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Sun Jun 23, 2013
Julie Reddington answered:
You might want to contact some Property Management companies to see if they will assist you. The demand is high, so you have to be ready to swoop in and make an offer there and then if you like the property.

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Wed Feb 17, 2010
Patrick Thies answered:
Depends on how it compares to other properties in the area. In this market it is possible to over improve for the area. If the remodel brings you up to par with what is being offered, it may be worth it to be competitive with the market. If doing the remodel puts you above the competition then you may not get back what you put into it. Kitchens and baths are what sell houses so remodel accordingly. ... more
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Tue Jul 30, 2013
Steve Decker answered:
An agent can list the number of bedrooms, but must state whether the bedrooms are conforming or not.
To be conforming, the bedroom must have an escape from fire-conforming window or an egress window and a closet.
Hope this helps!

Steve Decker
Re/Max of Cherry Creek, Inc.
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Wed Feb 17, 2010
Steve Decker answered:

I have remodeled over 50 homes within my Realtor career. In my opinion, if you can install an egress window, the resale value is in the faster sale of the home. It will let light in and allow you or an agent to list the home with one more "conforming bedroom". Does the room also have a closet ? It must have a closet of some kind and a a way out from fire.
If you would like an opinion - I would like to view the house first.
The cost vary-but will most likely bring value in the resale, whenever that might be.
Get a minimum of three bids.
One start: Egress, Inc. Chad Deboer 720-839-4497

Steve Decker
Re/Max of Cherry Creek, Inc.

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Egress Windows: The Cons
Minus budgetary concerns, there really isn't a reason not to install egress windows. Even then, the payoff from an investment/return standpoint is so substantial that most budget-based arguments fall apart pretty quickly. About the only "downside" we see is the need to install egress windows with local building codes in mind, and to make sure the installation is done right (especially in basement egress windows, where moisture can be an issue).

The Cons:

* Know Local Building Codes — Most building codes require a 5.7 square foot opening, and a window that is no more than 44" off the floor. But keep in mind that codes vary from place to place, so be sure that you and your contractor know what the specific requirements are for your municipality. If the building inspector finds that your egress window comes up short in any way, it's back to the drawing board.
* Moisture and Basement Egress Windows — Moisture problems can be problem in basement window applications, especially if your basement has a history of moisture-related issues. To avoid them, make sure your window well is dug to the proper depth below the window, and take other preventative measures, such as installing basement drainage systems and making sure your gutter system drains run off away from your home.
* Inconvenience — In his article for The Family Handyman, Satterwhite is quick to point out that installing a basement egress window is a major project anyway you cut it. Be prepared to put up with the inconveniences that are unavoidable with a project of this scale.

Egress Windows: Costs
Costs of these installations can vary depending on a number of factors, including your choice of windows, the number of windows you install, and your window well design. Above-grade egress windows shouldn't cost more than any other window installation, in the $500 to $1,000 range for energy-efficient, multiple-paned windows according to Bill Barr of All Star Windows and Siding in Loveland, Colorado. For basement egress windows, however, you should expect to pay more. The installation of a single, no-frills basement egress window usually runs in the $2,000 to $3,000 range, according to Popular Mechanics, while more elaborate window well designs and top-of-the-line windows can raise the price to as much as double those figures. It's not cheap, but considering the peace of mind an egress window provides, it's safe to say that installing one of these windows is money well-spent for any homeowner.
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