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Why were these door casings slanted?

Yesterday I visited the Isaac Royall House in Medford, MA, a Georgian home built in 1692 and extensively remodeled in the 1730s. We noticed that several of the closet doors had casings that were clearly slanted at the top (unfortunately I can't find those particular doors in pictures). It looked intentional, not like a result of the house sagging. What would be the purpose of this type of design?
posted by this, of course, alludes to sex on Jul 25, 2016 - 4 answers

How can I best clean my mattress after a stain?

I came home tonight to find a 2 foot square wet spot on my mattress. I have allergies and sensitivity to mold and odors. [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jul 21, 2016 - 13 answers

How to be gracious about not owning a house?

Everyone I know has bought a house. Every one of them has bought a house because they received an inheritance or a massive influx of cash via other familial mechanisms. I do not have a house or an inheritance. How to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Jul 18, 2016 - 42 answers

How to Clean/Shine Parquet Floors?

Just uncovered some old wood parquet flooring. What should I use to clean the floors and make them look nice?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 1, 2016 - 2 answers

Which heat pump to get?

My heat pump (a 10 SEER packaged unit) is dead. It would cost at least $800 to fix it, assuming it's an easy fix. If not, it would either be unfixable (because no one makes the coils anymore), or cost well over $1k (if, for example, the reversing valve needs to be fixed/replaced). So I've had a few different quotes on new heat pumps, and can't decide what to do... Can anyone shed some light on the best route to take? [more inside]
posted by kethonna on Jun 24, 2016 - 7 answers

Telling your friends you bought a property

Is it generally wise to tell anyone such as your friends that you have bought a house? It is specifically for an investment to rent out to tenants. Or is it generally not a good idea? Or it doesn't matter?
posted by four_suyu on Jun 19, 2016 - 36 answers

How do you keep track of seasonal and annual home maintenance?

I'd like an easy way to keep track of what I need to do on a seasonal, annual, and 5-year basis to ensure my home is functioning well. I'm looking for a way to keep track of when the last time various systems were serviced and/or what I need to do in the next month. How do you keep track of your maintenance cycles and tasks? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jun 14, 2016 - 10 answers

Buying a house in a town I don't live in

Buying a house near my aging parents when I don't live in their state. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Jun 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Balancing new house projects with daily life

How do you balance new house projects with full time jobs, child, and daily tasks of living? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Jun 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Is it really impossible to have a rowhouse built for under 300k?

I potentially have the chance to buy a cheap plot of land within easy subway distance of downtown Philadelphia. Initially this appeared a golden way to own my own home at an affordable price. (Complications inside the fold). [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on May 28, 2016 - 13 answers

Exterior carpentry and painting - Vancouver BC

We’re home-owners in Vancouver, BC. We love our house, but it’s needs some minor work on the exterior. Some of the wood trim needs repair, and the trim, fencing, and deck need painting. The majority of the work is the painting, and we are unsure of the best way to get this done. We are not handy, and so need to hire someone. [more inside]
posted by V'Ger on May 13, 2016 - 3 answers

Neighbor wants to replace wall separating our gardens, what do I do?

My NYC townhouse has a garden in the back. The garden has a wall around it, which has been there for decades. Two nearby trees has caused it to bow out of alignment toward my neighbor's garden, though not dramatically so. My neighbor claims in a letter to me that the wall will one day collapse into her garden, and wants us to share the cost of replacing the wall, before that happens, with a fence. She also said that if I don't agree to do this, I better make sure that my insurance covers the possible damage to her property that a collapse could cause. I think my neighbor (who is wealthy) just wants a new fence for aesthetic reasons so it matches other fencing on her property, and that the wall is fine -- and I have some questions for the hive-mind... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Ant swarm on my roof - help!

Just walked out of my front door and, boom, ants all over the door sill outside. What is my most effective way to get them exterminated? [more inside]
posted by diode on May 7, 2016 - 5 answers

My Old House's gas boiler was capped by a utility contractor. Options?

A contractor for a local utility shut off gas in the neighborhood to work on pipes, then offered to relight my boiler. He ran a test and the gas boiler (water, not steam) was emitting carbon monoxide (3000 ppm) so he capped the pipe and told us the gas couldn’t be turned on until it was repaired or replaced. [more inside]
posted by mulcahy on May 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Reassess value of house?

