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WHAT BANK WILL GIVE ME A HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN ON A HOUSE THAT IS PAID OFF?
iCAN'T FIND A LOAN COMPANY NOR BANK THAT WILL GIVE ME A HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN ON A HOUSE THAT IS PAID OFF
rehab loan on propery purchased for cash
Me and my wife purchased a home for 40,000 two years ago in St. Louis County and thought we could use our paychecks to rehab, we were wrong. Our credit scores are in the high 690's but we filed for bankruptcy…
I live in Santa Clara, California. Can I convert my detached garage to attached? I will lose one of my two sideway access by doing so.
I currently have a detached garage where there's an opening to the backyard between the front of the garage and the back of my house. I want to make my garage attached which means I will lose one…
What are the order of steps to purchasing and converting a single family to a multi-family? Looking in Boston/Cambridge/Brookline if that matters.
I know each unit will need kitchen/batch/bedroom and I know the city needs to approve it. Do I find a place that I want to buy first, and then ask the city? Can I get a larger mortgage if my plan is to…
Considering building a roofdeck on my condo in Roxbury. What type of premium can I expect above regular rental prices if I add the roofdeck?
Wife and I only intend to live in the condo for a couple of more years but want to continue to own it as a rental property. Should we anticipate being able to recoup are building costs? Also, will adding…
Will it kill my home value to merge two full baths into one big full bath?
I have a 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath townhome - 1452 square feet. The bedrooms and 2 full baths are upstairs. I want to create a master bath - the current master bath is very small. The two bathrooms and laundry…
Looking for a Wells Fargo 203k approved contractor in Manassas, Va for home addition.
Looking for a Wells Fargo 203k approved contractor in Manassas, Va for home addition. Loan has already gone to settlement 3 weeks ago. Need to find another contractor.
Can anyone recommend a good contractor in San Jose?
I'm looking for a contractor who can give an estimate for repairs/rehab on a fixer...
How much should we spend on remodeling our lobby?
I live in a 6 unit condominium in the Castro and while all the condos are beautiful inside, our lobby is left to be desired. We have actually recently invested in remodeling the building frontage, which…
How much should I spend on my backyard patio and landscaping?
What is the return on hardscaping/landscaping?
I would like to put a deck off the back side of my home. Is DBI going to make an issue of a pre-existing in-law that has been converted to an office?
The deck will be permitted, but I am concerned that as soon as the inspectors visit to look at the deck construction, they will make an issue of the in-law. Even though I converted the kitchen to an office…
Why do I see so much original bathroom tile in mid-town, mid-century homes? Is it worth preserving it rather than remodeling? What do buyers prefer?
And so much of it is pink! Most of these homes have had their kitchens redone but not the bathrooms. Just wondering if it's a Tucson thing.
I'm wondering where to even start the process of turning a bedroom into a master bathroom?
I am currently living in a 5 bedroom, 1 bathroom home. The master bedroom is off the living room and it shares a wall/closet with the bedroom that we want to convert into a bathroom. The kitchen is on…
How much would it cost to add a second story loft?
I'm coming into possession of my brothers house built 1969. It's a cottage style with vaulted ceilings in the living room and kitchen and a very small attic over the two bedrooms. The roof…
Does anyone have any experience with the MR. Slim or LG art cool ductless AC units?
I have been able to find only one negative review on the LG art cool, very loud. Anyone have personal experience?
We want to upgrade our kitchen, but not sure if it's going to be a good investment...
We have a 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath end-unit townhouse in Bristow, and the kitchen is builder-grade from 2003. The cabitnets are light oak, the floor is vinyl, and the countertops are laminate. We already got…
What are some tips on what should be done before-hand when a buyer is expecting to remodel a home after completing the purchase?
i.e. Check in with the city about permits, find potential contractors for bids, etc.
Where to find a lender who will allow me to self perform the work on a 203k loan?
I am a project manager for a commercial construction company so, I would like to self perform most of the work for my remodel. Are there any lenders in the Oklahoma City area that will allow me to do…
What would be the approximate cost per outlet to change from an ungrounded to a grounded outlet, using an?
What is the approximate cost per outlet to change from an ungrounded to a grounded outlet? Our home has many outlets that only have two prongs. We have some three prong adapters and surge protector strip…
FHA Contractors?
I need to find a contractor to help renovate a home using the FHA 203k product. Probably looking at around $50k in renovations to start. Does anyone have any recommendations?
Wildewood Area. Would adding an elevator increase the value of our home? br
We live in Northeast Columbia, SC, in the Wildewood Area. It is a 4BR/3.5 BA. High ceilings throughout, with many upgrades. We have been considering adding a small home elevator if my 91 yr. young mother…
Can anyone recommend a good general contractor that has worked with FHA 203K loans in Massachusetts? Preferably, in Essex County, near Newburyport, MA
My husband are in the process of purchasing a historic home in Essex County, MA. We are using a FHA 203K loan for the extensive renovation, including: foundation work, roof repair, plaster work, masonry,…
how much value does upgrading a 1/2 bath to a full bath add?
My zip code 22202, and it is a 2 level Condo, 2 bedroom, with 1.5 existing bathrooms. If I convert the half bath to a full, how much value would I be adding? (I am not looking for a dollar amount,…
What does it cost to add sqft to a commercial retail building with store front? (shell only) 12 feet ceiling hight.
Currently have a 1100 sqft 2 unit building and want to add 1900 to make it 3 1000 sqft partials.
