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Remodel & Renovate in Los Altos : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jun 21, 2016
Arpad Racz answered:

I would ask a local inspector to look at it and ask the city as well.

Kind regards,

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Mon Oct 15, 2012
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Tue Nov 30, 2010
Bryan Robertson answered:
Having done many major remodels myself, I'll give you the short answers.

Cost Per SqFt
New construction: $250/s.f.
Remodeling: $300 s.f.
Both figures assume a quality level typical of nice homes in Los Altos of similar quality to Satake Estates. The key is obtaining the best balance of material and service costs which involves knowing where to source them and get good contractors to do the work.

Time To Completion
I've done full home remodels with over-the-counter permits in 5 weeks. That includes remodeling kitchens, bathrooms, floors, windows, doors, etc. but nothing structural. I know contractors who flip homes in Los Altos who can do it in 30 days. It is always assumed that quality is delivered in these efforts as anything less won't fly with Los Altos buyers.

Cost Recovery
You'll get a better value by having the work done. Buy a fixer and put the money into it and you'll have something you could sell for a profit. This is especially true in Los Altos.
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Tue Dec 1, 2009
David Blockhus answered:

When I did my remodel (4 years ago), the county assessor's office asked a series of questions in order to determine the "market value" of our remodel. They computed the increase in my tax base on the "market value" of our remodel. It turned out that the increase in our tax base was almost identical to the cost of our remodeled times 1.2 percent. For example, if our remodel was 250K, the increase in tax base would be $3,000 a year.

However, please check with the County Assessor's office for the official explanation based on your job.
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Fri Jan 30, 2009
David Blockhus answered:

You might want to check the history of the home (project) .... I believe it was a mortuary at one point (which might make it more difficult to sell).
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Fri Nov 21, 2008
Joyce Engstrom answered:
Try Charley Cha, He's fast and neat. Has a good crew and shows up on time. He also did
some extras for me. Put in new light fixtures
his prices are moderate ......not Cheap

His numbers are (800) 3045993 or (408)3147338
Good luck Joe

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