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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

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

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

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

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

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

Practical odds and ends for the new homeowner

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]
posted by Diablevert on Nov 30, 2015 - 37 answers

Gift for fixer-upper?

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]
posted by brynna on Nov 19, 2015 - 31 answers

Pregnant! Should we step back from buying this house we've dreamed of?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2015 - 22 answers

Low-VOC paint over oil-based primer: is this a terrible idea?

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]
posted by brackish.line on Nov 15, 2015 - 3 answers

How to get a loan in this scenario?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Something something "moist" (regrettably, that's all I can think of)

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]
posted by St. Hubbins on Oct 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Easter eggs in open houses

Is it common to include "easter eggs" when staging for open houses? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Oct 13, 2015 - 15 answers

What preparation (for the winter) is required for a gas boiler?

What regular maintenance / preparation for the winter is required for a gas fired boiler (forced air)? Is there a need to call a professional?
posted by r2d2 on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

What area or city has the most bungalow housing?

I assumed it was Southern California but a lot of places that used to have them, don't any longer. I assume due to the rising value of the real estate. So where are the most bungalow houses per capital in terms of areas or cities?
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 9, 2015 - 16 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 2, 2015 - 15 answers

First time homebuyer loan

First time home buyer. Totally confused and stressed out! I was pre-approved for a loan that includes a CalHFA down payment assistance loan. (I'm in California, natch, Alameda County). We went into contract last week and now my mortgage broker is asking me to collect a bunch of paperwork and she told me I need to do an educational class for my CalHFA loan. So I start researching these loans a little more closely, and I think I'm over the income limit. Now... What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2015 - 3 answers

What to put in my dome about buying a foreclosed home?

I don't know much about buying foreclosed homes and don't quite trust the top search results about it. So, I was hoping you could tell me: 1) How do I get started on looking at foreclosed homes that are available to buy? 2) Are home inspections usually good enough to catch major problems in foreclosed homes? 3) What else do you need to do to do this right? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Should we buy this house?

We're house-hunting in the craziest market ever - SF Bay Area. Will you help me think this out? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 13, 2015 - 23 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Good house yente wanted.

I'm thinking seriously about putting my home on the market (north of Boston). Which questions should I ask potential realtors? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jun 17, 2015 - 5 answers

My first house!

Y'all's advice on how I could pimp my cover letter actually did get me a ton of interviews and a new job-- hooray, and thank you! So now I'm moving, and I want to buy a house. What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by schooley on Jun 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me not wreck my house.

We love our house, an 85-year-old home that was extensively remodelled, preserving much of the charm, including original A-grade fir hardwood floors, but with many improvements, including plumbing and wiring. The outside is the original cedar siding, which was sanded/filled/primed/painted about seven years ago. Now that it's in need of repainting, I'm considering whether I should paint or replace. Don't know if this wrecks the look/value of the house. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by liquado on May 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Ideas for building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home?

I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

house hunting / living style to pursue as an introverted remote worker

I work from home and have an opportunity to move soon. I enjoy fresh starts and wondering about buying a house in the sticks somewhere and living the good life. I've recently cut my last geographic tie, and after a spell travelling, wondering if anyone has some insight/anecdata into living styles that might suit someone for whom commute is not an issue. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on May 5, 2015 - 9 answers

A very, very, very fine house.

We are buying our first home (yay!). Every time we go over there to poke around, I notice another thing that we don't deal with in our current four-unit apartment building. What are some things we need to buy? What are the things we need to do right away? Any tips you wish you would have known? Any thoughts on order of operations -- can we move as soon as there are beds, or when the internet arrives, or what? Please help us rehome. [more inside]
posted by St. Hubbins on Apr 29, 2015 - 33 answers

Little sister is watching you: roll-your-own/smart home security

So, last night we apparently interrupted some burglars. The police were pretty negative about traditional home security systems (which we didn't have anyway), and I'm interested in either a DIY system or a modern digital system. Googling turns up a lot of things that appear to be not ready for prime time (e.g. Canary). But surely there are Mefites with good suggestions. Help? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Apr 14, 2015 - 18 answers

Advice for renting out your home?

We're considering relocating across the country and renting out our current primary residence. We don't have experience with this, so if you've done something like this, what advice can you offer? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 1, 2015 - 11 answers

New House - decommission old oil tank or let it be?

We're in contract on a 1940 house in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the inspector said there used to be oil heat. There's no visible sign of a tank, and no records of a tank being decommissioned (city records for decommissioning or removal of old tanks only go back to 1997). We're trying to decide if it's worth looking for the tank and having it decommissioned if one is found, or if it's OK to just leave it be. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Mar 31, 2015 - 32 answers

Cute, fun textiles that won't break the bank

As springtime arrives, I would like to spruce up my house with some cute, inexpensive textiles. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Mar 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Real Cedar Siding - Maintenance?

Bought / Buying my first house and the house has real cedar for siding. I can't find any definite answer to the maintenance requirements and frequency to this; only cedar shake but this is actual wood planks. Anyone have experience with maintaining real wood siding? If you ever had it professionally maintained, what was your cost and est. square footage?
posted by lpcxa0 on Mar 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Omg spring is coming!!

