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Common Problems in Older Florida Homes Buyers Need to Know

In Guides, Home Buying by Nicholas Nolan

Polybutylene Water Pipes ???? Timeframe: 1978 to 1996 PROBLEM Polybutylene is a grey plastic used for water pipes in homes as a cost-saving measure from 1978 to approximately 1996. Pipes made from polybutylene were installed in up to 10 million homes in the United States. https://www.nachi.org/pb.htm Why is polybutylene prone to failure? Manufacturers claim that the majority of leaks occur at joints and unions, which is where a leak would likely appear if a pipe were improperly installed. However, studies have shown certain disinfectants can react with the polybutylene and cause it to flake apart at any location within the …

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Home Remodeling Projects With the Greatest Return

In DIY Home Renovation, Remodeling by Nicholas Nolan

Which remodeling projects will pick up the greatest return when a home is sold?Remodeling Magazine asked real estate professionals, and here are their estimates for theSouth Atlantic states. For the return on investment for nine specific Florida cities,go to remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2020/south-atlantic/ Roofing Replacement(asphalt shingles) 66.7% Job cost: $19,680 Resale value: $13,130 Bathroom Remodel 68.2% Job cost: $22,450 Resale value: $15,303 Bathroom Addition 53.9% Job cost: $45,310 Resale value: $24,433 Window Replacement (vinyl) 73.2% Job cost: $16,992 Resale value: $12,431 Window Replacement (wood) 66.1% Job cost: $20,724 Resale value: $13,702 Entry Door Replacement (steel) 67% Job cost: $1,798 Resale value: $1,205 Deck …