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Remodel & Renovate in San Jose : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jun 4, 2017
Shylosdead answered:
That is definitely way too high of a bid I am a contractor in the Los Gatos area grew up and raised and did most of my business there I would do that for you for 65 to $75 a square foot that's about all it should cost you anyway my name is Paul 669-226-0691 call me if you need any further assistance also licensed engineer as well thank you ... more
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Tue May 16, 2017
Sam Shueh answered:
A lot will cost 600,000-800,000 so why not maximize your areal living area?
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Sat Apr 15, 2017
Juliacresci answered:
I had a problem with a licensed contractor who charged me for things I never got. I complained to the licensing board. They investigated and said that they found violations, I would receive money back and that I would need to go to court. the case was taking a long time because the contractor wasn't producing all the info (warranties and receipts) that were requested. The investigator got tired of the case and threatened to close it even though it was the contractor that was holding up the settlement. I just received a letter that they were disposing my complaint and putting a letter in their file for technical violations. I am furious. The CSLB isn't there for consumers unless they can get rid of the case quickly. This company is out there to scam other elderly people like me and get away with just a slap on the hand. The BBB is even worse. Don't trust anyone. ... more
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Wed Apr 5, 2017
Susie Kay answered:
That varies depending upon what you'd like to add on your second storey. Are you adding more bedrooms and bathrooms or is it going to be just a game room? What upgrades are you putting in? Carpet vs hardwood floors? What type of stairs and railings? I would suggest that you obtain a bid or two and go from there. ... more
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Fri Sep 2, 2016
Jpgale asked:
Me and my wife have talked about adding a room above our garage that would link to the upstairs of the house. I would like to have an idea if and when we could afford to do this work, however…
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Sun Aug 28, 2016
Tinoresident answered:
Where is your project. You asked at zip code 95129, but it appears you are in Spokane, Washington. The construction cost would be very different between these two cities.
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Thu Aug 18, 2016
The new ones are much better than the old ones, I would just point out not to put one on leased land.

I have a loan called a "One Time Close" loan that will enable you to buy the land, the modular home and pay for the improvements all in one package.

It has a low down payment of 3.5% and is a FHA program so it has low rates in the 4%APR range.

Call me at 714-968-2500 for more information

License number 287206 bre 01080071
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Sun Aug 14, 2016
Tinoresident answered:
Santa Clara County Assessor has been treating the “leave one wall up” construction “as new” for at least 10 years. This construction will be treated as a new house in terms of assessed value, not as a remodel. In this instance, the homeowner receives no tax advantages, but the County property record also shows this house’s age all the way back to the original construction date.
For example, if you leave a wall up in your house that was built in 1960; your project expands the house from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet; you totally rebuild the house in 2016. Your 2015 improvements (house) value per Assessment was $120,000 because you bought the house many years ago. After the new house is done, the County Assessor would likely reassess the “as new” improvements (house) value to $700,000, estimating that your neighborhood’s average construction cost is $350 per square foot. The estimated construction costs may vary based on the neighborhood you live. You maybe able to reduce the new assessed value some by filing an appeal and show your actual construction cost is less, but you need to produce very detailed records; if you do not, you are likely to lose the appeal. The County Assessor asks for design contract, permit receipts, construction contracts and material invoices, etc. Before the appeal, a County Assessor staff will visit your house to see the finish work and may make a settlement offer before the appeal. I have seen most of my friends settled rather than going to the appeal.
If you are in a slow real estate market without multiple bids, the savvy buyer or agent may negotiate down the selling price by stressing your house is not a brand new construction, but a remodel and expansion to an old house.
Overall, I feel this is not a good way to go. You are not getting property tax advantage. Your house’s government record shows an older house. You might as well construct a brand new house.
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Thu Jun 30, 2016
If t hey give you permits to do so it is legal, if not then no. If you do it without permits, you will have to remove it to sell the property.
If you do get permits, it will have no effect on the value as many people would rather have the garage. ... more
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Fri Jun 24, 2016
Stefan Heymanns asked:
I am trying to find information about the feasibility of a detached secondary dwelling on our property, but I seem to find conflicting information on the city's websites.

Some sites…
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Fri Jun 10, 2016
Ebonimall answered:
There really is no way to get close to a number per square foot with out seeing the home, understanding what needs to be done, etc. Building costs for homes can range anywhere from $60-$200+ per square foot depending on many, many things. If you were to build a very simple, slab on grade, with minimum code requirements, I'm confident you could come in at the lower end of the spectrum.

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Sun Mar 13, 2016
Brian Silverman answered:
Not sure..will have to check with town laws.
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Tue Sep 22, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

Please feel free to contact me, and we can discuss the details about your home.

Kind regards,

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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Huey Nguyen answered:
Hello John G:

I have had a few listings that needed foundation repair, including one property that needed a completely new foundation. This is something that will require proper permits, etc. to accomplish. I encourage you to reach out to a foundation inspection company/structural engineers to get a report and/or quote to accomplish what you want to do. As an additional benefit, you won't have to worry about the permits/city/county, because the engineers/foundation company will take care of it for you.

Please contact me (my contact information is on my Trulia profile), if you would like a referral.

Best of luck,

Huey Nguyen
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Sat Aug 1, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
It depends on the surveyor and how busy they are. I would suggest that you contact the company directly.
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Sat Aug 1, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you obtain a couple bids. Good luck!
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Sun Jun 28, 2015
Ben answered:
The planning department will not tell you what their fees will be. They need to see at least some kind of plans first. My last client paid around $900.00 for a bathroom addition. the fees are based on their estimate of the cost of construction. ... more
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Mon Jun 22, 2015
Kirsten Prizzi 239-248-1667 answered:
Yes it does at least here in Florida. Here in Florida tile and metal roofs are the most expensive compared to shingle. That reflects on the value of the home.
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