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I can recommend the management company for our HDFC. Finger Management in Yonkers.
Hi!I can recommend Fractal Property Management. We are a very reliable and friendly company and just started out so we still have the sense of close relation btw management and tenants/owners. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
You are wise to avoid referrals from HDFC advocacy groups. There's little about managing that's unique to those buildings. Just find a regular company that works your size and type of building.
thanks. I might actually like to find mgmt not through hdfc, yet a company that is familiar with it. A good co-op managing company that has familiarity with or also takes HDFC's would be the best. I wish I had phrased the title of this thread differently now.
You might want to ask advice here http://www.nychdfc.org/
Dear Flustistic,I am not collecting any rent in the moment but you are right, this is our long term plan. Thank you for your concerns.
Dear Flustistic,I am not collecting any rent. Thank you for your concerns.
Here you go:
I'd report you to the Department of State, but I don't want to wear out my welcome.
Dear Anonymous Fractal Lady, who is collecting rents? If it's you, and you don't have a broker's license, then you are breaking the law. Misdemeanor crime up to 1 year in jail. You had better stick to maintenance/janitorial and keep your hands off of other people's money.
We are working with Brokerage firms in the renting process which doesn't give the landlord/owner any disadvantage. I can assure you that all of our client is satisfied and absolutely aware of our capability.
I do appreciate your elaborateness and I wish you a nice afternoon!
Updating my old threads - Bestbuy was a complete bust for me. The team they sent had no idea where to begin. The super of our building ended up doing it and did a beautiful job; I should have started there.
Chelsea, what you want is a CableCard (and a TV that supports it). http://www.verizon.com/support/residential/tv/fiostv/other hardware/cablecards/cablecards.htm
Unfortunately, its hard to find a TV that supports it these days. A better bet would be to put the cable box out of sight, but use an IR repeater to send the signal from the remote to the set top box.
Something like this, maybe. http://www.amazon.com/Infrared-Receiver-Extender-Description-Compatibility/dp/B002JSDHCY
Sorry to give incomplete information. There is an addon kit you can add to the powerbridge that uses a metallic junction box that snaps in the back w/metallic cord. It is still very DYI.
Do you need to have a cable box in order to watch television on TWC/Verizon? We are thinking of mounting a 40" in our bedroom (having the cable and electrical moved) and really have no ideal place to put a cable box.
The powerbridge product comes with romex for the in-wall power wiring which is not NYC code compliant. Must use metallic armored cable ("BX") in NYC walls.
I have a Miele W/D and love it
Akzo is best for compacts. But they just discontinued their line. Very expensive but whisper quite and well built. You can still buy them though. Bosch and LG are good, not as good but much less expensive.
Assuming no changes to the building plumbing, venting, etc., why not just use the installation services of the place you bought it from? That way if anything goes wrong, there's no finger pointing between the vendor and the installer.
You'll probably need a plumber to install the washing machine. do you need full size? vented? electric? gas?
Does any one have recommendations on vendors for installing new washer and dryers? Looking to buy separate washer and dryers that can be stacked so if one breaks, we wouldn't need to replace the whole thing. Any recommendations on washers and dryer models would be welcomed!
Hi, did you have a chance to ask your broker? They should be able to guide you in the right direction. Otherwise, I'd be happy to recommend someone to you.
I have used Michael, and his work is excellent, but I believe he is no longer practicing in NYC.
I think Susan is excellent, so it's hard to see a reason to switch. If you want to explore alternatives, I would recommend Michael Dym. See http://www.closingnyc.com/about.php
if your former lawyer was able to handle your previous purchase, and you liked her, you should just stick with her. there's not so much that is unique and/or difficult to a new development.
You really think new developments are so unique that Susan Levine can't handle it?
The year 2007
hi everyone. who are the best people/groups to approach when pitching services for the design and installation of green roofs and rooftop gardens and green/living walls for condos? condo boards? brokers? developers? management firms?
thanks so much for your help everyone! this blog has been so informative thanks to all your posts and conversations.
enjoy the last few days of winter??
