city for the codes in doing a project like this.. They will be the best source of information.. You could talk to a contractior and they will also need to check with the city code...
You could google sound proofing a room and see what comes up as well..
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Banbury77, It would be nearly impossible to provide you any substantative information because there are just too many variables involved in a major construction project such as this. You may/may not need a report from a structural engineer (based entirely on the property). You may have zoning requirements that will not allow the addition of a second story. And, there is no way to know whether the property is very high end or average.
If you home value and completed project will fall with FHA loan limit amounts, checking into a FHA 203K may well be the best option for you. If that were the case, I would recommend that you work with a FHA consultant (not just a home inspector) to find out 1). What you can do, 2). What would have to be done...per FHA and construction guidelines and 3). What you want to do. He/she will be able to provide you an estimate of the cost involved. The report will cost a few hundred dollars; however, it will be the best money you will spend...whether you go with an FHA loan or not. Basically, the report will provide you what a lender would allow towards the constructions costs. That will, in turn, provide your a base line for interviewing contractors and their bids.
I specialize in the FHA 203K loan and would be happy to discuss the program with you and/or forward you links to blog posts that would thoroughly define the program and its parameters and processes for you. If I can be of assistence, just contact me via my profile.... more
Hmmm. A typical faucet runs at a little over two gallons per minute, so it's taking five to ten gallons of water to flush out your system at every use. I think that's pretty bad, and it's also wasteful.
I wouldn't drink that water on a cash bet, even after it clears up. I don't know what kind of rent you're paying, or how attached you are to this place, but if you're really thinking of staying there, then, at the very least, I'd wait for the water to "clear," fill up a small jar with it, and take it for testing. Maybe call Enviro-Chem and see if they'd test it.
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I have never heard of this in any of the states I've worked in. Having to open a second door doesn't guarantee that someone will wash their hands.
To be on the safe side call your local code/bulding department and see what they say. Never had a HUD inspection fail for that reason,... more
Hey Leslie: Call Jim Allee with Sunbelt Companies. His company designed and install a outdoor entertainment area like what you described. Tell him George Chestnut referred you and he will take care of you.
Chestnut Properties, Inc.... more
Yes depending on their ability to afford remodeling and whether the house is underwater or not.
Also people are concerned about remodeling and not being able to recoup their money, in the
event the neighborhood or area tanks.
But logically it makes sense for the owners to remodel rather than move.
Happy labor day.
Yes, living in Irvine, your association will require a review and approval. You will need to go to the association office to get guidelines, but some associations are putting them online now.
For county permits, you will need plans drawn up. Usually you can just deal with a good general contractor in area and he can get everything done for you.... more
Most likely your CC&Rs and HOA Documents have a provision that any alterations must be approved by an Architectural Committee or some other governing entity of the HOA.
I suspect if you have all of the appropriate engineering completed and you present your case to the HOA, they would consider it as long as it does not change the appearance of the property to such a degree that it would cause other homeowners to make similar changes to keep the same appearance.
Having said that, HOAs can do whatever they want.
Best of luck,
Broker / REALTOR
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The bank isn't going to allow you to make repairs on a bank owned property prior to the close of escrow (neither would you want to in the even the transaction goes south). On most of the REO's I've sold that have pools, and the pool was empty, closing the deal without the pool being filled and operational has not been an issue. The loan underwriter would be the ultimate decision maker on that issue.
$12,000 to $15,000 will go a long way for pool repairs but you should call a licensed contractor for a better answer. You are going to have an inspection period if your offer is accepted and you'll have time to walk away from the deal if you find the pool repair costs are prohibitive.
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First, if you are in escrow, you should be addressing this question to the realtor with whom you are working. Their job is to represent you and protect you, known as their fiduciary responsibility to you. They should also have contacts or be able to get contacts of the appropriate repair people.
If your inspector found problems, then your agent should help you prepare a request for repairs. You will need experts in each of the areas that are addressed in the inspection report. A plumber will probably be able to provide estimates for most of the problems - I have a friend who owns a plumbing company. If there are electrical problems, I have an excellent electrician.
Since I'm not your agent, I would be stepping on toes if I provided assistance to you. So, I'm back to my original statement that your agent should be providing all the help you need in resolving these issues or cancelling escrow should the problems prove too great for your budget.... more