By Chanita Teitz

A homeowner called my office earlier this week asking my advice about adding a full bathroom to her walk-in basement. Would it increase the value of her house?

I am happy when people call us for advice. It means that they have confidence in our knowledge, experience, and opinion. In this case I said that the additional bathroom would certainly be a plus, and it would enhance her usage of the house as a guestroom with private bathroom. If she decided in the future to convert the house to a legal two-family, the full bathroom in the walk-in apartment would already be there.

But I also advised her to do the renovation legally, getting all the necessary permits. Without a proper C of O (certificate of occupancy), renovations and extensions could cause issues when selling. We work with expediters who will help homeowners get proper permits to legalize the work that they’ve done on their homes or to cure, dismiss, or correct violations on their property. Better to take care of these issues before you put your house on the market. Otherwise, it will have to be dealt with before the sale closes and it could kill your sale or delay it.

Upcoming Events

On Shabbos afternoon, August 17 at 5:30 p.m., the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills is to present the seventh lecture in its annual summer Shabbos afternoon lecture series. Eliot Springer, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Israel National Police and Deputy Director at the NYPD Police Laboratory will speak on the topic “CSI Israel: Am I my brother’s keeper?” All men and women are invited. The lecture will take place in the beis midrash of the youth building, 150-05 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills.

CHAZAQ and Midrash Ben Ish Hai in conjunction with Beth Gavriel proudly present a special event on the anniversary of the passing of the Ben Ish Hai featuring renowned lecturer Rav Ya’aqob Menashe, Sunday night, August 18. Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Sushi and refreshments will be served. Free admission! Everyone is welcome. Location: Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Event is dedicated for the refuah sheleimah of Rabbanit Ruth Menashe. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail Show support for the Menashe Family and attend this special event!

A Shomer Shabbat Singles’ Event will be held on Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., at Bet-el, Rabbi Nasirov’s shul located at 180-01 Union Turnpike. Ages 18—30. Sushi and food will be served. Admission is free but RSVP preferred. RSVP to or txt/call 718-514-3658.

Young Israel of KGH is planning a special program on September 8, 10:00 a.m. Live! A special program for Tzom Gedalia, the Sunday morning between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. For both men and women of the community. (You may also invite not-yet-frum guests.) Come hear two of the most dynamic speakers in the frum community explain the compelling rational evidence of the Divine authorship of the Torah. Rabbi Yaakov Salamon and Rabbi Daniel Mechanic will present an unforgettable program that will inspire you to want to share the beauty and truth of Torah with those who don’t yet have familiarity with Torah values and may well impact your own Yom Kippur davening. The program is free and sponsored by Project Inspire together with CHAZAQ. For more information, contact, call 718-544-7327, or visit

Mazal Tovs

Last Shabbos, we enjoyed a beautiful kiddush in honor of our granddaughter Shira. Our heartfelt berachos to our children Shloimie and Chaya Breina for continued nachas from Shira and the other children. Continue making simchos and we should be zocheh to share them with you. Special yashar koach to my machateinista Rebbetzin Chevy Shmidman and crew for the beautiful setup and to everyone who prepared scrumptious treats, kugels, salads, and cholent. It was a truly wonderful Shabbos! v

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills and the vicinity. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail


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