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Remodel & Renovate in Philadelphia : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jul 14, 2016
Phil Katz answered:
Hi there - check our website out. We can help you answer this and walk you through the process with a free consultation. Would be valuable whether or not you go with us. ... more
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Tue Apr 12, 2016
Laraannellinger asked:
My husband and I recently moved to Philadelphia and have started to look at houses. We're looking for an older home. Most of these obviously either need a lot of work or have already been…
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Wed May 6, 2015
garypuntman answered:
I need to find a good contractor as well. I'll have to look into some of the ones that were suggested. I don't want to just hire anyone when it comes to this work. It needs to be done correctly. ... more
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Sun Feb 1, 2015
Julie Kimmel answered:
I think it depends on the area, property, and demographic. It is possible to OVER-IMPROVE a property to the point where you are putting money in past the point of where you will see an additional return.

Based on the fact that it is "up and coming" and it is a small investment property, below is what some of my clients have done in similar situations. When I showed the property to potential tenants they all said "they love the wood floors".

If your floor is flat and level, there are peel and stick vinyl tiles that look like wood. The other upside of these is installation is very easy so you can save a lot on that cost. You can also peel up one or two tiles that is damaged in between tenants and seamlessly replace it. Saving money on the cost of tenant turnover. They said the flooring only cost them $0.68/sqft.
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Tue Dec 9, 2014
garypuntman answered:
I need to find someone who can help finish my basement. It seems like this is a project that has been dragging on. I have been putting it off, but I would love to have some help with it. ... more
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Mon Nov 17, 2014
Caleb Hart answered:
I'm not sure if we have all the information we need to gather before we can give you a reliable guess. It all depends on what kind of carpet, appliances, furniture and lighting you use. What are your plans for your basement? If you want to make an awesome basement, you should try to include a theater room. ... more
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Mon Sep 8, 2014
Tastefullyterrell asked:
I've been looking at several 2 or more story warehouses for sale. I was wondering if it was possible to turn the property into a home? possibly even rent spaces out to people, but also keep…
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Wed Aug 20, 2014
Sandra Hazeltine answered:
If Johnathan is an agent you can search for his profile under Find an Agent (above) or Google him. If he isn't an agent, you'll need to be more specific with your question.
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Eugene Dean answered:
I am having a similar issue with the construction of my deck. I had already invested a lot of time and money into the build, when I discovered that the meter needed to be moved. I called my city utility department, and they told me that they couldn't do anything either. After reading this thread, I called a plumber that specializes in gas piping. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Thu Jul 3, 2014
lisac asked:
Hello- I am looking for referrals for a contractor/mason to take on the job of replacing a 3rd floor balcony on a historic row home. This person needs to be familiar with working with the…
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Fri Mar 28, 2014
tristateinvestproperties answered:
Hello Brian,

I am an investor in the Philadelphia area and would be interested in meeting with you on a walk through. I can be reached at the contact info below and look forward to speaking with you.

Shane Bernat
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Thu Jan 9, 2014
Larry Lichtman answered:
Hi HT,

Not sure what you are asking.
I am very familiar with the Temple Hospital/Nicetown area.
Please feel free to call me directly with your questions and ideas.
I'd be happy to offer my professional advice based on my experience in the neighborhood.

Looking forward to speaking with you.

All the best,
Larry Lichtman
Realtor, Property Manager
Your Real Estate Resource For Life
Cell/Text: (267) 255-9640
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Tue Nov 26, 2013
Jack Gilleland answered:
The best method to estimate cost of new construction is to contact a local remodeler, or construction company. Explain what your looking for and have them give you a quote. Better if you use 2 or even 3. This will give you a base to go by and maybe even some alternatives. ... more
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Sun Nov 17, 2013
Jim Byrd answered:
BQ Basements. I just had my basement done, and this company did an outstanding job. They were in & out and ensured everything was very clean when they left. I am a realtor and I researched several companies, and had 3 come to my home for quotes, and BQ Basements won hands down, Good luck with your search. ... more
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
vhiggins01 answered:

I am an investor who is looking to expand the number of contractors that i work with. I am currently averaging 4 to 6 properties a month for rehab. Please contact me at


Val Higgins
MarVal Investiments
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Mon Sep 30, 2013
vhiggins01 answered:
Hi Fred,

I have several properies lined up for rehab. Some full guts and others less extensive. Contact me at and we can chat.


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Sat May 19, 2012
Ana Barlow answered:
Hi Scotty B:

Zoning costs and taxes are specific to a project / property. You will not find the answer to your very broad question in this forum. If you are working with an experienced realtor they may be able to assist you by guiding you to the processes by which that information is derived. If you are not working with an agent and decide you need one I would be happy to meet with you regarding a new construction project. Feel free to contact me privately, my information is found below.

Ana Barlow
Barlow and Birdsall Group
Keller Williams Realty Center City
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Mon Feb 27, 2012
Roschproperties answered:
Sign up with reo prep as a vendor. Please tell them I sent you and I will get a month for free. I list foreclosures from them. They just opened their vendor program options up to the public so I think you would benefit. ... more
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