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Remodel & Renovate in 94610 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Apr 12, 2013
Sean Schwilling answered:
In general, home owners get the best return on investment for money spent on Kitchens & Bathrooms.
However, simple inexpensive improvements in the yard can result in significantly higher offers when selling. Contact me at your convenience for a no obligation consultation. 510-409-6946.
Sean Schwilling @ Your Service.
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Mon Jun 17, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:

Do you have a question?

Or are you answering someone's question?

Or are you getting ready to post a blog?
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Fri Mar 27, 2015
Rich Homer answered:
This number could be quite variable. I would find a local contractor in your zip code (search remodel and your local zip code) to get an accurate answer. ... more
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Fri Jul 20, 2012
Larry Benedetto answered:
I do not feel that adding a 1/2 bath to a home in a gargage is going to be simple. First you need a plan, then permits from the city, then you need to bid the work out and if you are lucky and the sewer system, electricity, cold and hot water connections are near by, your costs will be reduced.

good luck
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Wed Apr 4, 2012
Antoine Pirson answered:
The only ones that can answer that question is the zoning department on 250 Ogawa plaza. Good luck.
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Helen da Silva answered:
The City having jurisdiction over building permits will have the specific details. It is my understanding that in order to be considered a bedroom in Oakland, the room must be at least 70 square feet. It must have at least one window that works and, if it has security bars, it must have a quick release mechanism. The current codes are very specific on the measurements of the window and height off the floor. A bedroom must also have 2 exits (a window is considered one). The minimum ceiling height is 7'6." Last, but not least, it should have a closet although that is not specified in the code. However, in order for the room to be considered a bedroom, it is preferred, but not mandatory, that the closet be built-in. The closet can also be portable. ... more
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Fri Apr 3, 2009
Pacita Dimacali answered:

I know your question is addressed to homeowners and buyers only, but I hope you will welcome comments from realtors who are dealing with many buyers and sellers, and who have listened to what matters most to them

Before you do any remodeling, you should also review what improvements rate the highest payback. Here's a link to a feature of Remodeling magazine online where you can select the region/area of your properties, and see what is favored in each.

Of utmost importance are improvements in kitchen and baths, and the master bedrooms.

Also....if you have hardwood floors under carpet, by all means, uncover them and have the floors refinished. Buyers are always looking for this feature. But if you're thinking of changing floor coverings, do consider bamboo floors --- it's number one on the list of renewable resources for floors.

For kitchens, do consider changing out old appliances for energy-efficient ones.

For outdoor landscaping, research Xeriscape which is probably the most earth-friendly style of landscaping.

Good luck.
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Tue Mar 31, 2009
Eric H. Wong answered:
Hi Matt;
I think the best thing for both of you top do is to seek the advice of a Real Estate Attorney. This may cost you $250-$400/hr, but it will be money well spent. I would also advise you to keep this on a cordial, "neighborly" interaction. Keep both sides informed, and try to collaborate on the solution. At all costs, do not make this an adversarial relationship.
This can be worked out with sound legal advice, and cooporation.
If you need an attorny to contact, let me know.

Good Luck
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Mon Jul 9, 2012
Ellen Lynch answered:
Hi there,

Here is my input: Because you are in 94611, a highly desireable area, you would indeed do well to finish the cosmetics on your condo. Buyers expect more for their money now, and they don't want to have to do anything to a place, particularly a condo. Yes prices are falling, but 94611 has not been hit as hard as some places such as 94606, just east of the lake. Some contractors are flexible, will wait for payments..if you can possibly get this work done. Is it much more than painting? Why don't you ask some realtors to come over and give you their opinions of pricing and what you need to do to get it ready? Get different feedback and see if it is worth it to you to stretch a bit more and get the work done if you can.. Otherwise, the rental market is strong here right now and you might do well to rent it, even if you can't cover all your costs. Many folks are doing this. I would be very surprised if it made sense for you to sell your condo without finishing the work.. Feel free to contact me to talk about it. Good luck. Ellen Lynch ... more
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Wed Jan 7, 2015
Nicole Bailey answered:
Hi RD,

I use Dan Schumski for the report and George at Alameda Structural or Dan Marzilli at Gentech construction to do the work. I have used these folks over and over and have confidence in their work.


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