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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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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.
Go with Flat Rate. They flatten your stuff at a rate of 12 boxes per hour. Very efficient. Don't go with the Shleppers guys,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone number is (718) 753-9493.
I have a great floor guy
Email me at email@example.com
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
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 email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-531-8812, ask for Pepe
Try Roof Mavens, they can be reached at roof email@example.com 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 - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
There are two with good ratings on the Franklin Report website. All Clean and Delmont. A friend recommended Delmont to me -- I havent' tried them yet. He says they are terrific, but the listing shows one bad review. (guess it's like Yelp or Trip Advisor -- do you believe one bad one or take the average...)
Here's the link:
http://www.franklinreport.com/SearchProviders.aspx?vs=675&m=NYC&v=Upholstery Cleaning in Upholstery & Window Treatments - Cleaning & Repair Category
Bumping to see if anyone had a suggestion.
Any recommendations for professional a upholstery cleaner in Manhattan or Brooklyn? We have a Crate and Barrel Sofa / Sectional with a Type S Fabric that requires cleaning with no water and would like to get the unit refreshed.
We are a boutique building in LIC (21 units). we currently have First Management (chosen by sponsor) and we are fed up with it. We are looking to replace our management company. Any recommendation of companies that specialize in small buildings will be really helpful.
Wondering if anyone has used this company before? They do blow in cellulose insulation mostly for temperature retention but I'm most interested in it for sound proofing.
@Semerun: thank you so much for this. This information is extremely useful and I will get in touch with some of the ones you mentioned.
If anyone else has recommendations for management properties where units are still majority sponsor owned, please feel free to recommend them!
Hi StreetChallenged, We ultimately selected Merlot Management and I would gladly recommend them. They are based out of the UWS and really grasped the level of service we needed. The developer cut some corners (shocking I know) and they have really stood by us while we have made many difficult decisions. Our number 2 choice was All Area Realty Services. They are a family owned shop and we were all impressed with the approach they took. Our only hesitation with All Area was that they were based in Queens with only 1 other property somewhat near us (though this was back in 2010). A couple of others that seemed reasonable but didn't fully connect with our needs at that time were Taylor Asset Management in Hamilton Heights, and HEC Real Estate Group in Central Harlem. We also met with Manhattan Modern Management and Wavecrest, but neither of those firms were a very good match for us.
You could ask your condo's lawyer and accountant. They deal with lots of different companies and buildings and might have a sense of which'd be a good fit.
I contacted Orsid but was told their focus is on larger buildings and they also gave me an extremely high management fee, which is simply not possible for our mid-size building.
@semerun: can you share some of the choices that were in your list? Would love to hear recommendations.
I would go with the people who serve Peter Cooper Village / Stuyvesant Town - ask Aboutready about how to get a big windfall settlement from them even if they didn't do anything wrong.
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.
You don't need an electrician to hide the wires/move outlet. Get a powerbridge like this http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CJTQ3I/ref=oh_details_o09_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and you will be up to code. But ya you'll still have to cut dry wall, etc.
Acme Awning from the Bronx. They did mine - very nice job - well done and 4 years later, works and looks like brand new. Not cheap, but worth it. (Same company our building uses to do the awning over the sidewalk - which is why I used them...)
Double check that your building will allow you to install an awning. Some buildings don't allow them since the are installed into the brick or that the wind shear is severe on a particular balcony.
on awning company for a balcony in manahattan building?
I'm able to provide financing to Foreign Nationals & close in an LLC. Please let me know what I can do to help.
I took an excellent continuing ed course on working with foreign buyers from a real estate lawyer named Jordan Barness. He has been working with foreign purchasers for over 25 years and seemed extremely knowledgeable, as well as multi-lingual and culturally sensitive. I would absolutely start with him.
My husband and I are looking to buy a property in NYC with his parents. We currently live in NYC ourselves and I am a citizen while my husband is a US permanent resident. His parents are citizens of Colombia and reside there. We are looking to purchase the apartment in cash with the majority of the money coming from his parents. Their accounts are held in the US.
We are looking to purchase a condo using an LLC. Has anyone dealt with a similar situation and has any advice? Or has recommendations for lawyers or accountants that are familiar with this type of transaction?
If you have serious interest in the building, I would suggest that you call Helene Fields. She was the resident expert for years. As far as i know, she still lives there. She also had the previous listing for #8H.
