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Remodel & Renovate in Baltimore : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 24, 2015
DD24400 asked:
We are currently a sub performing at a high level; beyond the prime, but do not have the direct agent connections.
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Fri May 22, 2015
Celine Sanderson answered:
It really would depend on how much square footage it would be, plus, the material you want for your roofing. Sometimes roofers can give discounts for bulk when they do a lot of work, so the square footage might be different for that specific job. It sounds like you have a smaller area of roofing to get done for the deck, so there's another possibility that a roofer would give you a discount for a smaller area too because it's a quick and easy job for them. Compare at least two roofing companies as well. Hope this helps, Armandochave!
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Mon Apr 13, 2015
Gary Birtles answered:
It is a hard call to make without knowing the details of your roof. It also depends on the materials you choose to use. I suggest having an architect take a look and they will be able to tell you more accurately. You may also want to get a few opinions before you make any decisions. ... more
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Tue Nov 11, 2014
Kevin Mayhew answered:
Changing the exterior an excellent idea. It is important to create curb appeal. You must be careful however as not all brick manufactured and used in Baltimore row homes was intended as a finished product. All brick is porous and absorbs moisture but most brick today is fired in kilns to harden the clay and give it a mush higher resistance to the elements.
I Baltimore, much of the brick was intended to be painted just like siding to protect it from the weather.
It is best to determine this prior to the removal of formstone so you can be prepared for any extra costs.
You may also find that the formstone is covering other problems.

Good luck on your endeavour.
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Tue Oct 28, 2014
Kevin Mayhew answered:
Hello Melissa,

Often it is best to contact an architect to determine a number of questions, the primary being budget.
Having the project designed allows you to provide contractors with stable scope of work that is to be followed and your architect should be able to give you information about your budget and if the budget fits the scope. The architect can provide you guidance to good contractors and provide guidance with assessing bids.
If you do not feel comfortable with an architect then you should determine the scope of work that you can provide to contractors as you probably want more than one estimate, The scope may include permits, drawings that may be required, list of subcontractors to be used by the prospective contractor and the time frame for completion. Ask the contractors what their time frame is like and what other contracts they may be working on at the same time.
Ask the contractor how they plan to protect your property during the construction process. I believe you said you wanted a second floor built on your property, will that require the interior of your home be exposed for any period during the construction?

Good luck with your project!
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Mon Jun 3, 2013
vmarone answered:
This article is pretty helpful on how much mold removal could cost:

If the home is worth buying, perhaps negotiating with the seller to pay for the remediation is a possibility? Either way, I highly recommend having the home tested by an independent industrial hygienist before making any big decisions. ... more
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Wed Feb 22, 2012
Heather Sand answered:
CHRIS TAYLOR 443.415.0554
he is very reasonable & honest

Heather Sand
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Wed Jun 22, 2011
Khloe answered:
All of my neighbors already had decks when they bought their homes, so I haven't been able to get any good recommendations. If anyone knows of a great contractor in Federal Hill, let me know!! ... more
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Thu Oct 1, 2009
Patrick Thies answered:
A nice master bath with extra clothes closet and separate shower is a nice amenity and can make the house more desirable over a house without this luxury. Usually improvements like baths and kitchens will add value to a home, but, in this market appraisals are getting tighter and it could cost you in the end.

What you need to find out is if you do the improvement will it bring you up to what other houses in the area have to offer or put you ahead of other houses.

Be careful of the costs involved. It is possible to over improve for the area. If adding the upgrade puts you at the top of the selling price point, then it may not be worth doing the higher improvement. If the higher improvements bring you up to what your competition is then it may be worth it.

If you plan on moving maybe the 8K improvement would be more cost effective if done right.
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Thu May 7, 2009
Brenda Scarborough answered:
The more full bathrooms the better, as long as they are done properly by licensed plumbers and electricians and meet all current codes you should not have any re-sale issues.
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Tue Mar 31, 2009
Ania Miller answered:
Disclosure, disclosure, disclosure!!! Savvy Buyers and Buyers Agents will have any permits pulled to see if they are still "open" or if they need to be "closed" or even if a permit has ever been applied for. When it comes time to selling your home an inspector may require that the work be "certified" by a licensed contractor. It is nice to be able to do the work yourself when you can, however, there really is no "savings" in doing that if you have to have it redone to meet the code.
Good luck Gail, and if you need assistance, please let me know.
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