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Remodel & Renovate in North Carolina : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Oct 25, 2016
Virginia Scanlan answered:
We have lived in a Sto stucco house for 30 years, had it inspected four times, and have never had any water problems. The problem with Sto stucco was in its application by builders who did not know what they were doing. Ours did. The stucco was applied over Densglass, which is used to back brick houses. Therefore, when you press on an exterior wall, it is hard as a rock. Further, we used vinyl windows. Builders who used wooden windows, set the owners up for moisture intrusion. Furthermore, the house is perfectly sealed and the flashing is well done. The bottom of the house was "cut out" and Flexl installed, so that you can easily see any termite tracks. Since we have regular termite inspections, we have never had a termite problem. The overhang of the roof is substantial which keeps moisture off the surface. So we have never had any problems.

Regardless, we cannot sell the house now that we are empty nesters. In the marketing brochure prepared by our most recent realtor, she inserted a sheet detailing all of the problems with Sto stucco directly in front of the most recent inspection report, just four months old, that listed every problem with Sto stucco. After consulting with an attorney, we tore the page out. She was in breach of contract. Her job is to sell the house. Our job was to present an inspection done by a certified inspector with 30 years of experience.

So I would advise you to re-clad the house, regardless of the cost. Selling a house is a lot of work, under the best of circumstances. When you have an entire industry lined up against you to protect their hides, you are behind the eight ball regardless of the quality or condition of the home.
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Wed Jun 29, 2016
Mgestatesinc asked:
I have a home free and clear (no money owed). The current tax value of home is $300K. The value after renovations will be $600K. I am looking for a hard money loan for $200K for no less…
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Thu Jun 23, 2016
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Mon Jun 20, 2016
Desmondgoms asked:
This shop may be a food shop. I want to make a shop in my house.
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Sat May 14, 2016
June Buerkle answered:
Solar is like a swimming pool, some people might like it, but most are ambivalent and it doesn't increase property value.
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Tue Mar 15, 2016
Ellievdavis55 answered:
I think that it's very important to make sure that you look into multiple companies. Once you have your options, you should consider meeting them, but at the very least get quotes from them. That way you can make an educated decision about who to hire.
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Sun Jan 10, 2016
Victory Property Management answered:
Much depends on the type and amount of the repairs. If you are doing a lot of little repairs, why not take what you would pay on the home equity loan and put it towards a repair each month.

On the other hand, if you are looking at a large improvement such as renovating the kitchen, replacing the roof, installing a new HVAC system or other large scale item that will increase the value of your home (rather than maintaining it as mentioned above), then a HELOC in my opinion is better than a home equity loan.
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Sun Oct 25, 2015
My NC Homes Team answered:
It's very unlikely you'll be able to get these as working plans are consider the intellectual property of the builder. The fact that Sunstar no longer exists and was purchased by Lennar only make it even more unlikely.

I have used Chris Smith locally to create "as-built" drawing for me when doing major renovation projects. These give you an accurate floor plan and note all plumbing and electrical outlets accurately and will be to scale. Hope this helps.
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Fri Sep 25, 2015
Victory Property Management answered:
Much depends on the type of homes that are in your price category. Having pet friendly upscale floor coverings could be a selling point. The look of hardwood without the maintenance. It is a viable option. Another option is to invest in hardwood flooring with a top coat that is durable enough to withstand your dog's nails. Since many property owners have hardwood floors and dogs, there must be a product out there that can protect your floors. ... more
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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Missy Wood answered:
Hello, is your mother's home in Fayetteville? I have some local lenders who can do a 203k/renovation loan, but it won't be an assumption. Rates are actually very good right now, so it's possible you might be able to get a rate that's close to the one your mom has or better, by getting your own loan. ... more
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Wed Aug 5, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
I think there are a lot of different people who could definitely do this job for you, and do it well too. I would suggest calling around to have a few of them come to check out the area. Once you have a chance to meet them, and get quotes from them, you should be able to decide who you feel most comfortable hiring, and that is who you should go with.
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Tue May 12, 2015
Kodylawrence6 answered:
Depending on the area some people really look for homes with window treatment. If someone is looking for a home and they find one they like without window treatments they would always have it done themselves. My parents recently bought a home and i know that is what they did. ... more
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Thu Feb 19, 2015
Ron Krauch answered:
Hi Deborah!

That's a wide open question!

In addition to my real estate company, I am partner in a general contracting firm in the Chicago suburbs.

There are so many variables involved in your question that it's impossible to answer to any degree of accuracy, even if you said the house was just down the block from mine (or any other reputable contractor.)

So here are just some of the considerations:

1. Was any past work done without permits? If so, will this work have to be redone to the inspector's satisfaction?

2. You say it has good bones... even so, are you sure there is no hidden damage from a roof leak in the attic? Are there termites or other wood-destroying insects lurking around? In other words, have inspections been performed to ensure there are no latent defects that will need to be corrected?

3. Are you going to do any of the work yourself or will this work be performed by a licensed contractor?

4. Are you going to use high quality materials or builder grade?

5. Does the 1970's electrical system need to be upgraded? Is it copper or aluminum wire? Is the main panel good or is it a fire waiting to happen?

I'm sure you get the idea... A project like this needs thorough investigation.

Even after over 35 years of remodeling homes and learning a few expensive lessons along the way, I still employ inspectors, architects and interior decorators to make sure the project is a sensible one for the neighborhood.

I wish you luck, if you'd like to talk, contact me at the address below.


Ron Krauch
Emerald Estates Realty, Inc.
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
Eugene Dean answered:
You really should get several quotes before hiring anyone. Every contractor is going to recommend themselves. You might want to ask your neighbors for a recommendation. Price is not the only factor to consider.
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Wed Oct 22, 2014
Christopher Pagli answered:
Have a few reputable contractors give you actual estimates, it's the only way to know for sure. Check for referrals in your area.

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Mon Jul 28, 2014
Deborah Forfa asked:
I am looking to replace my propane furnace with a wood burning stove on a house we are buying.Can I get a CO in Haywood county NC using this type of heat?
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