Forum: Home Renovation
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I’ve recently started the home buying journey, and while I’m very early in the exploration, my ideal scenario would be to purchase and renovate/restore a home in Newburg. I know this is a VERY open ended and broad topic, but looking to this community for any and all advice so I can learn from those who have already navigated this path in Newburgh.
I also need to start gathering a list of referrals for various services including (but not limited to):
– Real Estate Agent familiar with Newburgh
– Contractor for major renovations (plumbers, electricians also welcome)
– Local mortgage lenders (especially with experience with renovation mortgages)
– Lawyers specializing in Real Estate
Thanks in advance!
I am being convinced that I need to replace our entire 2nd floor (1,200sf) of wall to wall carpet in preparation to sell the house. The carpet in the main traffic areas in pretty worn, plus the dog has done plenty of damage in certain areas, so I don’t necessarily disagree it should be replaced. I don’t want to put in anything expensive since a buyer might say they don’t like it and it’ll be a waste of $ and carpet.
My question is, if you take out the “quality” component, is there a big difference between the cheap and expensive carpeting? In other words, I just want this carpet to look good for 90 days. (I think we should just tell buyers that we’ll give them a discount off of the price for new carpet, but other ‘advisors’ are telling me that I won’t get the most money for the house if the old carpet is still in it). Can I just go to Home Depot and get the cheap stuff and have it look good while the house is on the market? Or go to quality rug store like https://www.cyrusrugs.com/location/minnesota/minneapolis-rugs or rugs.com?
Thanks in advance.
What is better Concrete Block or Stone Veneer?
In your experience, what is the best material to use?
I am looking for someone to restore some (exterior) posts on a Victorian. I found a business about 45-60 minutes from Newburgh that does custom work on a lathe. But I need someone who can actually do the work (carpenter). Be glad to have them supervise and handle the whole job.
Which is More Energy Efficient? Gas vs. Electric Water Heaters
Taylor Montgomery recently jacked up their prices for dumpsters by $200 or more for Newburgh. I’m not sure why, but it seems like they’re exploiting a lack of other options. Does anyone have anyone else for construction waste removal and dumpsters? Any help is greatly appreciated!
Has anyone had any luck petitioning the city to let them take down an old fire escape? We own a three family with two fire escapes, and they’re both falling apart and practically hanging off the building. I know in NYC you have to install a sprinkler in the inner staircase for egress in order to remove a fire escape legally. Not sure if the same rule applies in Newburgh?
I am in the middle of making a home purchase in Newburgh and should be closing within a few weeks.
The home I am buying is currently a legal two family but was a three family at some point and in the historical district.I am planning on living in one unit, my son in another,and would like to rent out the third. Does anyone happen to know how I would go about having the home converted back to a legal three family? Has anyone had any experience with this? If so, how difficult was the process with the city?
I appreciate any feedback.
Maybe a long shot of a question, but do any of you have any information regarding 318 Grand St.? It’s being sold by the bank, as-is, and they aren’t disclosing any info. It looks partially rehabbed, but obviously still a lot more to go. Maybe one of you has some intel that could enlighten a potential buyer? Of course I would get a contractor to inspect it before purchasing, but if anyone has anything to share before that expense I would be grateful. Again, I realize that may be a long shot, but figured I’d ask!
Hi, I am looking to move to Newburgh and wondering if any of you have run into issues with insuring a historic home?
Hi, I’m looking to have a cast iron boiler removed from our basement in the East End Historic district. Does anyone know of any companies or people in or near Newburgh who do this? I hear they can use a sledgehammer or find other ways of taking it apart. We do not want to do this ourselves, though.
I am restoring a building on Grand Street and am looking to restore-repair-replace the cast iron railings on the front stairway. I am looking for parts, an entire railing and/or someone who might be able to restore them. I have attached a photo of the building and railings. Thanks.
I’m a Brooklynite who will soon be closing on a beautiful Victorian two family.
There’s asbestos covering 140ft of pipes in the basement.
I need to get it inspected by an asbestos specialist in addition to a regular home inspection. I don’t know yet what the price will be to contain or get rid of it, but I thought I’d ask in advance if any of you:
1) Know a good asbestos specialist
2) Know if the city helps out with a percentage of asbestos removal projects.
3) Anything else I need to know about this unpleasant surprise.
Thanks and looking forward to joining the revitalization,
Greetings, can anyone recommend tradesmen or contractors who do repointing on historic structures?