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Buying land now to build houses on later?

My cousin and I live in separate parts of the country currently, but we'd like to go in together on a 10+ acre piece of land roughly 30 minutes outside of St. Louis now with the intentions of both building on it several years down the road. What are we not considering? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith on Jun 5, 2011 - 20 answers

Should we buy the fire house?

Earlier this month, there was a fire in the house my boyfriend and I were renting. Basically the attic fan caused a fairly extensive fire which moved through the ducts and damaged the roof and ceiling. Not much damage was done to the ground floor, other than smoke and water. My boyfriend and I are now considering buying the house, and are looking for advice and experiences you might have for this situation. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on May 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Cleaning the deck.

Can you give me advice on cleaning my deck? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on May 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Anything as good as Tiesto's remixes?

Can anyone recommend some tunes as uplifting as Tiesto's remix of "I will be here" ? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on May 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Animal House

Several friends and I would like to rent out a house. Some of us have lived at apartments, but most have only lived at home with their parents all their lives. Most of us are 20-21 years old. We are all in the same fraternity... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli on May 18, 2011 - 25 answers

Cork floats

Cork Flooring -- recommended brands and experiences? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on May 18, 2011 - 8 answers

What should I expect from a realtor?

What, exactly, should my realtor be doing? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on May 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Where can I find more bass like this?

Where can I find more music that has bass like this [more inside]
posted by morganw on May 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Unbiased termite inspections in Los Angeles?

Are there companies in Los Angeles that give UNBIASED termite inspections? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on May 12, 2011 - 3 answers

What plants would be good for screening a window?

What plants would be good for screening a window? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on May 8, 2011 - 10 answers

Tomato's are a dyin.

Help out dying greenhouse tomato's! [more inside]
posted by SirStan on May 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Reviving the Historic House

What is the coolest thing you can imagine doing at a historic house? [more inside]
posted by Miko on May 5, 2011 - 66 answers

Who was this house design author?

Who was the 1970's-era alternative house design author and builder who was killed when a house of his own design collapsed?
posted by Jackson on May 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Same-sex Split

My same-sex partner and I have separated (to my shock and opposition) after a few years of hard financial times. While I am holding out hope that she will come to her senses, I need help deciding on what to do (especially regarding our house) in case we can't resolve our issues. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Getting songs on Beatport

How do you go about releasing songs on Beatport? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 25, 2011 - 2 answers


NACA: Friend or foe? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Apr 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Should I purchase a house?

Am I crazy to want to purchase a house? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 20, 2011 - 27 answers

am i crazy or what?

Should I sell a settlement annuity to buy a second house for an investment? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Apr 20, 2011 - 9 answers

How do you find a space to convert into a home?

After reading this post, I've realized that I want my next house to be.. different. How do I go about finding a warehouse/church/water tower to convert into a home? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Apr 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Seller/developer claims to have a competing offer on house that we're interested in, the day before we're due to meet with her-- is this suspicious?

Do real estate sellers ever falsely claim to have a competing offer to drum up a sense of urgency and drive up your own offer? That would be really unethical, right? But is there any way to verify their claim of another offer? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Apr 15, 2011 - 27 answers

Can I find flooring that's green, durable, and relatively inexpensive?

We're about to tear up old, nasty carpet and install some new non-carpet flooring. But after way too much time spent researching, I'm still completely confused about the best option that combines sustainability, durability, and appearance without breaking the bank. [more inside]
posted by laze on Apr 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Interested in a house with "settling" issues

You are not my structural engineer: I'm interested in a house that has a "settling" problem. There's a 2-inch gap in the floor moulding in the master bedroom. There's a small crack visible on the wall on the first floor directly below. Other than that, no visible issues (but I haven't looked too hard and were directed to these problems by the disclosure statement.) Is this a "RUN!!" situation or is there a scenario which can result in a clean bill of health? The house was built in 1910, is otherwise in beautiful condition, and we're in New England.
posted by moammargaret on Apr 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Finding a mystery leak?

My house gets its water from a well. I've been noticing the well pump running at odd times, even when water is not being used. As a test, I double checked that all faucets were off, no washer in use etc. Sure enough the gauge on the pressure tank was slowly dropping, at a rate of about 5psi/min. There is no visible leak anywhere. Any suggestions on how I track this down? [more inside]
posted by cosmac on Apr 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Creating the fourth wall

How much money and work would you estimate it would take to fix this basement? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Apr 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Best DJ all in one console under a grand?

Could anyone make any reasonable comparisons between the Numark MixDeck and the Devon 1200 with a Denon Mixer? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 6, 2011 - 8 answers

I'll probably just end up leaving a crumpled wad of 20s on the nightstand.

After being nickel-and-dimed to death throughout the process of buying a home in NYC, I have learned from our real estate lawyer that we will be expected-but-not-required to tip the Title Closer about $150 at the closing. Really? I mean... really? Homebuyers, what is your experience with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 49 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Free house in small town or high rent in big town?

