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Remodel & Renovate in Boston : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Apr 22, 2013
Rafael Hernandez answered:
You first have to check the area for zoning restrictions, then check with the town to see what is allowed in that specific area. The more information you get on the town and restrictions beforehand can help save you a lot of money in the long run. ... more
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Tue Feb 10, 2015
Richard Shapiro answered:
I would suggest asking any neighbors who have decks. Find a contractor in the neigborhood who speicalizes in this so it makes permitting from the city easier.
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Thu Mar 13, 2014
James Furlong answered:
Roof rights are usually granted when condos are first developed. If the access to the roof is only through your unit there is little value to the association. If the roof can be accessed via a common area, then it is a different story because the deck could then be common deck which would add some value to all the units in the building. ... more
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Tue Jul 17, 2012
Corey Buck Mann answered:
I always suggest that the Owner keep renovations minimal during a tenancy period and save for an upgraded renovation to be completed when they list the home for sale as part of there exit strategy. But then again, this is limited to certain areas of upgrades. I do recommend Owners to invest in the exterior landscape and other improvements. Cost savings can be enjoyed but planting smaller shrubs and giving them time to mature. This will also increase curb appeal and if properly maintained you will gain a benefit on both sides; rental and resale. ... more
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Thu Jan 6, 2011
Dallas Texas answered:
Virtual response to your question will not benefit you UNLESS the entire contract is reviewed. Best confer with a real estate attorney who can review terms & conditions which will govern what you can or can not do.

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Fri Sep 24, 2010
Michelle Ladew answered:
The value is not necessarily in price point as it is in the higher number of people who will be interested in your property due to the fact that you will have outdoor space, which is a premium in this community. ... more
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Thu May 6, 2010
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Sun Nov 8, 2009
Kevin Vitali answered:
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Sun Aug 30, 2009
Jackie O'Connor answered:
BOA is taking at least 5 weeks from contract to close for FHA from my recent experience. Just as long for conventional too. No new regs that I know of
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Fri May 14, 2010
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney answered:
Hello Elain, I believe Buyers are looking for improvements which will decrease the monthly amounts of monies that they have to put out so first things first, an efficient heating system, lots of new alternatives which are green and energy efficient for hot water systems-should you have to replace or upgrade one soon, insulation of course is a major factor, insulated windows and doors, if possible adding a passage way or front or back entry so that one can step in without creating a huge heat loss from the main home or apartment. Energy efficient appliances are most helpful especially the refrigerator which is the only major investment i would recommend even if the older model is in still working order, donate it to a nonprofit for a tax break and put a new energy efficient model, it won't be long till you have a good buy back on it! Being green also means using what one has and not adding to the landfills out there, so if you can still use something effectively and efficiently then please indeed keep it, if it is strictly a matter of taste or style please try and find another life for the item, someone else may find the item to have considerable value to them and their families. Buyers are interested in all the trendy eco-friendly decorating items, bamboo floors, window treatments to keep the heat in and the cool out and vis versa in the warmer weather and climates, have you checked out the new countertops of recycled glass, a real class act and so environment friendly too. Good Luck, this can be alot of fun to keep track of your savings while you renovate and green your environment.
Regards
Marybeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group
781-659-0059 or 508-746-5559
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Tue Mar 3, 2009
Zelda Kohn answered:
For the properties that are pre-disposed to some water penetration, waterproofing and renovating the basement is a good idea, even if the ROI is not always obvious. There are different types of technologies available today to maket which can make that basement space not only dry also attractive and livable.

I've remodelled the building where I had to rehab the basement in order to solve structural issues caused by the water table which, over the years, disintegrated some support under the lolli columns... It was a serious project. When it was all done, I was able to add enough space to the building to create an additional 2-bedroom apartment and coomon area. The money I spent re-inforcing structural integrity of the building were well paid off by the money I got from the sale of that apartment. As a result, not only I came on the top money-wise, I've also made the building more sustainable and healthier, improved aestetics and market value. If I had simply tried to sell the property with a problem basement, I'd be facing a long time on market, continuing decline of the value, would've spend a lot more $ on a simple upkeep than now and would've lost the house...

Typically, I reserve my advise about specific technology to choose for a home until I know the location/street of it and until I can, actually, visit the home as an Interior Designer. Every house has its specifics and, while doing what you plan, can result in a good ROI for some, it can also be a 'money pit' project for others. A sound advise from an architect, interior designer or structural engineer is always worth your investment!
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Tue Jan 31, 2012
Noah Seidenberg answered:
Shannon,
I don't know what the specifics are in Boston, but in Illinois, in order for a room to be considered a bedroom, it must have a closet. We cannot consider rooms in basements bedrooms in the total room count of listings, either. I definitely recommend speaking with a local Realtor to help you.

Good luck!
Noah Seidenberg.
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Thu May 6, 2010
John Savignano answered:
talk to the local building inspector. today it would be 100 amp service I believe. but you may be grandfathered at 60 amps. Also, if you were seling the property the bank financing a potential buyer may want 100 amp service. ... more
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