I have a house that I bought it in 2000. Do I need to reassess the value? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on May 5, 2016 - 5 answers

What do I do with this room?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It's a 140-year-old building with a formal entryway (!), which is a room unlike anything I have ever lived in. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Mayor West on May 4, 2016 - 42 answers

Architect not providing his work, but he's a friend. What do I do?

I'm trying to do some medium-sized renovations, but my family friend architect is letting us down and stalling the work before it starts. How should we deal with him in order to get the work done in a decent amount of time, without the budget going crazy? [more inside]
posted by evadery on May 4, 2016 - 12 answers

Best Method - finding a guesthouse Los Angeles?

I would like to find a *reasonably priced* guesthouse in the Los Angeles area, specifically in or near Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Montrose. [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on Apr 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Doing a home inspection tomorrow, what are some tips?

We finally got a bid accepted on a house here in Seattle. We'll be going through the house with an inspector tomorrow. Any little-known or often missed pieces of advice? Anything you wish you had asked your inspector? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Severe storm damage, what now?

Our house was hit with softball size hail, and possibly a localized tornado. Windows shattered, glass everywhere, huge holes in roof, more rain coming. Mitigation team is on the way, but what all should I be aware of, as we start trying to put things back together? [more inside]
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet on Apr 12, 2016 - 8 answers

If a plant could nudge behavior...

I live on a corner. I need to plant something to border the corner that says, "please respect that this is my yard, not public property." I would like it to be reasonably attractive and low maintenance. [more inside]
posted by papergirl on Apr 6, 2016 - 27 answers

Only girl in sharehouse full of boys?

So. My application for a place has been approved but the agent conveniently decided only to tell me now that I'd be the only girl with 3 other boys (I asked at inspection who the other housemates were and she said they were students so I assumed it was mixed). The house was actually very neat and clean when I inspected, and my room is locked. I asked if I could meet the others and the agent said that was impossible because 2 of the 3 are rarely home. 2 of the boys are students with part-time jobs, and the third is fulltime in IT. Take the risk and move in, or not? [more inside]
posted by glache on Apr 5, 2016 - 33 answers

Recommendations for a pre-purchase inspection of Seattle townhouse

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]
posted by SirNovember on Apr 5, 2016 - 1 answer

Homeowners Insurance -- Newbie questions

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]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Apr 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Which neighborhood?

I am buying a house and trying to decide between two neighborhoods. Help me decide! [more inside]
posted by trixie119 on Mar 31, 2016 - 25 answers

Where to buy a house in Baltimore?

Asking for my wonderful 30-year-old lady friend. She's moving to Baltimore in a few months and would like to buy a house there. She would like to live somewhere between Hunt Valley and downtown Baltimore, she's okay with either a city or suburban feel, and her budget is $160k. Safety is her top concern, and she's having trouble getting an accurate sense of how safe particular neighborhoods are from her realtor and her research. Can you recommend specific Baltimore neighborhoods that are safe for a young female homebuyer? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Mar 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Buying house, how serious is soil movement issue that's been repaired?

Found a house I liked and seller accepted my offer however I just read sellers disclosure and seller indicated yes to the question "are you aware of past or present settling, soil movement or sinkhole problems on property?" And elaborated that "corner of garage wall was cracked due to mock pocket and was repaired in 1995". [more inside]
posted by CheeseAndRice on Mar 21, 2016 - 15 answers

Considering buying in Toronto -- what would you do?

I’m single, in my late 20s, living in Toronto. My family thinks it’s time for me to buy property and has generously offered to give me enough money to put down a 25% down payment. I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed and hesitant, for a few reasons. I'm at the very beginning of thinking about this so I'm probably missing some fairly obvious things. Please help me think through this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2016 - 32 answers

Refinance or Sell? Finances + Ethics

Due to a mediated agreement in divorce proceedings, I'm faced with either refinancing or selling. I planned on selling the house soon anyway, but now my ex-partner is pushing to have it refinanced IMMEDIATELY. Looking for advice...lots more details beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Mar 19, 2016 - 9 answers

What's the deal with foreclosures?

