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Remodel & Renovate in Montgomery County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Feb 26, 2013
Jacki Gee-Ferko answered:
JL Ferko Contracting. Excellent concept of the demographic. Craftsman exteriors and interiors, Detailed work, .references. 240-882-9270
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Mon Jul 23, 2012
Barbara H answered:
J & J Improvements, Inc. - John A. Meyers, Sales Manager, Direct Cell # 240-372-2401, 301-593-7984. Specializes in Roofings, Siding, Replacement Vinyl Windows. MD H.I.C.#7765.
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Miekeba Jones answered:
Hi moonrises,

Did you find a contractor to answer your questions. A contractor would be the best informed. There may be other things to consider structually.
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Jessica Hood & Laura Roskelly answered:
Hi Mary Lan,

Your best bet is to contact a reputable local contractor for a FREE estimate to convert the house to Central A/C which is a true must in the re-sale market here in Maryland. I've never heard of a ductless system but it is worth exploring if it is an option. ... more
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Thu Apr 26, 2012
David Lipsman answered:
Hello again Mary,

Everyone is correct, Washington Gas is the place you will need to go for Montgomery County. They have a great website for consumers at There you will find info on new installs and gas availability.

If you provide the address I can easily find out for you as well.

All the best,

David Lipsman
Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc
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Thu Apr 26, 2012
Dale Jones answered:
In 1959, Hot water base board heat w/t domestic hot water was considered very desirable.
You should request an inspection by a certified service technician to assure safety and functionality. ... more
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Mon Feb 6, 2012
Nico Hohman answered:
The long answer: it depends. Usually, work like that would not require a building permit. However, if other work is going on besides this demo work, you might need a permit. It is best to always hire a contractor to do remodeling work because they will not only do all of the demo and renovations but they should be responsible for obtaining all of the necessary permits. ... more
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Mon Feb 14, 2011
Corey Buck Mann answered:
I have to agree with Tim in that people will either love it or hate it. But I cannot agree with the opinion that it would be a non-issue. My experience is that the change in material finishes is something that the eye is drawn toward and it actually becomes "the issue". Giving rise above all else for a Buyer to comment on and discuss with others, "I wonder why they didn't do the pan"? The white pan will stand out, and in my opinion cheapen the overall renovation project. Aside from having to frame a new lip, install new rubber and then float the floor out for proper drainage; there is not a lot of extra involved. Dependent on shower size, this additional work would probably cost between $500 and $700, but you would want to contact a plumber for a true estimate. Depending on the porcelain you are using and the cost of the product, you may reduce costs by finding a smaller sized tile that matches. Hexagons are great in this application, but so is just running a square tile at an angle.

The improvement should not increase the price of your home, but it will improve the marketability.
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Sun Jun 27, 2010
Sarah Toppins answered:
If you only have one full bath, I would say it's a definite "yes". Most of my buyers begin only looking at houses that have more than one full bath. But I echo my colleagues in saying that most improvements that you're considering in this market should be ones that you could use. ... more
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Fri May 15, 2009
voices member answered:
In general, it's usually best to have more bedrooms, but it depends on the location of the property and what the competition has to offer. Good luck!

Lisa Devnew
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