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Remodel & Renovate in 94107 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 15, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
With only six units, I don't think it takes to much effort to do a survey of how many residents have any plans of selling withing the next 5 years! If you are the only residents planning on selling then you should probably start interviewing several realtors from your area who can best advise you of the benefits of investing some money on that particular project. People generally forget that Realtors are happy to consult with you even if you are not going to sell immediately. Trulia makes it easy to look up realtors by zip code where you live! Best, Terry Bell, CPS RE Santa Rosa, CA ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Terry Bell answered:
I think they make rooms look smaller, and nowadays the trend is towards open space and great rooms, even including the kitchen into the mix. Also, if you have any plans of selling in the future, you only narrow your buyer pool by not making the house as accessible and disability friendly as possible for the future, or maybe some new friends while you're still living there!. It doesn't sound like something you planned or wanted, so I vote to update the area! And when you're ready for a vacation home up here in the wine country, drop me a line! Best,
Terry Bell, CPS RE, Sonoma County, CA
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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Jed Lane answered:
Realtors might be able to tell you about past experience but that infomration isn't going to be absolute or reliable for what you might experience. DBI's enforcement waxes and wanes depending on the political will and budget.
If you were my client and were asking me this question I'd recommend that you walk into the DBI office and ask the question. My expereince is that they will answer the question without asking the address.
Yes though you could be forced to abate the extension, pay fines, get permits for and inspections of the extension etc. They can do many things but will they, who knows.
But rather than go through your life in the house not knowing and being afraid of the consequences go find out what they will be and move forward.
It is good that you took out the kitchen. The city doesn't look favorably on removal of dwelling units even if they are illegal.

I will confirm what Cary said, DBI is helpfull for the most part as long as you don't go in with an attitude.
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Thu Apr 23, 2015
Ron Thomas answered:
If you GOOGLE; crystal cabinet san francisco,
you will see Artistic Cabinets
I did Kitchen Design and rep'd Crystal Cabinets, before I got my R.E. license.
Those Cab's are 5 star, top of the line.
Go in and look at them; you understand.
I'm sure that Artistic has connections for Design, Appliances and Installation.

Good luck and may God bless
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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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Wed Dec 6, 2017
Jed Lane answered:
You are asking a forum of real estate agents to give you health advice! We can't really advise you on whether or not you have asbestos in the popcorn texture, or if you can live with it or not. We also would hate to advise you to go ahead and remove it only to be sued in thirty years when you develop cancer.
I'd suggest you ask a painting contractor or an asbestos abatement company.
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Sun Jun 24, 2012
Lance King answered:

The answer to this question is complicated, because I don't know what your skills are or how much time you have to put into this.

I have personally remodeled a lot of properties, most recently a complete gut job on our new home in Pac Hts. I have all the contractors you could need for those jobs and some excellent resources for materials as well.

Happy to give some referrals. Contact info below.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Thu Jun 16, 2016
Ron Thomas answered:
There are too many variables in this to even give you a ballpark:
You might be able to do it for $250/sqft
or it could be $450/sqft
That's a lot of ground to cover.
You need to contact Contractors and get some estimates;
I gather that you already have had an Architect do a set of plans so that you aren't drawing plans in the air?
What did the Architect say?
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Thu Jun 21, 2012
Jed Lane answered:
Could be I know too much but there is no way you can ensure the outcome unless you do it yourself. When I was a carpenter's apprentice back in the 1970s the first lesson I was taught was that I needed to be able to cover my mistakes.
Working as a project manager for a civil engineer and contractor who made his money off finding errors made by others and fixing them I got to see some crazy stuff and I had the responsibility of making sure that our crews did the job right.
The only way you can really do what you ask is to build the body of knowledge needed to oversee what is going on and be there watching all the time. That will drive the contractor nuts and run up the price considerably. Really the best you can hope for is that your expectations have been communicated and that you will pay for good work and make them redo any bad work. Being clear and having really good communication is the key. Next is trust that the contractor is watching the crews actually doing the work.
Absolutely do not rely on the building inspectors. They are indemnified from responsibility by law and can miss all kinds of mistakes.
You can also hire an architect to oversee the project and be your point person responsible for translating your vision into reality. This is probably the best course if you don't have my experience or like me decide that you'd rather pay someone else to take the headache.
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Mon Nov 3, 2014
Matthew Goulden answered:
HI sharon,

Hire a professional to review your system and tell you your options. It may be simple or a major project.

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Wed Aug 17, 2016
Anna M Brocco answered:
Consider haveing the property inspected by a structural engineer, much will depend on the type of crack...
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Oggi Kashi answered:
The difference can be huge depending on what purpose each type of pipe is being used for. Need more details.

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted. truonly
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Mon May 4, 2015
Oggi Kashi answered:
Have you tired contacting one these roofers:



Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Wed Feb 22, 2017
Tina Lam answered:
Make sure the contractor is currently licensed. You can verify the licensing and current complaints status online here:

Go take a look at his current projects. That will give you an idea of the quality of work. Sometimes you can even ask the home owners about their satisfaction with the contractor.
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Tue May 15, 2012
axtulsa answered:
I would recommend you get with a local Realtor and find out what types of home improvements have the best impact on sales price in your market. Each Real Estate market is different and only a local Realtor can give you the best answer. In San Francisco, i would recommend you contact, Donna Chan, a Bay area Realtor that i have talked to in the past. she can be reached at for more information ... more
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Sun Sep 29, 2013
Lance King answered:

There are so many issues here in San Francisco that the most important things are to have very detailed inspections and a broker/agent who deals with these properties and knows what's involved. We have bought many properties and fixed them up and then sold them, the latest is a total gut job on a pac hts 2 unit with all new everything. I can not only tell you what to watch out for but costs as well. If you like I could give you a tour of the place sometime because the lower is gutted and the upper is finished so you can see up close what's involved. Contact info below if you would like to take advantage of that offer.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Isaac Wigley answered:
The first thing people will see about your home is the front of the house and front yard; so make sure you have:
1. your lawn freshly trimmed
2.your house freshly painted and/or powerwashed
3. photograph your home during the peak time for best light

That is a great first step. For the next steps, feel free to ask. :)

isaac Wigley-Realtor BHG Mason McDuffie
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Manzar Azari answered:
Dear Ken:
It is really hard to say if what you have been quoted make sense or not. My opinion is to get at least three ( 3) estimates from CA licensed general contractors who have done such a project successfully and have valid references.
You can also hire a project management company ( our company offer such a service ) to do the search and negotiation of finding a perfect general contractor and do from A to Z for you. We charge 20% of the project to do so.

Good luck and I hope to hear from you soon.

Manzar D. Azari, MBA, Broker, Realtor
2012 Top 100 Women Owned Business in CA
Azari Property Management
(415) 377-4115
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Sat Jun 16, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
Let's see how your appraisal report turns out. Does the new bedroom have a closet and a window? It may not affect the refi unless you are looking for the added value of this new bedroom.

If you made alterations that required permits then you should consider the consequences if you ever decide to sell the property. I can provide more details if you are interested.


Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Astrid Lacitis answered:
Sorry- what is ROI?

What I can tell you is that your best bet is to talk to a contractor who specializes in putting garages in; and, I would go down to the building department. Set backs, neighbor input, curb cuts all affect the final outcome.

Astrid Lacitis
Keynote Properties
415 860 0765
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