Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,CT http://www.zillow.com/advice/CT/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate Home remodeling http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-remodeling/507823/ Is it the right time of year to get my bathroom.kitchen redone?<br \><br \>5 replies Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-remodeling/507823/ 2013-08-20T20:57:00Z Gas conversion http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Gas-conversion/526081/ My home so listed as oil but I did a gas conversion and I'm wondering how much that improves the value of a home in east hartford, ct.<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Gas-conversion/526081/ 2014-01-27T16:49:00Z What is the approximate cost to install a 'standard' 250 sq ft paver patio? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-approximate-cost-to-install-a-%27standard%27-250-sq-ft-paver-patio/495752/ I know that there are of course dozens of factors that will affect price, but I'm just looking to hire someone to install a simple, 14x17 patio. &nbsp;The land is almost perfectly level but will require a little bit of leveling. &nbsp;I would want an average quality paver (nothing too cheap, nothing too fancy...).<br/><br/>Thank you for any rough estimates/actual cost of your patio, that you can provide.<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-approximate-cost-to-install-a-%27standard%27-250-sq-ft-paver-patio/495752/ 2013-06-06T19:19:00Z the neighbour's expanding invaded my house privacy? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/the-neighbour%27s-expanding-invaded-my-house-privacy/459466/ <p>we have some concerns about our neigbours expanding: My house is in one acre zone. once it was very good in terms of privacy. Now, one of my neighor expanding his small house into a big one. Before his expanding, only one our my window from bathroom can see his house, now, his new house has big windows which can see my house from two bed romms and my family room and living room , my backyard balcony. I really feel my privacy has been invaded a lot and it also may devalued my house.I checked the city hall, his house is extanded to the wetland of his territory, and the city hall gave him approval of his house expanding to wetland. Is anything we can do? your advice is highly appreciated.</p><br \><br \>7 replies Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:26:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/the-neighbour%27s-expanding-invaded-my-house-privacy/459466/ 2012-09-11T15:26:00Z Tankless water heaters: Pros and cons? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tankless-water-heaters-Pros-and-cons/409619/ One feature of a green home is a tankless water heater.&nbsp; Various consumer reports seem to slam this innovation as being not only not worth the money, but not even really that significant of an environmental benefit.&nbsp; What has been your experience?<br \><br \>13 replies Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tankless-water-heaters-Pros-and-cons/409619/ 2011-07-30T16:42:00Z IS it worth adding 100k in additions to my home at this time? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/IS-it-worth-adding-100k-in-additions-to-my-home-at-this-time/445720/ I have 2 bedroom 1 1/4 bath.&nbsp; I&nbsp; paid 215k, have new baby coming and need another bedroom. I can re frame 3 season porch and blow out kitchen, add play room, turn 1/4 bath to 1/2 and add master suite bedroom with full bath and walk in closet above current 3 season porch for a mere 110k making my investment 325k. can i recoup my $$ over the next 5 years, selling my 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath 1600 sq/ft house for 350k?<br \><br \>8 replies Wed, 06 Jun 2012 01:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/IS-it-worth-adding-100k-in-additions-to-my-home-at-this-time/445720/ 2012-06-06T01:28:00Z you don't follow real values http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/you-don%27t-follow-real-values/434607/ 80 Laurel Lane, 06070<br/>All this has been done and you have not looked since 2005??<br/>How good can you guesstimate be????<br/>Total rebuild 2007 due to major fire, w many upgrades costing $190k<br/>2011new furnace<br/>new driveway<br/>new contractor built 12x22, 4 season sunroom w/heat/ac<br/>new fenced in back yard<br/>new 12x30 shed with power<br/>This home is well above maintained, next door, not so much, but valued higher and I know the builder, 82 Laurel Lane is built from demo houses, used everything.<br/>So much for Zillow values!