Me and my SO completely paid off our mortgage a couple years ago. So, we have full equity. That's great, we're happy w/the situation. Now, if for whatever reason we decide to uproot and move to an entirely new city and/or state, how would the financing work? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM - 8 answers
My husband and I are thinking about having a home built -- a production home -- in one of the many subdivisions in our growing area. We have purchased a home before (and sold it later; not in our current area) but it was older and had been flipped. What do we need to know about the production home process? [more inside] posted by danielle the bee at 6:39 PM - 9 answers
My friend bought thischair at a vintage store in town. The salesperson did not have any information about its history or style. Does anyone here know the name of this chair or know the period that is comes from? Any information about it would be much appreciated. posted by beisny at 3:27 PM - 3 answers
My balcony is gross and I want to paint it. I know nothing about painting. Tell me what materials I need and what procedures to follow. Pics inside. [more inside] posted by zeri at 5:29 PM - 14 answers
We've just started renting a house, so we can grow delicious things to eat! However, I need to unpack (and write, and cook, and teach, and...) rather than garden. I am willing to throw a certain amount of money at this problem. What should I look for at garden stores? [more inside] posted by wintersweet at 12:11 PM - 11 answers
We had our furnace inspected yesterday. It's worked fine all winter. We were told we have a bad heat exchanger. We were encouraged to buy a whole, new furnace for $10K. Our preference is to ride it out with the old furnace for another few years and replace it when it is convenient for us. Does that make sense? [more inside] posted by clarkstonian at 8:44 AM - 16 answers
I'm in the due diligence period of buying a house built in 1964. It's in Atlanta. The inspection yesterday went well, but the house has a fuse box and a breaker panel (the breaker handles AC and washer/dryer only). I know absolutely nothing about electric/wiring issues or systems. [more inside] posted by arm426 at 1:02 PM - 32 answers
I'm interested in getting a few residential security cameras installed to cover our yard and car areas. Requirements are: ~40 feet night vision, decent motion detection, networked recording to central PC/DVR unit (either over WiFi or PoE power), no batteries, weatherproof, not easily stolen. There are plenty of cameras with good tech specs, but many of them look like warp engines. I imagine putting up giant cameras will not only piss off the neighbors, but serve as a giant ROB ME I HAVE STUFF sign. What exterior cameras are not only good but inconspicuous? [more inside] posted by benzenedream at 12:28 AM - 3 answers
My wife and I rent a house in Seattle and our 12-month lease ended in February. We're now month to month.
The issue is, we paid the last months rent when we signed the lease... then also paid rent the last month of our lease. [more inside] posted by lattiboy at 12:19 PM - 14 answers
I'm in the process of purchasing a house. In one of the many questionnaires, the seller responded "No" to the question "Are the exterior tall foundation walls braced?". Can you help me understand what this implies? and How concerned should I be?
The house was built in the late 70s, in Northern California, where earthquakes are a thing. posted by vega at 9:35 AM - 6 answers
My girlfriend and I have just gone under contract on a home in Atlanta, Georgia. It's in a safe neighborhood, ITP (Briarlake area) but plan on having a security system installed ASAP. [more inside] posted by rbf1138 at 11:58 AM - 10 answers
We have an old wooden deck at the back of our house that we want to remove and replace with a brick patio. It turns out that under the deck is a solid concrete set of steps. We need to get ride of them. How can we do that economically? [more inside] posted by starkraven at 11:23 AM - 15 answers
I'm interested in hiring a house cleaner for my Albuquerque home. I'd like bi-weekly or monthly cleanings of the public spaces and both bathrooms (around 2,00 sq. ft.), as well as those "major cleaning" things, such as windows, on a schedule. I'd like them to use effective cleaners that are also somewhat green-ish (clean trumps green). Because I do animal rescue, I do have cats/dogs in the house (most foster dogs are crated when I'm not home). Any recommendations? posted by answergrape at 11:16 AM - 1 answers
I cleaned my brick planters with a strong solution of muriatic acid, parts worked will, but one major section turned white with a film. How do I remove the film? The advice I read is to use muriatic acid to remove the film, but that seems to be causing the film on this one section. posted by alcahofa at 9:25 PM - 1 answers