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How much renovate a house that is just shell?

Planed on buying a home that is completely a shell, was wondering how much would probably cost to completely renovated. the SQ Ft is 3511.

  • February 24 2010 - Pleasant Plains
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Coming from a General Contractor in Florida, I really appreciate the compliment.  :)  Florida is a State that requires serious skills to get licensed.

I saw your website, it is slamming hot!  -  Are you doing business in Georgia?

  • November 18 2010
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I think: Brandi.Callum said it all.. Good Job...
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  • November 18 2010
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Hi how are you today. That question is a little difficult to answer with any accuracy but if you call Nova I'm sure we can have a technician come and speak to you and give you a very accurate estimate. [contact removed by moderator]
  • July 12 2010
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If its just a shell, there is nothing to renovate.  The house has to be built.

Factor in permits

And insurances

Labor & material

Basement or not?

square footage

and the quality of house you want
to determine the cost per square foot.
If you want a cheap house you buy cheap materials

If you want a quality house, you buy good materials

You get what you pay for.

Make sure your value-material is compatible to your neighborhood or you will be throwing away your money -  overbuilding is just as bad as under building


Hope that helps

Brandi

  • May 29 2010
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Me and my husband do a lot of that type of work. If you do labor youself, you can do it for very cheap. You can buy suplies in a consigment store. Sometimes they are brand new, the contractors ordered a wrong color or model and they donated it to a charity. If you hire a contractror, the price can be different by a lot. You can bring a contract to a house before you buye to give an estimate and then you figure oout if it's worth doing it at all.
  • May 28 2010
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I just bid one that the interior was completely gutted by a fire.
Siding and roofing was still ok.

For 2095 square feet my estimate was $219,000.
That price also included changing out the existing windows.

  • March 20 2010
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Where do you live?  If you are in Georgia I recommend you call Al Callum- Darling Home Improvements for an estimate.  I can assure you it will be almost the cost of building the house, minus the shell. (You can find him right here on Zillow)

  • February 27 2010
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The answer, as always in this cituation, it depends. What are your long term plans for the property? Are you planning to live there for 5-10 years or just "flip" it?
It is hard to give you any $$ based just on the info you provided, without inadvertently misleading you.

If you are in DC, give me a call [contact info removed by moderator]. I will be happy to help or at least point you in the right direction.

 
  • February 24 2010
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I would contact a reliable contractor to access the structural integrity of the shell and to give a quote on the remaining work to complete the house.
If you have some life skills, electrical, plumbing, etc. this might be a good way to save money if the cost of the shell is minimally more expensive than the value of the lot. Keep in mind the housing market, not the cost of materials and labor, will dictate the end value of the property.
If you plan to make this your "forever home" it may be a good deal but investing for a "flip" may not be a money maker in this market.

  • February 24 2010
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