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help this lifetime apartment dweller move into her first house

my family of four is in the process of moving out of our junior 4 in manhattan to our very own house in the suburbs. what are your best house and home life tips? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Sep 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Making on offer on an overpriced (multi-unit) property?

Why do sellers overprice a property, and what will convince them to take a lower offer? What should I do about these specific properties that I am interested in? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Sep 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Would this amount of mortgage be a bad idea for someone with my income?

I'm looking into buying a house for the first time, and I need opinions on whether the amount of mortgage I'm looking at is a bad idea. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Sep 15, 2016 - 43 answers

How to help a senior who can't find a job

My friend Jenna (alias), a 62-year old woman, very smart and capable, lost her cashier job of 30-some years about a year ago. She's freaking out and has asked me for help. Now I'm freaking out! [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Sep 15, 2016 - 24 answers

How much HVAC do I need for a big multi-zone house?

When sizing an air conditioner for a multi-zone house, do you size it for the full house or for the largest zone? How much cooling do I really need? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 14, 2016 - 7 answers

What to do with my home now?

Designed and built my home about forty years ago. Submitted plans to city that were approved. Started building and had several inspections that passed. Got a job offer I couldn't refuse. Took it and moved into home without finals and occupancy permit. Been living there since, working slowly on it in spare time and as health permitted. Getting to the end of my life, what do I do now? No money to finish, health won't allow much activity, don't want to be evicted, fined, jailed.
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2016 - 12 answers

How Neighborly Is Neighborly?

My new neighbors, whom I have only met once, seemed upset when I turned down their request that I house sit their house and pets for 12 days. I am not sure if their request or my refusal is unreasonable. Perhaps neither the request nor the refusal are unreasonable? Details follow. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Sep 11, 2016 - 49 answers

Bird in bathroom. Should not be there. How to fix?

There is a bird. Some type of finch. It flew into my washroom via the open louvered vent adjacent to the shower. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas on Sep 11, 2016 - 11 answers

How to use new balcony

Brainstorm request: Husband and I just moved into a new house that has a 4-foot-wide by 20-foot-long balcony off the master bedroom. How should we use it? [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Sep 8, 2016 - 26 answers

Can you recommend a moving company to take me from NJ to Durham, NC?

My husband and I are moving from northeast NJ to Durham next month. We are moving from a house to a house. Did you make a similar move, and if so would you recommend your moving company? [more inside]
posted by bananana on Sep 4, 2016 - 3 answers

I need some new running music!

I am looking for some steady, fast, balls to the wallish running music as I'm sick of my current rotation. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Aug 29, 2016 - 15 answers

House Insurance - Should I increase my replacement costs?

I got my next house insurance bill (due in October.) My Dwelling and Other Structures (house + detached garage) are listed at a Limit of Liability which is 5% less than the house/garage cost four years ago and at least 20% less than it would cost to replace them now (since house building hasn't gotten cheaper and my house has increased 10-15% in value according to real estate comps.) Should I increase the Dwelling and Other Structures coverages to cover what it would really take to rebuild my house?
posted by ITravelMontana on Aug 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Out with the mold, in with the...fan?

My closets develop mold this time of year. How can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Aug 25, 2016 - 4 answers

Would bi-fold, side-opening garage doors be a good idea?

I want to replace my single panel, up & over garage door with doors that open to the side. It looks like it will be some trouble to get the kind of doors I want, so will it be worth it? [more inside]
posted by polecat on Aug 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Termite filter: tenting vs spot treatment (California)

Hello! We're buying a house from very nice sellers in San Diego County, California. A requirement of our agreement is that they provide Section 1 termite clearance. Their termite inspection recommended tenting, but the sellers want to go with spot treatment instead because of the risk to plants around the house. I don't think I care as long as Section 1 is cleared, but am I setting myself up to have to tent the house later? The seller indicated that he would be willing to tent if we feel strongly about doing it. [more inside]
posted by atruesock on Aug 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Creepy Easter eggs for my new house?

So we're building a new house. What can we do to creep out the next people that own it? It makes perfect sense really, I saw a gif on reddit where some folks replacing carpet took the liberty of painting "get out!" in red paint on the floor below the carpet for the entertainment of the next people to replace the carpet. I would like to do similar things. [more inside]
posted by stet on Aug 15, 2016 - 92 answers

YASID about a weird house and It's not And He Build a Crooked House

My friend is looking for this story and none of us remember where it is from. A traveler or explorer encountered a house and walked in through the front door. He walked through the house, out the back door and around to the front of the house. He discovered that the front of the house was pinched off and inaccessible. Please help
posted by bleary on Aug 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Not So Golden Arches

We bought a house and I'm really excited about it. One thing we're not so excited about are these ugly windows that are all along the front of the house and the enclosed porch area. The arches are just kind of dated looking and not my style. How can I improve the look? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Aug 7, 2016 - 11 answers

A home to retire in

I'm hoping for help in imagining what my body and my needs will be like when I'm retired, in 30+ years' time, as I look for a home or a piece of property. The lifestyle things are obvious--a garden, proximity to friends/family/community, room for houseguests--but what else about the physical property ought I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey on Aug 4, 2016 - 38 answers

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 - 5 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

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