Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Guide,Home Improvement,IL http://www.zillow.com/advice/IL/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate In a 1 bathroom home how much would the resale value be hurt if the tub is replaced w/ a shower only http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/In-a-1-bathroom-home-how-much-would-the-resale-value-be-hurt-if-the-tub-is-replaced-w-a-shower-only/546499/ 2 replies Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/In-a-1-bathroom-home-how-much-would-the-resale-value-be-hurt-if-the-tub-is-replaced-w-a-shower-only/546499/ 2014-06-21T15:27:00Z changing a fireplace from wood to gas add value for a house sale http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/changing-a-fireplace-from-wood-to-gas-add-value-for-a-house-sale/429709/ 21 replies Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:17:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/changing-a-fireplace-from-wood-to-gas-add-value-for-a-house-sale/429709/ 2012-01-24T03:17:00Z Does it add value to have your closet upgraded with drawers and shelves vs just plain usual closet http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-it-add-value-to-have-your-closet-upgraded-with-drawers-and-shelves-vs-just-plain-usual-closet/197230/ 5 replies Mon, 09 Feb 2009 01:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-it-add-value-to-have-your-closet-upgraded-with-drawers-and-shelves-vs-just-plain-usual-closet/197230/ 2009-02-09T01:00:00Z Fix up to sell or sell as is? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fix-up-to-sell-or-sell-as-is/515415/ I have a 2 bedroom in need of remodeling.&nbsp; The remodeling could be extensive. I feel that if I remodel it, I should hold onto it for a while and rent it.&nbsp; Otherwise, I should sell it as is and go for the cash.&nbsp; What's better in today's market?<br \><br \>23 replies Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Fix-up-to-sell-or-sell-as-is/515415/ 2013-10-15T20:35:00Z Thinking about remodeling http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Thinking-about-remodeling/515642/ Currently live in the Irving Park area of Chicago. Not to far from Horner Park. &nbsp;I'm considering taking my current house that is listed on Zillow for 408K and remodeling the upstairs which would make our house a 4 bedroom 3 bath house. Currently it's a 2 bedroom with a den (used as a bedroom) with 2 bath.<br/><br/>My question is how much would this add to the value of my home in this neighborhood? Would i be able to sell if needed in 5 years and get my money back?<br/><br \><br \>7 replies Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Thinking-about-remodeling/515642/ 2013-10-17T14:42:00Z Paver driveway or concrete? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Paver-driveway-or-concrete/349528/ We love the look of the paver brick as we need to replace our 13 yo paved driveway - is this a good choice?&nbsp; Our subdivision doesn't insist on one type of driveway - we have a mix of asphalt, concrete and a few paver brick.&nbsp; How long do each last?&nbsp; Is this a good choice?<br \><br \>16 replies Wed, 12 May 2010 11:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Paver-driveway-or-concrete/349528/ 2010-05-12T11:21:00Z I want to build a garage attached to the house. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-build-a-garage-attached-to-the-house/484190/ But I have a problem i have no equity in my house and not sure if the house will appraise for as much that I need to borrow to add to what I have on my loan now and I really don't want to move.&nbsp; The reason for a gargage attached to the house is because the only way to get to the basement is to go outside trying to make my home more economical.&nbsp; There is no room inside my house to build stairs to get down stairs. How can I go about getting a loan for 27,000 so I can build what I want to and stay where I am at.&nbsp;<br \><br \>4 replies Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-want-to-build-a-garage-attached-to-the-house/484190/ 2013-03-22T13:56:00Z Best way to add value to an investment property http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Best-way-to-add-value-to-an-investment-property/480163/ I bought a house in 2011, a 1999 model. I live there and rent to 3 other roommates. I'm selling the house next summer and want to add value to the home for resale. An elementary school was built a block away since the purchase. What are the best projects, low cost preferentially, I can do to increase my selling price. I purchased for $200,000.<br \><br \>11 replies Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Best-way-to-add-value-to-an-investment-property/480163/ 2013-02-25T17:38:00Z Will replacing a single garage with a new 2.5-car garage add value to our home? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-replacing-a-single-garage-with-a-new-2-5-car-garage-add-value-to-our-home/480225/ We purchased our first "starter" home last year and have completed quite a bit of updating/finishing/replacing on the inside of the home.&nbsp; Recently, we asked our real-estate agent to stop by the house and check out some of the improvements.&nbsp; Also, we wanted his advice about replacing our garage and upgrading to a 2.5 car.&nbsp; His advice was that our house is completed in terms of upgrades and finishes on the INSIDE, but it surely will add value to the home to add this garage, keeping in mind to not go crazy with finishes (heated floor, custom shelves, etc.). &nbsp; A basic, functional, 2.5 car garage.<br/><br/>Our goal is to be in this house for another 5-6 years and we don't want to over-invest in the home/property.&nbsp; We'd like to finance the garage so we don't deplete our savings.&nbsp; So, the question is...what kind of return should we expect on building this garage?&nbsp; I am hoping adding a garage bumps our property value up in to the next tier of homes (+$425k).&nbsp; We bought it for just over $375k, put about $15k in to it and a garage estimate is coming in around $25k.<br/><br/>Thanks for your input!<br \><br \>5 replies Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-replacing-a-single-garage-with-a-new-2-5-car-garage-add-value-to-our-home/480225/ 2013-02-25T22:19:00Z 2nd Addition (2nd floor to a single family home. