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Should I look a gift house in the mouth?

My parents want to put the down payment on a (small) house, and have me live in it and pay the mortgage. Are there any downsides to this that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by insufficient data on Jul 10, 2012 - 36 answers

learning more about home construction and maintence

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]
posted by waylaid on Jul 7, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Cleaning in Minneapolis?

I have a need for a one time deep-cleaning service in the Minneapolis area. Does anybody have any recommendations? Further, does anybody have tips for getting family members to try and be less cluttered? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2012 - 7 answers

What will make our cats get along?

Three cats in one house. One having trouble integregating. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Building a deck used to just mean one thing, now we have ALL THESE OPTIONS.

To use composite decking or not to use composite decking, that is the question. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jun 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Suddenly Widowed

My husband died recently. We were together for decades and have school-age children. His passing involved severe trauma, and we have social support and frequent therapy appointments to get us through the turmoil. Emotionally, we're holding up. My question is about getting our affairs in order. [more inside]
posted by Fichereader on Jun 16, 2012 - 29 answers

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property.

Last night I was threatened by someone on my property. What should I do to get over feeling vulnerable/anxious? [more inside]
posted by brevator on Jun 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Will it rot before I do?

Why am I wrong to think that the wood on this house won't rot away or become a treat for insects? [Photo links inside] [more inside]
posted by roue on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Is There a Quick and Easy Fix for My Paint-Chipped Porch?

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]
posted by paperclip2000 on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Creative suggestions for landscaping a yard

I have a house that needs creative landscaping—but I'm in over my head. Can you recommend inspiring photos or magazines or websites, or some guides to getting started choosing ground cover, hedges, flowers, etc, for a landscaping newb? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Between our attorney, the seller, and termites, I like the termites best!

Can we get the previous owner to pay up for termite treatment? Two years later? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Jun 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Divest or encourage me with my fantasy!

Lickety-split, down and dirty house-buying advice needed. [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Neglected trees on vacant property are growing out of control. What to do?

There is a house across the street from me that has been vacant for a little over a year now. I have noticed the trees in the backyard growing out of control and they are starting to block my view. More importantly, I am worried about the potential for a fire from the accumulation of pine needles on the ground. [more inside]
posted by MattMangels on May 29, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I take this from my browser into real life?

I'm having a ridiculously fun time playing with Audiotool and am learning a ton about desktop production. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on May 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Recommended moving companies for a move from Vancouver (Canada) suburb A to Vancouver suburb B?

Recommended moving companies for a move from Vancouver (Canada) suburb A to Vancouver suburb B? Need to move furniture up narrow steps without dinging either walls or furniture. Looking for reliable service but reasonably priced. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on May 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Do we have to smell that smell?

We're looking for a new home and found one we like, but the odor is a bit overwhelming. Can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by roue on May 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment

Installing a garbage disposal in a rental apartment [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on May 18, 2012 - 11 answers

ISO electrical expertise

I just bought a house (yay!) and I need some schoolin' by educated mefites about the relative importance of various electrical upgrades my inspector recommended. If you're an electrician, a handyman with electrical expertise, or just a homeowner that's been through this, I'd love some thoughts on what is worth spending $$$ to upgrade now, versus not that important. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on May 18, 2012 - 26 answers

What to do about surprise cockroaches on day 1 of our lease?

We just signed a year long lease on a very nice house but haven't moved in yet. The lease started on Tuesday, the checks are cashed by the landlord, and the walkthrough in the bright light of day was fine. The landlord assured us that there were no bug problems (except termites in the past, which have been treated). However, yesterday evening when we were moving the first load of stuff to the new house, we spotted multiple cockroaches (outside, but against the house/diving into cracks in the foundation). NOOOO!!! How to proceed when we would have not signed the lease under these conditions? [more inside]
posted by cakebatter on May 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Should I get a property survey?

What's the downside of not getting a property survey? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on May 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Be my Pandora please

If I like this, what else might I like? I recently discovered Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur, and am particularly enamored of this track, titled "Garden." [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on May 12, 2012 - 6 answers

House down payment: Is bigger better?

House down payment: How much is best in the current economy? [more inside]
posted by svenx on May 8, 2012 - 13 answers

No couch, no problem?

Couch arriving much later than expected (over a month), having guests up before then, best options? [more inside]
posted by devonia on May 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Pros/cons to having "housesitter"?

What would the drawbacks/benefits be to having someone stay in our currently vacant house? [more inside]
posted by stefnet on Apr 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find the bedspread on last night's episode of House!

Help me find the bedspread on last night's episode of House! [more inside]
posted by veryhappyheidi on Apr 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Where is our septic system/leach field? Can we build/play on the lawn?

My wife and I have found a house and we love it, except that it's on a septic system. We don't mind that, but we're trying to find out if the septic/leach is going to make our backyard unusable or not. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Buying a furnished home

How do you negotiate buying furniture in a house - particularly generally unused furniture used in a model home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP!

