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Remodel & Renovate in Virginia : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Mar 29, 2013
Garnet Robins-Baughman answered:
Generally speaking this would increase the value of your home $5-10K (Can't give you a % without the value of your home.).

Aside from making your home more liveable it would make your home stand-out from the competition when you go to sell/rent down the road. People are less and less willing to share a bath than they once were so they value having separate facilities whether they are renting or looking to buy.

If investing in a new bath upgrade steer clear of very personal color or style choices if you are planning on selling in the near future. Buyers are always excited about new kitchens and baths but trends change quickly and you want to appeal to broadest taste possible.

In planning your renovation, don't forget to check with the condominium association about their requirements so you don't experience unnnecessary frustration or expense.

Good luck and have fun!!

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Sat Mar 7, 2015
CubbieFan answered:
We are looking to stay in this home for another 8-10 years... so needing to appeal to buyer is a bit remote, but we will need to be able to sell this house someday. Just want to make sure that what we do today for our convenience does not negatively impact our ability to sell home years from now. ... more
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Sun Feb 17, 2013
Anna M Brocco answered:
Generally slate is a natural stone, whereas a tile is manufactured....
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Mon Mar 3, 2014
Kyle McAdams answered:
Realtors that list homes in your neighborhood would likely be a great source of remodeling pros because we have to build our own network of contacts to call on when clients need them -- whether fixing a house for sale, or helping clients who buy a fixer-upper.

If you're looking in Cascades, Great Falls, Reston, Herndon, let me know...I can give you some contacts if you still need them.

Kyle McAdams, AIA
Architect + Realtor
Keller Williams Real Estate
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Thu Jun 14, 2012
Pitstop Cindy asked:
Thinking about buying a above ground pool need to have water to fill about how much will it cost pool 24x4 feet
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Fri Dec 21, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
No, that would be a huge waste of everyone's time. Call the listing agent who has some bank owned homes listed for sale, they will likely know who is cleaning them or he might be in charge of getting them cleaned when the bank contacts him. Going to a bank will not even find the person who is in charge of the bank owned homes since they could be in another state. ... more
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Sat May 26, 2012
cbrown asked:
We have a 1927 Cape Cod, and I would like to put a 2 story addition on one end of the house, to include a master bed/bath, kitchen/great room down stairs, a stairway, and 2 bedrooms, 2 ...
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Mon May 14, 2012
Hai Tran answered:
Hello Sir/Madame. Regarding your first question, you can usually take with you a licensed building contractor when going to see the house. The contractor would be able to give you a good idea if it is possible to add a second story to the house. Here is the link to Fairfax County zoning requirements, you can call them and ask about the zoning of the house. An experience licensed contractor in the area usually knows about the permit process of house in the area. An offer can be made on the property, contingent upon certain conditions about the house including a permit being approved, but depend on the area housing price and the house market condition, the owner can choose the best contract with less contingent and good price to accept. ... more
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Mon Feb 20, 2012
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Wed Oct 15, 2014
Michael Cheng answered:
First thing I look for is how responsive they are to my initial phone call and whether they follow through with appointments and estimates. That's a low bar, but it eliminates about 80% of contractors. Then, I like to go check out an example of their work to see if they have an eye for details. ... more
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Sat Feb 11, 2012
Michael Cheng answered:
First thing is how responsive they are to my initial phone calls and whether they follow through with appointments and estimates. It's not a high bar, but that's enough to eliminate about 80% of the contractors. Then I like to look at an example of their work to see if they have an eye for details. ... more
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Wed Nov 16, 2011
Dwayne & Maryanne Moyers answered:
Equity lines of credit are very tough to get in current market conditions. If there is no measurable value in using your mortgage to secure a loan it would seem there are no other options to finance the addition. The process to determine the value of your home would require a Realtor to complete a market analysis comparing your home to recent sales of homes in the immediate area which are similar to your home. If the results indicate there is positive equity in your home, you might be in a position to speak to a mortgage lender. If the lender determines there is a program which allows home improvement (specifically for the construction of additional finished square footage) then you would be subject to paying lending fees (including an appraisal which must find enough value to fund the loan) much like a streamline loan.

We wish you luck. The current guidelines for all home loans are currently restrictive.

The Moyers Team, Realtors
Maryanne Moyers, Managing Broker (540) 379-7359
Dwayne Moyers, Realtor (540) 446-6284
Avery-Hess Realtors
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Wed Oct 19, 2011
Dan Tabit answered:
I discuss this with clients all the time. Improvements and upgrades should always be discussed with some idea toward future resale. The longer the homeowner plans to live in the home the less concerned they should be with making it neutral and generic. If the potential for resale is one to two years away, I believe they really should be very cautious in what they choose to do and how much they spend. Our goal with our clients is to recommend spending the least money to gain the greatest return. ... more
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Fri Oct 14, 2011
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Sat May 28, 2011
Martin H. Thomas answered:
Hey Marc!

Let me make some calls for you, and then I'll give you a call with some recommendations for you.

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Sat Apr 16, 2011
Erik Weisskopf,ABR,CDPE, answered:
Simply's negotiable. Depends on how important it is to the buyer and or how motivated the seller is to sell.

One little known fact from an insurance standpoint..say there was a house fire started in an non permitted area...the insurance company MAY not cover the loss!

Good luck and if I can be of assistance..

Erik J. Weisskopf, ABR,CDPE,CRS
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Sat Mar 26, 2011
Bill Eckler answered:

This is truly a "which came first the chicken or the egg" type question because both 4bedroom and larger sized rooms can be real factors to todays typical buyer.

We lean toward recommending doing what it takes to meet your specific needs for you as the owner. Worrying about what the future owner is going to prefer may be premature and unnecessary. Unless you do something radical with the plan, you can trust the future buyers will appreciate either direction you elect to go.

Good luck,

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Tue May 5, 2015
Jose Garcia answered:
Thank you for contacting me.
I do not know if you have a Buyer Agent helping you to buy
this property, if you do, he/she should be the one giving you
the info about lenders in your area.
If you do not have a Buyer Agent I will be happy to help you,
let me know to schedule an appointment.
Thanks again!

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Thu Jun 4, 2015
Susan Magee answered:
Hi Joeb,

Call J. L. Rogers, 804-561-5062. He is a Class A bulider and does a great job! He is very honest, quite dependable, and very reasonable.

Best of Luck on your project,

Susan Magee
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Tue Oct 5, 2010
Scott Godzyk answered:
The value is minimal overall however it does add a great deal of desirability for anyone who lives in an area of frequent power outages. Until you los epower say in a great ice storm followed the next year by a great wind storm for days on end with no sign of the power crews, then a generator is mans best friend. ... more
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