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Remodel & Renovate in 98125 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Sep 8, 2017
Ray Akers answered:
That's difficult to answer. There are a variety of roofing materials, including composition shingles, cedar shake, PVC membrane (flat), and metal roofing. Price can also be affected by the quality of materials you choose. There are 30-year, 50-year, and lifetime roofing materials. The price also depends on the size & design of your home. Some homes have a very simple roof design, while others may have dormers, peaks and valleys, and other features that make the roofing system more complex. I've seen prices range from less than $20,000 to more than $50,000 for a typical single-family home. It all depends on the size, style, and quality of roofing materials you choose. ... more
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Tue Sep 23, 2014
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Tue May 22, 2012
Darrell D. Drouillard answered:
The values can very greatly based on requirements. Things to consider as someone who has rehabbed homes are plumbing costs if you plan on adding a bathroom upstairs.....electrical costs if your current sub-panel is older and not sufficient size or style (screw fuses, etc) to support the addition. Structural issues downstairs to support the addition could increase costs. To reduce costs in materials, look at the condition of rafters and ridge beams for re-use of some materials.

I would do you a tremendous disservice by rattling off a price range with so many variables, lack of knowledge of your requirements upstairs (2 bedrooms and a game room, or a bathroom, or you trying to put in a rentable apartment with a kitchen, etc) and lack of current structural, mechanical and electrical component knowledge. I would shop around, get recommendations and definitely get at least 2 or 3 estimates before committing to a contractor. Good luck.
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Wed Feb 29, 2012
Daniel Bretzke answered:
The total square footage is 1250 square feet. The design, permitting and construction costs are pretty consistent. You would be lucky to get it built for 100k.
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Mon Feb 27, 2012
Daniel Bretzke answered:
Check around with various insurance companies. As you have a history of three claims over the three years, you will have to pay a very large insurance premium. It will not be a standard home owners policy . Good Luck ... more
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Sun Oct 3, 2010
Sean Goddard answered:

I spent many years working for property claims adjusters. My understanding is the binder is provided by your insurer whoever that may be. If that's the case, Allstate, Safeco, Chubb Group or whomever you apply ,for HO Insurance should be able to provide that to you.

Do you have coverage currently? Have you applied and been denied as a high risk or uninsurable property?

There are brokers who sell your coverage to say Lloyds of London etc. Maybe you need to call one of them?

I know of a few on the Eastside / Bellevue.

Call me if you want my help.

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Tue Apr 8, 2014
Anni Zilz answered:
Windows Doors and More in Seattle and Redmond have fantastic service and a beautiful selection to meet any budget. They are not open on Sunday, so plan ahead. There website is

I hope this works for you. If you remember, let me know how they treat you and their service. I refer them to many clients, and have used them for my entire house, so it is important to me that they are treating people fairly and giving the same level of service I give my clients. Good luck with your remodel!
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Tue Mar 30, 2010
Dan Tabit answered:
These are questions which should be asked of the Seattle Building Code Office. Agents often know some of this information, but I recommend getting your facts straight from the governing authority. When you do, write down some notes including the person you spoke to, the day and time. Unfortunately two people working in the same office may have different interpretations of the rules. By having a written record, should there ever be a misunderstanding you'll have something concrete to refer back to.
I've posted a link to the Permit office. Give them a call tomorrow and see what they have to say. Good luck with your project.
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Wed Dec 11, 2013
Jay Silver answered:
Hi and Happy Valentine's Day!

The average price per square foot in 98125, when purchasing a home, is $262.00. If you want to build, it's between $100 and $200 per square foot depending on your luxury.

I hope this helps!

- Jay
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Sun Jan 24, 2010
Kathy Weber answered:

I would suggest you don't do it. Anything with a "/" in it seems to deter buyer's. Especially bathrooms.

Keep it "1" full bath. Most buyer's want at least "2". If you show it less than "1", it will definitely hurt your chances at resale + possible appraisal issues. (There will be no comp's).

Best of luck!
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Thu Apr 8, 2010
deansandra answered:
I'm not sure why you think construction costs have gone down?
It's definitely a good idea to get a couple of bids, at least.
If it were me, I'd buy something else instead. There are such amazing deals on real estate right now where you can benefit from someone else's remodel that I'm sure they'll be selling at a loss. (which you usually don't recoup the full cost of anyway) ... more
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Tue Aug 18, 2009
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Wed Dec 30, 2009
Patrick Beringer answered:
You didn't say where your house is, but a good idea is to take a look at what the other houses in your neighborhood are like. For instance, if your neighbors all have a garage and parking is limited on your street, you've just made a huge mistake. Once your remodel is done, you generally want to have at the very minimum, 1 quality covered garage space, not something that could "technically" hold a car. You also have to consider how your home will look with the garage "removed." Houses that have a room where a garage should obviously be can be very hard to sell. ... more
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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Patrick Beringer answered:
I don't know what the costs are for concrete--But most buyers will prefer wood, depending on what room(s) you're talking about.
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Sun Apr 5, 2009 answered:
Buyers do look for green features, just make sure to make the upgrades that are "obvious" to the eye if you're upgrading for selling purposes. A solar panel on the roof is an upgrade that every potential buyer will see when touring the home. Others might be more subtle, and could be missed if not specifically pointed out by the agent. ... more
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Thu Jan 1, 2009
Rowena Emmett answered:

Since you are in Seattle, we thought we would provide you with local information.

The City of Seattle has information here:

Seattle City Light has information here:

Pugent Sound Energy has information about insulation rebates for customers here:
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Thu Jan 1, 2009
Daniel Jeung answered:
Yes, it must meet building codes in order to be an "official" bedroom. Whether having an official 3 bdrm home vs. 2 + an extra finished room is up to a potential buyer. Ask yourself that same question. If the home were a 3 bdrm home (officially) when you purchased it, would it have made a difference to you?

Would a potential buyer want to have a bedroom in the basement, or would it be used as something else?

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