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Remodel & Renovate in Washington : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Sep 8, 2017
Thegreaterhoustonroofingpros answered:
There are so many factors that determine the cost of a new or repair of a roof. Some of those factors are the city where you live, the type of roofing system you currently have, and other unique roofing factors. It is best to consult with different companies. Good luck ... more
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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Nancy Blinstrub answered:
I've enjoyed having hardwood floors (pre-finished, which is very durable) in my home and they're perfect. Recently, however, we rented a cabin that had polished concrete, with areas colored in a pattern. I don't think they were new. I will say, I would never turn away from a house that had concrete like that - I'm all about having something you can clean thoroughly, especially if it's attractive - which both these floor types were. ... more
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Tue May 16, 2017
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Thu Apr 6, 2017
Stephanieemerymusic answered:
I meant, cost per square FOOT, not inch! I've read anywhere between $60 and 200, but that seems low. Anyone?
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Mon Oct 17, 2016
Imran.rafiq1985 asked:
What would it cost to construct a 4000 SQFT home similar to Murray Franklyn using similar material.
Lot size about 6000 sqft.
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Sat Aug 13, 2016
Lillytena answered:
There really is no way to get close to a number per square foot with out seeing the home, understanding what needs to be done, etc. Building costs for homes can range anywhere from $60-$200+ per square foot depending on many, many things. If you were to build a very simple, slab on grade, with minimum code requirements, I'm confident you could come in at the lower end of the spectrum.
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Tue Jun 7, 2016
Joe Gautier/ Estes answered:
Building an ADU, especially in Kitsap County, can be tricky. There are some limitations to the size and the distance from the "main home" that are just a few. For instance, the ADU can be no larger than 900SF typically, but must also be no bigger than 50% of the main home. So, if you're planning to build a 1750SF SFR, you'll have to hold the ADU to 875SF or less. You must also realize that an ADU is still a home and will require power, water, septic or sewer, cable + phone (unless you'll truly off-the-grid) and it's the County that will determine what will be acceptable as part of the IRC code requirements. Another consideration, if you're financing any portion of the build, is what the bank/lender will require, since "comps" for ADUs are pretty rare and harder to compare than SFRs (single-family residences). Finally, the cost to build shouldn't ever be calculated on "what's left out" of the home, but what you will ultimately want for finishes, appliances and exterior amenities. Don't get trapped into the classic bait and switch where builders quote a low-ball figure and then give you "allowances" for everything, including paint. Every home needs paint. Get a real # and, preferably, a guaranteed price quote before you ever sign a contract to build. ... more
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Sun May 1, 2016
Don Hester answered:
One thing to find out is what is the warranty on the window. Depending on manufacturer there can be a warranty. Most likely you are not the original owner but if you are then the window manufacturer typically will warrant the window. Some manufacturers will warrant to the second owner. ... more
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Sun Apr 24, 2016
Kary Krismer answered:
It sounds like you might have three bathrooms, a full upstairs, a half bath and a quarter bath downstairs (or maybe a half bath and a bonus shower!) ;-)

Without seeing it I don't believe anyone can answer you. A lot of buyers probably wouldn't even come by to see a 1.5 bath home (as Sally mentions, that extra quarter adds a lot of value). But a lot of sellers coming to see your 1 3/4 bath home might be disappointed when they see the downstairs bathroom(s). Generally having buyers disappointed when they see your listing is not a good thing (which is why it's better to advertise a 3 bedroom house with a bonus room as a 3 bedroom house, not a 4 bedroom).

It would be best if you could somehow reconfigure the bathroom area to make sense. That may require an architect or engineer, but it could possibly be worth while.
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Fri Jul 24, 2015
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Mon Jul 20, 2015
Emma Taylor answered:
I used the services of Westmintster LLC for renovating my kitchen last year. These guys are just amazing, professional, fair, and did an outstanding job with quality. Their professionalism and honesty are hard to come by. The job was completed ahead of schedule and within budget.I find these guys from local directory where, numerous of licensed remodeling contractors are listed.
Might be it will become helpful for you to find the right one.!!
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Diana Hellman answered:
I recommend that you reach out to a realtor that services these two areas and begin a dialogue. You can do this on Trulia or you can google established real estate agencies in the area and look on line for agent bios. ... more
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Mon Jun 15, 2015
Jirius Isaac answered:
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Thu May 7, 2015
Kevin Zellmer answered:
Casey I would start with the builder and approach it very professionally and not emotionally. Be calm and really let them know how much of a concern this is and you hope it is not with other homes in your neighborhood. You want to speak with a higher level customer service manager or field representative. These are the ones that can make decisions. I am not an expert at all but would like to help you what has worked for me int he past with clients.

What i suspect is not enough roof venting? or there is a no fans to circulate. Possibly there is some water leakage under the roof shingles and it is under the paper. Again not an expert but giving just some thoughts. If the builder can give you the name of the company who installed the roof, please contact the head person if possible the owner. Again calm and professional approach.

Hopefully you get somewhere to have them at least come to the property. If not you may want to consider a roof specialist. I can refer you to one depending on the needs. I worked with a fabulous one Mike for years and on two large building and he was very detailed with the perfect maintenance and repair.

Kevin Zellmer
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Fri Feb 13, 2015
Kary Krismer answered:
I would agree to talk to the builder, but I would also talk to a real estate attorney about your rights. You don't want any more time periods to pass while you are talking to the builder.

BTW, this is the reason why many/most home inspectors advise people to look in their attic and crawl spaces at least once a year. I've even heard of builders failing to do that on houses they built for themselves, and ending up with mold.
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Fri Jan 16, 2015
Calvin James answered:
I would look them up online. This way you will be able compare their prices and reviews at the same time and save you a lot of time! After that I would check out the contractors that look best and have them give you a quote. That being said though, you don't want to just pick the cheapest one. Taking out a fireplace will require and experienced mason! ... more
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Thu Oct 16, 2014
Caleb Hart answered:
I know that adding a basement is going to be a ton of money. That being said, it's not impossible to do it. It's easy to work with contractors when you're talking about additions. All you have to do is tell them your vision and what you want to do with your house, and they will tell you what is possible and how much it is going to run. I really like how skilled contractors are and how much pride they take in their work and I know they'll do a good job for you. ... more
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Mon Sep 29, 2014
Eugene Dean answered:
It may not be required, but it is certainly prudent. I would get a mold inspection before purchasing any property. It is not uncommon for something to turn up. After the inspection, you can determine if the removal costs will be affordable.
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