Does a finished basement add any value. If so, how much? I live in O'fallon, IL zip:62269)
We are debating finishing approximately 3/5 of our basement (20x27). Will it add any value?
Standard size refrigerator and tiny stove, or smaller fridge and larger stove?
Hi, I'm looking at an apartment that has a small kitchen. The refrigerator is 28" wide and the stove is a tiny 20" wide. I'm considering getting one of those taller narrow fridges,…
Converting first floor laundry room into a 13 x 8 bedroom in 2 bed 2.5 bath house.
So i have a 2 bedroom 2.5 bath cape. Second floor has the 2 good sized bedrooms (big master) and shared full bath First floor has a big kitchen, dining room, formal livining room, family room, laundry…
I've been thinking of putting down a wood veneer floor ($1.75 sq. ft.) instead of wall to wall carpeting. Good idea?
I recently purchased a tiny (528 sq. ft.) investment property in an up and coming neighborhood which needs some work before I put it up for rent.
Hi I live in new york and have had my home sale halted becasue the town is saying that my forth bedroom
(which is in the basement of my raised ranch) is not legal. IN order to make it legal, the building inspector wants us to put in an egress window. Our attorney is saying that this is not necessary becasue…
Should we remodel our 3/1 in 78704 to make it more appealing to buyers and get a higher sale price?
The kitchen has been updated with new appliances but there is only one tiny bathroom that is in the hallway and I think most buyers want a master bathroom that is inside the bedroom. Also we do not have…
Anybody knows a good contractor who can do hurricane retrofit for my house? We need gable end bracing and roof-to-wall connections reinforced.
I know about Rebuild NW Florida, but we do not qualify for the program. Want to get ready for 2013 hurricane season :)
Will real estate taxes rise in Edison NJ?
I want to demolish my home which was build in the 1950 and rebuild it exactly on the same footprint. This will be an energy efficient home and the electric work will have copper wiring instead of aluminum.…
Should I install the same type of hardwood flooring as already exists on main level of my house?
From selling perspective, would it be unwise to use a different type of flooring than was used in the rest of the house? For example, if we used carbonized bamboo instead of red oak. I have a cape cod…
Need Good Home renovating contractors.
Got few quotes from angies list home builders but they are charging heavy prices. How should I find reliable builders. I live in Middlesex county. Also can I go by angies list? Is that trusted ?
How can i get my company on your list?
How can I get my company on your list? I live in NH and was approved to do a project that fell through. I cant find anyone that can help with this - this has been like chasing my tail! Please help. Thank…
Looking for a reliable, insured and licensed contractor
Hi, Does anyone know of any good, reliable contractor that you can refer to us for a project on our home in Atlanta that provide good service at reasonable price.
Converting a pool room and pool bathroom to interior space?
We have a room next to the pool that used to be an outdoor kitchen area or pool entertainment room, with sliding doors. There is also a guest bathroom for the pool next to it. We could have the walls…
I am looking into the 203k Streamlined loan process and have many questions.
I am seeing conflicting info for necessity of cost consultants. Is this expense really necessary? If not does the budget I write up have to follow any certain format & how detailed & itemized does the…
Is it a bad idea to get rid of the bathtubs in the house?
We have 3.5 baths. One master and two upstairs that are almost the same. Should we renovate them similarly or identically? I would take the bathtubs out of both and replace them with tiled showers with…
What's the average cost for a rooftop deck to be built. I am thinking the size would be around 20x12.
There is already an external spiral stairwell leading to the roof from a door on the second level of the home. The house is a foreclosure and I am assuming they could not afford to finish it off. Either…
Convert older home from 4 bedrooms to 3?
I have an older four bedroom home in a nice area with good schools. I've "discussed" with my wife many times the value of taking the very small bedroom next to the master bedroom to make…
Thinking of closing open foyer (2 kids)
I have a townhome with open foyer... never been fond of them, and now that kids are getting older, I am getting a bit nervous about them trying to play superman, since open foyer is open to... 2nd floor…
looking for a great general contractor in the beaver county area that is experienced in renovations and flips.
we have tons of potential homes to start flipping to make a lot of money!
I am looking to add a seconf bathroom to my house. The bathroom will be installed within the exisiting footprint of the house. I will fully permit
this addition with the city of long beach, my question is once i get a final on my permits, do i need to have the addition recorded? or how will it reflect that my house is now a 2 bd 2 bath house. Thanks…
Should I open an LLC or is it okay for now to operate under my sole prop?
I am buying my first investment property and I recently opened a business account to do all my "investment" transactions under. My goal is to flip about 2-3 homes a year (for now) under my sole prop. I…
"Shower-room"
How much does the lack of a bath tub affect the value of a home?
Basement remodel: man cave or fourth bedroom?
It is an older home in downtown Denver that we will put on the market after remodeling. The basement has a large wall in the middle that can either be taken out to create a large 'man cave,'…
Are their any agricultural opportunities, and if so, what are they?
Is there any timberland (what kinds of wood)?, Christmas trees to grow, crops, fruit orchards? Cattle raising?
What is the process to demolish our entire 16-year-old home to build our own custom home?
Hi, I live in the Alief area, the Shadowlake neighborhood. We've been living in our 1-story house for 16 years, we're thinking about demolishing the entire thing and building a custom 3-story house. I…
Is a master bath with walk in shower (no tub) listed as a "full bath" in the 75025 market?
Remodeling a 1986 F&J house, 1700 sq ft in Plano. Secondary bath redone (down to studs) with 16" travertine floor and matching 12" tile on tub (with showerhead) surround. New cabinetry,…
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