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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.
Any updates in the last 18 months? We're currently using Matthew Adams... Thoughts on them? I think we love our manager, but don't have much to compare to. Any other ideas? Small (22 unit) building uptown.
Wow, could not agree more about Jordan Cooper. They are my management company and have botched quite literally every transaction I've had with them - ones that have cost me thousands because they did not have a sublet package for my building when I needed it and thus I lost the renter while I waited a week for them to find it. They also billed me incorrectly for sublet fees for 2 years and were total asses when they realized it and sent me a huge bill without explanation or apology.
Awful. Jordan Cooper are awful.
FirstService Residential is terrible. When there is a problem and you need them, they don't answer your phone call, don't read your email. Terrible!!! Stay away from them! I worked with them 2 months ago, so hard to get somebody to talk with. TERRIBLE!
First Service Residential never picked up the phone. It was very difficult to deal with them. I switched them after 2 months when I realized I could not get my apartment in NYC to be managed as I wanted it to be. I've been working with XL Real Property Management since then and have 0 complaints, they are doing a great job!
are you selling yourself or using a broker? if you're using a broker, he/she can probably recommend a service for you. or you could try posting on taskrabbit.com?
I googled up estate clearance and it seems like its more for cleaning up your dead grandma's hoarder apt. My apartment is not that complex, just needs to be made presentable for selling.
There're lots of them. Google estate clearance brooklyn
I just moved to the suburbs of LI, and its time to put my 1bdr condo in DUMBO for sale. Anyone know of any apartment turnover service that will throw away and furniture/junk leftover, clean, paint the wall, polish the floors so the house will be in presentable shape for sale?
excellent mm59..never to late for a review and you sound like a great person. Hope you are enjoying your new home and life. Peace.
hello, I realize this discussion is hold but here are my 2 cents. This is a great building. I used to live there and loved it. It is quiet and kept very well, at the same time, when you step out, the location is unbeatable. I used to walk every where and the neighborhood is safe at all hours. I had a studio and I loved the separate eat-in kitchen with the window. Some times my boyfriend would stay overnight. He likes to sleep in while I am an early person and that was just fine, he could sleep and I could get up and move around, make coffee, work, watch TV without disturb him. His studio was bigger but when we were there it was always a problem to do things without getting in each other way. I only moved because we had a kid and needed a bigger place. I still miss it though. I hope this helps.
I'm interested in the opinions of residents in this building as to the pros and cons of living here. Please express these frankly and in detail. Thank you for your time.
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 email@example.com
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!
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them via their website here: http://www.montaniconstruction.com/wood-floor-refinishing.html
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