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Remodel & Renovate in Orange County : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Nicole Fedorchek answered:
The best thing to do is to check with your contractor or the City! Safety first, especially if you are thinking about selling!
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Thu Oct 6, 2016
Chigsb asked:
What's the approximate cost to build a 4500 sf 2-story home with pool in La Habra Heights on a flat to gentle slope land? Lot is about 33,000 sf. Electricity, water and gas on the street…
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Mon Jul 4, 2016
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Mon Aug 24, 2015
Rory answered:
I have never seen a $125 per square foot addition in Southern California in over 30 years. The labor would have to be free slave labor or sweat equity for that to happen! Prices for average homes start at $185 per square foot and go into the $800's and above for luxury homes. Your project should run in the approximately $220 +/- range, but only detailed plans and fixed material and labor costs will determine your project cost.

Hire a general contractor capable of doing a design build to estimate your project or start with a detailed set of desires to give an architect. Your design build estimate should be faster, but an architect will often give you aesthetically pleasing designs you wouldn't think of otherwise.

When you hear of price per square foot people often calculate only the build costs. There are many fees, permits, delivery costs, etc. that bring a project value up - easily up!

Blessed endeavors,

Rory Burchatz, Owner
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Wed May 20, 2015
Nora Moore answered:
It might be good to check with your HOA if you want to put in a fence. They tend to have regulations for stuff like that. If you're not a member of an HOA, it still might be good to talk to your neighbors and stuff. That's especially the case if your yards are fairly small. It can't hurt to ask around. ... more
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Sun Apr 19, 2015
lnl918 answered:
Back ground on the 800 sq ft house:

My 800 sq ft house in Washington DC has a decent front and backyard ( placed a 14x15 deck on the back with still much room to spare) but we really need interior living space. Since I am an newbie, how much square footage would you recommend I add to be cost effecitve? ***I am NOT rich..and being mindful of getting quaility material, but not going overboard. I thought about building up to make space for my son, but I dont think I have the height differential to renovate the attic. I am concerned as I have watched a friend have difficulties with her builder..I need more information to figure which is cost effective, renovate or decide to move.

*not worried about having a huge back yard, losing the deck. If itsgoing to be too expensive, I might as well move. This is the dilemma ... Great location to Capitol Hill, I really would like to stay.
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
heavenlymettle answered:
You may want to look at several different Contractors for this as a General Contractor will do just that and pass the costs along to you. In the Phoenix and Glendale AZ area look to Brandi Carpet for all your flooring needs. Since 1971 Brandi Carpet has been installing both residential and commercial carpeting, hardwood, stone, tile and laminates. ... more
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Mon Apr 13, 2015
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Wed Mar 4, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
There are a lot of variable that go into a pool install. You have to know how big you want your pool to be. Average size to you, might mean a bigger size to someone else. If you could get the exact dimensions that you want, that would be great. Also, what kind of materials are you going to you use in the pool? ... more
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Wed Mar 4, 2015
Kristin Halton answered:
Every buyer is different! Some buyers may like the look of a front courtyard better than the look of a traditional front yard, if it is done well, so that really comes down to preference. I do suggest that you make sure to look into getting any of the permits beforehand so that when the time does come to sell, you wont have any problems with city inspections in regards to the sunroom. Make sure to get a few bids if you plan on having this done as well!

Kristin Halton
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Wed Mar 4, 2015
decide what you want and then get three bids. There are too many variables for anyone to answer.
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Wed Mar 4, 2015
Inquiry Mind asked:
I would like to make my kitchen an open concept but that means I have to move the fridge closer to dining breaking the triangle rule (sink, cooktop, fridge together). Kitchen is very important…
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Fri Nov 21, 2014
garypuntman answered:
I'm not sure what it typically costs. I've heard a variety of things. I think that it mainly depends on what type of pool you want and how large you want it to be. You could get some different estimates from a few businesses. ... more
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Fri May 24, 2013
Kawain Payne answered:
Hello Tushar,

Many buyers today prefer homes with hardwood or laminate floors over carpet.

However keep in mind the value of your home will not be increased because you change the flooring.
The upgraded floors will spark more interest from buyers, and may cause your home to seller faster than a home in same neighborhood with carpet.

The value of your home will be in accord with what the neighborhood is valued at regardless of you adding upgraded flooring.

Best of luck to you!

Kawain Payne, Realtor
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Wed May 22, 2013
Ann Urias answered:
In this market if you find something you can fix up, you will be in a better position to increase your equity. Email me if you need assistance I specialize in investment properties. WWW.annurias.COM ... more
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Thu Mar 14, 2013
Did you check the OC tax accessor's website? I added around 370 sq ft to my home many years ago and it seems to me that my property taxes only went up about $200 for the year. If the website doesn't tell you, then you could probably call and get the information from them.

Let me know what you find out.
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Kawain Payne answered:
Remodel or not? Well it really does depend on the situation. I have a small home in Orange County Ca. I love the area and I have great neighbors.

My church, office and favorite eating spots are all close by..

I also have a LOT of equity in my home. For me, to remodel was the best and only choice. We totally re-did the interior of our home, complete with new kitchen and bath.

I am very pleased!!!!!

Kawain Payne
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Wed Jul 11, 2012
Caron answered:
I'm thinking now about changing the upper floor hallway and stairs to hardwood (maybe with a carpet runner?) and bedroom floors to carpet. Should the master be hardwood too then and just the 3 kids bedrooms to carpet? ... more
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