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Remodel & Renovate in Middlesex County : Real Estate Advice

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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. http://www.sidepro.com/reside/ ... more
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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. http://www.oldworldplasteringinc.com/services ... 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? http://www.carpetsplusca.com/hardwood-floors/ ... more
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
The town assessors office will be able to help.

And,I would contact a local real estate professional to save time and money.


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Sat Aug 10, 2013
Wen Farina answered:
The first thing I'd do is check with your town to see if there are any restrictions and to learn about the requirements and permits needed for the addition. You can then contact a few licensed and insured contractors to get an estimate of the costs. ... more
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Sun May 26, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
I think phil has a point.

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Fri May 3, 2013
P Quandt answered:
Contact Maureen Grace at MGrace Interiors (tel 617 264 0536) or maureen@mgraceinteriors.com
Please tell her Peter from BNI gave you her name!
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Sat Jan 5, 2013
Russ Bradchulis answered:
Without a doubt, you always -- ALWAYS -- want to visit your local building and/or inspectional services department and ask them these questions. Every town is different, so you want to know the local regs and guidelines so you don't get hammered for doing something the wrong way. Some towns are more strict, some are more lax. But make friends there, emphasize that you're there because you want to do it the RIGHT WAY -- they love to hear that! -- and you'll surely be in their good graces, all the while making invaluable contacts in the process for your next project! ... more
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Territory.com answered:
You asked another question before about renovating what I think is the same place. If you can add more bedrooms to the top unit and then still renovated the kitchen you would do very well. Again, consider doing all that and condo'ng the units and reselling.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Territory.com answered:
You will likely benefit from the kitchen. Do you plan on condo'ng the units and selling them separately? You would make more money that way so worth considering.

Good luck!

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Thu Sep 6, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
Katherine, Thank you for giving me best answer.

If I can be of assistance during your process and or make recommendations during it, please let me know.
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Sun Dec 25, 2011
Mikel DeFrancesco answered:
MA -

Go see your local building and zoning dept.... you will find them very helpful. With the proper approvals ( or variance if needed ) in hand and making the building safe and conforming for it's new use... Yes you can.

Good Luck!

Success! Real Estate – Mikel DeFrancesco
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Sun Dec 25, 2011
Mikel DeFrancesco answered:
Pr,

In MA, you'd be looking at anywhere from $150-$300 per sf depending on the design and finishes. In Lexington you'd probably be on the higher end of that since you would not want to skimp in such a nice area. We can certainly assist in making some suggestions or putting you in touch with some local builders since we work with many local luxury home builders... whose work you can see in person.

Mikel DeFrancesco, Success Real Estate
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Mon Sep 26, 2011
Territory.com answered:
Parker Scheer LLP
http://www.parkerscheer.com/
Very competent reasonably priced
Ryan Kelly heads the real estate division
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Fri Jul 29, 2011
Heidi Zizza answered:
You need to talk to the Board of Health in your town.
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Tue Sep 21, 2010
Heidi Zizza answered:
Joe is this the same friend who bought direct without a buyer agent? Perhaps he should call the Town of Northborough to determine what taxable value, if any, they would add to his assessed value. ... more
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Tue May 4, 2010
Kevin Vitali answered:
There are many variables to consider. Such as:

How much of the bedroom will you take? Will it still be a functional bedroom?
How much will the renovation cost?
What is a 3 bedroom with 2 baths worth vs a 4 bedroom with 2 baths worth?

I would consult a local Realtor and have them run some numbers.

The next questions to ask yourself, is what do you want? and how long will you be in the house? Long term it wont make a difference to you. My guess is the cost of the renovation and the loss of the bedroom will not justify the cost of doing the renovation.
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Tue Nov 17, 2009
DebOnTheWeb answered:
You'll want to check with the Medford Building Department to see if it's possible. Their number is (781) 393-2509, but your best bet is to go to City Hall in person when an inspector is in the office.
Inspector's Hours: Mon, Tues., Thurs - 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Good luck!
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Mon Oct 19, 2009
Ken Lambert answered:
Hello- I agree with below. You are spinning your wheels until you speak with the town's building inspector, and also someone from the Zoning Department, if needed.
I assume you have public sewer service? That makes it a bit easier.

what about parking offstreet for an additional tenant? That could be a problem.
Once you find that stuff out, let me know if you need additional help. I know a few good local RE attorneys that could make it easy, and they are reasonable. Thanks and good luck,
Ken L.
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Tue Apr 28, 2009
Rona Fischman answered:
any light color will do. Color only affects resale if it is outstandingly good or bad. So, bright red is a no-no, but any light gentle color is fine. Do what looks good to you with your things in place. ... more
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