Zillow Advice RSS: Discussion,Home Ownership, http://www.zillow.com/advice/United-States%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B/home-ownership/discussion/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Re-roofing. Tear off or not? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Re-roofing-Tear-off-or-not/321738/ I need a new roof. My roofer (long-existing, professional roofing company) is suggesting laying the new roofing over the old. Both are / will be composite. I've heard of this done before and wanted to get opinions about whether it's an acceptable practice in general. I trust the roofer, but still like other opinions!<br \><br \>27 replies Thu, 04 Feb 2010 19:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Re-roofing-Tear-off-or-not/321738/ 2010-02-04T19:44:00Z Vent over stove question http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Vent-over-stove-question/36928/ <p>I just bought a house and in the kitchen the microwave (with built in venting in the bottom) is very close to the stove top.&nbsp; I have to lean down to just see the controls for the stove located on the back of the stove.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I read somewhere that the distance from the stovetop and the overhead vent should be 21 inches.&nbsp; Mine is a much smaller distance than that.&nbsp; So I am considering removing the microwave and instead installing a general vent hood under the cabinet to give me more clearance to cook.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>There is no outside venting currently.&nbsp; Do vent hoods always have to be vented to the outside?&nbsp;</p><br \><br \>29 replies Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Vent-over-stove-question/36928/ 2008-07-10T00:09:00Z Misleading/False/Incorrect Info regarding my house@ 135 Goldtree way, Hayward, CA 94544-1259 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Misleading-False-Incorrect-Info-regarding-my-house-135-Goldtree-way-Hayward-CA-94544-1259/43413/ <p>With reference to above subject I wish to give the following facts regarding my above said property as:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1.Being the owner of above said property, I am still living there since I bought it 5 years back.</p><p>2.I never sold the said property anytime to anybody, where as, you have posted as having sold for $ 315k recently which is very disgusting, misleading and absolutely false.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Could you please do the needful at the earliest?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!</p><p>Parvinder Bhasin</p><br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 23 Sep 2008 06:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Misleading-False-Incorrect-Info-regarding-my-house-135-Goldtree-way-Hayward-CA-94544-1259/43413/ 2008-09-23T06:15:00Z Flood Insurance http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Flood-Insurance/506868/ The Wall St. Journal has an interesting and informative article regarding flood insurance prices;<br/><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579008922222799170.html?KEYWORDS=flood+insurance" rel="nofollow">http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323446404579008922222799170.html?KEYWORDS=flood+insurance</a><br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Flood-Insurance/506868/ 2013-08-14T17:12:00Z How to SUCCESFULLY Appeal Your Upcomming Georgia Property Tax Assessment http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-SUCCESFULLY-Appeal-Your-Upcomming-Georgia-Property-Tax-Assessment/437313/ This past year more people are having difficulties in successfully appealing their Georgia property tax assessments. One would think that due to the declining market values it would be a slam dunk. According to recent article in the&nbsp;Atlanta Journal Constitution&nbsp;(3/31/2012) many people are unsuccessful in appealing due to not being prepared. Those who are prepared and educated about the process are more like to succeed and save money. One of the biggest mistakes are that people don't present the appropriate comparable sales in their area. A&nbsp;professional Realtor can help you determine what is the best comparable and what is not.&nbsp; Most Atlanta counties will be sending out the assessments in mid-April. The <a rel="nofollow" href="http://fctf.org">Fulton County Tax Payers Foundation</a> offers helpful assistance. <br/><br/>Please click on this <a rel="nofollow" href="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24744848/AJC-Propertytaxfilinginfo-3312012.pdf">link</a> to see a property tax appeal resource page prepared by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.<br \><br \>4 replies Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-SUCCESFULLY-Appeal-Your-Upcomming-Georgia-Property-Tax-Assessment/437313/ 2012-03-31T11:25:00Z Replacement Windows http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Replacement-Windows/39151/ <p>Anyone have experience of Pella, Harvey, Andersen, and/or Advanced Windows Systems? I'm getting quotes to replace 14 windows in my house (one of them picture window) and am getting the typical sales rap. Also, anyone ever get a quote for 14 regular windows for $41,000?! My eyes jumped out of my head.............</p><br \><br \>72 replies Sun, 03 Aug 2008 18:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Replacement-Windows/39151/ 2008-08-03T18:45:00Z Where is the best place to buy major appliances? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-is-the-best-place-to-buy-major-appliances/227068/ We're going to need a fridge and washer/dryer. Where do you recommend? Are name brands worth it? As for fridge, what do you think about the various styles? (Freezer on top, side-by-side, freezer on bottom,) Any other pearls of wisdom?<br/>Thanks for any advice you can give!<br/><br \><br \>39 replies Thu, 23 Apr 2009 12:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Where-is-the-best-place-to-buy-major-appliances/227068/ 2009-04-23T12:56:00Z Will a finished basement add value. