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Remodel & Renovate in Massachusetts : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 25, 2017
Rocass asked:
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Sat Nov 19, 2016
Kristen Greathead asked:
every room is in poor shape and the flooring needs replacing, the kitchen needs remodeling, the 2 bathrooms need updating, the porch needs remodeling, the attic needs rehabbing, the basement…
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Fri May 15, 2015
Murphy Team answered:
Yes, waterproofing with a written transferrable guarantee is a good investment. Water creates moisture and possible mold issues that are eliminated with these systems.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Jason Hill answered:
I'm no expert, but I do feel that there is a positive connotation with wood siding as opposed to a synthetic material. If it is cost effective for you in your current status, I would recommend using the cedar. But, if the cement siding is the best option, for money's sake, it seems to be a great option as well; seeing as it looks similar to the cedar, and is not vinyl. I don't know what effects this will have on your home value; if questions arise, however, perhaps it will be sufficient to explain that it is not vinyl siding. ... more
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Mon May 11, 2015
Celine Sanderson answered:
Wow, Cambridgeport would be such a nice place to live, especially having a condo out there! If you're looking for ways to have green energy to not use as much energy on a daily basis, it can mostly be due to cool or hot air seeping through your windows and doors. Just having those small cracks that aren't sealed right, or having windows that don't retain the temperature of the inside air can really take a tole on your energy bill. I'd suggest to get new windows and ask for energy efficient windows to keep the good temperature in and the bad ones outside. Once you get the windows installed, another way to save on energy is to use drapery and shades to block the window as well. Those two things will attribute to a green energy solution!
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Wed May 6, 2015
djennifer009 answered:
It sounds like you have two different projects going on. You should talk to a waterproofing company first to see what can be done with your basement. If you're having constant leakage, there must be something wrong. Make sure the waterproofing will solve the whole problem, not just the effects. ... more
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Fri Apr 24, 2015
Al Roppolo answered:
Bring in a water proofing expert who can give you a better idea of this technique as well as other techniques like various sealing solutions and french drains...etc
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Mon Apr 20, 2015
John W Barrett answered:
One of the things I am asked most by customers looking to buy a home is ;" Is there a first floor Master with a full bath, and a walk in closet on the first floor?"
It is not only important to have a master bedroom suite, but also it should be on the first floor on Cape Cod as we are a retirement area.
The best investments you can make to improve your property is a first floor master with its own bath, or upgrade the Kitchen and Baths that are currently there.
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Tue Mar 31, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
I would talk to a person down at the city office about that. My father has also been needing to do some more plastering in his home. I'm pretty sure he doesn't need a permit for it though. I guess it's better to ask and make sure it's okay, than to do it and be penalized. ... more
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
lewisremington19 answered:
Hi Brad, I have never built a deck in Boston, but I have in the Rochester area. In my experience you should get a few quotes from contractors, choose which one you want to have help you, and then move forward with telling them what you want. One thing I'd recommend is waterproofing your deck, especially if you aren't going to have it covered by an awning or anything. ... more
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Myersjulie31 answered:
I think that for the most part, buyers really like more efficient options like solar panels and floor heating. I have a friend that is looking for homes, and really wants to get solar panels. Then she will be able to have a better electricity bill, which would be really nice! I would suggest that you put in these "extras" as you call them, and then you will most likely have an increase in interest! ... more
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Fri Dec 19, 2014
Myersjulie31 answered:
I think that usually, a fence helps with the appeal of a home most of all. I have always thought that fences make homes look neater, especially a nice fence like a picket fence or a simple wooden fence. I would talk to your realtor for final advice, since they would know best. But I think that in the end, it would be a good idea for you to get the fence put in! ... more
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Thu Dec 18, 2014
Myersjulie31 answered:
With this plan, I think that it would definitely increase the value. Then you would not only have a finished basement, but there would be bathroom facilities there to make it more convenient. This should be quite appealing to buyers, so I think this would be a good step. It is also a good idea to waterproof the basement, since having a flood after finishing would be really unfortunate! ... more
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Fri Oct 3, 2014
Caleb Hart answered:
I've got a similar question. I have a hardwood floor right now in my kitchen and my wife hates it. She's been nagging me to look into getting different flooring. If I'm just replacing wood flooring with more hardwood, should I look for a specific type of wood to make the value of the home increase? ... more
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Mon Sep 22, 2014
My NC Homes Team answered:
Probably not and you can't assume you may build a deck on a condo as you don't own the outside of the building. This is a project that will need the HOA's approval. In general I would suggest you are likely to recover between 65-75% of the actual cost. If you plan on living there 3-4 years or more and would enjoy hanging out on a deck then it's worth you're doing, but as an investment to increase resale value, probably not. ... more
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Mon Jul 28, 2014
John Dean answered:
I like the way Gary thinks down below .. it could save you lots of money in the long run. You may be a bit shocked at the sticker price for the deck , permits and the crane to get the material to the top of the building. Good luck ... more
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Wed Jun 11, 2014
James Cole answered:

Craigslist and are great sources for apt. shares.
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