what value is to be placed on a nice view from a home? I have the opportunity to move to a new flat with very impressive direct sea views, for a 40% increase in rent. I’m just having trouble quantifying the view.
The flat is below market rate probably, and I can afford it, that’s not a problem, I feel it is a very superficial thing to spend money on. But I’m not spending on anything else. If I had kids, I feel that I wouldn’t be that bothered at all about having the view .
I am a male, 33, single.
I look out the window, and sure it’s nice, but does it improve my life, in any real sense? I am not really sure.
If it wasn't for this view, I'd probably move to a more interesting and cuturally diverse part of town. Which has different kinds of urban views.
Is it possible for a normal middle class to have a well designed home like those in Dwell? [more inside]
Thinking of retiring in 10 years. Where? [more inside]
We are thinking of painting/residing our house but are lacking in design sense! We think we want a BIG change, but do not know where to start in improving our curb appeal. We would like to hire someone to help with the house design but do not know where to start. Can you point me in the right general direction on the type of person to hire for this sort of thing? General info is welcome, we live near Pittsburgh,PA if you know specifics.
How much is an ice cube from my fridge worth? [more inside]
Renter's Insurance in California? [more inside]
Kind of a two-part question: 1) Looking for affordable, secure, climate controlled storage units north of Kansas City, and 2) dealing with the illogical sense of feeling abandoned by my parents as they talk about being unable to store my stuff in the future. (Sorry, a bit long inside) [more inside]
Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
DIY Home Security: where to start? I'm investigating all the myriad options for hardware and monitoring services, and I am overwhelmed. [more inside]
Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing. [more inside]
I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
I need a clothing organization system that isn't a dresser and also isn't my floor. Help! [more inside]
Can you give me your best tips, tricks, and general guidance for being a stay-at-home mom of an older baby? As of next week I will be caring for our 8 month old by myself full time, and I'm scared! [more inside]
Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
I'm about to come into a large sum of money (in the $300-$500k range). I've never had a large sum of money. Looking for advice on what to do next. [more inside]
Help me floor my house! [more inside]
What types of jobs or careers would let me live in the US but travel internationally every couple of months? [more inside]
Should I get a home security system? [more inside]
Is it possible to purchase a home with an FHA loan, rehabilitate it, and then rent it out? Also - what's it like to make an independent entry into the rental home market? [more inside]
So I'd like to know if homes built in the USA in 1958 commonly had wood floors and it is possible this owner added the carpet later. If true we'd have hope that the wood below has possibility for restoration. [more inside]
Please help me decide between two couches: a chaise sectional, and a two-piece sectional! [more inside]
How much training is required in order to become a credible burlesque performer? [more inside]
Home energy advances. Are there any new developments I should know about as I'm about to move into an older single-family home after 13 years of living in an apartment? It is a gas/electric home with heavy tree shade.
Work to live. How to find jobs we can do from anywhere in the US (or ideally anywhere in the world). Bonus for attorney jobs. [more inside]
Tell me about your experience living in some (relatively) affordable suburbs north of New York City! Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My wife and I are buying a house in Austin, Texas ( Steiner Ranch ). We are trying to figure out how we want to finance it. We have the means to pay for the house with cash. We are being offered a mortgage at 3.6%. The cost of the house would represent about 50% of our net worth. The other 50% is fairly liquid, with an even spread between 401k, index funds, 529's, and cash. Should we do it? [more inside]
Looking for a lead on Removall 220 available for retail in the Twin Cities area, or recommendations of equivalent (brushable, eco-friendly) paint strippers. [more inside]
I own a house built in 1904 - how can I learn more about home construction and home maintenance? I do a lot of my basic repairs myself and always make a point to watch and ask questions (non-obnoxiously) when I have repair people over. [more inside]
My friend would like to stream video from a small club he volunteers in. [more inside]
Our new house has a very plain front - I think it needs some window trim, but I'm not sure if shutters are the right answer. Are there any other options that will be consistent with the look of the house and help it look less bald? [more inside]
My suburban yard began as a permaculture project but is overrun with invasive grass. What can I do? [more inside]
The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse.
Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi
, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
Should I purchase a home that I found out, after submitting an offer, belongs to an alleged (charged but not convicted) pedophile? [more inside]
Rented carpet cleaner seems to have killed a bunch of outlets/lights in my house. Any ideas? [more inside]
Help resolve issues we're having with our realtor. [more inside]
Where to buy/acquire pieces of slate
in Manhattan NYC? [more inside]
To use composite decking
or not to use composite decking, that is the question. [more inside]
How do I hook up this irrigation
? I have an outside faucet for garden hoses. What do I need to buy, and where can I buy it? How does it work? Bought a house with this installed.
I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi)
and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history...
When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess. [more inside]
Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
I need to paint my previously painted cement block porch while putting in the least money, time, and effort. What can be painted over a chipped paint job without it chipping again? [more inside]
My mom has been a nurse for 43 years and is about to retire. She'd like to pick up some extra income at home. Is anyone aware of at-home work that would use her extensive nursing knowledge? [more inside]
Mexico Oaxaca-What is the history or background of the poor old women who sell things at the Zocalo? [more inside]
I remember reading about a material that was designed to make walking across it very difficult if not impossible. [more inside]
Flatmate filter: I'm planning on having a calm discussion with one of my flatmates this weekend about some issues I know she has about the house, but that haven't been discussed in the open. I would like tips on remaining calm and collected in the moment. [more inside]
We just bought a house... yay for us! How much would it cost to add a mud room? [more inside]
I'm on a quest for inexpensive (over the long haul) home carbonation. The big limit here is NO PLASTIC. HomeBrewFilter? [more inside]
We have a small 1982 tract home. It has all the original fixtures: brass doorknobs, little clear plastic knob faucets, brown ceiling fans with brass filigree. Is there any benefit to leaving it as is? [more inside]
A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]