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Remodel & Renovate in Cook County : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Jul 16, 2013
David Hanna answered:
The liner goes on the tub side of a curtain. The curtain can be one piece (waterproof) or just the outside, with a waterproof liner. A curtain is, or has, a liner.
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
Cindy Wilson answered:
Carefully. If you hang something heavy like a painting, it must be well anchored to a wall.
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Tue Oct 29, 2013
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Thu Mar 2, 2017
Manuel Brown answered:
Dear AANJO70,

Yes you will need an architect to do drawings and find a licensed contractor. I have worked with a really professional contractor Eugene Fahey and his number is 773-447-9687. Who ever you choose as your contractor will have to get permits from the City of Chicago do the work.

Hope this helps.
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Tim Moore answered:
Much will depend on if there are any hazardous materials used such as asbestos siding or insulation on pipes. Around here a demo costs $20-30k with no complications requiring mitigation. ... more
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Wed Nov 6, 2013
Josh Barnett answered:
What does the lease say, when it comes to pests and were the roaches there prior to you moving in?
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Wed Feb 12, 2014
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Tue Dec 11, 2012
JIM Michaels answered:
email me at and I can send you some comps in the area
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Tue Nov 13, 2012
Suzanne Hamilton answered:
If your planning on living in the home a few years, basements and basement bathrooms are usually a good investment. Both are very desirable for resale. My advice is to keep it neutral and don't overdue the finishes for the market, plus don't specialize too much. Keep the basement as open as possible.

If you are planning on selling, a finished basement can make a difference between your home and another home selling and is certainly adds value to a home. But in this market, price is the biggest consideration. I would look at what comparable homes in your neighborhood have sold at and/or have a few Realtors come out and give you an expert opinion.
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Fri Oct 5, 2012
Suzanne Hamilton answered:
You may start with the village contractor list. Many villages in the south suburbs require contractors to be registered/licensed with the villages and pay fees, etc. Sometimes it is beneficial to deal with someone who knows the village requirements and inspectors and has already met their requirements and fees. This can save money as an outside contractor will pass those fees along to you when they need to register. You can get the list of free from the village hall or sometimes on line on the village website. ... more
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Fri Sep 21, 2012
Matt Laricy answered:
What is it you are looking to do? Are you looking to build place? Have your place remodeled?
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Mon Nov 12, 2012
Jesse McGrath answered:
I specialize in that. See my portfolio below.
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Fri Jul 27, 2012
Joe Schiller answered:
the only advice I can give you is do it right..really right.. a polished staircase is a 200% ROI
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Mon Sep 3, 2012
Tony Guisto answered:
Hi Vicky,

Areas that will take longer to sell and considered war zones would be Engelwood and Roseland areas. When you say multifamily does that mean 2 to 4 units or 5 or more?
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Tue Sep 11, 2012
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
How long do you plan on keeping this building? Update it appropriately with modern conveniences so that your tenants will enjoy and your value will increase over time.
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Sun Jul 22, 2012
Jay Ruhm answered:
There isn't really a good answer to that, but consider this:

-You will need to be able to survive with little to no income for the first 4 months or so.
-By the time you pay for everything needed to get your license, initial board fees, and any other fees charged by the brokerage you join, you will be out of pocket anywhere from $1500-$2000, maybe more.
-You will need to have a strong plan to market yourself - Leads (clients) don't appear out of thin air.
-You will need to have the money to market any listings that you get in the beginning, and that can get expensive.

If you have strong motivation to succeed, a strong marketing plan, and start up funds to get you by for a while, then do it.

A simpler answer to your question is this - somewhere between bankruptcy and a cushy 6 figure income.
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Sun Jul 22, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
Near impossible, banks will list their homes through approved agents, babnks do not sell their own properties. having a relationship with listing agents does not cost you anything and can gain a buyer advanatages if you are expereinced in investieng and buying. You can get first notice and early entry to homes while they are being cleaned and appraised. ... more
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Sat Jul 21, 2012
Scott Godzyk answered:
It depends on how many baths are already there, if it is a small home ,medium home or large home and if the amount of baths is adequate as is or is shortage. A half bath in a average home is about $5000 in value. The difference is doesnt always add alot of value but adds desirability,. ... more
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Mon Sep 3, 2012
Broker Martin answered:
Hello Supper! :)
I know you might have thought of this be sure speak to an attorney. If funds are City of Chicago's hotline 311 and ask for free legal advice resources.

I hope for the best in your situation.

Yolandra Martin
IL Real Estate Broker
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Thu Mar 10, 2016
Chuck Campbell answered:
Step 1
Measure the square footage of the addition that is being added on to your current home. This is only to get an idea of how large a project you are tackling. For instance, a sunroom might only be 200 square feet while a garage could be as much as 5,000 square feet or more. To find this measurement, measure one side and multiply it by the other side to find the number of square feet. Break down irregular areas into squares and measure them individually and then add in their total square footage.
Step 2
Multiply the number of square feet by the average cost of construction for your area. If you live in an area of the country where the housing prices are low, you can figure about $80 per square foot while more expensive areas can figure on $200 per square foot, according to the B4UBUILD website. This is the base cost for the addition.
Step 3
Write down a list of items that will incur extra costs, such as excavations, special windows, in-floor heating, granite counters, new landscaping, permits and specialty items such as alarms and plumbing. The base cost does not include any of these, so be sure to think through the details of your project. Get as many estimates as possible for each phase from professionals to build a real cost estimate.
Step 4
Add 25 percent for the unseen details that will add up to be quite an expense. If you end up not needing it, then you don't have to spend it, but if you are short, construction might be delayed.
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