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Remodel & Renovate in Worcester County : Real Estate Advice

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Thu May 25, 2017
Rocass asked:
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Myersjulie31 answered:
I think that for the most part, buyers really like more efficient options like solar panels and floor heating. I have a friend that is looking for homes, and really wants to get solar panels. Then she will be able to have a better electricity bill, which would be really nice! I would suggest that you put in these "extras" as you call them, and then you will most likely have an increase in interest! ... more
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Fri May 24, 2013
Heath Coker answered:
Louis has some good info there.
I'd talk to a local attorney who understands your zoning and the building department.
The "Should I" part of your question is up to you after you have good and local info.

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Fri Apr 26, 2013
Curly Sue answered:
HUH? What in the world are you asking? Is it true that a one car garage is bigger than half of a two car garage? can make a 1 car garage as big as you want. We just built a 3 car garage that's actually big enough to hold 6 cars... ... more
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Wed Mar 27, 2013
Joanne D'Errico answered:
Your plans sound great. The extra bedroom should bring you more money. Your kitchen sounds like it can handle the extra pantry overflow. Hopefully this space has a window which is really important.. Make sure that you pull whatever permits needed when doing this work. Buyers nowadays are always making sure renovations are done within city regulations. ... more
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
I don't know of any place where you don't need a permit to do this today.
Especially if it is on a septic.
Especially if you are running electric wires.
Especially if you are putting a roof on it.
Especially if there are stairs.
Especially if there is any plumbing for any kitchenette/bath facilities.
Especially if ...
... you plan to sell it someday.

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Fri May 4, 2012
Mary Condon answered:
Good answer Heath. I would also add to check with homeowners insurance. If you were to get water in the basement for anything other than the water heater coming apart, most insurance companies will not cover damage. Knowing the details will help you make decisions.
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Mon Feb 21, 2011
Henry answered:

Thanks. I have not purchased a home yet. I'm looking at an FHA home that will require 203k mortgage and I'm trying to estimate if it will be worth purchasing and repairing. It's in "as is" condition, 4000+ sq ft, 6 bd, 4th, 2 kitchen, and will likely need a new septic. ... more
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Tue Feb 15, 2011
Dayle Doherty answered:
Hi R,

If you wanted to obtain financing for this project you may want to consider refinancing into a 203k loan. It's an excellent loan product that builds $35,000 for improvements into the loan ($8,000 more for energy efficient upgrades). Rates for 203k came in at 4.75% today for qualified buyers. I specialize in this loan at Phoenix Mortgage Corporation, and I'd be happy to give you more information if you'd like! Feel free to call me at 978-944-6671 or send me an e-mail at

Hope I can help!
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Sun Feb 13, 2011
Carol Kalil-Hamilton answered:
Always pull a permit. If I were doing my basement over I would include a drainage system in case there at some point is a lot of water, like now, when snow melts.

The basement will not be considered in sq ft when appraised if selling, only a credit on quality.

Reminder to tell your insurance agent too.

Get a number of quotes and check references......
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Tue Jul 27, 2010
Debra B Albert PA answered:
You should get what you LIKE! It is your kitchen, is there are none others like it, it will help the property sell whenever you may want to sell it. Most home improvements do not ever recoop their cost other than painting.

It you want it, get it. And, by the way, the project sounds really great! You should post a photo of before and after so we can all see.

Also, I did a kitchen remodel once and used sylestone rather than granite. It was a little less cost and less maintenance and still a "stone" top.

Debbie Albert, PA
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Mon Aug 25, 2008
Ken Lambert answered:
Hello Jill and Todd- I'm a Mass. licensed builder, and also a RE investor. I've been through this question many times.
Other than officially callling it an apartment, if the town doesn't allow it - via the zoning ordinance- there may be other options, like an in-law apartment or an "au-pair" suite.
Typical Mass. state building code is that the finished ceiling height must be at least 7'0, for a finished basement area. If you don't have that (after sheetrock and a finished floor), I'd give up. There are other building requirements, and it would be smart, and free, for you to have a local general contractor do a walk-thru of your house and basement and give you a written quote of what you want to do. He will know if its feasible after a walk thru, etc. And then you can see roughly how much it will cost anyways to do.
That's my 2 cents. If you need anything else, please feel free to contact me directly.
Good Luck,

Ken L.
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