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-a-finished-basement-add-value/380355/ I know this could be a wide open question.&nbsp; But I have to ask because I do not have a walkout basement or bulkhead.&nbsp; Just access from the entry way in my house.&nbsp; And I have read that in some places you can not consider it finished sq footage unless you have a walkout basement.&nbsp; So i'm concerned that if it doesn't count it will not add value.&nbsp; <br/><br/>I currently have a 3 bed, 1bath ranch with 5 acres that was valued at $140k in 2008.&nbsp; I recently had it on the market and both real estate co that I courted did their analysis and suggested I list it for $140k.&nbsp; I will be adding a bedroom, living room, and full bath in the basement.&nbsp; I also could add value by remodeling my kitchen and bath...or all three.&nbsp; I'm looking to add $40k in value to my home.<br \><br \>14 replies Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-a-finished-basement-add-value/380355/ 2011-01-11T15:29:00Z New home with dryer vent issue. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/New-home-with-dryer-vent-issue/400389/ I have bought home 7 months ago.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A month ago we noticed some birds in the dryer vent.&nbsp; we have called builder about this.&nbsp;&nbsp; Builder asked us to call pest control and remove the birds.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; we had done exactly like builder said.&nbsp;&nbsp; After few days, birds had come again.&nbsp;&nbsp; We had removed them again.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Now, they have come again.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So, we have contacted builder fix this as birds keep comming.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Builder is saying he can't do anything about.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He is asking us to use the bird guard but it needs to be cleaned for every three months as per the fire safety standards.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I can do this if the dryer vent is accessable but the dryer vent is located in the second floor and I can't access it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I am asking builder to put dryer vent accessable but he is refusing to do that and keep saying we can't do anything about it.&nbsp;&nbsp; Should I live like this or do I have to do anything about it.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Could anybody suggest me what should I do about this.<br/><br/>Thanks in Advance...&nbsp;<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 25 May 2011 03:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/New-home-with-dryer-vent-issue/400389/ 2011-05-25T03:24:00Z Seller lied on disclosure about septic http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-lied-on-disclosure-about-septic/453579/ We purchased our first home in Feb.&nbsp;In April, we noticed that our toilet was having a hard time&nbsp;flushing.A plumber determined the septic tank was full. I called a septic service to have the tanks pumped 4/25 . &nbsp;By July, we had the same issues. We called the plumber who checked the septic tanks. FULL again.I called an excavator who told me to determine the problem,we needed a permit from the township. On 7/25, a plumber &amp; excavator found the septic tanks weren't connected to anything. &nbsp;No drain field. The tanks were filling so fast because since there was no septic system in place, just tanks, the household waste had no where else to go. &nbsp;It sits in the tank until it was pumped out. &nbsp;A few feet from the tanks, they discovered a pipe that led to a full cesspool that was capped &amp; the pipe to it was crushed. &nbsp; A township supervisor &amp; a septic inspector was present during the dig. A sand mound needs to be put in, a fix that comes with a $20k price tag. &nbsp; I had to pay $450 to have the septic pumped again and $400 to the plumber and excavator to dig.&nbsp;Everyone present remarked how the septic tanks are new, the style hasn't been out for more than 5-6 years. &nbsp;The inspector also checked &amp; found no permits on file for the property.On the disclosure report the seller put that there were NO past or present known septic problems. &nbsp;This can't be true because the tanks are new &amp; you just don't put in new septic tanks without reason. &nbsp;He owned the&nbsp;property&nbsp;for 40 yrs &amp; had to have known they were put in. He also stated that the on lot septic system was a drain field. &nbsp;Again, there was no drain field, never was..We are facing repairs in the area of 20k on a house we paid 100k for.We would have never purchased the home knowing it would need such expensive repairs. We paid for an inspection before purchasing that didn't catch this..Do we have any recourse? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br \><br \>13 replies Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Seller-lied-on-disclosure-about-septic/453579/ 2012-08-01T13:24:00Z Cesspool vs Septic http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cesspool-vs-Septic/40829/ <p>Can someone please explain to me the difference b/w a cesspool system and septic system?&nbsp; I've looked online and cant find much info other that cesspool is essentially an "oldschool" septic system.&nbsp; Does anyone know what the differences are, and what (if any) are the disadvantages of an old cesspool system vs today's septic systems?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>(FYI: I'm house hunting and one of the houses I'm looking at has cesspool)</p><br \><br \>9 replies Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cesspool-vs-Septic/40829/ 2008-08-21T20:52:00Z Polished Concrete Floors http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Polished-Concrete-Floors/40348/ <p>Has anyone done this and do you like it?&nbsp; Seems sort of industrial but should be easy to take care of and practically indestructible.&nbsp; I was thinking of doing this instead of tile and just using area rugs.