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Tue Dec 13, 2011
Pacita Dimacali answered:
If you really want to do this yourself, believe it or not, you'll find all kinds of good information on youtube. Here's a link to several choices

Everytime I have a question or a problem, I check to see if there's anything on youtube that can help. I've used it to learn how to do so many nephew learned and then mastered the yoyo by watching you tube.

Check it out!
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Mon Sep 24, 2012
Bernard Gibbons answered:
Hello David:

I would say definitely replace them. The visual appeal is really important and new carpets can make a home zing, plus the expense is relatively small. Any experienced real estate agent should be able to point you to a good carpet installer at reasonable cost.

If you offer a credit, the buyer will take the credit and still want a lower price because the home does not look so good.

Bernard Gibbons

Bernard Gibbons, J. Rockcliff Realtors
DRE License # 01331583
Phone (925) 997-1585 -
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Mon Oct 31, 2011
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Tue Mar 10, 2015
Bill Eckler answered:
Hi Paul,

Welcome to our world of "specialization...." Like anything, we recommend that you begin by collecting information. The best way to do this is to contact several area landscapers and make them aware of your plans. ALERT....the numbers you bet may be shocking, so don't go with only one sure to get several.

This process will help you to become informed about the process and help you to clarify your options.

TIP....once you have an appreciation for what needs to be done and how to accomplish it....many people elect to manage their own project and save thousands by being your own project co-ordinator. If you have the time and interest, this avenue can be challenging and fun.

Good luck collecting information and becoming informed.

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Tue Jul 3, 2012
Patricia Moccia answered:
Hello Eric,

I have a prefessional who does staging. Please call me at your convenience to discuss your location.

I can also assist with your Real Estate needs.

Thank you.

Patricia Moccia
Associate Broker
Weichert Realtors
Cell: 914-525-4533
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Fri Oct 21, 2011
Rich Homer answered:
Curb appeal first, then flooring. you can always include a flooring allowance at close of escrow so money is not out-of-pocket prior to sale.
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Tue Oct 18, 2011
Mack McCoy answered:
Hmmm. Does an "A" chord over the first four measures of the verse define the melody?

Wouldn't you say that, while it imposes some constraints, it also allows for some liberties and flexibilities? ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Christopher Pagli answered:
I've learned any issues can be worked out if both parties are willing. You can offer to repair, replace, or give a credit. Otherwise maybe reduce the purchase price. If there are agents involved have them discuss this with you and the buyer. I don't know what the other issues are or the extent of the ones you mentioned but to some they could be absolute deal breakers.

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Sat Oct 22, 2011
Michael Cheng answered:
While I can't say much about compliance costs for Alviso's building codes, you should budget $150-175/sqft for a basic home before interior finishes, with the cost going down proportionally as the size goes up. On top of that, you can add basic finishes for $50K or $250K for what locals consider luxurious. Foundation, utilities, and permits are other big unknowns you should check out. ... more
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Tue Sep 27, 2011
Jen Pfeffer answered:
I would stay away from places like HH Greg, where the associates are paid commission based on their sales, because they don't have very competitive prices. Ofter times Lowes and or Homes Depot will have big rebates if you buy 3 appliances by the same manufacturer. We bought our refrigerator, stove and microwave from Lowe's. At the time we shopped around EVERYWHERE, and I mean EVERYWHERE, and they had the best deal. Throughout the year, they each have better sales, but most of those places price match. As far as brands, Maytag and Whirpool often have big rebates. ... more
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Mon Sep 26, 2011
Michael Cheng answered:

You should just ask your real estate broker for those suggestions. They're far too numerous to list here. And, since we're not physically there, we can't say for sure what's best in that location. ... more
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Mon Sep 26, 2011
Tina Lam answered:

Having bought homes from KB, I can tell you that their upgrades are steep. As a shareholder, I would say they are optimally pricing the upgrades, but that probably doesn't help you as a buyer. Basically, what you should expect to pay for an upgrade from KB is the cost of installing the basic builder-grade, rip it out, and re-installing with the upgrade. For example, a $4000 laminate floor would probably cost $5500 ($1200 for the standard carpet which would normally be installed + $300 demo/dump + reinstall for $4000).

If you're already looking at a property at Mission Ridge, you're probably limited in your ability to negotiate on the upgrades. Still, ask your Realtor to help get you some concession in your favor.
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Thu Feb 12, 2015
Dorene Slavitz answered:
I would not use wood here, although I love the way it looks, the kitchen takes too much wear and tear for a wood floor to hold up for very long. There is also the water factor. I would use tile in the kitchen. Tile also easy to clean.
Living and Dining room, can have hardwood, use area rugs to soften the look
Bedrooms are nice with carpet, or hardwood
Bathrooms use tile again..its best for an area that gets lots of water.
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Mon Sep 26, 2011
Lisa Cannata answered:
SS steel appliances are in much higher demand from todays buyers. That being said, are you thinking of selling in the near future? Having mismatched appliances is certainly not desirable. So if you're thinking of selling soon stick with the white. If you are planning to switch over all appliances over time and not selling in the near future then go stainless one at a time. ... more
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Sat Sep 3, 2011
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Sat Aug 27, 2011
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Wed Aug 10, 2011
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Thu Sep 1, 2011
Don Tepper answered:
Go with the highest-quality paint available. Your actual material cost will be the smallest part of the job.

My wife (who does home staging) likes Sherwin Williams. Benjamin Moore also makes excellent paint. But don't just look at the manufacturer; look for specific paint lines by that manufacturer. Just like you wouldn't go into a fancy steak house and then try to save a few dollars by ordering the hamburger.

Hope that helps.
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Fri Aug 5, 2011
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Thu Aug 4, 2011
Sally Grenier answered:
Having a professional stage your home is definitely a good idea, and it doesn't necessarily cost that much. First I'd ask your Realtor for recommendations. I have a great stager who charges $75/ hour. For only 1 hour, she goes through the whole house and makes suggestions on decluttering, re-arranging furniture, adding "accent" pieces, re-hanging artwork, removing excess furniture and "knick-knacks", etc. My buyers have found this to be money well spent. If a house is vacant, she can go a step further and furnish different rooms, add towels / rugs in bathrooms, etc.and the seller pays a monthly rental fee for the furniture & decor items. Hopefully you'll get some names of people in your area who can help. Good luck! ... more
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