I lived in the Queen Anne in the 90s, and yes - there was a laundry room in the basement. As for permitting W/D units in the apartments, I know of t least one neighbor who had her own, but I don't know whether the Board is still allowing new installations.
Does this building have laundry machines?
Why is this so hard? You open up a business bank account. You have multiple people listed on the account (you, the owners). You collect checks, deposit them into the account. You have expenses, you write checks. The owners have access to the account at all times to check up on what you're doing.
This is how management companies do it.
I am a licensed broker and have my own company set up.
It looks like it's not that easy and I'm really curious how other management companies are doing it.
I've been reading a lot about it already and waiting for a few banks to respond.
You're a licensed broker or a licensed salesperson?
You need to read up..........a lot.
I have two clients who are buying condo apartments in NYC and they would like me to manage it for them.
Each client will buy one condo unit. They are both foreigners.
I see a few banks are offering Escrow accounts with sub-accounts for security deposits but how do I go about rent collection and expense payment for each condo?
Advice would be greatly appreciated. It's a new field for me and would love to explore it in more depth.
TimeWarner Cable is the only broadband provider to this building. In the past year, we have had numerous Internet blackouts spanning several days at a time. If you value quality Internet access, this may not be the best building for you.
Actually I'm overjoyed! My washer broke a couple of months ago, and I've been sending the laundry out. No longer am I hostage to the spin cycle. And knowing us, it will take us years to get a new one, and by then the kids shall have moved on and the laundry will be far less.
I was advised by my building management group that 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union – which covers handymen, doormen and porters, may go on strike as of April 20th. What do you think about the likelihood of a strike?
Not true! The garbage is picked up three times a day.Please don't post false statements online.
thanks. I find your post very informative.
I've sent several posts which have been ignored. It's important for people who are considering this building to know that there is a problem in controlling roach and mice. Other tenants / owners did not seem to mind as "it's New York" but it was well beyond any issues that we've observed in other buildings we've lived in. Management was indifferent to the problem. Sure, there is an exterminator but the hall trash bins are FILTHY and would remain full of open food containers for many hours.
Is there some reason that you would not post this comment?
Hi there, I'm an interior designer in NYC and work with individuals looking for a designer who gets their own personal tastes and style. I do not force my own design style on my clients, rather I help you design a home you will love living in for years to come. If you want my design schedule and fees, I work with three popular plans and have clients with wide ranges of budgets. You can see my portfolio on Pinterest.com/glenkinnnyc or email me at email@example.com
I have been working in the design industry for almost 20 years and have several architects and contractors that work with me. I look forward to helping you if you are still seeking information.
The internet offers great resources when it comes to making interior design pricing transparent. E-design sites are making it more affordable for regular people too. One great site that generally pays for itself by passing on all it's trade discounts to customers is Decorilla, http://www.decorilla.com/ . They provide clients with discounts to their favorite decor brands, color palette suggestions, and realistic 3D models with new furniture, and existing pieces, placed into an actual floor plan. The pricing is really clear and up-front with them too. Hope that helps.
As a former decorator I can tell you that the fee structures are really all over the place, but for larger NYC firms the following pretty much holds true (I worked at 4 of them and they were all the same).
1. Some sort of a fee based on the size of the job. We'd usually do a budget before starting a job and the fee would be based on that.
2. 15% - 18% of construction fee. The bigger the job, usually the lower the percentage.
1. Fabrics, upholstery and "designed" items (like custom furniture, etc.) 50% - 52% markup.
2. Anything bought at a regular store or at auction: 30% markup. Of course this changes as the dollar value of what you buy increases. If you are buying a $250,000 dining table, the commission usually drops.
3. Things bought at to the trade shops. Usually, the decorator buys at net and sells at retail. The markup varies depending on the shop.
5. Rugs are all over the place.
I think that the best firms show all of the markups on the estimates and invoices sent to clients. I know some firms try to hide the markups and I think that that causes more problems than it solves. Let's face it, an interior designer is a luxury and luxuries usually are not cheap. Goodness knows I'd hire one if I could afford it.
Hope that helps.
flat fee and they typically get a discount off the price of the goods that they retain. I would highly recommend Robyn Bishop as a designer. She has worked with a bunch of my clients and has done a great job and is reasonably priced.
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I purchased the embody chair which I love but do not remember if I was able to get a discount