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Q. We want to either add a second floor and change our first floor or, if it makes sense, replace our house with a new one, but we’ve gotten such conflicting advice about what it will cost, and especially how it affects our taxes, that we’re looking to move. more
Q. My parents are getting older, and we’ve discussed having them move in with us. The recent tax change also makes it more necessary, so we have less taxes to pay between both households. more
Q. I’m selling my house, and learned that the detached garage has no permit, even though it was built by the former owner. I thought when we bought the house, as I was told, everything was legal. The garage plans . . . more
Q. I’m doing a small strip center and my home at the same time. Both are being designed with flat roofs. The concern is that the roof areas are pretty large, mostly so I can divide the stores into … more
Q. Our basement was renovated last year, and then we found out it didn’t have a permit. Our contractor first told us we didn’t need one for inside work and then said he got one, but we never saw it. more
Q. I am confused about the insulation that was just put into my attic floor and cathedral ceiling. The guys who did the carpentry told me the roof and floors were totally over-designed, and they … more
Q. I’m selling my house and found a buyer, then learned that my deck and garage have no permits. The buyer’s attorney is insisting this be taken care of before we can close, and I need to move quickly. I’m in contract in Florida. The buyers told me . . . more
Q. My question is about handicapped requirements. I’m in a wheelchair, and I work in the city and take public transportation. I’m wondering why it took so long for the City of New York to do anything about handicapped access . . . more
Q. I’m trying to decide on many possibilities for lighting this holiday season. My kids want a big display, with Santa and reindeer on the roof, so I’m pondering . . . more
This Thanksgiving, I want to take time to thank the readers of this column. Next week will mark 28 years that I’ve answered readers’ questions, and I hope . . . more
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