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Remodel & Renovate in California : Real Estate Advice

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Fri May 19, 2017
Rxmichalow asked:
remodel is of only tile, plumbing fixtures, flooring exterior stucco, but no framing or foundation...please just guess...i need help with this one
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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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Sun May 14, 2017
Brandon asked:
I own a condo in Los Angeles and am thinking of doing some extensive kitchen and dining room remodeling. Essentially, we are thinking of taking down some walls and "putting up some…
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Sun May 7, 2017
Confi13 asked:
In Redondo Beach, for a few lots I am exploring, I could get good water views with a reverse floor plan. What are the pro/cons that you have exprience
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Sun Apr 30, 2017
Bigblacktrashbag answered:
We are very late to the game here but we have made improvements on multiple properties over the years (garden improvements) and we 150% always take the expensive plants with us unless there's some other deal worked out.

While you're getting quizi legal advice, the reality of it is that the landlord would have to sue you in court. And not just court, small claims court. Two things: 1) it's not going to be worth their time. 2) if they sue you counter sue for the maximum amount. A very very small amount of work can pull up a massive, massive amount of infractions a landlord can be doing that makes him/her liable for the maximum small claims amount.

There's nothing worse than landlords suddenly thinking more equity for no money. In the actual business world that's called fraud.

We've had terrible landlords and they didn't say a word. Don't worry about it.
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Sun Apr 30, 2017
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Sat Apr 29, 2017
Ws Homeowner answered:
Sounds like you actually moved plumbing to accommodate moving the toilet. While maybe not structural, it seems material. If it was a licensed plumber that did the work, but did it under the table, you likely are OK, not perfect, but OK. Not like you added a master bedroom suite. If you want to be more sure, you could have another licensed professional verify the work was sound, or to be 100% certain, have it inspected after the fact and pay any permit fees/penalties. But that has issues as well. Maybe what you did was not 'permitable', and the you gotta put it back. There are risks either way you go. ... more
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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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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
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi Vicki,

I am also in the same part of Mountain View.

There are several considerations. A few may be:

1) How many bedrooms and bathrooms are in the home? If the number of bedrooms is 3-4, then many buyers may be ok with a 2 car garage, but if there are more bedrooms, than more garage space may be more desirable. At the end of the day, it is a buyers personal choice, but we want to appeal to what most people would like and find more practical. Desirability of the features will have a bearing on value.

2) Researching the norm for your neighborhood would be another plus. If others have done something similar, then it may be more common and less of a concern for some buyers.

3) Doing the conversion With permits will be important from a value and desirability perspective.

4) How you tie access to this area into the existing floorplan may also factor into desirability and thus value. For example if you have to go through one bedroom to get to another, or a laundry room leads to another bedroom, it may be an odd configuration. Thinking this through from an average buyers perspective is important.

5) How much sq. ft. will the conversion add to the living area, and increase the dollar per sq. ft. living area?

There are several other thoughts as well. Please feel free to email me from my profile if you wish to chat about this.

All the best,

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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 Mar 31, 2017
csrajuse asked:
Looking for building a 2nd floor, 1500 sq feet appx. I did ask someone from homeadvisor to come by and he said it is a 500k to 1 million. Sounds too expensive when you can buy a new house…
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Fri Mar 31, 2017
Arpad Racz answered:
A few considerations would be:
1) Would you be adding a master suite?
2) Is there a favorable view from upstairs of mountains, etc.?

In a 2 story home, I prefer an upstairs master suite with good natural lighting, a good view (if available), and a walk-out balcony if it fits with the homes external style.

Kind regards,

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Sat Mar 25, 2017
A asked:
We are building multiple houses in north San Diego area. I am looking for a whole sellers in southern California for construction material. We have looked at Dixie line in San Diego.
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