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]
posted by shesbenevolent on Mar 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Square Footage of a House

Looking to find our the square footage of a house. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 10, 2016 - 7 answers

HardiePlank - is it worth it?

Did you replace your old siding with HardiePlank? Is it worth it? How has it held up? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Mar 8, 2016 - 21 answers

Credit Question - Buying Automobile and Residence

I am planning on buying or leasing a car and buying or renting an apartment or condo. I plan to do both withing the next 4-6 months. As far as my credit is concerned, is there a certain amount of time that you need to space between these two things? I have perfect credit, savings and am not overextending myself financially. What do I need to know or consider as far as timeline? Thank you
posted by kbbbo on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Quiet, non-lux living along the Mediterranean this summer: where to?

My wife and I would like to rent a simple furnished apartment or small house somewhere along the Mediterranean this summer, for about a month. We just want a place where we can do some writing and go swimming every day. The catch is that we don't have much more than 500€ or so to pay for rent. Seeking recommendations for countries, specific islands, towns or villages, or website recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 18, 2016 - 8 answers

What kind of pump could I use to drain water from this bucket away?

I need to pump water that I'm collecting in a bucket outside my house, away from the house. Here's a picture of the bucket http://imgur.com/kbwSus3. I could probably power it through an electrical cord out of the window (though I have no grounded outlets or GFCI). Any ideas? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Mushroom12345 on Feb 18, 2016 - 9 answers

Best way(s) to bring house insulation up to comfortable levels.

Original 1950’s construction 6 room (3 bedroom) cape cod style house north of Boston MA with varying levels of (inadequate) insulation. How do insulate this house? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Feb 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Parking in Glover Park, DC

Should we buy the home we fell in love with in Glover Park, DC which does not have parking? Will we be doomed to hours of looking for parking every evening? How big of a deal would this be? We LOVE the house but are hesitant because of the parking situation. Any light you can shed on this matter would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Feb 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Is it just me, or is that weird?

Our landlords are selling our rented apartment. They have advertised it using some photos I sent earlier, without asking permission first. Is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by tworedshoes on Feb 6, 2016 - 24 answers

Fixing the exterior of house seems ... complicated.

The exterior of our house needs attention. Professional attention. [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Feb 5, 2016 - 9 answers

What Are Some Good Resources To Learn The Basics About Selling A House?

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]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Feb 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Flat roof - do they have to be flat?

I have the opportunity to rebuilt an area of flat roof on my house, with a slight slope. My question is, do flat roofs have to be flat? If not, why aren't they more often built with a little bit of a slope (intuitively that would seem to be helpful to get water off it). I live in a wet state (ie rain is the issue not baking sun). Thanks
posted by Xhris on Feb 1, 2016 - 11 answers

What Materials will I need to complete these house projects?

I have a number of things that need to be done around the house, that I am hiring a handyman for next week. Since I am not that handy myself, I need some help on the items to buy before he gets here so that he has what he needs in order to complete the project. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Jan 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Please help us turn this tiny, ugly bathroom into a fun feature!

Our new house has this tiny downstairs bathroom. We'd like to turn it into a fun(ky) feature or themed room. We're open to any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Bidding on a house in a seller's market

I'm contemplating offering to buy a house in a seller's market. I know there is at least one other offer being placed sometime soon. What's a good strategy? [more inside]
posted by axiom on Jan 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Temporary housing in Canberra

My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

NYC dance clubs for the music snob (future funk, nu-disco, French house)

Where in NYC can I dance to nu-disco, electro funk, French house, etc...? Are there specific DJs I can follow? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 3, 2016 - 3 answers

How to start over?

My husband and I want to sell our house, move, and possibly start new careers. We hope to do all of this within a year, and I am overwhelmed with where to start. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jan 3, 2016 - 10 answers

Villa Becomes Village

Seeking fiction and non-fiction accounts, as well as real-life anecdotes, of buying a mansion and renting out the rooms to friends and/or strangers (or, otherwise, of living in such an arrangement) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Dec 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Fireproof my house

I'm terrified of my home burning down. What can I do to prevent or minimize this risk? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Dec 15, 2015 - 23 answers

Help for low water pressure, annoying showers

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]
posted by matildaben on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 answers

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