My fiancee and I are moving to a new city/apartment this summer. Our current place never really felt like a home; it was a temporary, pre-furnished living situation and we made it work for us for a couple of years. Now that we're moving and buying adult furniture and all that jazz, we want our next place to feel like our Home. So, AskMeFi....How do we do this well? What do you wish you knew when you first moved into your home?
You have a reusable thing* that has hugely improved your quality of life at home: the kind of thing that regularly makes you feel like past-you did current-you an awesome favor by procuring it. It isn't necessarily fancy or expensive, but it can be -- a $5 silicone garlic peeler tube works, but a floor-cleaning robot does, too. What is the thing, and what does it help you do? Bonus points if it's related to cooking, cleaning, or other routine drudgery. [more inside]
I have a small assortment of things I'd like to hang (photo prints, posters, papers, etc) and a trip to the framing store came out with a bill of nearly $200 to do everything. I do have several sheets of plexiglass left over from another project and I'm trying to figure out if I could simply sandwich the things I want to hang between two sheets of plexiglass and bolt it together without any long-term ill effects.
We're looking at townhouses in Seattle. Can anyone recommend a home inspector specifically for a townhouse / 4-pack? Comments on what to look out for or the general wisdom of such a purchase are also welcome! [more inside]
Hi all. Mrs. Hall and Oates and I are home buying noobs and are a bit confused about how much we should insure the house for, and what our deductible should be. Hope us pleaes? [more inside]
I have a history of owning metal shower curtain rods that rust away before my eyes, bit by bit. It's depressing. I can't help but think that as a civilization, we can do better--that we have done better. Someone out there is enjoying their metal shower curtain rod. Who are these people, and how can I get a metal shower curtain rod like theirs? [more inside]
Does this service exist -- an executive vice president for your house? Someone that you hire, and say to them, "I will give you $1000 a month, and you come in and do stuff to my house. Repairs, gardening, decorating, etc. I don't have to direct you, because you are making all of these choices yourself. Do you think the back bedroom needs to be painted? Then you do it, as long as you stay inside the monthly budget." [more inside]
I've tried to get a basic/slightly more than basic understanding of foreclosures by googling, but it generally brings up a lot of sites/businesses offering their services. You guys always give me great insights so I want your two cents! [more inside]
It's been over a decade since I bought a mattress. I'm in the market now. Apparently, memory foam is a thing now? Where do I even begin this process and does anybody have personal recommendations? Preferences inside. [more inside]
Today I discovered drywall lifts, a device that is used to hold drywall in place horizontally so it can be nailed to a ceiling. I'm a short woman and just purchased a house where I will be doing a lot of basic renovation by myself. What other tools can be used to make it easy for one person to accomplish building tasks on their own? [more inside]
I've always struggled with this--sometimes I feel like I just can't focus on my work, or feel too lonely and distracted and need a change. But if I'm on a deadline, I'm certainly able to put those feelings aside and power through. Then I feel guilty that I don't "power through" all the time to be maximally productive. So, is there any "objective" way to determine how much break time (e.g., screwing around on "Ask Mefi") one truly needs?
If you have replaced the floors in your home without moving out in the process, can you share your experiences with me? [more inside]
We just got a new furnace installed a few days ago, and we're not happy with it, especially the major temperature variations between rooms. (Maybe because of being oversized?) What can we do? What is reasonable to ask the installers to do? [more inside]
My single radiator heats the main living areas from one side and the bedrooms from the other. At night it gets down into the 30s/40s. Is there a way I could safely heat just the bedrooms at night? Diagram inside. [more inside]
My husband and I are planing to sell our first home this year. I need things explained to me in a very simple, clear way. More inside. [more inside]
We recently had water from new landscaping seep into our home and destroy our lower-level floors. What kind of contractor do we need to hire to make sure this doesn't happen again? [more inside]
I've been home looking after my wife today who had one of those 1-day vomiting illnesses. My toddler who seemed ok today just vomited all over me. Help me to not get sick too! [more inside]
I like the finished product of these sink storage trays, but I'm not prepared to make them myself. Where can one find them (or something similar) in Western Europe? Are they available online or in brick-and-mortar chain stores? Thank you.
