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Remodel & Renovate in Fort Lauderdale : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Donnchadhcorp asked:
I can't afford laminate and I don't want carpet again because of allergies. What is another way to have a great floor and stairway?
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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Donnchadhcorp asked:
I need to have a lean release done signed before signing a waiver. I plan on putting on the punch list pending release of claim, pending building final, pending GFA certificate, etc.
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Sun Aug 30, 2015
Rick Stevenson answered:
As others have said, it really depends on the area and the type of pool you're getting, not to mention any extras you're adding the swimming pool. Usually low to mid range five figures ($xx,xxx). Unless you get really extravagant with the pool you'll probably see prices between $18,000 to $50,000. ... more
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Thu Jul 2, 2015
Gene Petrino answered:
In my experience, buyers are looking for homes that have new roofs, new a/c, new kitchen, and new bathrooms. Hope this helps.
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
I have thought about getting my carpets cleaned for a while. They have some pet hair in them and it's starting to get unsightly. I don't think it has any smell though. My wife just wants a new carpet and I don't think that is necessary. ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Joseph J. Miranda PA answered:
You put a nail into a stud(the 2x4 behind the drywall). There is likely not a stud above an electrical outlet. There is generally only hollow space behind the drywall, nothing to hold a nail in the wall...... ... more
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Wed Nov 16, 2011
John Bourassa answered:

There is no specific answer for your question. As in anything, there is cheap, average and high quality labor and materials (you buy a Chevrolet or a Cadillac; one is twice the price of the other).

The answers you've received below are right. But first, do your homework by sketching your idea(s) and shop your materials for quality (wood, drywall, windows, bathroom fixtures, tiles or carpet, light fixtures electrical, etc). Then, as per Paul Saperstein's and the Levis' answers, contact several contractors to get estimates based on your pre-developed ideas.

The Levis are correct by saying that the price of construction has considerably come down. That is due to the fact that contractors are nearly starving these days because of the present local and national economy. And, yes, make sure you select contractors that are licensed (check their licenses with the Florida Department and Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) - (go to - click Licensee Search Building and Construction), make sure they are well insured, that they will pull all necessary City of Fort Lauderdale building permits and check for references (not the reference letters they put on their websites -- no-one ever puts nasty letters there -- but call the City of Ft Lauderdale Building Department and ask them about a specific contractor).
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Fri Aug 19, 2011
Christopher Pagli answered:
Hi, I'm a big fan of real hardwood which will cost you roughly $3.50 per sq ft. From my experince you will get the most life out of the wood, overall appeal, and a warm opne feeling in your space.

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
GREEN Designated Agent
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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Thu Feb 4, 2010
Mark LeMenager answered:
As you say you want to live there a long time, so do a quality job. Sounds like you want to go outside the current walls for this. $75,000 to $100,000 probably isn't out of line. Enjoy! ... more
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Sun Nov 8, 2009
Ivita answered:
Hello Bryan,

Sorry to bother you, I have a question that you might have the answer.

How long it takes for the consultant to write up the estimates?

The seller want to close on Dec 30 and I accepted those terms on November 4,but the seller is delaying the process and didn't sign yet. Now Wells Fargo (the bank I'm using for my loan) is telling me that they need the signed contract and the repair estimates by this Friday November 13, or we couldn't close on Dec 30. I am so worried, I don't want to loose the house and of course can't loose $4000.00 deposit.

Any advice???


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Wed Jul 1, 2009
John Palmisano answered:
Skeeter, usually the insurance company makes a check out to you and the bank. The bank needs to endorse the check, so you can cash it for the repairs.
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Sat Apr 11, 2009
Hydrorace answered:
I just got quoted $1.00 per square foot to go on. And $1.00 per square foot to remove popcorn.
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