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Remodel & Renovate in Chicago : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Apr 29, 2017
Erikav asked:
Where do I start with regard to what I can and can't do in the city of chicago? I've seen a lot about providing parking spaces - we currently don't have any, we have a large yard, is that…
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Mon Mar 27, 2017
Moriahp22 answered:
1000 is the answer because it is it just is it just really is
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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Olaflandscaping answered:
Hi Olaf landscaping inc provides great quality work for great affordable prices in the chicagoland area and suburbs. Please contact us for free estimates including landscape/ hardscape designs and maintenance plans. @ 773-988-8555

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Sat Oct 1, 2016
Ezarcone asked:
We would like to remove a wall between kitchen and bedroom and believe it may be load bearing.
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Tue Aug 23, 2016
Vabad answered:
I have a 3 flat bldg. with finished bmt. and detached garage that needs renovation. HUD approved contractor is required. Please advise.
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Sat Jul 16, 2016
Ken Archer answered:
I have a different problem. Is it a bedroom (no loft) if it doesn't have a closing door?
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Fri Jun 17, 2016
Tatumlea answered:
If your house is too small for your needs, you have two choices: move to a larger home, or add a second story.

Neither option is stress-free. Given today's depreciated home values, many owners might prefer to add a second story instead of moving.

Adding a second story isn't that different from building a new house, at least from the builder's perspective, according to Gary Henley, president of Henley Homes, a home remodeling company in Liberty Hill, Texas. New construction is simply placed over the existing footprint.

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Wed Apr 20, 2016
Jivefive99 asked:
How about the legal requirements for a basement BATHROOM? City doesnt have a permit for a bathroom but does have a permit for plumbing alterations. Does a new bathroom also require a window?…
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Mon Dec 21, 2015
Accurate Inspections & Consulting answered:
Realistically a $100K to lower and finish a basement compliant. However, you could easily spend more than a $100K depending on what you do. Since its probably going to have a small foot print in those neighborhoods you can probably get it done for $60-$70K. Anyone who tells $30-$40K is just trying to get in the door and then charge you lots of extras.
Going that much further down you'll likely need an ejector pit, new sewer line and possibly perimeter foundation curb. Obviously you could do all the rough work now at once and then finish as your budget allows over time.
You can give me a call if you need more details. I am an inspector, not a contractor anymore.
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Tue Oct 6, 2015
John Meyers answered:
Hello Kirstin, A tear off will run about $10,000 compared to at least $50,000 for a couple dormers.

If you can get away with one dormer, you can maybe get it done for about $30,000.

If you were actually tearing out the structure with a tear off, I see your reasoning. However, a tear-off usually just means that they are tearing off all of the shingles not the actual roof.

The labor involved with removing portions of your roof and rebuilding can be extensive (not to mention new drywall, insulation, and electrical on the inside.

I'm not trying to talk you out of it. -- If you need the space and will use use it, do it. -- However, if you are trying to increase the value of your home, you will only get about 80% back on what you spend to do the dormers.

Good luck!
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Sun Aug 30, 2015
Carlo Ruth answered:
General rec: make sure that whoever does your 203K inspection is highly qualified. AND make sure you have an adequate contingency. I've seen these 203K projects go south b/c of the fact that the loan is tied explicitly to the scope as described by the 203K inspector/ consultant. Thus, the general contractor feels that he has no wiggle room in terms of approaching things differently/ better/ cheaper, and can be incentivized to ignore related problems that are MUCH cheaper to fix now. ... more
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Wed Jun 10, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Only an estimate from a contractor or garage builder can really give you an accurate answer.
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Mon Jun 8, 2015
Marcus Morgan answered:
It looks like you know exactly what you want to get done with your remodeling. I think the best thing for you to do is contact a bunch of different contractors and give them this list and then ask how much can he do it for. Then use the person that gives you the best price. You can even use other peoples prices as negotiation for them to lower their price. ... more
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Tue Apr 21, 2015
lewisremington19 answered:
I would recommend calling a professional and asking them. They'll have the best idea on what to do, and what will work. You don't want to risk not having your water heater work after spending time and money on it.
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Matt Laricy answered:
Jason Truncale is good. His cell is 773-220-7300
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