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Remodel & Renovate in Connecticut : Real Estate Advice

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Apple95jack, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL
Thu Jul 21, 2016
Apple95jack asked:
Right now my husband and I are trying to close on a 203k refinance and the paperwork is just dragging on - we are hoping to close soon (we're almost a month past our initial anticipated…
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Danielle Rich, Renter in 06906
Sun May 29, 2016
Danielle Rich asked:
The plaster in a house were considering is beyond the point of repair and almost collapsing. The structure is in good shape but will need:
Complete gut, replace all plaster with drywall,…
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Tamatha.mayf…, Home Buyer in Oakdale, CT
Thu Mar 31, 2016
Tamatha.mayfield asked:
So we bought a house in 2010, 1977 Raised Ranch and it's nice and all and found out that the work/updates that were done by the previous owners were not permitted by the town! OMG Talk…
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Ileana B. Sa…, Real Estate Pro in Goshen, CT
Tue Mar 18, 2014
Ileana B. Santore answered:
Updated kitchens and baths are most generally sound investments, particularly when you're able to accomplish a renovation within a reasonable budget. When making renovations with an eye for resale within the near future, 'clean' and 'generic' should be kept in mind. Keep your lines clean and your permanent colors generic. Walls can be painted, wallpapered or decoratively enhanced to draw interest. Changing a floor plan requires a bit more thought and planning - what are you looking to accomplish with the change - more living space? less formality? Does the renovation suit the house?
Most buyers want to personalize their new home - starting with a basic, updated foundation is a huge plus. At any rate, you can enjoy the enhanced space while you market your home - and I believe that is a good goal!
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Natalia Baki…,  in Milford, CT
Wed Mar 5, 2014
Natalia Bakilana answered:
Is always a good idea to get a permit. If you don't and for some reason in the future you want to sell your house it can be a problem.
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Cristina Ors…, Real Estate Pro in Darien, CT
Fri Feb 21, 2014
Cristina Orsi-Lirot answered:
Number one concern in a finished basement is air flow and water. A less than perfect job will create a mold problem. check Angie's list for local reputable contractors. We all have our favorite contractors but as real estate agents we are prohibited from "stearing" clients and customers so we are cautious. Ask a friend who did similar work ( preferable a few years ago) to see how well the job has held up. Think about access to your mechanicals i.e. access panels to water line shut off , etc , ceiling height and mold resistent materials and paint. great lighting is also a plus in a basement.
Good luck
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Keith & Kins…, Real Estate Pro in Verona, WI
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Keith & Kinsey Schulz answered:
Can you further explain your system?

I'm an agent, but also an HVAC designer (sorry to prove you wrong Mark about an agent not being an professional in this area, lol). What is confusing me is "pumps air" If your furnace is a forced air furnace that blows air through duct work you'd create multiple zones by adding control dampers to modulate air to different areas.

However, the discussion of pumps and switches makes me think that maybe this is a boiler system that is piping hot water for heating to radiators in the house. Maybe what you're referring to as switches are on/off valves. In that case, multiple pumps could make sense to better control hot water flow through the radiators.
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Michelle - M…, Real Estate Pro in Middletown, CT
Mon Apr 1, 2013
Michelle - Manter Realty Group of KW answered:
Make sure you do your research into any contractor you use by getting a personal referral from a friend or business contact, reading online reviews, ensuring the contractor's license and insurance is update to, and just being smart about your decisions. ... more
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Peter Pappas, Real Estate Pro in Hamden, CT
Mon Nov 14, 2011
Peter Pappas answered:
General home maintainence is an ongoing requirement of home ownership. It makes little sense to renovate the home just for the sake of doing so. Determine what is needed to bring your home up to current buyer expectations, if necessary, and prioritise the list. Consult your local Realtor to determine the economic feasability of achieving these goals without surpassing the value of market comparables for similar properties. These professionals do have an understanding of the current trends and monitor the pulse of the buying public. You may find that all the amenities required are already in the home and something simple as paint, wall treatment, and general cleanup is all that is necessary. Remember to pay as much attention to the exterior as well. Well kept lawns, shrubs and exterior adornments reflect the owners pride and care for the home. ... more
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Fran Rokicki, Real Estate Pro in BOLTON, CT
Wed Jan 19, 2011
Fran Rokicki answered:

We, as agents can ask questions to help sellers become aware of some things. Like, ordering your landscaping now, rather than wait until spring and it is too busy. They will end up having their landscape done during the summer months. If they are planning graduation parties (June) or other gatherings, they will need to get themselves on the list, sooner than later. They had a homeshow, last weekend at the XLCenter! ... more
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Nancy Laggis…, Real Estate Pro in Branford, CT
Mon Jan 17, 2011
Nancy Laggis Orlando answered:
Remodeling bathrooms is always a plus. Children will utilize a tub...most people use showers while others still like to soak in a tub even on occassion.
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Victoria Lor…,  in Fairfield County, CT
Tue Feb 16, 2010
Victoria Lorusso answered:
As a basic rule of thumb, an addition will likely cost you between $150 - $250 a square foot. The variance depends on the finishes you select especially when incorporating a master bath. Is it tile or marble? Double vanity or single? Is there heating in the floor? All of these can add to your costs. If you need a local contractor to consult with, please contact me as I have several I work with here in Fairfield County. I'd be happy to pass on their names to you. I can be reached at 203-324-9600. ... more
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Phil,  in Guilford, CT
Fri Dec 26, 2008
Phil answered:
As a guesstimate, I would say anywhere from $6000-90000. 2-coats Ceiling, Trim, Walls, Doors, ect ..
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Kimberly Bai…, Real Estate Pro in Madison, CT
Thu Aug 7, 2008
Kimberly Bailey answered:
Good Morning Elisabeth,

Your best bet would be to look for a builder that is a member of the Home Builders Association. ( Contact a few of them in your area and ask if they have stock plans available to build from.

My husband owns a building company and he finds that using one of his stock plans and making the custom modifications that the homeowners desire is much more cost effective than starting from scratch. You are on the right track!

If you find that you need to have a set of custom plans drawn up, I can recommend a draftsman that is very reasonable and works all over Connecticut.

Feel free to email me if you need assistance,
Kimberly Bailey Madelung
William Raveis Real Estate
869 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
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