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Remodel & Renovate in Colorado : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jan 7, 2017
Chad answered:
go to they sell semi custom RTA European cabinets.
Good luck
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Sat Sep 17, 2016
Ldyhartwick1 answered:
need to find plot plan on 930 San Domingo Dr Santa Rosa Ca
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Thu Jun 16, 2016
Tatumlea answered:
Since many retail & commercial buildings require additional finishing like insulation or facade customization, the cost may rise to $30 or $40 per square foot (SF). - See more at: ... more
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Mon Jun 13, 2016
Bamanweiler asked:
I'm wanting to buy part of my Limited Common Element (Deck) from my HOA to enclose and expand my bedroom. I'm trying to determine what a reasonable price would be.
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Sat Apr 23, 2016
Darrick Kizlyk answered:
Hi. You are very accurate about your options. Here are the steps I would take:

1. Sit down with an agent and see what your home in its current state would sell for. This will give you an idea of your equity in it.

2. Simultaneously, talk to contractors/architects about a potential redesign and complete scrape. See what the costs of that would be.

3. Compare the costs of the scrape with what your new home after the scrape would sell for. Does it make financial sense? Construction costs in metro Denver are very expensive as well because of the housing market and tight supply.

The math will help answer your question. As will evaluating whether you want to stay in that particular area, what type of new home you want to build, whether you can have the type of home you want in a similar neighborhood etc... and of course the hassles with scraping and building your own home which will take longer than selling and finding a new home (if you can find what you want).

I am happy to help you out with the first part and also with what your redesign would sell for so you can make some educated comparisons.

Thank you,

Darrick Kizlyk - Realtor
EXIT Realty Denver Tech Center
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Wed Dec 23, 2015
Cara asked:
Looking for bids to do renovation and addition to 1328 sq ft home on foundation. interested in 600 sq ft addition with unfinished basement under addition. In Weld county, zoned Ag, rural…
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Mon Nov 16, 2015
Taycollins42 answered:
I would suggest getting the problem resolved sooner rather than later. It probably won't affect your appraisal very much negatively, but it will look better. There's even a chance that it would positively impact the appraisal value of your property. I would definitely suggest talking to a professional about temporary fixes you can make until you're ready to redo the deck entirely. That's what I would do if I was in your position.
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Sun Sep 6, 2015
Charlene Tackett asked:
have 728 sq we need to replace/refurbish. Is investing in a "Trex" composite product worth the cost - we have 728 sq ft of floor and rails. 20 stair treads, posts, etc. We are…
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Sat Aug 29, 2015
Seth Lake answered:
Curb appeal will be the best choice between the two. Linoleum isn't going to excite potential buyers as much as tile. It's probably too late, but I'm curious how it turned out.
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Tue Aug 18, 2015
Sally Grenier answered:
What is your question? For a simple job like replacing a door/frame you don't need a permit.
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Mon Jul 13, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
I think it mostly just depends on your preference and how well you'll maintain it. If you don't want to have to do too much maintenance, you should definitely look into something like concrete. If you think you'll maintain it though, and you want something that looks a bit nicer, you should look into other options. Those stone options really can be awesome if you take care of them. Good luck getting all of this figured out.
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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Ron Rovtar answered:
Clearly this is an older question. But it remains a good question. And I'm sure it is on the minds of many current buyers in this rapidly-changing marketplace.

Right now, the answer may depend on exactly where you want to purchase.

Currently, new construction in Boulder city is very limited. The city is landlocked by choice, and building permits for new subdivisions are hard to get. On the other hand, inventory of existing homes is low also, making them difficult to find and purchase. There is much competition for these homes and they often sell well above the asking price. I recently published a post outlining some of the issues at the link below. There is a third option. One could purchase an existing lot on which a home of one's own design could be built. Be careful with this. Boulder's building code is quite restrictive. You will need to do a lot of research before settling on this option.

It you will live elsewhere in Boulder County, you will have more options for buying a new home. There is considerably more construction going on in places like Louisville, Lafayette, , Erie, Longmont and Superior. Like Boulder city, these areas also have shortages of existing homes for sale. So, building in a new subdivision can be more attractive. Often buyers spend long periods searching for an existing home when they could be picking out the finishes for new construction, which makes new construction a lot more appealing for some.

Do let me suggest that you hire a real estate agent if you will buy new. Many new home buyers think they can skip this step. In fact, professional representation often is more important when dealing with companies that negotiate deals on a daily basis. Additionally, real estate agents can give you an idea about the best builders to work with, they can advise you about finishes that might help you sell for the most money a few years down the road and they can give you an idea about what your home will probably be worth after the builder leaves the subdivision. And reputable builders will not raise prices just because you are using a real estate agent. They value the business real estate agents bring them.

Ron Rovtar
Boulder, CO
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Sun Apr 19, 2015
mcmsj answered:
As a former realtor and now and one who makes how renovating properties, it depends on the neighborhood you are in. Ranch homes are usually at a premium but are there a lot of them in your area? Do you have a lot of equity in your home? Do you just want to be able to get back what you put into it or do you want to make a profit? Basically,you have to find out what your house is worth now and what it will be worth if you make the improvement. And then decide if you want to go through the hassle and that often depends on how long you are going to stay. I hope that helps some. And be sure to be very very careful about who you choose to do the work - use Angies list or someone you know up personal about there work ethic and quality. Best of luck!! CC ... more
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Mon Mar 30, 2015
Johnny Shi answered:
What an exciting thing to build an extension onto your home. I wish it was as simple as it sounds. I would be sure and contact a professional and see what his thoughts were. Most of the time people will come look at the property for no cost. It's also good to get more than one opinion when looking at contractors. ... more
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Mon Jan 26, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
I have been thinking about getting laminate flooring as well. I like them because they are easier to clean. Carpet sure does feel better on the feet though. What kind of flooring did you decide to go with? ... more
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Tue Dec 30, 2014
Caleb Hart answered:
I think it all depends on the materials used and the contractors that you go with. There are lots of contractors that charge high prices for their work. It tends to be better quality though. I would probably go with the estimates that some of these agents have said. ... more
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Thu Oct 30, 2014
garypuntman answered:
I want to install central air in my home. I think it would make a big difference. I want to see if this can be done, since I have an older home. It might end up costing me a bit more. ... more
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Ron Rovtar answered:
Hi Tom:

Judging from the postal code you entered with this question (80501), it looks like you want information about a property in Longmont, CO. If this is the case, the Boulder County Property Viewer may be your best bet. (Link below) You may have to download software to use this. ... more
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Sat Jul 26, 2014
Daniel Richards answered:
As a certified BPOR, and from what I see in home prices as a listing and selling REALTOR, wood laminate floors add to the value of the home. They are seen as an upgrade. Specialty carpet can also be an upgrade, but then you are choosing color and style for the potential buyer. Carpet color and style are things potential buyers want to choose for themselves. ... more
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Thu Mar 27, 2014
Joseph Recchia answered:
Here are a few things to consider:

1. First and foremost you purchased the home to live in. What type of set-up would make you the most comfortable.

2. If you are truly only going to be there for 5 years or less, I would consider not doing the Master addition. Even if you add a basement bedroom with an egress window and tons of natural light, it is still a basement bedroom.

3. You are correct a 2 bedroom is tough to sell. This is considered a starter home in Broomfield. If a family with younger children purchase the home they would want everyone on the same floor, not in a basement bedroom.

Hope this helps
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