</p><br \><br \>32 replies Sat, 16 Aug 2008 14:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Polished-Concrete-Floors/40348/ 2008-08-16T14:33:00Z How do you replace electrical wiring in a home? Costs? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-replace-electrical-wiring-in-a-home-Costs/20649/ <p>Hi. This is my first post and I'm wondering if anyone can help me. I have a single-story home built in 1967 and am considering replacing the entire electrical wiring, in additional to adding more outlets.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Does anyone know how that sort of work is done? Will all of the walls need to be removed/torn down to accomplish this? I live in the East Bay and am wondering if anyone has idea of costs (house is under 2200 sq. ft.).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks for any info!</p><br \><br \>21 replies Wed, 13 Feb 2008 00:38:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-replace-electrical-wiring-in-a-home-Costs/20649/ 2008-02-13T00:38:00Z Does putting a fence on your property, increase the value? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-putting-a-fence-on-your-property-increase-the-value/290889/ I have been doing a lot of research about this question.&nbsp; I have gotten information from both sides.&nbsp; Some saying&nbsp;adding a fence&nbsp;does increase the property and others saying it doesn't really doesn't.&nbsp; <br/><br/>I am very interested to hear what others in our local market have to say about it.<br \><br \>13 replies Fri, 23 Oct 2009 14:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Does-putting-a-fence-on-your-property-increase-the-value/290889/ 2009-10-23T14:56:00Z Clogged Drain solutions....DIY-using softdrinks??? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Clogged-Drain-solutions-DIY-using-softdrinks/426258/ <p>Personally, if using a plunger or commercial chemical didn't work we've had to resort to renting a snake and running it down the lines.&nbsp; (this was when a friend who lives in town was helping me clean out fridge and put an entire cabbage casserole in the garbage disposal- probably OK in town on sewage service lines...not ok on smaller lines going to septic in old house).<br/><br/>either way...has anyone ever used softdrinks for a stubborn clog?&nbsp; It says <a rel="nofollow" href="http://melbel.hubpages.com/_momtech/hub/-Home-Remedies-for-Clogged-Drains">here</a> that they work quite well.</p><br \><br \>25 replies Tue, 20 Dec 2011 03:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Clogged-Drain-solutions-DIY-using-softdrinks/426258/ 2011-12-20T03:28:00Z 5,000 dollars homes http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/5-000-dollars-homes/10684/ This home sold for 5,000 dollars: <br/>490 W Matheson Dr Key Biscayne FL 33149 <br/> It now sells for 8 million. I have found others aswell. Are these mistakes in zillow? How is this type of sale found.<br/><br/>Thank you, Robert.<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 02 Nov 2007 18:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/5-000-dollars-homes/10684/ 2007-11-02T18:41:00Z Cost of Building A Garage http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cost-of-Building-A-Garage/280902/ I have recently purchased my childhood home, built in 1895 and I'm going through renovating the main house. I'd also like to tear down the existing garage and build a new garage. Does anyone know what I could expect to pay for a 20 wide by 24 deep garage with no storage above, just a simple garage. Any advice would be great!<br \><br \>5 replies Mon, 21 Sep 2009 19:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Cost-of-Building-A-Garage/280902/ 2009-09-21T19:02:00Z 5 Strategies To Secure Your Home Against A Break In http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/5-Strategies-To-Secure-Your-Home-Against-A-Break-In/514862/ <p>Having your home broken into is completely violating. Burglars don't just steal your stuff; they steal your peace of mind. While this is the sort of thing you think will never happen to you, it's worth the time and effort to make sure you're not a target. Below are five strategies to help secure your home against a break-in. 1. Use Landscaping as a Barrier 2. Put in a Security Alarm 3. Install Motion Sensor Lights &nbsp;4. Hide your spare key better &nbsp;5. Don't Facebook or Tweet your trips. &nbsp;For the full blog post you can get to it from our profile.</p><br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/5-Strategies-To-Secure-Your-Home-Against-A-Break-In/514862/ 2013-10-10T21:00:00Z 7 Things To Do Before You Move Into A New House http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/7-Things-To-Do-Before-You-Move-Into-A-New-House/515512/ A great article I just had to share! My wife and I made sure to take care of all of <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/18707258/list?utm_source=Houzz&amp;utm_campaign=u373&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=gallery4">these items</a>...and many more we didn't anticipate!<br/><br/>Get life in a new house off to a great start with fresh paint and switch plates, new locks, a deep cleaning &mdash; and something on those windows.<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/7-Things-To-Do-Before-You-Move-Into-A-New-House/515512/ 2013-10-16T16:19:00Z Pre-fab tub/shower surround or tiled walls? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Pre-fab-tub-shower-surround-or-tiled-walls/517000/ We're starting planning on remodeling two full baths in a 1972 townhouse. We expect to live in it for up to 5 more years before selling and moving. We're in a starter community (first homes) , so we want the baths to look nice and have easy upkeep. I really like the look of the newest pre-fab surrounds I've seen, and I think they'd be easier to clean and maintain. But will they adversely affect the desirability of our house for a first-time home buyer? These bathrooms are tiny, just big enough for a tub, toilet and vanity.<br \><br \>16 replies Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Pre-fab-tub-shower-surround-or-tiled-walls/517000/ 2013-10-28T15:32:00Z