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 Attic Fan http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Attic-Fan/127/ Has any one installed an Attic Fan. I have read that it reduces the room temp by atleast 10-20%. Is it worth. Are there any health concerns invoved in this.<br \><br \>10 replies Wed, 11 Jul 2007 20:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Attic-Fan/127/ 2007-07-11T20:01:00Z 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 \>19 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 Are "Electronic Gopher Repellers" Effective? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-Electronic-Gopher-Repellers-Effective/47247/ <p>Has anyone used the electronic gopher/mole repellers? If so, what was your experience?</p><br \><br \>20 replies Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-Electronic-Gopher-Repellers-Effective/47247/ 2008-11-14T17:35:00Z 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 \>40 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 My contractor has not paid his subs http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-contractor-has-not-paid-his-subs/48221/ <p>My kitchen remodel is getting near the end but I found out my contractor has not paid his subs in several weeks.&nbsp; I am getting worried not only about the great bunch of guys that work in my home that don't have money to pay their bills but a mass exodous at any time.</p><br \><br \>44 replies Mon, 01 Dec 2008 23:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-contractor-has-not-paid-his-subs/48221/ 2008-12-01T23:26:00Z Electrical code for location sub panel in basement (Georgia) http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Electrical-code-for-location-sub-panel-in-basement-Georgia/37935/ <p>I am about to finish my basement and would like to add a new sub panel some distance from the existing panel. I looked at the code online and it was vague saying only to NOT locate it in a bathroom, kitchen or closet. A friend told me it had to be next to the existing panel. Is that correct?</p><p>I want to locate it in a room where the mechanicals are so as to keep it hidden.</p><p>Any info much appreciated.</p><br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 21 Jul 2008 20:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Electrical-code-for-location-sub-panel-in-basement-Georgia/37935/ 2008-07-21T20:52:00Z Electrical code for location sub panel in basement (Georgia) http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Electrical-code-for-location-sub-panel-in-basement-Georgia/37935/ <p>I am about to finish my basement and would like to add a new sub panel some distance from the existing panel. I looked at the code online and it was vague saying only to NOT locate it in a bathroom, kitchen or closet. A friend told me it had to be next to the existing panel. Is that correct?</p><p>I want to locate it in a room where the mechanicals are so as to keep it hidden.</p><p>Any info much appreciated.</p><br \><br \>6 replies Mon, 21 Jul 2008 20:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Electrical-code-for-location-sub-panel-in-basement-Georgia/37935/ 2008-07-21T20:52:00Z READY TO SUE ZILLOW FOR INACCURATE INFORMATION! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/READY-TO-SUE-ZILLOW-FOR-INACCURATE-INFORMATION/4388/ Why will you not change your initial view information on a home when it is HIGHLY inaccurate. I'm tired of emailing you guys and getting absolutely NO response! So, I thought I would put my response out for anyone/everyone who comes to this Discussion Topic.<br/><br/>PROPERTY #1 You show: 921 Menlo Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315<br/>2 beds / 1.0 baths / 480 sq ft / single family / built 1963<br/><br/>ISSUES:<br/>#1 - This is a 1 1/2 bathroom home.<br/><br/>#2 - You guys are SUPPOSEDLY <a href="http://www.zillow.com">real estate</a> experts; well, you must not be if you think it's conceivable to have a two-story, 2 bedroom home with only 480 sq ft. <br/><br/><br/>PROPERTY #2 You show: 43377 Sheephorn Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315<br/>1 beds / 1.0 baths / 840 sq ft / single family / built 1966<br/><br/>If this wasn't a two story house, I'd agree with your 1 bedroom/1 bathroom, but as you can tell from the pictures, it's a two-story house and there are 2 bedrooms upstairs.<br/><br/><br/>What you guys MUST realize; or are ignorant if you FAIL to realize, is that if a potential buyer sees your statistics along with the selling price, they won't even consider opening the details to see the TRUTH! As well, your facts make your comps inaccurate in calculating the $ per sq/ft. You may just be the reason why a seller missed that one perfect buyer!<br/><br/>Don't hide behind public record when an owner can provide TRUE INFO through legal documents.<br \><br \>85 replies Mon, 27 Aug 2007 02:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/READY-TO-SUE-ZILLOW-FOR-INACCURATE-INFORMATION/4388/ 2007-08-27T02:57:00Z READY TO SUE ZILLOW FOR INACCURATE INFORMATION! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/READY-TO-SUE-ZILLOW-FOR-INACCURATE-INFORMATION/4388/ Why will you not change your initial view information on a home when it is HIGHLY inaccurate. I'm tired of emailing you guys and getting absolutely NO response! So, I thought I would put my response out for anyone/everyone who comes to this Discussion Topic.<br/><br/>PROPERTY #1 You show: 921 Menlo Dr, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315<br/>2 beds / 1.0 baths / 480 sq ft / single family / built 1963<br/><br/>ISSUES:<br/>#1 - This is a 1 1/2 bathroom home.