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Remodel & Renovate in San Diego County : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Mar 25, 2017
A asked:
We are building multiple houses in north San Diego area. I am looking for a whole sellers in southern California for construction material. We have looked at Dixie line in San Diego.
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Fri Jan 6, 2017
Dee Dee Brix answered:
-Remodeling is replacing existing fixtures/floors/cabinetry etc.
-Rebuilding (to me) means "gut-renovating", gutting down to the studs so the work includes new electrical wiring, new insulation, new pipes, but the original structure is used.
-New construction is when a brand new home is built on land - or after the existing structure was torn down. Even the studs are new. Sometimes the owner/builder leaves the existing foundation but the entire structure above ground is brand new, and I still call that 'New Construction'.
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Mon Jan 2, 2017
A asked:
I would like to build homes on few lots I purchased in Vista. I would like to get an estimate of hard construction cost (not including cost of permits, architectural services. Does anyone…
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Wed Aug 17, 2016
Ginny asked:
We are closing on an older home (1975, 2300sqft, 2-story) which thick heavy textured walls throughout. We had been thinking about skim-coating the walls and re-texture, but also wanting…
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Mon Oct 19, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
Mon Oct 5, 2015
Nancy Bergman answered:
You can estimate about $35 /50 per sq ft without the bathroom.
With an estimate, I can speak from personal experience, I did a 5x5 bathroom remodel with subway tiles, custom shower, and everything new cost me $7K. I also did a luxury bath with a separate jetted tub and shower, split sink, the works - I did it for about $15K - $20K.

I would also check with permitting and labor cost. It will vary.
Good luck.
Nancy

Nancy S Bergman
Realtor - Cal BRE #01893550
Windermere Homes and Estates
14677 Via Bettona #120
San Diego, CA 92127
Cell (858) 617-9449
Email - nbergman1@live.com
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Fri Aug 28, 2015
Taycollins42 answered:
I don't think it would change much personally. There are a lot of people who would value having a bigger master bathroom. Obviously there will be some people who would rather have the bigger bedroom, but I think in the long run you'll get a comparable amount of money out of the sale. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Thu Aug 6, 2015
Jackson Willis answered:
There are way too many variable that could come into play with these projects to estimate them like this. You should just have a few contractors come out to give you a quote. That way they can see everything they need to to give you an accurate estimate. It will also give you a chance to meet with them so that you can decide who you would want to hire. Ultimately this shouldn't be too big of an issue, but you won't know for sure until you find out.
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Thu Apr 30, 2015
Gary Birtles answered:
Hardwood flooring is definitely more desirable, but laminate flooring is a good alternative. There are perks and negatives to both materials. Price is definitely a factor in why one would choose laminate flooring. Hardwood flooring would probably increase resale value though. http://www.carpetsplusca.com/laminates/ ... more
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:
Hi,

Some buyers also have the heating ducts cleaned.

All the best,

Arpad
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Thu Feb 5, 2015
Sarah Smith answered:
Make sure the lawn & plants are trimmed away from the house. With the drought I have noticed buyers looking to homes with little or no lawns. Native plantings are very popular. Clean windows always help and if the screens are tattered remove them. Of course touch up any chipping or peeling paint/stucco. Good luck! ... more
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Tue Dec 2, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
Right now San Diego County as a whole supports Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), granny flats, casitas, room additions and in some cases garage conversions. However, you really need to start with your local building, planning and zoning department. But be sure you also consult with your HOA as many developments, especially in Poway, have CC&R's that address parking in the streets or driveway for extended periods of time. ... more
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Tue Dec 2, 2014
John Arendsen answered:
Right now San Diego County as a whole supports Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's), granny flats, casitas, room additions and in some cases garage conversions. However, you really need to start with your local building, planning and zoning department. But be sure you also consult with your HOA as many developments, especially in Poway, have CC&R's that address parking in the streets or driveway for extended periods of time. ... more
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Tue Mar 4, 2014
johntcarlsen answered:
Call me when you get a chance... We are one of the top builders in San Diego, and will definitely be able to help you! John (818)303-6161
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Mon Nov 25, 2013
Sinead McAllister answered:
If you are just remodeling and not adding, there is a chance that you will not be reassessed. I would need to know the specifics of your improvement. Otherwise, it depends on what area you are in. Daniel is correct, a good average is 1.25%, although it could be higher or lower, depending on your location.

Thanks!
​Sinead McAllister-Clifford
Real Estate Broker/ Realtor®

McAllister Homes Real Estate
Residential Sales & Property Management
www.McAllisterHomes.com
License 01366009
858-205-5215 CELL
info@mcallisterhomes.com EMAIL
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Tue Oct 8, 2013
Hector Gastelum answered:
You need to do plans, get them approved by your Homeowner's Association first, then the city. Hire a professional licensed & bonded Contractor/Plumber to do the work
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
JR Thrasher answered:
Probably around $200 a square foot for upper end work. Could have been more if rare materials were used. Figure $350 for the cost in today's dollars.

J.R. Thrasher
www.SanDiegoRealEstateVeterans.com
619-929-0105
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Wed Aug 21, 2013
JR Thrasher answered:
I asked a similar question a couple of months ago, the cost of doing a similar job today was quoted at $300 a square foot. $350 if it's exceptionally well appointed.

J.R. Thrasher
www.SanDiegoRealEstateVeterans.com
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
John Reeves answered:
Hi

Here are the Top 3 projects that can bring parts of the home up-to-date or add living space:

Replacing exterior siding with upscale fiber cement. The most cost-effective thing you can do to your home this year is to replace old siding with new, higher-end fiber cement.

Replacing an entry door with a mid-level 20-gauge steel door is an inexpensive upgrade at $1,238 on average, but it pays back handsomely and greatly improves curb appeal.

An attic remodel is the cheapest way to add space and a bathroom within the house. A basement remodel is the next most cost-efficient way to add living space, although code requirements for headroom and exterior doors make that project more complicated and more expensive.

Feel free to get in touch with me anytime if you have questions at all.

J. Reeves
http://www.reefpointrealty.com
858-521-9350
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