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP! Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 12, 2012 - 19 answers

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

So much of my headspace is wrapped up in how my house looks (which is not so awesome) and it drags me down whenever I’m at home. This isn’t how I want to feel about my home. Can you help me change my attitude? [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Apr 12, 2012 - 32 answers

What are some creepy dance tracks?

What are some creepy, disturbing, scary, eerie DANCE tracks? [more inside]
posted by deusdiabolus on Apr 10, 2012 - 49 answers

Contractor set the house we're buying on fire. Now what?

We're under contract to buy a house. Two weeks before closing, a contractor performing agreed-upon presale repairs caught the house on fire. We've got a lot of questions about what happens next. [more inside]
posted by treblemaker on Apr 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Flies in house (Seattle). Constantly. Really?

I'm not sure what's happening here but I have a steady stream of flies into my house (I'd say 4-5 every five days) and none of my Interwebs explanations seem to apply. What the $@%@ is going in here? [more inside]
posted by skybolt on Apr 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Movies with a high WTF-to-running-time ratio?

Movies with a high WTF-to-running-time ratio? [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Apr 2, 2012 - 94 answers

My lease is law!

As a tenant, what are my options when the landlord wants to break my lease? [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Mar 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me find a lender!

Filtering through lenders for a mortgage in a home building situation. [more inside]
posted by phox on Mar 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Home-Not-So-Sweet-Home

My boyfriend wants to buy a house. I don't. How do we work through this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 - 48 answers

Video montage of Portland Oregon houses

I'm looking for a cool video that came out a couple years ago featuring hundreds (if not thousands) of still photos of Portland Oregon house fronts, played very quickly in succession.
posted by Rubik on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Please recommend a unique house plant

I am looking for a recommendation of a unique house plant/tree, and where to buy it. [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit on Mar 28, 2012 - 9 answers

As built or as not to built, this is the question?

Were doing an addition to our house, mainly a new kitchen. But included in our wish list is a set of french doors and we must move the washer and dryer to a new location outside the main house. I had a highly recommend contractor come over to take a look. After going over our "wish list" he said the way to proceed is to make a "as built" set of drawings of the property with set-backs, electrical, etc. He does the drawings work himself and charges $50 an hour. Says the entire preliminary drawing could cost up to approx. $5000. My head hurt for awhile and I am just not clear on the best way to proceed. I know we cannot afford all the work we want to get done. I know we are willing to work with cabinetry from places such as IKEA or Home Depot, if that really makes a difference. I know I want to have everything up to code and work with permits on the job. I know my head hurts. I started my own overview house plan using Google SketchUp and the help of this very forum, but it is very preliminary and I am not sure if I am up to making it a complete drawing with gas, elec, plumb, etc that would be necessary for the final job drawings. What I am asking for is help on how to wrap my head around this project. Am I being naive to think that this can all be done without spending 5K on drawings alone? What else am I missing here?? Thanks, Henry
posted by silsurf on Mar 23, 2012 - 26 answers

Renting my house - what am I forgetting?

I will be renting my house to a friend shortly (June). What resources (web sites, books, etc.) would you recommend on such various issues as; drawing up a lease, potential problems & how to avoid them, things I might be forgetting, etc. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Mar 22, 2012 - 4 answers

How can I swap my house in Spain for a cabin in the States?

Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca on Mar 16, 2012 - 1 answer

How do I get my family to move out?

What is the best way to tell my mom that I want my house to myself by this time next year? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Mar 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Need to find someone to straighten my house out.

I'm looking to find qualified or at least experienced mobile home levellers in the Fraser Valley area of BC. [more inside]
posted by barc0001 on Mar 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Pining away

Please help me deal with my fear of the giant pine tree out front falling on our apartment. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Mar 2, 2012 - 14 answers

it doesn't look like it'll kill us. i think.

When househunting, what are signs of quality renovation? What are signs of a shoddy renovation? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Feb 27, 2012 - 21 answers

What is a good plot size for a house

1. What is the plot size of a typical bungalow and a 2-storey house in Toronto? I am trying to be knowledgeable about this so I can compare different houses on the MLS site. [more inside]
posted by musicgold on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres.

Help us downsize! Moving from 2400 sq ft to 1200 sq ft and .25 acres to .00000000025 acres. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Feb 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Moving: When the baby is inside or outside?

My husband and I own a small house, and were originally planning on moving early next year. We got some good news over the holidays and I am now nearing the end of the first trimester of my first pregnancy. We'd still like to move, but is it easier to do this while I'm pregnant or should we wait until the baby is 6 months old? [more inside]
posted by smalls on Feb 15, 2012 - 34 answers

house affordable for us?

Can we afford the house? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Feb 14, 2012 - 56 answers

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