<br/><br/>#2 - You guys are SUPPOSEDLY <a href="http://www.zillow.com">real estate</a> experts; well, you must not be if you think it's conceivable to have a two-story, 2 bedroom home with only 480 sq ft. <br/><br/><br/>PROPERTY #2 You show: 43377 Sheephorn Rd, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315<br/>1 beds / 1.0 baths / 840 sq ft / single family / built 1966<br/><br/>If this wasn't a two story house, I'd agree with your 1 bedroom/1 bathroom, but as you can tell from the pictures, it's a two-story house and there are 2 bedrooms upstairs.<br/><br/><br/>What you guys MUST realize; or are ignorant if you FAIL to realize, is that if a potential buyer sees your statistics along with the selling price, they won't even consider opening the details to see the TRUTH! As well, your facts make your comps inaccurate in calculating the $ per sq/ft. You may just be the reason why a seller missed that one perfect buyer!<br/><br/>Don't hide behind public record when an owner can provide TRUE INFO through legal documents.<br \><br \>85 replies Mon, 27 Aug 2007 02:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/READY-TO-SUE-ZILLOW-FOR-INACCURATE-INFORMATION/4388/ 2007-08-27T02:57:00Z Black Mold http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Black-Mold/25969/ <p>I just purchased a home. We had the home inspectected before we bought it. During the inspection the home inspector did find some mold on a piece of drywall under a sink that was leaking behind the wall so we asked the owner to fixed the problem and it was . The inspector also looked at the crawl space and found moisture where the sink had been leaking and after his inspection he stated that he didn't see any other issues with mold but advised us to install a vapor barrier in the crawl space. Now just recently a neighbor approached me and informed me that the previous owner found black mold in the house a few years ago and now I don't know what to do...I contacted my realator and she advised me to have a mold company inspect the property and see if there was or still is a mold problem. My question is if there is found to be a mold problem do we have any recourse since from that the neighbor told me the previous owners already knew of the problem and didn't disclose it to me. My realator said we wont have any recourse since it was an estate sale...one of the owners died But I don;t consider that an estate sale since the wife is still alive and she was part owner of the property and would have known of the mold to. Futher more if the inspector missed a mold problem aren't they liable too? What shoud I do?</p><br \><br \>11 replies Sun, 23 Mar 2008 22:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Black-Mold/25969/ 2008-03-23T22:22:00Z swimming pool maintenance cost http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/swimming-pool-maintenance-cost/19122/ <p>How expensive is it to have a pool? The house we are thinking of buying happen to come with a pool, but we know nothing about owning a pool. Would $100/mo cover the maintenance if 3 ppl use it every other day?</p><br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 29 Jan 2008 11:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/swimming-pool-maintenance-cost/19122/ 2008-01-29T11:44:00Z All matching appliance brands in kitchen- absolutely necessary? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/All-matching-appliance-brands-in-kitchen-absolutely-necessary/32791/ <p>I'm having a hard time deciding which line of appliance brands to go with.&nbsp; Some companies might make a good X but not a good Y, and vice versa.&nbsp; Some people tell me they MUST all match, other people say it doesn't matter as long as they're all the same color.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Opinions??</p><br \><br \>35 replies Sat, 17 May 2008 21:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/All-matching-appliance-brands-in-kitchen-absolutely-necessary/32791/ 2008-05-17T21:49:00Z To raise or not to raise.....Kitchen ceiling that is... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/To-raise-or-not-to-raise-Kitchen-ceiling-that-is/26875/ <p>I recently bought a house.&nbsp; The house was built in 1981.&nbsp; It's a beautiful single story home with a modern yet traditional feel. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths. Backs to&nbsp;ranch with all of its views.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>There's one problem.&nbsp; Well there's a couple of problems. But the one problem I can't get over is the 7ft. ceiling in the kitchen.&nbsp; We went up in the attic and it looks like we have room to raise the ceiling another 2 ft.&nbsp; Does anyone have any experience getting this type of work done and what&nbsp;am I looking at as far as cost?&nbsp; I know this can only be a general estimate but I have no idea if this remodel is a $5k remodel or a $20K remodel.&nbsp; Any ideas???</p><br \><br \>39 replies Tue, 01 Apr 2008 13:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/To-raise-or-not-to-raise-Kitchen-ceiling-that-is/26875/ 2008-04-01T13:26:00Z what is the difference between boarding care home and senior assisted living facility? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-difference-between-boarding-care-home-and-senior-assisted-living-facility/227051/ Can anyone tell me the difference between a boarding care home and a senior assisted living facility? Which one provides housing and care for elderly people inside a house? For example if I my grandfather wanted to live in a house where he shares a room with another elderly<br \><br \>3 replies Thu, 23 Apr 2009 11:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-difference-between-boarding-care-home-and-senior-assisted-living-facility/227051/ 2009-04-23T11:04:00Z Hardi Plank vs LP siding? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hardi-Plank-vs-LP-siding/28178/ <p>Which would you choose and why?&nbsp; 1 story ranch style house in Southern Oregon.</p><br \><br \>15 replies Wed, 16 Apr 2008 01:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Hardi-Plank-vs-LP-siding/28178/ 2008-04-16T01:07:00Z 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