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Design & Decor in Contra Costa County : 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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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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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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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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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA
Sat Jul 6, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Acoustic tile is so old-fashioned. Better go with drywall for a more finished look that doesn't scream "cheap" or "amateur" or "bad taste"
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Maria Cipoll…, Real Estate Pro in Coral Springs, FL
Mon Feb 11, 2013
Maria Cipollone answered:
If you are trying to sell your property, just spend the money on cleaning and painting. Leave the windows treatments for new home owners.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone

Century 21 Tenace
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Listing Spec…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
Mon Sep 24, 2012
Listing Specialist- Mona Koussa answered:
Hi David,

You always want to put your best foot forward when selling your home. Most of the time that means painting, decluttering and replacing worn carpets. Many buyers want turn key homes they could just move into with very little work.

Your Realtor may also may suggestions for staging your home. Homes sell faster and for more money when they look crisp and well maintained.

Hope I was helpful.


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