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Design & Decor in California : Real Estate Advice

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Sam Shueh, Real Estate Pro in Cupertino, CA
Wed Dec 21, 2016
Sam Shueh answered:
About the same. I personally think those kitchen, laundary rooms with hardwood floor. Home owners asked for the trouble.

Sam Shueh
Campbell, CA
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Ryan Rudnick, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Sun Jul 3, 2016
Ryan Rudnick answered:
Are you looking for their value if you were to sell the existing windows, or the value/cost of replacing them with new? I'd suggest you speak with a local general contractor or window installer/specialist who knows and has worked with victorian homes in the past to get their opinion. It would likely be something that would require them to come to your property in person to inspect the windows and discuss details with you. ... more
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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Tue Feb 23, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

Some owners still prefer wood for the look, while it is still in good condition.

Kind regards,

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Arpad Racz, Real Estate Pro in San Jose, CA
Wed Dec 16, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

Turning the second bedroom into an office, thereby eliminating calling it a bedroom (without closet) may have some negative issues from a value perspective.

All the best,

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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Sat Dec 12, 2015
Alan May answered:
When I've had this conversation with flooring people, they've typically told me that the boards should be installed the same direction as the main staircase.

So if the stair steps go east to west, the boards will probably be best east to west, also.

But I don't think it's set in stone. Ask the opinion of your flooring professional.
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Cindy Davis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
Mon Jul 13, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
It would depends on so many things...size, upgrades, construction materials...your best bet is to poses this question to an architect or general contractor.
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Michael Laird, Real Estate Pro in Healdsburg, CA
Thu Jun 25, 2015
Michael Laird answered:
The landscaping may be worth it if you are going to gain a lot of enjoyment from the greater use of your yards. It will always be a large factor in selling your home but, you may not get all that you put into it back in increased sale price. I just did a pretty major yard redo in the front, taking out the lawn and putting in drought tolerant plants. It looks great, the house has much better curb appeal and there is hardly any weekly maintenance. Be careful how much you spend if you are looking to recoup the money anytime soon.
I agree with your assessment of the neighborhood. With the drought a lot of folks are just letting their yards go. It is a hard choice, I say enjoyment first and then resale vale second.
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mattdalek47, Other/Just Looking in Columbus, OH
Mon Apr 13, 2015
mattdalek47 answered:
I would contact a professional home design company. They can help you out and give you exactly what you need. The personal connection might be better for your final plan, as will their expertise in the field.
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Karen and Pa…, Real Estate Pro in Cameron Park, CA
Mon Mar 16, 2015
Karen and Paul Catania answered:
Tile in the kitchen and bathrooms is a more durable material. Water run off from the bath or sink can cause problems to hardwood. Power outages can defrost ice makers in the kitchen and cause wood damage. Tile in the bedrooms always gets a thumbs down from my clients. Carpet and hardwood are the way to go for bedrooms. It all about what you want but for a resale value I would avoid tile in the bedrooms. ... more
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Mandeep Singh…, Other/Just Looking in Livermore, CA
Tue Mar 10, 2015
Mandeep Singh Taunk answered:
Thanks for your answers guys! I was thinking the same think. What do you guys think about the cultured marble bathroom counter? Here is a link: ... more
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Sam Shueh,  in San Jose, CA
Fri Jan 30, 2015
Sam Shueh answered:
The cost of pavers is as high as carpet. You need to learn about quality, design. The labor cost varies. You need to inspect hopefully the contractors recent work and contact his past clients for proof. ... more
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Wally West, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Fri Jan 9, 2015
Wally West answered:
My wife and I have been looking for some good furniture to put in our empty apartment. We just got married and moved into our own apartment. Right now, there is literally no furniture in our apartment and we need places to sit. We have been looking around trying to find the best furniture that would go with our apartment. We hope to have all of our furniture by next week.
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John Connor, Home Buyer in Kansas City, MO
Tue Jan 6, 2015
John Connor answered:
I think that this is so true. People love to be outside when good weather hits because that is the best time to be outside. I think that since humanity had always been fascinated with nature that of course we would love to spend time outside. ... more
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The Medford…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Fri Sep 12, 2014
The Medford Team answered:
There are a few different types of systems - the one we see the most here is an electric system installed under tile flooring - typically in bathrooms. It's a mesh that's installed as a part of the underlayment. As such, it's usually covered in thinset or mortar. However, there is a newer product available to install under carpet or laminate - my only concern with laminate is that it usually sits on a foam backing that may actually impede heat distribution.

Here is a link to a product that will work under laminate:

The other type is a boiler driven hot water system with piping that is either built into the subfloor in specially designed panels with grooves for ducting, installed as an integral part of a concrete slab or retrofitted on the underside of the floor between the floor joists. Since hot water radiant systems are actually an integral part of the sub-floor per se, you can put just about anything you want on top of them. Although many hot water systems have been installed in the Bay Area, they are much more expensive to install than any other type of heating system. Older systems (typically in Eichler homes) are prone to leak because of the way they were installed. Since they are boiler driven, hot water radiant systems are more prevalent on the East Coast where oil-fired boilers are commonly used for heating instead of the natural gas-fired forced air systems we see here in the west.

As for what is better to install over a radiant floor, my personal choices would be tile, stone or hardwood flooring. You have to very careful installing a hardwood floor as you cannot nail it down (nails may damage the radiant system) - it has to be glued down. All of these will provide even heat distribution. I'm not sure I'd go with laminate, but the, laminate is not one of my favorite choices for flooring to begin with.
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Julie Kryuko…, Real Estate Pro in Beverly Hills, CA
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Julie Kryukova Meggat answered:
Hi there,

You can certainly do so to promote your work but I would always ask the owner for permission. Please get that permission in writing to be sure and then you should be just fine.


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jboggs314, Other/Just Looking in Springfield, IL
Wed Aug 13, 2014
jboggs314 answered:
Well, you could try advertising online or on TV. Lots of homes need metal gates, so you would have a large customer base wherever there are people. In fact, I am looking to replace my pool gate with something that is more childproof.
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Brittany Lei…, Real Estate Pro in San Clemente, CA
Fri Jun 13, 2014
Brittany Leighton answered:
Laguna Beach tends to like to more modern look and beach style. However I have clients who have FALLEN ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with Santa Fe style. It could definitely work!

Brittany Leighton
Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway
(949) 480-7178
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The Medford…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Wed Jun 11, 2014
The Medford Team answered:
I'm not sure if you are planning to sell now or in a number of years - if it will be a while before you are on the market, then consider putting down a floor you like – enjoy it while you live there, then put in a new floor if necessary just before you put your home on the market. Bernard is right - when you get ready to sell, put down a floor that is in keeping with other homes in the area.

As for faux wood porcelain tiles … no.
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Erin Stumpf…, Real Estate Pro in Sacramento, CA
Mon Apr 7, 2014
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Heather Lamp, Real Estate Pro in Clover, SC
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Heather Lamp answered:
How big is the house? How many stories? What's the tax value?
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