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Remodel & Renovate in Norfolk County : Real Estate Advice

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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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Tue Jun 10, 2014
Larry Lawfer answered:
I would suggest Charles Bourque of The Charles Company. He is a great builder who does very nice work. cbbuild@gmail.com 781-760-7727, please let him know I suggested him.
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Thu Dec 13, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
In my experience; Inspectors look for obvious things, plugs and switches not working, doors that won't close, sunporches converted to bedrooms, garage conversions, poor workmanship, etc.
An updated kitchen or bathroom does not usually get noticed.
"don't ask-don't tell" is probably the way to go.
The town probably won't have a way of knowing.
The way the towns find out about remodeling w/o permit, is that a Dumpster and a Trailer is parked out front for three weeks.

Don't be so paranoid; BIG BROTHER has better things to watch over.
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Sun Nov 4, 2012
Kevin Vitali answered:
Before going through all the trouble make sure the town allows a third bedroom. If you sink all of this money into it and then can't sell as a three bedroom or legally rent as a three bedroom, you may have spent the money for no reason. ... more
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Wed Jun 20, 2012
Lea Cohen answered:
For questions on local building code it's always best to check with the town's Building Dept..you can reach yours at 617-730-2100. If you'd like to discuss how adding a bath can add value to your home please contact me. ... more
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Wed Mar 30, 2011
Thomas Green answered:
Hi Eirinn,
I would agree with all the responses that recommend these are all things that will add value. Maybe not a full return on investment but none the less these will add a degree of value. One thing that really comes to mind is this. If you do the updates and decide you are going to move on after a few years you yourself will have had the opportunity to enjoy the updated space and when you list the property these items will not be used against you during the negotiating process because your home will be in move in or near move in condition to current standards.

Lastly, is the electrical that is just a matter of safety. I personally think that issue should be addressed above anything else.
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