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Remodel & Renovate in 92109 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Jason Richards answered:
It depends on many factors

1. Is the major issue repairable or not?
2. The type of transaction determines what realistic paths exist. REO,Short Sale, etc
3. Is the client capable of taking on the issue.

Bottom line is that you should never advise a client to proceed with something they cannot feel 100% comfortable with but at the same time, problems create opportunities.
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Mon Aug 5, 2013
Sinead McAllister answered:
IMO, kitchen! (That is assuming you don't have some glaring other issues :) )
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Wed Apr 24, 2013
Home Inspection (888) 552-4677 answered:
Hi Kimberly.
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Thu Apr 30, 2015
Michael Emery answered:
Laminate is the least expensive option (especially if you install it yourself). It is also the most 'disposable' option as it can't be sanded or refinished if it becomes damaged. Laminate is composed of a plastic wear layer, printed paper and compressed sawdust held together with glue.

The next option would be engineered hardwood. This is a layer of decorative hardwood attached to multiple layers of hardwood (think plywood with a pretty surface). This will be more expensive than laminate but you can sand it at least two times before going past the finish layer.

The most expensive of the three is solid hardwood. This will last the longest - which you probably don't care about if you are selling in the near future.

Personally I would choose a pre-finished engineered hardwood floor as this is the most cost effective yet durable choice of the three.
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Thu Dec 22, 2011
John Arendsen answered:
My friend, I work with several very experienced and successful roofing contractors. However, this is not a venue for your self-promotion. This is a real estate question and answer forum designed exclusively for folks who have legitimate real estate related questions and issues. If you wish to purchase advertising please contact Trulia directly. ... more
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Mon Oct 17, 2011
Sinead McAllister answered:
I am not sure what your question is... do you want to know how much you should invest in doing a kitchen remodel?
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Tue Mar 17, 2015
Louis Swanepoel answered:
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Mon Dec 20, 2010
Kazem Zomorrodian answered:
Condo conversions are very tricky.
The developers did what was asked by the agency that approved the conversion.
The best way I know is to look at the approval resolution by the city that approved the condo map and see how restrictive they were.
They are all a case by case situation.
As an engineer who worked with agencies to create those maps I can tell you that, it is a bargaining game. City wants something and the developer can do so much based on the estimated selling price. So usually there is a compromise beyond the minimum mandatory standards.
If you have some technical back ground or understand the planning process you can go to the city that approved the map and ask from the planning Dept to give you the condition of approval and read through it. Also ask for the community comments at the hearings, if they have it. Some times you can find why some things were done based on those comments. Then you might want to go to the Engineering and Building dept.
If you need help you can call me at 760-845-3093 or contact me via my e mail
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Mon Dec 20, 2010
David answered:
There are several ways to do this.

1) email broadcast your "Invitation" to San Diego Realtors
2) goto craigslist and call brokers and agents directly and collect contact and email info
3) visit all the larger brokerages and drop off a flyer for each agent
4) Be Innovative and make sure you website is current in style and in content.
5) Use video to brag about your projects, testimonials and special offers
6) Craigslist and backpage is a "gold mine" for contractors! Email harvest contact names and emails address
7) From time to time, you may have the opportunity to speak at a weekly broker caravan to pitch your services.

and the list goes on and on....

Visit or send me an email and I can show you some short cuts..

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Thu Jan 14, 2010
John Anthony Alcantar answered:
Whenever you're doing work on your home, it's a safe bet to check with the people at the City Building & Planning Department, and they'll point you in the right direction. You might get a million responses on this, from different folks saying yes or no.
My advice? Don't listen to them.
Save yourself the headace (and potential problems with building inspectors, not fun once they start throwing citations around), and hear it directly from the horses mouth.
Better safe than sorry.
John Anthony
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Thu Mar 26, 2009
Patti Phillips answered:
Marita, I'm not sure of your reasoning for changing a full to a 3/4 bathroom, but yes, it could affect your resale-ability. Most times people want a completely seperate bathroom for others to use other than a "master" bathroom. As far as listing if it is a 3/4 or full bath- permitting will determine how the home is listed in the tax records after this- and if you don't pull proper permits (which I always suggest that you do- a compliant home is easier to sell in the future). If you don't pull proper permits the tax records would still show a 2 bedroom, and future buyers might wonder why there is a discrepancy.

If I might help you with any further questions, don't hesitate to get in contact with me.

Patti Phillips
"Advice You Need, Attention You Deserve"
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Thu Dec 23, 2010
CJ Brasiel answered:

Most will say kitchen and bathrooms. That is assuming all maintenance items are good (roof, exterior paint, gutters - type items) Here is a great link to help you evaluate different items.
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Mon Jan 19, 2009
x answered:
Dear Randy,
A room addition is exactly the same as new construction but on a smaller scale. Permits will need to be pulled, plans drawn up, materials purchased, a timeline constructed and a contractor + his or her sub contractors lined up. If the room is small, of course the comparison is scaled down but all the same basics still apply. I try to tell my clients that plan on $250 per SF and maybe slightly higher in a 1) new kitchen and 2) a more deluxe bathroom. But a standard room addition is typically that needed extra bedroom or a family room and for that I say $250 per SF in San Diego. Some may say that's on the higher side. But be careful if you're quoted something really low like $50 per SF. You want QUALITY materials (windows, lighting, flooring. etc), a legitimate licensed and bonded contractor and good subs who will show up. This may be the best money you'll spend so do it right. Ask for a pay-per-day delay clause if your contractor doesn't finish in time. I would ask for $200 per business day paid to you by the contractor for every day they go over the deadline. Unfortunately this plan doesn't typically apply if they go over budget. Make sure you're on top of what's happening and watching the budget every 48 hours. Good luck! ... more
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Mon Jan 26, 2009
fredeckert answered:
The shower could be an asset for a disabled person, particularly if it is made to be, disabled friendly". You will have some others that would still like the bath. Is there room for both? I have both in my master bathroom. The way property is listed in the MLS could pose a problem, since a full bathroom, normally has a tub. I would weigh the pros and cons based on the number of years you expect to live in the home, your desire to update, the likelihood that buyers will want both, possibly and the amount of room you have to work with. Since there is only one bath, I would make it very user friendly. ... more
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