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/2nd-Addition-2nd-floor-to-a-single-family-home/431802/ Roughly what is the cost to have a 2nd floor added? 3 bedrooms and bathroom,&nbsp;ventilation? This is about a 1,000 square feet house located in West Lawn (60629)<br/><br/>Is there a big difference ($$$) just having the floor added with 3 bedrooms but no bath?<br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 13 Feb 2012 21:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/2nd-Addition-2nd-floor-to-a-single-family-home/431802/ 2012-02-13T21:04:00Z Is home remodeling cost tax deductable? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-home-remodeling-cost-tax-deductable/450852/ Hi Everyone,<br/>We are planning on a bath&nbsp;remodeling project at home which costs about $7000. We enquired with our lender for any home quity loans and itseems we are not eligible for those due to lack of equity. So, we are thinking to use our savings towards this project and are wondering if we can take a tax deduction for this amount if we do so?<br/><br/>Your advice is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.<br \><br \>6 replies Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-home-remodeling-cost-tax-deductable/450852/ 2012-07-13T14:58:00Z Like to remodel the kitchen and add a sunroom. Is that wise in this market?? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Like-to-remodel-the-kitchen-and-add-a-sunroom-Is-that-wise-in-this-market/457037/ The appraisal came back lower than what dollars were already spent on the house, including the price paid and past remodels, for this area. Does it make sense to go with any current remodels, like the kitchen and sunroom?&nbsp;<br/>What ever opinions / options are out there on this matter would be great.<br/>Thank you,<br/>B.<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Like-to-remodel-the-kitchen-and-add-a-sunroom-Is-that-wise-in-this-market/457037/ 2012-08-23T23:02:00Z Regarding permits for a remodeling project http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Regarding-permits-for-a-remodeling-project/444992/ Hi everyone,<br/>I am planning on having small bathroom remodeling project done. Just wondering if I need permits for the same?<br/><br/>The project includes relocating&nbsp;vanity and toilet. Since, this is an inside the home modification, do I still have to obtain permits for this? The job will be contracted to a licensed remodeler who says there is no need of permits.&nbsp;When I called&nbsp;permits department they&nbsp;told that we need to obtain permit. If I don't have permits now, will this be a problem at the time of resale or any other consequences because of this?&nbsp; Experts please advice.<br \><br \>4 replies Thu, 31 May 2012 18:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Regarding-permits-for-a-remodeling-project/444992/ 2012-05-31T18:09:00Z I live in Chicago. I'm hoping to find a new or used steam radiator. Cast iron please! thanks. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-live-in-Chicago-I%27m-hoping-to-find-a-new-or-used-steam-radiator-Cast-iron-please-thanks/192874/ 4 replies Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-live-in-Chicago-I%27m-hoping-to-find-a-new-or-used-steam-radiator-Cast-iron-please-thanks/192874/ 2009-01-27T14:06:00Z how do i check rental in my area http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-check-rental-in-my-area/300329/ 3 replies Sat, 21 Nov 2009 02:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-i-check-rental-in-my-area/300329/ 2009-11-21T02:20:00Z I live in Chicago. I'm hoping to find a new or used steam radiator. Casr iron please! thanks. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-live-in-Chicago-I%27m-hoping-to-find-a-new-or-used-steam-radiator-Casr-iron-please-thanks/192873/ 5 replies Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-live-in-Chicago-I%27m-hoping-to-find-a-new-or-used-steam-radiator-Casr-iron-please-thanks/192873/ 2009-01-27T14:04:00Z Do you guys have an email http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-guys-have-an-email/440876/ To whom it may concern,<br/>We would like to inform you about a few things for 9155 Thomas ave, Bridgeview IL, 60455...<br/>We added a Master bedroom with the following,<br/>A walk in closet of 5' by 7'<br/>A bathroom of 5' by 7'(full bathroom)<br/>The room is 266sq foot<br/>Finished with hardwood floor.<br/>Reminding you for the whole house we have..<br/>7 bedrooms<br/>4 full baths<br/>2 kitchens<br/>Please update this information for you website * You can see a photo on Google Earth.<br/>Sincerely,<br/>Srour Family<br/><br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 30 Apr 2012 01:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-guys-have-an-email/440876/ 2012-04-30T01:19:00Z Current Zillow Valuation? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Current-Zillow-Valuation/439858/ 2206 Walters, 60062. I have a 5 bedroom, 3 full bathroom house. Dual central air system, All upgraded electrical, and plumbing throughtout the house. Master suite, walk in closet and private bath with 1.5 person whirlpool tub. Classic moziac tile in bathrooms and front entry. Restored trim and doors, and matching replications in the additions. Would this info increase the current value you have listed?<br \><br \>3 replies Sat, 21 Apr 2012 23:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Current-Zillow-Valuation/439858/ 2012-04-21T23:04:00Z Question on home remodeling? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Question-on-home-remodeling/433300/ I am considering bathroom remodeling project at home and took quotes from a remodler. I am wondering on how to negotiate on the quote? Can someone here advice me by how much % can we negotiate on the given quote? Example:if I have a quote of $12000. From what amount can I start negotiating? Please share any advice or experience.<br \><br \>6 replies Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Question-on-home-remodeling/433300/ 2012-02-28T16:02:00Z I am thinking to have someone change the direction of comodes in 2 RR's. how much will that cost? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-thinking-to-have-someone-change-the-direction-of-comodes-in-2-RR%27s-how-much-will-that-cost/430900/ 6 replies Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-am-thinking-to-have-someone-change-the-direction-of-comodes-in-2-RR%27s-how-much-will-that-cost/430900/ 2012-02-04T06:19:00Z