AFTER: Mayra's bathroom reno took about 3 weeks from start to finish; among other improvements, the grungy old floor was retiled with an affordable and attractive gray/green penny-round tile (pictured).
AFTER: The old pedestal sink was replaced with a more contemporary model, the tub was reglazed and the walls retiled.
The scope of work included removal of tile, reglazing of tub, replacing the branch lines to the fixtures, painting, and installation of everything that needed installing, from the toilet to the toilet roll holder.
We had decided our budget should include a reserve fund of about 10% of the cost of the project--cash on hand in case anything should go wrong, The price we had been quoted ($13,850) was the maximum we felt like spending on the remodel. So we asked the contractor if there was any wiggle room and/or any way at all to lower the costs.
Looking for a new place to call home, but can’t fathom how you’re going to swing the rent and the broker’s fee—which can be as much as 12-15% of the annual rent? You’re not alone. So why not try to find a no-fee or low-fee (meaning a 9% or less commission) apartment like the ones you can find by clicking the "low-fee" box on rental search site Naked Apartments? In this week’s Low-Fee Rental Round-Up, we found a low-fee 2-bedroom in Chelsea with in-unit laundry and a 9% broker's fee, a no-fee one-bedroom in Williamsburg, and many more.
Want to look at one of these places post-haste? Choose a time that works well for you and Naked Apartments will send a broker over to meet you there via the site's new Showings on Demand feature.
Rising temperatures exacerbate many of the nuisances associated with vertical living. And since neighbors tend to top New Yorkers' list of nuisances at anytime during the year, it's no surprise that tempers can fly in the summer.
For your browsing/shopping pleasure, here are the 10 open houses saved most often by buyers planning their open-house calendar over the weekend on StreetEasy.com.
For the 411 on buying in NYC, check out our How to Buy Guide. Plus, we’ve got a crash course on how to get an apartment for those of you who are just moving to the city, where you can learn how to choose a neighborhood, and whether you should become a buyer or renter, and more.
It's hard to live in New York City and not have some sort of real estate regret. But you don't have to live them to learn from them. Here's what 8 first time buyers told BrickUnderground they'd do differently next time:
1. I wouldn't hire a friend to be my broker--and I wouldn't believe everything the seller's broker says.
As a native New Yorker, I thought I was thoroughly street savvy and knew how to manage the whole process.
This 8000-square-foot, $23.5 million Carnegie Hill townhouse does a chic eat-in kitchen right! Sleek clean lines, jumbo double sub-zero refrigerator, impressive range-top, seating for six…and it opens to a private garden!
This $28K per month TriBeCa condo has a unique white and wood kitchen with adjacent banquette seating area. with plenty of space for guests. Anyone else getting a Jetsons vibe?
New York has more restaurants in one square block than some towns do--but occasionally we want to try our culinary talents at home. Wouldn't it be nice to have a real kitchen with full-size energy efficient appliances and ample counter space? One can always dream...about kitchens like these--some bigger than a studio apartment.
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