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Remodel & Renovate in Columbus : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Apr 7, 2015
Tom Vaughan answered:
This can vary based on the materials used in your garage(dumping fees), whether it is attached or not attached. might be a good source to find a reputable contractor.
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Sun Dec 16, 2012
Bill Eckler answered:

This is a great question......

In our location, we are finding the recent trends show that people are placing less importance on a formal livng room and are seeking to make their home's space more useful to their family's needs. People are finally coming to grips with the fact that a formal living area ends up being a museum for furnishings that are seldom used.

With this said, your proposed plans are in step with a changing trend that so many home owners are moving toward. Additionally, today's builders are also moving away from building homes with a formal living area. It just isn't a good use of square footage and results in money poorly spent.

It is my opinion that it's very unlikely that you will decrease your home's value and probably should increase its market value and buyer appeal.

Your adjustment is one that is keeping pace with the current trend....don't second guess yourself.

Good luck with your project. I'm sure the change is one that will be a welcomed improvement.

Good luck,

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Wed Sep 19, 2012
Joel Kahn answered:
For a builder today to specialize in just one type of construction is very rare (except for the production builders who specialize only in production homes). Many custom builders have expertise in various styles; the key is usually getting a good architect involved. Provident Builders has done work in many different areas, styles, etc. You can learn more about them at ... more
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Fri Nov 11, 2011
Cathy Schwandt answered:
I have a great guy. Red's Remodeling and Repair 614-777-9009 Tell him I sent you.

Cathy Schwandt
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Mon Oct 31, 2011
Jason Opland answered:
If a permit is needed and you fail to get one, the city may discover this at some time in the future and getting a permit retroactively can frequently be significantly more expensive and much more problematic than having obtained the permit before work commenced. If work is not done in accordance with city procedures or if the inspector is unable to determine if the work has been done properly, you could be required to open walls, tear up floors, so that the inspection may take place. In addition, by law, work not permitted where a permit was required must be disclosed to any prospective purchaser. This force the owner to discount their sale price or perform costly or time-consuming repairs before title can be transferred.

You may obtain these permits by going directly to Building & Safety in the municipality in which the property is located or by hiring a “permit puller” who will research the permits for you.
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Sun Oct 30, 2011
Jack Gillis answered:
That is a question you would need to ask the local code office, as each jurisdiction is different. In some areas, if you are only hanging sheetrock then you may not need a permit. However, if you are adding/moving electrical, plumbing, etc., then you will probably need one. The inspector must be able to view the work so, for example, if you added electrical then walled over it the inspector will probably require that you remove the sheetrock so he may inspect the electrical. ... more
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Mon Mar 7, 2011
Gordon Roy Rankin answered:
My opinion as a Real Estate Broker is, that it sounds like a great idea (with a couple of questions). What type of house do you have? Coming in the front door... how big is that room going to be ... 12x15 with a cut out in the corner of the room or is it going to be 10 feet deep and 15 feet long.let me know, thanks,Gordon Rankin, Rankin Real Estate, Inc. (614)275-1801 ... more
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Tue Jul 28, 2009
Joe Peffer answered:
I think Dining Rooms are far from being back in style. When push comes to shove, very few people use their dining room and many who are looking for a home in Columbus hate the idea of all that wasted space.
Buyers want a place to eat together, but formal dining rooms are coming in waay down the list of importance for buyers--especially younger buyers in Columbus.

A 4 bedroom home, though, should have a dining room and not an office where you said yours is located. I'd stick with installing an office in a spare bedroom or a make-shift basement office where you can relax and spread out.
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Sun Jun 28, 2009
Andrea T. Robinson answered:
I agree with the last comment, paint does wonders for a home. Second some little things that can be done are changing out hardware on cabinets, sinks, etc if they look dated. Switch out light fixtures if they look dated. Paint base boards and people really love granite countertops but this could get expenseive. ... more
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