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September 29

Love an apartment, but the ratings are terrible online, what do I do?
I found an apartment I really like, at the price I want, in the location I want, but the reviews online say that there are many problems with AC/Heat, water system and washer dryer units. Is there any way I can approach the leasing office with those poor reviews and get some kind of real assurance that those problems are fixed or maybe have the lease modified so we can get reimbursed if those sorts of problems occur, or should I just pass on it?
posted by empath at 8:12 AM - 29 answers

September 28

Landlord putting apartment on the market
The owner of the condo I'm renting has informed me that he's putting it on the market, and had a realtor check out the place and talk to me. He thinks any future buyer will likely be a professional real estate buyer, who will continue with the lease arrangement I currently have, but there's no assurance that this will be the case. Meanwhile, another apartment has opened up in the same complex, a complex which I love. Do I stay or move? [more inside]
posted by naju at 11:02 PM - 27 answers

Push? Don't push?
What does this Bosh dishwasher button do? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 4:07 PM - 14 answers

Dare to glare at my chair repair query!
Several of the leather straps that support the seat of my Barcelona lounge chair have torn. How can I repair (or replace) them? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet at 3:43 PM - 6 answers

Avoiding a dispute over the move out date, and the security deposit.
This is in Seattle, WA. I live with my landlord in a furnished house, where I rent a room. I gave more than 30 days written notice. My lease ends Tuesday, Sept 30th. I intend to be completely out of there, and completely cleaned up, by that evening, ready to hand over the keys. However, she wants to put off the key handover and walkthrough until Saturday, October 4th. Will there be legal ramifications if she does this? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 12:28 PM - 17 answers

September 27

Secrets for apartment hunting in Seattle?
I am interested in any resources and/or tips you might have for finding an apartment (preferably for rent by owner) in the current Seattle rental market. [more inside]
posted by aiglet at 2:51 PM - 7 answers

Rain into a barrel I know I know it's series-us
Please share with me your experiences with rain barrels linked in series. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 12:49 PM - 3 answers

Is this a normal thing to be charged for by an architect?
I feel like we're paying for our architects' professional development... which might be ok if they had given us a little more notice, but it came up suddenly and without much warning. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 2:02 AM - 13 answers

September 25

What to do with my fireplaces?
Winter is coming, as they say, and I'm not sure what to do with my fireplaces. The prior owner of my house did next to nothing by way of maintenance on the house, and even from my lay perspective, the flues have lots of creosote that needs cleaning. But is it worth it to bother with a cleaning when a gas retrofit might be much nicer? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:21 AM - 19 answers

Getting rid of our swimming pool.
Have you gotten rid of you in-ground pool? What method did you use? [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me at 8:04 AM - 10 answers

Buying a home in the UK
My partner and I are looking into the possibility of buying a home in Edinburgh. We're originally from the U.S., and some of the differences have us mystified. Help us out? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 3:50 AM - 18 answers

September 24

Help me design a new bathroom.
What software should I use to lay out a floor plan and fixtures for a bathroom renovation? I've tried a couple of online alternatives, but they don't meet my needs. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red at 5:03 PM - 4 answers

Kotatsu Question: please recommend floor chairs
I need some floor chairs for a kotatsu. I've never used one before so I don't know what to look for. What is a good price for a floor chair that will last about 3 years? Are there particularly "ergonomic" floor chairs? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 10:57 AM - 9 answers

September 23

Did something dumb - oil down drain edition
I had a jar of coconut oil that got contaminated with raw chicken (long story) and I mindlessly dumped it down my drain. I immediately realized this was the WRONG thing to do. How can I prevent a plumbing problemo? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 8:35 PM - 12 answers

Help my depressed mom has bed bugs and I am out state in school
Hi All, so long story my mom is moving in one month, to a house! And her apartment has bed bugs. She is already depressed-low mood, low energy and anxious. She has bed bugs. Please let me know what I can tell her to do that is 1.easy, 2. low on chemical exposure- thanks! this is breaking my heart, she is crying and feeling helpless and I am so far away.
posted by TRUELOTUS at 9:29 AM - 15 answers

I need suggestions for a Men's lightweight jacket.
I need a lightweight jacket for the Fall. I live in Houston, and our temperature in October through December is fairly mild, so I don't need a heavy jacket for freezing weather. If needed, I already have coats for that. This is not a jacket for exercise, but I will be doing yard work, walking to the convenience store, that sort of thing, so there will be enough mild physical activity to keep me warm as long as I don't lose too much heat to the elements. [more inside]
posted by Beholder at 8:38 AM - 8 answers

Cleaning up the treasure haul
I raided our old family farm and want to clean up the goods! Most of the items will be repurposed. I want to maintain the aged patina the best I can. There is definitely some lead paint on some items. I don't care about their value it's all purely sentimental. Things that need cleaning... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 5:16 AM - 8 answers

September 22

What is this bug?
A friend just returned from a trip and found about 15 of these bugs squatting in his Maryland apartment (mostly in the bedroom). Each bug is roughly 1/2" long and 1/4" wide. He's pretty sure they're not bedbugs because their abdomens don't appear to be the right shape, but what are they? Any ideas?
posted by unhappyprofessor at 7:58 PM - 10 answers

Moving to the tropics, gonna eat me a lot of mangoes
We are moving to the tropics (specifically, Cairns, Australia) in January. I have never lived in a climate like this before. We are also going to be first time homeowners. Talk to me like I'm five and explain to me all the things I should know about this situation before I screw up my house, electronics, etc. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 4:50 PM - 12 answers

Chicago-based mover recommendations
I'm doing a long-distance move from Chicago to California and I'm getting a lot of quotes. Most of the quotes are in the $3,000 range but their business practices, price models and Yelp reviews are less than re-assuring. One company's quote was in the $15,000 range but this company had a much more re-assuring model and pretty good reviews. I'd like more recommendations from companies like this one. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 4:28 PM - 7 answers

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