Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement, http://www.zillow.com/advice/United-States%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B%253B/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Financing options to complete renovation http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Financing-options-to-complete-renovation/570376/ My wife and I purchased our house 3 months ago for $240k, financing $215k. &nbsp;The house needed a full renovation. &nbsp;We put $80k of our own cash towards the renovation, but some unexpected issues pushed the budget to $130k, so we'd like to finance the rest with a loan. &nbsp;<br/><br/>Can we do this with a HEL or HELOC? &nbsp;I think not because the house is unfinished (It's just at drywall now), but I may be misinformed.&nbsp;<br/><br/>If not, what other options do we have? &nbsp;I think this is a bit too much for an unsecured personal loan, and we don't have the available credit on cards to fund it either. &nbsp;Can we get a construction loan at this point? &nbsp;<br/><br/>Comps are $375-400k and we are using a GC to perform the work. &nbsp;<br/><br/>Thanks for any assistance! &nbsp;<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 25 Dec 2014 20:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Financing-options-to-complete-renovation/570376/ 2014-12-25T20:58:00Z 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 How do you get rid of "white spots" on hardwood floors caused by wetness? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-get-rid-of-white-spots-on-hardwood-floors-caused-by-wetness/199973/ I left some wet boots on an area of hardwood and now I see there's a white-ish spot on the floor. How do I get rid of this?<br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:04:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-get-rid-of-white-spots-on-hardwood-floors-caused-by-wetness/199973/ 2009-02-16T19:04:00Z How do I find the name of a curernt owner? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-the-name-of-a-curernt-owner/472049/ 5 replies Sun, 23 Dec 2012 23:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-find-the-name-of-a-curernt-owner/472049/ 2012-12-23T23:25:00Z Is finishing my basement worth it? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-finishing-my-basement-worth-it/569466/ I am thinking of finishing the basement in my house; the house is worth about 320K, and the cost of the addition is about 45K (it will add about 900 square feet and include a powder room and a fireplace). We can afford it, but is it wise? The house value has not budged in the 12 years that we have been here (strangely it briefly peaked at about 420K about 6 months back). Do I need a real estate savvy attorney to advise me on the contract? Any help is appreciated.<br \><br \>7 replies Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-finishing-my-basement-worth-it/569466/ 2014-12-12T23:03:00Z about how much would it cost to install a powder room in the basement? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/about-how-much-would-it-cost-to-install-a-powder-room-in-the-basement/265343/ in the process of buying my first home and wanted to get some sort of figs for a powder room in the basement.<br \><br \>4 replies Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/about-how-much-would-it-cost-to-install-a-powder-room-in-the-basement/265343/ 2009-08-07T01:43:00Z How to clean the black mold between the bathtub and the wall? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-clean-the-black-mold-between-the-bathtub-and-the-wall/361807/ There is a small cave in gap (where they seal with white chalk) between my bathtub and the wall. The water after shower stays in there; in times, I noticed there is kinda black stuff on it. I tried to wipe it, it wouldn't came off, is like a stain now. Does anyone has a good advice to clean that and how to avoid that in the future? Thanks!<br/><br \><br \>8 replies Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-clean-the-black-mold-between-the-bathtub-and-the-wall/361807/ 2010-08-12T00:21:00Z 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 fraud- Electrician http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/fraud-Electrician/569122/ We paid an electrician 29K to rewire a house top to bottom. The contract clearly says this includes wiring for boilers and thermostats(it's a three family). He got paid in full. We --- being total novices -- didn't realize wires were not there until plumber told us. Now electrician says he won't do it unless he gets more money.&nbsp;<br/>It's as clear as day in the contract. Next to wiring of boilers and thermostats, it says NC...it was one of the items the electrician threw in to lure us into choosing him for the job.&nbsp;<br/>We live in NY state (westchester county to be exact)<br/>What to do now? Any advice is appreciated.<br/>Thank you<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 09 Dec 2014 03:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/fraud-Electrician/569122/ 2014-12-09T03:45:00Z where to qualify for a rehab loan with a credit score of 600 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-to-qualify-for-a-rehab-loan-with-a-credit-score-of-600/560121/ 3 replies Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-to-qualify-for-a-rehab-loan-with-a-credit-score-of-600/560121/ 2014-09-21T20:20:00Z remodeled tiled master bathroom shower has only a rain showerhead. how to add handheld? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/remodeled-tiled-master-bathroom-shower-has-only-a-rain-showerhead-how-to-add-handheld/568840/ 3 replies Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/remodeled-tiled-master-bathroom-shower-has-only-a-rain-showerhead-how-to-add-handheld/568840/ 2014-12-06T01:34:00Z where to qualify for a rehab loan with a credit score of 600 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-to-qualify-for-a-rehab-loan-with-a-credit-score-of-600/560121/ 2 replies Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/where-to-qualify-for-a-rehab-loan-with-a-credit-score-of-600/560121/ 2014-09-21T20:20:00Z remodeled tiled master bathroom shower has only a rain showerhead. how to add handheld? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/remodeled-tiled-master-bathroom-shower-has-only-a-rain-showerhead-how-to-add-handheld/568840/ 2 replies Sat, 06 Dec 2014 01:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/remodeled-tiled-master-bathroom-shower-has-only-a-rain-showerhead-how-to-add-handheld/568840/ 2014-12-06T01:34:00Z What kinds of renovation will best increase the appraisal value after renovations are completed http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kinds-of-renovation-will-best-increase-the-appraisal-value-after-renovations-are-completed/568580/ 9 replies Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kinds-of-renovation-will-best-increase-the-appraisal-value-after-renovations-are-completed/568580/ 2014-12-03T17:39:00Z What kinds of renovation will best increase the appraisal value after renovations are completed http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kinds-of-renovation-will-best-increase-the-appraisal-value-after-renovations-are-completed/568580/ 9 replies Wed, 03 Dec 2014 17:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kinds-of-renovation-will-best-increase-the-appraisal-value-after-renovations-are-completed/568580/ 2014-12-03T17:39:00Z What are the Pros and Cons for renting a property to Pet Owners? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-Pros-and-Cons-for-renting-a-property-to-Pet-Owners/568587/ I just purchased a property and am about to fix it up. What are the pros and cons for renting to pet owners? Im wondering this because I am personally a pet owner and most of the people I know are pet owners. It would seem limiting to alienate such a large portion of potential clientele. Can anyone shed some light?<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-Pros-and-Cons-for-renting-a-property-to-Pet-Owners/568587/ 2014-12-03T18:35:00Z What are the Pros and Cons for renting a property to Pet Owners? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-Pros-and-Cons-for-renting-a-property-to-Pet-Owners/568587/ I just purchased a property and am about to fix it up. What are the pros and cons for renting to pet owners? Im wondering this because I am personally a pet owner and most of the people I know are pet owners. It would seem limiting to alienate such a large portion of potential clientele. Can anyone shed some light?<br \><br \>6 replies Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-are-the-Pros-and-Cons-for-renting-a-property-to-Pet-Owners/568587/ 2014-12-03T18:35:00Z 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 \>38 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 How much should I spend on a kitchen remodel? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-should-I-spend-on-a-kitchen-remodel/568300/ 6 replies Sun, 30 Nov 2014 23:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-should-I-spend-on-a-kitchen-remodel/568300/ 2014-11-30T23:47:00Z