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Remodel & Renovate in 10462 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Why not simply ask your utility company the question, or any such other expert...
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Mon Feb 6, 2012
Irene Guanill answered:
I don't think anyone can tell you a ball park figure as it depends on so many aspects. Who your contractor is one factor, the materials you will require. Are you renovating the kitchen and bathroom only or are you renovating every room in addition to the kitchen and bathroom.

Are you considering doing the work yourself or are you hiring a friend?

However you decide to move forward you should do your research on every portion and layout your changes prior to making any changes on paper.

Find out the cost of your materials and compare prices from one supplier to another. I usually ask for minimum 5 estimates because as I am comparing pricing I find that different contractors will give you different information and if you interview enough you can understand what is really needed to complete your job vs what one wants to change you for their benefit.

My advice is do your research, layout your plan and interview a minimum of 5 contractors to evaluate what your job will cost to renovate a 2 bedroom coop in Riverdale?
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Fri Nov 19, 2010
Nirmala Caraballo answered:
Dear Edwin,

There are hundreds of such properties in the 5 boroughs of NYC. If you are looking properties in the Bronx, I would be glad to work with you in finding a property that best fits your specific needs. There are many handyman specials currently on the market that can give you a great return on your investment. Some other aspect to keep in mind, are you purchasing to fix and flip or are you purchasing to fix and rent.

Please give me a call to discuss.

Nirmala Caraballo
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Cruse Realty
1408 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10462
Tel.: 646-479-7873
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Thu Aug 6, 2009
Harrybaksh answered:
You must check the zoning first to make sure it is possible. An architect will look at a survey and the zoning map and advise you if it is possible and how many squaree feet you could add and what other requirements you will need to meet the current building requirement. He/she will also assist you to design the space. After you know exactly what you want to build and the quality of the construction then you can speak to three different licenced contractors to get estimates. It could cost you between $175 to $250 per square feet to build. You will hire an architect; he will do the plans; submit it to the building dept. for approval. Once you get the approval, you give it to your contractors who has to provide their licence and insurance and apply for a permit at the building dept.. After they obtain a permit then they can start the job. You will need several inspections including electrical and plumming and construction etc. before you can obtain final certificate of occupancy.In the meantime if anything goes wrong you will be ultimately responsible for violations and fines caused by your contractors. It may cost you less to find the right two family and buy it instead. There is a lot more involve in the process. This process is for the Bronx. Seek more expert advise. ... more
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Thu Feb 26, 2009
Joanna Lane answered:
Not only for first time buyers, but for everyone, there's a series of great tax credits since November 08 for solar, wind, geothermal and others, which increased from $2,000 to $7,500 if you spend $25,000. Some power authorities are refunding up to 50% of the installation cost of renewable energy, check with your local provider. I got a check for $23,000 in my hands for Solar installation only last month, and I'm now looking into geothermal. It's something you ought to be thinking about doing as soon as possible - the green houses with low fuel bills are the most desirable ones. Specifically for first time home buyers, there's an $8,000 tax refund under the new stimulus package if you buy in 2009, which I'm sure could be spent on renovation. There may be more incentives in the pipeline from the housing stimulus.... I haven't read it all yet. ... more
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Tue Oct 28, 2008
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Sat Oct 11, 2008
Kenneth Brown answered:
There are apartments to purchase in Riverdale which are accessible to people with disabilities. Please contact my office to discuss your particular needs.
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Wed Aug 6, 2008
Elmar answered:
Jig, I would really need to know more about what kind of a home you want to give a reliable estimate. One-family? Two? Ranch? Basement wanted? Are water/gas lines existing? Which part of Riverdale? Fieldston? Spuytun Dyville?
I am a contractor who's been doing home building for over 50 years in addition to renovations and commercial constructions. I live in the Bronx and work mostly in Westchester/Connecticut but all over the city as well.
e-mail me if you want me to come see the property and give an estimate. I can do it any day after July 22nd and of course, the estimate is free. Regards, Elmar Sepp
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