You'll see a lot of threads about home insurance companies here. I followed Consumer Reports' good reviews and went with AMICA. Haven't had to put them to the test on a claim, though.
In a co-op, you can't get insurance to pay you for the cost of the unit in case the neighbor burns it down, because it's not your unit -- the co-op owns it, and in case of total loss, the building's insurance will pay the co-op. You only own shares of the corporation, and have a tenant's lease which lets you live in the designated unit. You can get 'replacement value' renters insurance to replace the furniture, fancy appliances, fixtures, etc that you put in, which should cover your reno costs, and you can get coverage to pay for the hotel room or temporary apt to live in while you're repairing the damage.
Also if you or anyone can recommend a solid insurer with reasonable premiums, that would be great too. I have quotes from United States Underwriting and Chubb, both of which are running at $830 and up per year. Especially since they will only insure my apt for 200k in the even of a complete wipeout, that seems very expensive. I was hoping to get covered for the entire cost of the unit including the reno costs for a fraction of that amount, which was possible when I owned a house in the 90s. Maybe it's different for co-ops?
What neighborhood is this in?
Many of the views are certainly "oblique" but overall I rather felt the amenities are pretty decent. And for 1brs I like 1.5baths which aren't always easy to find.
78 story building with great views of 80 story buildings
calling the gym pathetic is being kind
a private restaurant (just what you need in manhattan) is a money pit
strict condo rules that feel unfriendly at best
now i no why the prices are so low.......
Hi, XL Real Property Management is great.
Thanks to all again. After doing some homework, we will follow up on one of the recommendations. In the meantime,
does anyone on this thread or on Streeteasy more generally have any other recommendations, as we would like
to interview at least two potential managers. I would also appreciate hearing from anyone who has experience,
positive or negative, with Taube Management. Thanks, MS1
Thanks, scared nycgal! Do you have a firm that you like? Thanks as well, miker430.
Finger Management does our similarly sized coop on the UWS. They are in Yonkers.
Maintenance is a serious problem in this building. The latest problem is a chronic lack of heat and hot water.
If you don't mind picking up the firewood yourself, and are willing to make a nice scenic drive up the Taconic in your extra-large Mercedes Benz, this is a good list: http://www.yellowpages.com/copake-ny/firewood-for-sale-in-columbia-county-ny
I highly recommend Frank's Firewood (google it). Fantastic quality, great price includes delivery & stacking in your apt. Wonderful bunch of guys.
Thank you @ph41!
>Matt. - so you're an expert now on firewood as you think you are on everything else?
Didn't know you have a fireplace in your walk up apartment .
For many years I used to order a half cord from Dimitri's when it was on 2nd avenue, and I found their wood to be good quality kiln dried hardwood and less expensive than The Woodman.
They have moved up to 116th and Park and now have firewood service called firewood2go.com.
We are having a very negative experience with a Company providing after-market extended warranties. We bought our appliance with an extended warranty, that turned out so far to be at least useless, but we suspect to be victims of a sort of "scam" business, considering the way this Company is handling (not really handling) our request to send out a repair service. They haven't scheduled an appointment to repair our appliance after two weeks, no reason given, they say that they are working on it.. I don’t think that this is normal or acceptable. There are several complaints online (I didn't see them years ago when I purchased the warranty) and this seems to be a pretty common experience. It surprises me how they can still have an A rating by the BBB, considering that there are hundreds of registered complaints, by what do I know. At this point I am thinking to take legal action, if somebody who has better knowledge on how to proceed or can refer an Attorney specialized in this matter please post this here. Thank you!
Just to close the loop, I ended up going with Moving Man in the end and they were amazing. I had also bid Oz and Big John's. Moving Man wasn't the cheapest but they did an absolutely awesome job. Thanks - I wouldn't have known about them if it wasn't for this.
Divine Moving, absolutely reliable, I have and would continue to 100% recommend them, I have moved half a dozen times with them and have been very happy each time. Additionally I am not an easy move with large artwork and a lot of heavy architectural salvage and they did great!
