When can I start renovating an apt whose closing is on 3/25/10.?

Asked by Kathy, Astoria, Queens, NY Fri Mar 19, 2010

How soon can I bring contractors to give me estimates?
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Thu Mar 25, 2010
You would need your buyers agent present.

When we have buyers renovate a property we request for the purchaser LINE up all contractors on one day provide window from 10 -12 where we have to meet the buyer, and contractors on property.

Agents don't mind however if we are running over the home everyday spending hours for this contractor then another contractor it becomes abusive on your Realtors time.

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Joseph Hasti…, Agent, Bayside, NY
Thu Mar 25, 2010
Hi Kathy. Congratulations on your purchase. Since you probably received keys at today's closing, you can do what you want. Of course, you'll have to let the board know what is going on and your contractor will have to be licensed and insured as the board will most likely want a copy of his license and bond before any work can start.
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Fri Mar 19, 2010
There are times when an agent will allow you in for estimates before closing. It depends how willing the agent and the seller are, but it is worth asking. Seeing as you are closing next week, it is not a big deal to wait until after closing at this point, you have less than a week. Anna is correct, you should check with the mangement company about if there are restrictions on who you can use and what you can do. By the time you get people lined up to come, you probably will have closed already. Are you giving the sellers a post closing posession period? If that's the case then it might be tough to get in between the time that you close and when the seller moves out, because now it is not as much the agent's responsibility to let you in.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Mar 19, 2010
You can start as soon as you have possession--if it's a co-op/condo check the house rules, you may need permission for alterations if they involve structural integrity, and oftentimes work can only be done during certain hours of the day, etc.
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