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Mon Jul 1, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Tue Feb 26, 2013
Mel Silicki answered:
Sandy Spring Builders Renovations
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Edwin answered:
Rosemary, I can refer you to someone who did my kitchen. He works for a granite company, but does his own work on the side for less money, but his quality is very good. E-mail me at

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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Generally slate is a natural stone, whereas a tile is manufactured....
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Tue Jan 7, 2014
Mia, Kathy & Silvia answered:
Consider spending about $50,000 updating the exterior. Let me know if you need a good contractor. I have the best.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Phil Rotondo answered:
How about Florida? We even have a town called Christmas.
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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Rafael Hernandez answered:
You first have to check the area for zoning restrictions, then check with the town to see what is allowed in that specific area. The more information you get on the town and restrictions beforehand can help save you a lot of money in the long run. ... more
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Tammy Benkwitt answered:
Developers usually need to sell more than one house in a community. Lowering the price on one home brings down the prices on the others when they get appraised. So the builders would rather focus negotiations on amenities and extras rather than sales price. ... more
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Wed Feb 13, 2013
Ken Woods answered:
People like bedrooms and bathrooms so be cautious about removing one. If your thinking about selling your home in the next 6 months I would be happy to take a walk through and give you a fair and direct opinion. .
Ken Woods Realtor 330-467-7000
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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Manuel Brown answered:
Dear AANJO70,

Yes you will need an architect to do drawings and find a licensed contractor. I have worked with a really professional contractor Eugene Fahey and his number is 773-447-9687. Who ever you choose as your contractor will have to get permits from the City of Chicago do the work.

Hope this helps.
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Christine Shannon answered:
Yes it will be considered a full bath as long as there is a shower in there. Just be aware that a lot of buyers like the tub in the master bath if you ever do sell the home in the future. ... more
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Mon Feb 11, 2013
Elizabeth Sagarminaga asked:
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Tue Feb 12, 2013
Jennifer M Hess answered:
Your best bet may be to ask your neighbors directly about what renovations they are doing to their home, and they may fill you in on the costs associated with the projects. You can also check out local companies, and they could provide you with more information on costs and such. Here is one example:

Good luck!

Jennifer Hess
HB Roswell Realty
(305) 807-0532
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are looking to sell keep in mind that square footage costs do vary, and don't account for exact location and other considerations; therefore also review comps, recently sold similar properties in the immediate area. If you are remodeling, contact a few local licensed contractors and ask for free estimates based on your needs.... ... more
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Sat May 11, 2013
The April Neuhaus Team answered:

There may be some 'intellectual property issues' if you try to copy an existing floor plan exactly or pretty closely. That would be a good question to run by a lawyer for sure.

I am currently in the process of building a home myself and decided after looking at 100's of homes as a realtor - and 100's more online - to meet with a draftsman and have her custom draw up a set of plans that takes what I liked in a large number of homes and combines them into my own dream home. She has been amazing and has also brought to the table many other good ideas that I had not thought of.

Her business name is Donna Bagdy Drafting and Design, Inc. email:

She also has had good ideas to help us keep the home within budget.

Hope this is helpful and congratulations on your home building project!

April Neuhaus
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Wed May 1, 2013
yosemitevacation answered:
I also sent you an email to the address mentioned above but for anyone else who might be interested, we offer vacation rental home management services as well as remodelings/repairs and maintenance in Mariposa, CA. You can contact us at ... more
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Wed Apr 22, 2015
Dallas Texas answered:
Best speak with contractor depends what products been used. OR you can purchase area rugs cover majority of the floor

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Credit Repair Advisor
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Mon May 11, 2015
Linda Balliro answered:
Hello -

this is a great question and I like your aesthetics. The value of the type of windows depends on the type of property. If you live in a condo building, I'd venture to say that wood vs vinyl will not affect the market value of your property. It may affect the desirability, - though but even that may not be significant enough to have an effect on how quickly the condos sell.

Generally speaking, In a classic building that is beautifully restored and whose appeal to buyers is the type of building, vinyl windows would detract from the building's value. This is much more significant in a single family than in condos. The vast majority of condo buyers will not be making an offer or deciding on price based on the type of windows. ( think of yourselves when you purchased). ( although old, damaged, inefficient windows can affect every sale/purchase).

There is an alternative - there are companies who lovingly restore wooden windows, making them comparable in energy efficiency to vinyl windows. is one that has a good reputation. Usually cheaper than replacing windows but can still be a significant cost.

One thing to remember about windows - wooden windows last hundreds of years - vinyl replacement last about 20-25.

So, I'd recommend high quality vinyl replacements, ( they come in colors other than white), or repairing the wooden windows if the cost is about the same.

Good luck. I can offer you a free CMA on the value of the condos in your building if you'd like to get an idea of how much you should be spending on improvements.

all the best,
Linda Balliro, broker
Andrew Mitchell & Co
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Mon Dec 29, 2014
Jan Stanley answered:
Of course there are many factors to consider. Do you need to pull out a replace tub and/or surround or tile, what type of flooring finish, vanity choice, new toilet, etc, etc. it can cost as little as $800 all the way up to $2500 or more. I just completed one for $1500 which included new support for old tub, new tub surround, new toilet and new flooring (cut out and repaired subfloor damaged areas). This took just over two days in and out! I am both a realtor and a contractor and would be happy to give you my ideas. Jan Stanley - Mountain Realty - 208/407-9521 ... more
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