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Practitioners of Marie Kondo's tidying method, can you please help me understand the experience of an object under consideration "sparking joy"? [more inside]
I am searching for an apartment for the first time in my life and all I seem to be finding are Craigslist scams or people that don't reply. What's the best way to look for an apartment? [more inside]
I am about to purchase a home. The property is located about halfway between Madison and Milwaukee. There is a long horizontal crack in the basement wall, so I know I want a structural engineer specifically, and I also want a more general home inspector. I have no idea how to go about finding and vetting these individuals. Any recommendations for specific individuals, or instructions on how to find them myself? Thanks!
Our lawyer, who is amazing and awesome, told me this morning she was considering bidding at the same auction we will bid at this weekend. She hadn't realised until we sent her the contract to look over. Obviously this is a conflict of interest, and my first reaction was that we should find a new lawyer, but on more careful reflection I'm failing to think of how it could really matter. What could actually go wrong here? [more inside]
Share your experiences with heater replacement and home energy audit rebates. We are in the process of vetting contractors to replace our home heater - an oil to gas conversion - and one of them is proposing some home energy remediations, citing saving by taking advantage of NJ's clean energy program. [more inside]
We bought an antique sideboard for our kitchen a few months ago. It is perfect in form and function. It is very distressed looking and at first we loved it, but now I want to refinish it. Turns out, it was painted with lead paint at some point. Should it stay or should we sell it? [more inside]
First off, a caveat. This is an entirely hypothetical question. I'm not planning on doing this. So, if you got a party popper, (I'm thinking probably of the springloaded ones, but maybe the other kind would work too) emptied it out and filled it with seeds, what kind of seeds would a) cause the most havoc and b) be most pleasant. [more inside]
As springtime arrives, I would like to spruce up my house with some cute, inexpensive textiles. Can you help? [more inside]
We've got termites and everybody says the place needs to be tented. But we actually want to, like, keep living here and not die. [more inside]
Greg Nog and I are moving to Louisville in a few months! We know basically nothing about the city, so please help us find a nice neighborhood to live in, narrow our housing search, and/or manage our expectations. Some desires inside. [more inside]
I have an estimate from an established San Francisco-based company X for Armstrong linoleum for my kitchen (@14' x 10') and bathroom (@8' x 8'). The estimate is $2400 for the kitchen and $1200 for the bathroom. Which seems high, even in San Francisco dollars. (But I don't really know.) So I'm going to get a couple more estimates. Any specific names of companies/people to ask?
We (parents and 2 boys ages 4 and 16 months), recently relocated from an apartment with no outdoor space to a house with a backyard. A couple of months in, the joys of simply running in circles are finally wearing off. What outdoor toys/equipment can we get for the kids that will maximize everyone's fun? [more inside]
Has anyone hired College Pro Painters to paint their house? [more inside]
Last July we received notice that the DWP had mistakenly charged us due to the installation of a new meter at our house and that we owed like a thousand dollars in usage. [more inside]
Trying to remove a cabinet drawer attached with a heavy duty sliding rail. [more inside]
I have a great (100% cotton) sweater that has developed a deep, seemingly permanent crease in the ribbing at the hem (as if it got partially flipped up and set with an iron). I cannot get this thing out. I've washed it, I've tried spraying it with water and smoothing it out and letting it air-dry, I've tried to steam it out with an iron. Does anyone have any other ideas?
My Google Fu is failing me. I want a large-ish ornament to act as a divider between two rooms that are open plan. There is a credenza at the dividing point, and I would like the ornament / divider to sit on top of it. Is there a word / phrase for what I am looking for? [more inside]
I'm looking for a simple solution for lighting up a few pieces of artwork in my home office. In the long run I plan to install ceiling-mounted lighting for this, but until that's done, I'd like to find a reasonable solution. What I'm thinking of is a floor standing lamp with multiple adjustable spotlight heads. Something like this but with 2 or 3 heads instead of 1. Unfortunately I have been unable to find anything along those lines. [more inside]
Bought / Buying my first house and the house has real cedar for siding. I can't find any definite answer to the maintenance requirements and frequency to this; only cedar shake but this is actual wood planks. Anyone have experience with maintaining real wood siding? If you ever had it professionally maintained, what was your cost and est. square footage?
Part I of many building-a-new-home questions. I've found a vacant lot I'm interested in - do I need a realtor for the transaction, or will a real estate attorney suffice? [more inside]