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Wed Jun 19, 2013
Ron Ristovski answered:
Depends on want you like to finish in this area. If it is simple enought, you can do about $6000

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Fri Nov 30, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Depends on the House, the neighborhood, etc.
You do not want to IMPROVE the house beyond the neighborhood; having a palace among shacks will not do.

The most important factor right now, is that most buyers do not have excess cash once they Close on thier house; they are looking for a turn-key that matches their taste.
The common thins are hardwood floors, remodeled kitchen with Stainless and Granite, Crown mouldings with Neutral walls and updated baths.
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Wed Nov 28, 2012
Linda S. Cefalu answered:
So glad you asked. I have been contemplating this as well. I have heard many good things about the solar tube, but haven't made a decision yet. It should be interesting to see the responses. My office is on the northeast side of my home - almost no natural light and getting more depressing by the day. I am desperate to get some natural light in here especially going into the cold, dreary winter.

Thanks for posting the question.
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Mon Dec 1, 2014
Benny Smith answered:
If you are considering selling in the next several years then this is a loosing deal. Gutting that size kitchen and coming back new will cost less and loose you less money. If you are looking to sell in the next year send a couple of pics and I can give you money making ideas. It is hard to make recommendations unseen but what you describes in the best circumstance will be a large loss.
Benny Smith 412-498-7868
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Richard Shapiro answered:
I would suggest asking any neighbors who have decks. Find a contractor in the neigborhood who speicalizes in this so it makes permitting from the city easier.
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Wed Nov 14, 2012
Jerry Guay answered:
The answer depends on style/design - I just did a project with JD Iron Works, and they were great in terms of value, quality and reliability, call me if you'd like an introduction. 415-282-8875 ... more
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Tue Nov 13, 2012
Angela & Barbara Adams answered:
for any and all zoning questions, call Brandon Burnette down at Davidson County zoning- he's the best and can answer almost any and all questions. His number is 615-862-7190
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Tue Nov 13, 2012
Suzanne Hamilton answered:
If your planning on living in the home a few years, basements and basement bathrooms are usually a good investment. Both are very desirable for resale. My advice is to keep it neutral and don't overdue the finishes for the market, plus don't specialize too much. Keep the basement as open as possible.

If you are planning on selling, a finished basement can make a difference between your home and another home selling and is certainly adds value to a home. But in this market, price is the biggest consideration. I would look at what comparable homes in your neighborhood have sold at and/or have a few Realtors come out and give you an expert opinion.
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Sat Nov 10, 2012
Suzanne MacDowell answered:
Call the city and ask for the zoning or building office and ask them. I would think a permit would be required if you are putting up walls and especially if you will be wiring the room for electricity. Still, the town building or zoning officer will know for sure. ... more
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Sun May 26, 2013
Phil Rotondo answered:
I think this belongs on your blog.....especially if you're going to answer your own question.
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Sun Nov 11, 2012
Scott Miller answered:
Hi Alison,

You can subscribe to a magazine called Remodeling if you want. Each hear it has all kinds of trade information, numbers, statistics, cost vs. value, and more. Here's the link for their site:

You may be able to find what you need on their site and not have to subscribe (free anyway). If you read the Cost VS Value edition, you'll see all projects, prices and locations broken down into easy to read formats.


Scott Miller
Boca Raton
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Tue Nov 6, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
You really should get written estimates from 3 contractors to know what the true cost of the project is.
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Sun Nov 4, 2012
Shal Shahani answered:
I would find out if the condo association requires you to pull a permit. Many of the Associations will. Plus, if you are having contractors work in the unit, the Association (and you yourself) may want to protect against potential damage by making sure that the contractor is insured and bonded.

As to whether it is legal - if you want to do it properly, you would have to call the Brookline Assessors Department to come in to reassess the unit in its new condition (3br/2ba) as opposed to a 2br/2ba. This would likely result in higher taxes. However, your unit would be stated to be a 3br/2ba at the Town Hall.

To be 100% sure, talk to an Attorney. They will be able to give you more accurate answers about the legality.
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Fri Nov 2, 2012
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Thu Nov 8, 2012
James Layfield answered:
Try this one. this is a 203k approved contractor. Let me know if i could be of service further by clicking the contact me in the right corner

Southern Home Enhancements
Contact: Rich Heavner
Phone: (832) 362-7308
6492 Bonanza Dr
Montgomery TX 77316
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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there,

Have you started looking on Yelp? That would be my recommendation.

Ali, Community Manager
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Sun Oct 28, 2012
Bill Eckler answered:
Good morning,

In a home of this vintage, it's likely that a system of individual wood/coal stoves would have been used as a source for heat. I Pa. with coal in an abundance, it's probable that this would have been the main energy source.

An indicator of this would be evidence of a circular opening on the wall that is on the wall directly inside the chimney. These systems also often employed floor vents that allowed rising heat to move to the adjacent room.

Hope this is helpful for you.

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Sat Apr 26, 2014
Janet Nation, CBR answered:
You can't please everyone but I personally like your idea for future resale because I bet that small bedroom would be more useful as a bathroom. Who doesn't enjoy the idea of a master en suite. ... more
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Thu Jan 10, 2013
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi Amy-

You can get started with your search here on Trulia, take a look:

Hope this helps!

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Thu Aug 15, 2013
Gail Gladstone answered:
Health lines are not necessarily and quite often not a health hazard.. You can actually have the power department or an independent contractor come out and measure.

My experience has been that a turned off microwave gives off more than the power lines. ... more
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