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Question: I’m thinking that I’m going to be ready to sell my condo and move in a year or two, and I’ve set aside some money for improvements. I’d like to try to make improvements that result in a higher sales price or at least get back the money I spent on them. What do you recommend?
This is a great question and is a common discussion that I have with prospective sellers when they are preparing to sell their home. I strongly recommend starting this process as much as a year in advance (or more), and it’s always a good idea to consider the resale value of any money that you invest in your home. That imported Italian tile may be the most beautiful that you’ve ever seen, but that doesn’t mean the buyer who buys your home is going to be willing to pay any more for it.
To start with, I’m going to assume that all of the major systems and appliances of your condo are in normal working order. By major systems, I mean the HVAC, water heater, electric panel and wiring, plumbing — all the big ticket expenses. If they aren’t, you should start there.
It may seem obvious, but if your furnace is 30 years old, the chances of it coming up as a buyer objection when you go to sell are pretty good. Unfortunately, replacing mechanical systems doesn’t make your home LOOK any better, but I recommend saving receipts and creating a list of improvements (with the amount spent) so that buyers can better visualize the value of that new air conditioner. It’s not a bad idea to keep a running spreadsheet so that you have this info ready to go without having to dig through your records. (more…)
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Now we drink part two!!
“The list below details the 189 District ABC licensees approved to extend hours for the 2017 Thanksgiving Day holiday as part of the Extended Holiday Hours program. For these establishments, hours may be extended:
- Beginning Wednesday evening, November 22, 2017 through Thursday morning, November 23, 2017.
- Alcohol service must end by 4 am, unless an enrolled establishment is required by ABRA to close earlier. “
“On December 1 at 4pm, CityCenterDC will open a life-size, modern, ice igloo made of 36,000 pounds of ice blocks in The Park at CityCenter. Styled with plush interiors by Joseph Ireland of JD Ireland Interior Architecture + Design, this one-of-a-kind, frozen structure will allow Washingtonians to fulfill their subzero dreams for a weekend. The Ice Lounge opens on December 1 at 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will also be open to the public December 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (more…)
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood.
“Bouncer on Monroe Street, NW in Mt. Pleasant.”
“We have a very friendly long haired cat nicknamed Chewy (for his Chewbacca-esque appearance) that needs a forever home. Chewy was discovered outside in a rain storm living by a dumpster. Fed on and off by people in a nearby neighborhood complex for some time, Chewy has had a tough life, but things are on the up for him now since he’s being fostered inside and he’ll hopefully have a permanent home soon. (His other feeders are aware he is being fostered and that he’s up for adoption). He’s fixed, and up to date on his shots, vaccinations, and flea medication. All medical records can be provided. He’s box trained and LOVES hanging out and just chilling. He’s got a super mellow temperament and constantly purrs—more than anything he just wants a lap to sit-on….and when feeling spunky a string or laser toy. If you or someone you know might be interested in this lovable and sweet companion he’s available to come and meet! Chewy is up for adoption through Tails High, please email [email protected]”
“Not to worry, Steve of Columbia Heights has called 311.”
2601 Sherman Avenue, NW
The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.
The owners of the City Corner Market (2601 Sherman Avenue NW) want to sell wine and beer. They are on a long trip through the DC government bureaucracy to make it happen.
On November 20, a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B/U Street unanimously endorsed an application for zoning relief which will bring the store one step closer to legal wine and beer sales. However, if the store gets the zoning relief that it seeks, it then must start from square one and apply for a liquor license from a separate DC agency. (more…)
This rental is located at 2130 P Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$2325 / 1br – 670ft2 – By Rock Creek Park Trails, Free Utilities, Rooftop Pool, Grills and TV
Utilities included, granite counters, balcony, rooftop pool, TV and grills, retail within building
2130 P St NW WestPark, Washington, DC 20037
Year Built: 1975
Sq Footage: 670 sqft.
Bathrooms: 1 Bath
Lease Duration: 1 Year (See Details Below)
Pets Policy: Cats and Dogs OK
Property Type: Apartment
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We had a bathroom renovated and are now experiencing problems directly relating to the renovation. Without going into detail we may need a lawyer if the company refuses to acknowledge there mistakes and compensate for the repairs.”
Thanks to Paul for sending:
“Second story floor addition application for Phillips Seafood on 15th and P.”
15th and P Street, NW
I reached out to this guy after he swiped right to say hi, and this is what he said. This guy apparently goes around thinking he’s kind and considerate, blessing fat women by telling them they’re fat. Um, we already know, and he can go to hell carrying his tape measure and scale.
I thought I was the only one this happens to, so thanks for posting the original one yesterday.”