I'm looking for plastic, "realistic" plants that nonetheless look like they came from the jungles of Venus. Not the boring, toxic, crushing atmosphere Venus of pedestrian reality — I'm talking Edgar Rice Burroughs/SM Stirling "Old Venus" stuff, the lush, tropical, alien world filled with exotic life-forms & swashbuckling adventure for intrepid rocket-troopers to explore, raygun and boarding cutlass in hand. [more inside]
Wondering about the best way to navigate this situation: I rented a house unfurnished with the exception of a washer/dryer, refrigerator, and microwave which were included "as-is". The clothes dryer has never been all that great, but it seems to be dying. I'll put in a load, expect it to have been completed, but then come back to find them damp ( and with that awful damp smell in the clothes ) and have to send it through the wash again. ( and then through the dryer twice ). Its costs me time and electricity. [more inside]
A burning candle wick fell onto the table's surface and there is now a faint, grey streak or spot that will not come off when scrubbed with a variety of cleaners. It has faded a bit but now no change is happening. Can it be repaired? [more inside]
Please help me find photos of poor to middle class living space interiors, in everyday condition vs. spiffed up for the photographer, from the Victorian era through the 1940s? American settings primarily, Western Europe okay too. Stipulation: no corpses. [more inside]
In a week's time I may have to face a metal circuit breaker box, and floor-to-ceiling electrical piping, sticking out from a wall in my already small studio. I'm seeking decorator-style help. What can I do to make this even marginally less hideous? [more inside]
We moved to a new city a few months ago. The move itself went fine, but I miss the feeling of belonging to a place I know well. How can I get that feeling here? [more inside]
What kind of technology can help us have more water pressure in our shower? We have the kind of shower where there's a faucet down below and a showerhead up above, and you lift a little diverter doohickey within the faucet which causes the water to come out of the showerhead instead of the faucet (looks kind of like this). [more inside]
In the wake of big-time heartbreak (see previous asks if you must), my pets and I are moving from a lovely, bright little house with a yard into a shoddy two-room basement apartment with three windows. How can I brighten up the space, and my attitude? Specifics inside. [more inside]
My little bro just bought his first place. What are some things you need as a new homeowner that he might not have as a former apartment dweller? Looking for housewarming/Christmas ideas. The more practical the better. [more inside]
Looking for a practical gift for my boyfriend for the holidays. We bought a 1954 house and we (he) really enjoy fixing it up. What tools, items, etc. make home renovation projects easier and/or more fun? [more inside]
We would love to rent out our condo in Vancouver—or participate in some kind of home exchange—but are reluctant to leave our cat with strangers. (And local cat sitters are quite expensive.) Is there a site, or a filter on an existing site, to find others in a similar situation? [more inside]
Electrician needed. Can anyone recommend an electrician in the knoxville Tennessee area? Work is on an older house, installing 3 pronged outlets, and outside light installation. Thanks!
We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
We're nearly done remodelling our bathroom. All that's left is a fixture to go over the vanity. We have this idea we'd like a four bulb fixture (maybe three) with Edison bulbs. But everything else we've got is chrome and we aren't finding a match. Ideas? [more inside]
Partner and I would like to use an oil-based primer on our moldings and baseboards, then use a no-VOC eco-friendly paint (Colorhouse; MSDS) for the topcoat. I've successfully used run-of-the-mill latex over oil primer before. But does anyone have experience with using no-VOC paint over oil primer? [more inside]
My wife and I moved into our first home in March of this year. The previous homeowners asked if we could hold onto any mail addressed to them and put it in the mailbox around Friday of each week and they would come by and get it. Fast forward to today and we are still doing this for them. It's a bit tedious and frustrating to still have to do this and I'd like to find a way to politely find a way to get out of doing this - otherwise it feels like we may be doing this indefinitely. [more inside]
I'm a single woman living with my dog. I own a 750 sq.ft. condo with two bedrooms. What should I do with my smaller bedroom? [more inside]
After a year of normal functioning, my washing machine's spin cycle is not extracting properly -- but ONLY with flannel sheets. They go through the spin cycle, but the water doesn't extract. The wash drum has no puddle. Just the flannel sheets are soaking wet. Other types of fabrics come out normal, with excess water extracted. Towels, jeans, percale sheets come out normal. Small flannel pillowcases come out normal. [more inside]
We own a lot in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Its value has tripled since we bought it; at this point we could sell it for $100k if we wanted to. We don't want to sell it. We want to build a 500 square foot house on it. We already paid for the permits, saved up the money, and now it's looking like we might fall $10k-$20k short on the total cost to build. Neither of us is employed. Given our extended explanation, how do we make this happen? [more inside]
My bf is in the process of signing a contract for a home. We will both be living in it, but I was under the impression it would be all his. Now he's asking me for my ss#. [more inside]
I'm looking for people's personal experiences or recommendations for blogs, articles, or shows about living in homes built prior to 1970 and/or having a new home built. Details inside. [more inside]
Now that Mr. St. Hubbins and I own our own home, a whole-house humidifier (the kind that hook up to your furnace) sounds like the greatest thing since ice cream delivery. But I can't seem to find anything online except slightly spammy sites that shill for particular brands. Anyone have or know anything about them? [more inside]
Is it common to include "easter eggs" when staging for open houses? [more inside]
My partner and I are saving for a down payment for our first home. As an obsessive planner I am starting to educate myself on everything I may need to know to make this happen. [more inside]
We *must* replace our lower kitchen cabinets. The uppers are *ahem, previous owners* stained green. How do I match the unfinished lowers to the uppers? Is it possible with stain or am I forced to do a flat paint/black stain to cover the previous stain? Is there a cheaper route than Home Depot/Lowes? Is Habitat a practical option? I don't see cabinets on CL.
I just found an uninsulated boarded up window in my condo [more inside]
At least I believe it is a newel. It is an ornamental turned piece of wood that decorates the top of a fence railing. One has been severely damaged and needs to be replaced, alas, a replacement cannot be found. It was wood and was painted. Please see photos here:
Comcast is offering me a deal that includes security. I can get out of my existing home security for it. It's a very basic ADT - and they're pretty scummy too to deal with. I wanted to hear (hopefully) from the people who have used them or chose not to use them. I'm looking for deal breakers; things they don't do or that they should be doing. [more inside]
What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
Hello, Have any of you been homeschooled in high school, and then went on to apply for college? I'm looking for details on how you applied for college, that is, did you take the ACT or SAT and how did that go for you? Did you dual enroll, so that the colleges could see some actual grades, or did you just send in a portfolio with lists of books you read, book reports, or essays you wrote? [more inside]
I'm thinking about painting my brick house. Thoughts, opinions and past experiences needed please... [more inside]
Great A/C keeps 80% of house comfortable, turns basement into an arctic wind tunnel. [more inside]