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Remodel & Renovate in Cambridge : Real Estate Advice

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Mon May 11, 2015
Linda Balliro answered:
Hello -

this is a great question and I like your aesthetics. The value of the type of windows depends on the type of property. If you live in a condo building, I'd venture to say that wood vs vinyl will not affect the market value of your property. It may affect the desirability, - though but even that may not be significant enough to have an effect on how quickly the condos sell.

Generally speaking, In a classic building that is beautifully restored and whose appeal to buyers is the type of building, vinyl windows would detract from the building's value. This is much more significant in a single family than in condos. The vast majority of condo buyers will not be making an offer or deciding on price based on the type of windows. ( think of yourselves when you purchased). ( although old, damaged, inefficient windows can affect every sale/purchase).

There is an alternative - there are companies who lovingly restore wooden windows, making them comparable in energy efficiency to vinyl windows. is one that has a good reputation. Usually cheaper than replacing windows but can still be a significant cost.

One thing to remember about windows - wooden windows last hundreds of years - vinyl replacement last about 20-25.

So, I'd recommend high quality vinyl replacements, ( they come in colors other than white), or repairing the wooden windows if the cost is about the same.

Good luck. I can offer you a free CMA on the value of the condos in your building if you'd like to get an idea of how much you should be spending on improvements.

all the best,
Linda Balliro, broker
Andrew Mitchell & Co
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Wed May 6, 2015
Scott A. Nelson answered:
I've had good luck with Basement Technologies & their plans. They did a great job for my parents house in Malden.

Basement Technologies Inc
239 North Cary Street
Brockton, MA 02302-2353
(508) 584-4148

DISCLOSURE: I am in no way affiliated or compensated by them.
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Fri May 15, 2015
James Deskins answered:
What about it?.............
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Fri Apr 24, 2015
Emmanuel Scanlan answered:
Hello Rona,

I have never heard of using vinyl as a waterproofing material. Was this a sheet vinyl product, i.e. a vinyl flooring product, or was it some special material?

The material, whatever it is, will have to be applied with a mastic or cement to hold it down. This adhesive would not necessarily be a waterproofing material as none really are meant for that purpose. Additionally you will most likely have voids underneath between the vinyl and concrete surfaces. Water can collect and mold can grow in those voids. If they had damp concrete and managed to lay vinyl over it I would not expect it to stay adhered for long. Look for ripples in the vinyl and loose edges where it may already be lifting.

Anymore details that you can provide?

Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
214-418-4366 (cell)
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International Code Council, Residential Combination Inspector #5247015-R5 (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Building)
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