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Remodel & Renovate in Berkeley : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Apr 22, 2017
Hermitlife asked:
I have a tiny 700 sqft cottage in Berkeley on 2200 sqft lot. It was built in 1950 and I don't consider it fine craftsmanship. I am thinking of lifting it up to add a new story underneath.…
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Fri Jul 11, 2014
gazorone answered:
Whats the most important part of you're home ? The structural integrity, Hire a framing contractor to build you're home.. They specialize in that, structurual engineering/framing. The most important part. Hiring a general contractor is not always the way to go, Jack of all trades ? No thanks ! We tried that... Example if someone was to work on my diesel truck i would much rather hire someone who specializes in that.. Makes sense to me !!! ... more
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
Anne Feste answered:
Dear Happyhomewowner,

Great question. Your future buyer is going to want to know the answers to the questions you are asking. If the permits can be obtained with a bit of work then everyone will be thrilled and it will increase the value of the house. A good local general contractor can make an assessment of what can be done, if anything, and how to work with the City of Berkeley if that becomes a route you want to go.

If you chose not to do the work you will still have buyers and plenty of them.

The reason to consider the permits is the resale price of "per square foot" selling at $300 to $500. That means there big value in the lower level. Appraisers can put the lower level in to their opinion of value if the public record recognizes the lower level. Banks will not allow it otherwise.

Either way, its great to have that lower level and buyers will see the value even if the appraiser can not.

You were smart to become a homeowner in Berkeley and you are smart to ask this question before you go to market!
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Thu Nov 28, 2013
Kmerkley asked:
On August 28 I handed in pictured and measure- ments of the project, paid for the permit. By Sept,3rd 2013 the project was completed. on Oct. 21st the traffic commission rescinded the the…
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