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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

What do I need to know about buying vs renting?

Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 12, 2012 - 39 answers

I don't want to be buried in my own backyard

Underwater mortgage + growing family in small house = terror. How can we plan to get out of this situation in three years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 - 29 answers

Plants in the bathroom? Mold is not a plant.

What kind of plants will grow well in a bathroom with no windows?
posted by jyorraku on Feb 7, 2012 - 15 answers

I Inquire ...

I had a high credit score, no inquiries and no late debt. I bought a car and refinanced my house with the low interest rates. But I am considering starting a small business and may want to borrow for that. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 6, 2012 - 2 answers

How can I make money off my empty house?

I have an empty house just sitting there. How can I make some money off of it? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Feb 3, 2012 - 13 answers

I feel like the prettiest girl at the prom!

What's the nicest possible rejection text I can send to the people I don't pick to be my new housemate? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Feb 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Title insurance - sensible closing cost or scam?

Should I purchase owner's title insurance for my new home? [more inside]
posted by seppyk on Jan 31, 2012 - 29 answers

I want to eat you, not smell you

Do you cook a lot? Yet your house smells clean? Tell me how you do it! [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Hunting for Location, Location, Location

I love reading The Hunt column in the NY Times. Love watching "Location, Location, Location" (which I only get to see on cable when I'm at a hotel I travel to for work). Loved House Hunters when I saw it while overseas. I even like reading Ask Metafilter questions about where people should rent or buy when I have never even been to that city. What else would I like? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Home Monitoring Via WebCam (Short Term)

Is there an economical way to set up a few webcams so I can remotely monitor my house (for disasters) while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jan 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Poop here not there

I've seen questions on this before, but I have specific details that might make my question unique. My dog (a miniature poodle) has a doggy door and until 3 or 4 months ago we let her have unsupervised access to the backyard. Unfortunately, she decided she didn't like getting her feet wet by going on the grass and started going on the patio. At which point I launched operation supervised poop. [more inside]
posted by bananafish on Jan 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one?

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jan 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Home designing ideas

After buying a home we are stumped on how to design it and get ideas on living rooms, bath, etc. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Or maybe I just need antxiety meds?

Should I be concerned about large numbers of ants in my backyard and small numbers of ants in my house? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jan 15, 2012 - 6 answers

First time buyer. Are foreclosed homes cheaper?

Are foreclosed homes cheaper? And how would you go about buying your very first home? [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Why would a person want a mortgage if they didn't need it?

Assuming that you could buy a house outright, for cash, why would you get a mortgage? A conversation got me researching this recently. Many articles suggest that if the interest rate is low, a mortgage is better. Yet I can't for the life of me figure out why paying low interest is better than paying no interest. A person with a 30-year mortgage usually ends up paying about 2 times the principal. School me, financial mefites. FYI: this is just a curiosity. I'm in no position to actually do this in reality.
posted by the jam on Jan 6, 2012 - 48 answers

How do you maximize a small home for a family of four?

I'm looking for ideas/resources on maximizing a small house's space for a family of four. [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Jan 5, 2012 - 31 answers

reasonably priced homes in LA

Where in Los Angeles can I buy a house for a reasonable price in a safe neighborhood. Is Winnetka, CA safe? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Jan 3, 2012 - 7 answers

How bad is owning half a house?

What's the legal liability ramifications of owning half a house? (I already have a lawyer. I wanted a second/English opinion.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 17 answers

I see a wood door and I want to paint it white

Who's right, my realtor or my painter? Should I paint my trim white? Replace it? Details inside (and time is of the essence, the painter comes today) [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Dec 21, 2011 - 30 answers

Right neighborhood to buy house in Toronto

We are searching for a neighborhood in Toronto to buy a house for our family. As we are new in Toronto, we are not sure what areas will meet the following criteria. [more inside]
posted by musicgold on Dec 9, 2011 - 9 answers

How can we sell our condo and buy a house?

How can we sell our condo and buy a house? [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Dec 8, 2011 - 15 answers

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one?

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum on Nov 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Should I raise the roof before buying the house?

I am buying a house and the roof is questionable. There were missing tabs all over. A roofer came out and did minimal repairs at the current owners' expense but he says the roof has "2 to 5 years" left, maybe, depending on weather (we live in the midwest). Would it be reasonable to ask for a reroofing allowance in purchasing this house? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Can't cope with buying, can't cope with renting

I need help getting a mortgage on a property that needs minor repairs. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

How to sell a grotty house and where do I start?

My house is a mess - one of the reasons for selling - and I have no money. Where the hell do I start? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 15, 2011 - 40 answers

Small Mystery Critter in Our House...Help!

We have an unknown critter nibbling the fruit and tomatoes on a counter INSIDE our house (in Miami, Fl). It's hungry enough to eat most of the bait on a mouse trap (say, leaving only the skin on a small slice of pear, as it seems to like fruit), strong enough to somehow move what's left of the bait about 1.5 inches away from the trap, but agile/light enough to not be caught by the trap. No vermin poop nearby that I can see. Ideas what it could be and how to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by wordworking on Nov 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Should we go from suck to blow?

We just had an energy audit done for our 104 year old house and 3/4 of the heat loss was coming from the uninsulated walls. I was advised to get cellulose insulation. I've heard bad things about blowing insulation into old houses like mine, but the auditor said it would be densely packed and not be a problem. I've been reading up and haven't been able to find any definitive answers. Is it okay to have cellulose insulation blown in to my old house if it is densely packed?
posted by charred husk on Nov 11, 2011 - 14 answers

Insulating a small brick area.

How can I insulate under my front door? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Nov 10, 2011 - 3 answers

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