After a rough winter, spring is ineluctably approaching. As the snow melts, I'm discovering that a number of the bushes are much worse for wear, the front brick path has heaved and needs to be re-set, paint is peeing, gutter downspouts and lots of wood trim are in need of replacement--the list goes on. And at some point, we'll need some grading work and other drainage projects. Plus (eventually) seeding the lawn and general cleanup. What's the best approach to thinking about and ordering these projects? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 13, 2015 - 13 answers

adding a concrete barrier to stone foundation

Our house in Boston was built sometime around 1900. It has a stone foundation that is mostly intact and has been kept in fairly good repair. Unfortunately, there are some holes/gaps that need to be repaired along the front wall of the foundation, under our brand new deck. They can't access the holes properly without removing most of this new deck. As an alternative, the masons have suggested pouring a small thin layer of concrete in front of the stone wall. Is this a reasonable approach? Anything we should be considering? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Mar 10, 2015 - 6 answers

What do you wish you had asked or known when meeting your realtor?

Buying our first home, I'm would like to go with a buyer agent and have our first meeting set with one Saturday. I'm turning to the hive mind for your tip, tricks, questions, and other things you wish you would have done or found helpful during meeting with your realtor. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Help us decorate our baby's nursery

My husband and I are working on decorating a nursery for our first baby (due in 10 days!). We have most of the furniture figured out but we can't figure out what to put under the window. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Feb 16, 2015 - 26 answers

Best way to sell a house without improvement, staging, or agents?

My mother is moving out of her house and wants to sell it with as little fuss as possible. She doesn't want to make any improvements, hire a realtor, have 'open houses,' or have any protracted negotiations. Her plan is to just take the best offer of a "fast cash buyout" home-buying company. That sounds like inviting a ripoff to me, but we both know very little about selling houses and don't know of any alternatives. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Feb 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Flooring options to replace ancient tile

The ceramic tile throughout my house is old, crumbling, and needs to go. Please help me sort through my flooring options. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Jan 22, 2015 - 11 answers

How do you take care of a house?

I've realized that I have little idea how to properly care for a house. What regular maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks should I be doing? How do I do them? What things should I be checking for, on what schedule? What equipment do I need? What things will I probably need to hire someone for? I'm a-googlin too, but thought you all might know some good resources.
posted by SampleSize on Jan 21, 2015 - 16 answers

How do we check to see if this offer on our house is legitimate?

My parents just inherited my grandmother's house, a burden they are not happy with. At first they were worried they would have to keep the house for the time being and hire a realtor to get it sold - they are not in a place to take on the cost of a second house, even if it is just temporary. Now suddenly out of the blue, a relative of my grandmother calls and offers the services of her step-son, someone who pays cash for houses and fixes them up. I'm a little suspicious and want to check that this isn't a scam. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Dec 4, 2014 - 15 answers

There's no place like home... We just need a loan!

The issue isn't us as borrowers... It's the house. The house is part of a coop/co-housing setting. We'd be buying the house, but the land it sits on would remain owned by the co-op. Mortgage? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 2, 2014 - 2 answers

Another Real Estate Question: Buy & Rent a Condo From Afar?

If I wanted to buy a house or condo in a distant state as an investment, and I had an opportunity to buy a place outright, with tenants and leases already in place, should I? How about outright but sans tenants? More info within. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Oct 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Tips for first fall/winter in new home

It's getting to be fall and winter's not far behind. This is our first fall/winter in our first home. What are the practical/DIY/gardening-y things we need to do to be ready for the change in seasons? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Designing our (little) kitchen

After months of drawing and re-drawing, we have draft floor plans! Now we need more eyes on the kitchen layout. Looking especially for specific suggestions. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Responding to an assessor questionnaire

It's been a few months since I bought my house, and I've received a questionnaire from the local assessor asking for details about the property. I plan to answer all the questions truthfully to the best of my knowledge and ability. Beyond that, do you have any advice on responding? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Save me from suburbia!

So, our neighborhood has never been the awesomest in terms of violent crime and drug stuff (in Toronto, btw), and some sudden recent changes are about to make it even less awesome. We have little kids. We bought this house ten years ago as a "starter home we'll sell in two years" and just... never left. Now we'd like to leave. But where do we go? [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Aug 23, 2014 - 16 answers

How to clean house like the professionals.

Between bad timing and desperation I hired a professional housekeeper to clean before family arrived for the holidays last year. She left the place looking better than when I first moved in. How can I do this on my own? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Jun 15, 2014 - 30 answers

Skyrocketing Zillow Estimate For My House

Holy crap. My house value has been creeping up since the bust, which was to be expected. But I just checked Zillow, and they've boosted its estimated value by 23% in the past 30 days (I'm in Westchester County, not far from White Plains). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jun 12, 2014 - 22 answers

Can my parents make me a mortgage loan?

Trying to buy a house. Have money for a down payment, but I'm self-employed and was turned down for a traditional loan. My parents are willing to lend me the money I'd need for the balance, and have me pay them back with interest, á la a mortgage loan. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jun 5, 2014 - 12 answers

What do I do about this hole in my yard?

I discovered a hole, roughly 10 inches across, in my yard (at a house I just moved into). It's basically a pipe going far far down, and had a stone top resting over the hole, loosely covering it. It reminds me of the Baby Jessica well, which makes me want to get rid of it, fill it in, cover it up. But I don't know what it is. Who might I call to figure out what it is, what it's for, if I can just remove the whole thing, or if it's necessary to keep it as-is?
posted by davebug on Apr 25, 2014 - 28 answers

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