I wasn't just looking for reliable and a professional job, I wanted a fair price and I got it all.
I have had very good experiences with Flat Rate and OZ. Don't just go for the cheapest...
We did 2 large household moves in the past 1.5 years, they also packed up everything, with All Star Moving and Storage, Inc. http://allstarnewyork.com/ Totally happy both times. First time was under budget, second time was over budget because the super wouldn't let them in the door after 4 PM, so they brought our stuff the next day. That wasn't fun but not their fault, they arrived on time but couldn't get it done fast enough.
Make sure the person giving you the quote sees everything, including stuff under the bed, all the books, etc.
Had a great experience with Oz. See lots of previous threads on this topic.
Hi - Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced AC insulating company? I have 3 thru-wall ACs. How much should the whole project cost? Thanks!
Thanks for the how to link. Will check it out.
...But the resources and advice have been useful too. NYC never stops amazing me with the high cost of everything.
Thanks! I actually think I figured out was using so much power.
I replaced everything with LEDs and it shaved about 30-40 dollars off my bill. That said I was away for a summer with everything unplugged (no energy vampires allowed) and just the fridge running essentially and my bill was still like $50. If you want to inspect your apt to see what is costing you I highly recommend investing in a Kill-a-Watt meter.
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Andrzej Wojtowicz is truly exceptional at this. He has a number of clients who would GLADLY show you the floors he restored and finished for them. 100% incredible. His email is email@example.com and his phone number is (718) 753-9493.
I have a great floor guy
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone else have anyone that they'd be able to recommend for flooring work?
Need to fix/restore/replace small parts of my beautiful oak floor (prewar bldg.) and the areas have to look seamless and blend in with the rest of the floor.
Any recommendations on who can do this?
Try Carlos Wood Floors by Montani Corp. You can email them at email@example.com or contact them via their website here: http://www.montaniconstruction.com/wood-floor-refinishing.html
THIS guy: http://media1.onsugar.com/files/2014/05/12/001/n/1922398/603f47b9d547bde6_2a139824.xxxlarge.jpg
I have a great floor guy. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com, 347-531-8812, ask for Pepe
Try Roof Mavens, they can be reached at roof firstname.lastname@example.org or (347) 766-3512. I used them to install the SOPREMA Alsan RS system which is a liquid membrane waterproofing system with up to 30 year warranty. I used this as my guide to what I expected: http://www.soprema.us/data/sites/38/ProductAttachments/LBLQ1 AlsanRS4Pager.pdf
Thanks for the info! I'll definitely contact them.
our co-op used C.C.Construction to do our co-op recently - email@example.com or 917-626-1254 is the best contact number to reach Michael.
If you want to come and checkout the job they did we're located in Brooklyn heights - make sure you look into beefing up the insulation, it was an option proposed by Michael which is why we went with him....has made a huge difference.
Thanks! I will give them a call!
Why don't you call the NY Council of Cooperatives? They have references for roofers.
"Don't you have a living room?"
Thanks alan. That story reminds me about Aboutready as well as the dentist who sold his receivable from Kim Kardashian at greater than face amount. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/08/21/dentist-auctions-off-12-year-old-unpaid-judgment-against-kim-kardashian/
I used to live in a condo in which one resident spent a few years lobbying to turn part of the meeting room into a gym. Then he acquired a baby and spent the next few years lobbying to turn part of the meeting room into a playroom. Me me me now now now.
Don't you have a living room?
Why not just expand the storage facilities? A play room is useful only to those residents who have kids. Increased storage space is useful to all residents. If you charge for it, it can be income producing (or at least offset the costs of installing the additional storage units). A playroom is a constant drain on finances.
Yes. there are permit and egress issues for playrooms. We had a larger space to work with and the city turned down our permit since there was no way the space could be modified to comply with all their regulations.
We're looking for good, comprehensive, owner's insurance for a 1 bedroom coop. From previous posts, seems like Chubb and Fireman's are best - thoughts? Anything specific we should make sure to have in our policy? (For reference, we're not billionaires with an apartment full of Monet's :) ).
Also, any broker recommendations?