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Fri Jun 23, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
VERY expensive. You're in a NYC suburb. Contractors are NOT cheap. Best method is to start interviewing contractors and get estimates.
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
You can't. Mobile homes are personal property - not real estate. They only qualify for a "chattel" loan which you can get thru a bank. Lenders only do loans for real estate. If you own the land underneath the mobile home, then lenders can give you a loan for the land. ... more
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Thu Jun 22, 2017
Brian Spires asked:
I've been in cont for 35 yrs in valley have ref and all tools
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Wed Jun 21, 2017
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Wed Jun 21, 2017
Debbie.gartner88 answered:
In general, hardwood flooring will give you a strong Return on Investment and is preferred flooring choice in most areas of the country. It can help you sell your house faster and for a higher value. In addition, in the long run, it will cost LESS than carpeting (or laminate) as those need to be replaced much more often. Hardwood is easier to clean, too.

Of course, there are some exceptions when you lower end neighborhoods where you may "over improve" and the market can't handle the increased value (due to budgets of the buyers in those areas). But, for the most part, you will get your ROI both if you are selling or staying if you install solid hardwood flooring.

You can read more about it here: http://theflooringgirl.com/blog/what-types-of-flooring-provide-the-best-roi-if-you-are-sellin-your-home-soon.html
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Tue Jun 20, 2017
Actingclasses answered:
If the siding you have is a neighborhood eyesore, just paint/repair it for now and leave it at that till money is flowing again. If you're want a serious upgrade like stone or brick facing, I'd put that on your "future luxuries" list. As for the kitchen, unless you're planning on expanding it via an addition or knocking down walls, I'd suggest you minimize what you do there. Do a nice, shiny backsplash and some neutral floor tile and leave it alone, because if the kitchen is small or closed off from the rest of the house, it's not going to be a selling point for buyers, anyway - you're just looking to make it something that suits your taste. ... more
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Tue Jun 20, 2017
Bigtailbear answered:
Are you looking for European flat panel style? I recently remodeled my kitchen with Piano Paint White Gloss rta cabinets from bestonlinecabinets. The price is affordable and the quality is way better than I expected. You can find many selections under their European Style Section. ... more
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Thu Jun 8, 2017
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Thu Jun 8, 2017
Judi Moolten asked:
I am looking at buying a house in Lawrenceville Pa that has a basement. I want to convert basement to garage? Do you know anyone who did that? Whats the step by ste? Whats the advice…
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Wed Jun 7, 2017
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Sun Jun 4, 2017
Shylosdead answered:
That is definitely way too high of a bid I am a contractor in the Los Gatos area grew up and raised and did most of my business there I would do that for you for 65 to $75 a square foot that's about all it should cost you anyway my name is Paul 669-226-0691 call me if you need any further assistance also licensed engineer as well thank you ... more
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Sun Jun 4, 2017
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Katec, you could purchase with a standard 203k loan and include the remodeling in the purchase loan. The loan requires a cost/material consultant to coordinate any requirements of permits to be pulled by the contractor doing the remodel.

The estimate would of course vary by extent of the remodel, square footage added, upgrades of materials, roof add on - pitch, etc. Estimates will be needed from each trade of the work needed such as flooring, plumbing, framing, drywall, electrical, paint, etc. You can include up to 6 months of payments while the construction is going on if the property is in-inhabitable during the remodeling construction.

You may qualify for the 203k loans from a minimum 580 fico score and up to the maximum FHA loan limits of the county. Let me know if you have questions of the programs and the process. You may research 203k programs in the web reference below or click contact me on my profile.

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