In-laws want to give us a house. For free. But is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 - 29 answers

Adventures in Home Ownership

New Homeowner - Looking for a good maintenance schedule [more inside]
posted by runnergirl on Mar 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Desperately seeking for Adelaide

Does Adelaide have a website like, which lists all places to rent, regardless of which real estate agent is managing them? My Google-Fu has failed me.
posted by with the singing green stars as our guide on Mar 1, 2011 - 4 answers

I will freak out if I actually have to write a $550k check.

How much cash do you actually have to part with when buying a house? How many other fees and charges are there on top of the down payment? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Mar 1, 2011 - 42 answers

Should I pay off all of my loans before I try to buy a house?

I need some house buying help, and advice about whether to pay off my loans now or save more for the down payment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Is there a dead rodent in my wall?

Bad house smell has come on strong and suddenly. What is it? It's giving me a headache but my dogs don't even seem to notice it. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Feb 23, 2011 - 22 answers

Probate probate, who's got the probate?

Probate mysteries? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Feb 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Wet House

I just read this article and I'm curious about this place. A little searching brings up proposed sites elsewhere but I am wondering if any exist, specifically in the North East. Has anyone ever heard of such a place?
posted by Shanachie on Feb 17, 2011 - 10 answers

What happens when I correct the deed to my home?

What are the possible consequences of correcting the age of my house on the deed? [more inside]
posted by look busy on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

A series of series and serialized sub-serials. Seriously, basically help me make some mini-series - there will be spoilers.

*Spoiler Alert*Never Read This Thread (but none within the question itself): I am hoping to create a set of custom original miniature series "arcs", highlighting various things; characters/topics/ story-arcs/plot-arcs... any sort of "shortening of a longer series" that you love, or like or know. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Feb 12, 2011 - 4 answers

What was that music webapp I had on my iPod?

What was that music webapp I had on my iPod? Help me remember the site I had saved to my homescreen a while ago. I'm fairly sure it was a webapp and not a proper app. I seem to remember the name for the icon was shortened to a two-letter acronym; I thought it was DI for but googling that shows I was wrong. I'll try to describe it anyway: the app had a series of square, colourful icons down the left-hand side, not unlike the style to the iTunes gift card drawings. Each icon represented a category; I definately remember 'lounge', and the others were mostly dance/electronic music related genres like house, groove etc. probably hip-hop stuff too. Definately a cool and groovy site.
posted by Deor on Feb 10, 2011 - 2 answers

The grass is greener at the other houses nearby

My partner and I bought a house last month and although you would think I'd be over the moon right now, I'm actually a bit depressed about it. How can I come to terms with maybe not having chosen the best house to buy? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Feb 9, 2011 - 36 answers

Relaxing, Cheap Weekend Getaway Near Seattle

We are looking for an inexpensive getaway for 2 couples within a few hours' drive of Seattle. We want to sit around, read, play board games, drink, etc -- and we're trying to find a good place to do it. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Feb 6, 2011 - 12 answers

The spouse and the house

How to deal with the guilt of leaving a spouse with a house they can't afford? [more inside]
posted by catfood on Feb 3, 2011 - 42 answers

identify this architecture

what is the style of architecture of this house? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jan 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Mazel Tov! It's a mezuzah!

Mezuzah hanging ceremony - What's an appropriate gift? [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on Jan 28, 2011 - 8 answers

To Corian or Not to Corian, That is the Question.

Kitchen Renovation Question. Do we buy countertops like we're gonna maybe get stuck here, or do we buy countertops like we wanna spend significantly less money? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Jan 27, 2011 - 29 answers

After all this I might go live in a tent on the beach...

After all this I might go live in a tent on the beach... [more inside]
posted by Mimzy on Jan 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Buying a house together

Buying a house together-run into a roadblock and need input [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jan 24, 2011 - 25 answers

Handmade house

Where is this house? It appears in Handmade houses : A guide to the woodbutcher's art (1973), but I looked in the book and there seemed to be no information about where the house is.
posted by cashman on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house!

Help me pull the trigger on buying our dream house! [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Jan 19, 2011 - 19 answers

My friend needs advice on renting a house in San Diego.

My friend needs advice on renting a house in San Diego. He has been there for years, but he wants to scale down from 5 total roommates (including him) to 3 total roommates, including him. In order to scale down like this, he'll have to charge at least $1000 per roommate. Then each person will have tons of space. He wants roommates that are very nice, honest, and super-clean. Is this do-able? What can he do (he's in no position to make any major home improvements) to make it more likely that he'll find what he's looking for within a reasonable period of time?
posted by SociologistTina on Jan 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Conservatory that works on a terraced house?

I am thinking of getting a conservatory put on our house. It's a traditional UK terrace with a "wing" at the back containing the kitchen, bathroom above. About 6 ft wide. The yard to the side includes our back gate so we can't fill that with a conservatory. Our kitchen doors are on the back. I want to find plans that show how a conservatory can work, but googling just brings either conservatory companies (no plans) or estate agent sites (all terrace houses with a conservatory for sale). [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

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