<br/><br/><br \><br \>3 replies Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/you-don%27t-follow-real-values/434607/ 2012-03-09T21:34:00Z What can I do to get more (or better) quotes for my loan request ZR-MQYBVJD http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-MQYBVJD/431722/ I purchased my home in July 2011 for $852,000 and took out a 80% loan. I have spent 130,000 on improvements (kitchen, much interior improvements, hvac, propane, HW boiler, etc). I paid this all cash. I now would like to add 650 sf and re-side the exterior and add decorative eves, etc for about another $150,000. I would like a heloc or home equity line for $100,000 or more.<br \><br \>0 replies Sun, 12 Feb 2012 22:27:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-MQYBVJD/431722/ 2012-02-12T22:27:00Z Home torn down and rebuilt. Zestimate is WAY off. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-torn-down-and-rebuilt-Zestimate-is-WAY-off/430601/ Friends of ours bought a property several years ago.&nbsp; The cottage on the property was falling down.&nbsp; They tore it down and built a gorgeous new home in its place.&nbsp; The Zestimate for their new home is only about $50,000 more than what they paid (essentially just for the land) a few years ago.&nbsp; I helped them update all the facts about their property, but it didn't help.&nbsp; The current Zestimate is literally about 1/3 of what the place is worth.&nbsp; What can they do?<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Home-torn-down-and-rebuilt-Zestimate-is-WAY-off/430601/ 2012-02-01T15:36:00Z My Zestimate has not updated after I entered more bedrooms, bathrooms, and a garage? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-Zestimate-has-not-updated-after-I-entered-more-bedrooms-bathrooms-and-a-garage/426526/ We recently had work done on our home and the house went from 3 beds, 1 bath, with no garage to 4 beds, 2 baths, and a 2 car garage.&nbsp; The square footage increased by a little over 300 square feet.&nbsp; We updated all this info into the website, and our Zestimate has not changed.&nbsp; Our house is now bigger with more bedrooms and baths than our neighbors' on either side, and their Zestimates are bigger.&nbsp; Could you tell us why the Zestimate has not changed?<br \><br \>28 replies Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-Zestimate-has-not-updated-after-I-entered-more-bedrooms-bathrooms-and-a-garage/426526/ 2011-12-22T20:08:00Z Should we do improvements to our house even though it's worth about 35K less than we paid for it? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-we-do-improvements-to-our-house-even-though-it%27s-worth-about-35K-less-than-we-paid-for-it/425526/ We own a house that was built in 1973. I'm pretty sure it was a really nice house back then. But somewhere along the line (late 80's early 90's) some rather shoddy updating was done (sunroom addition, new kitchen cabinets, all new tile in bathrooms and foyer). I'd like to completely redo the kitchen, master bath, half bath, laundry room and sunroom. The house needs a new driveway and new roof soon as well. We owe about 35K more than what we'd get if we'd try selling it right now. I'd love to just move, but we'd get totally hosed. I just don't know if it's worth putting money into it. I'd say it's worth $210-215 right now. We could put 100K into right now and it'd probably only be worth $275. But if we did put the money into it, we'd probably stay here for a least a decade or more. We'd have to take out a <a href="http://www.zillow.com/mortgage-rates/">loan</a> to do the improvements. I hate the way the house is right now. Buying it was the worse financial decision of my life.&nbsp;<br \><br \>30 replies Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-we-do-improvements-to-our-house-even-though-it%27s-worth-about-35K-less-than-we-paid-for-it/425526/ 2011-12-12T13:37:00Z Mobile Homes And Solar Panels -- Or Mobile Home Parks And Solar Panel Arrays http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Mobile-Homes-And-Solar-Panels-Or-Mobile-Home-Parks-And-Solar-Panel-Arrays/408717/ I am wondering if there are any mobile homes that feature a solar panel array?&nbsp; If yes, is it on top of the mobile, or on the land nearby?&nbsp; Are there any mobile home parks that have installed solar panels for themselves as a business or their tenant / clients as a way of saving money or providing alternative energy?<br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 24 Jul 2011 02:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Mobile-Homes-And-Solar-Panels-Or-Mobile-Home-Parks-And-Solar-Panel-Arrays/408717/ 2011-07-24T02:54:00Z Mistake in our ZESTIMATE??? PLEASE ADVISE! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Mistake-in-our-ZESTIMATE-PLEASE-ADVISE/406104/ Our Zestibmate on Zillow for 54 BOWMAN DRIVE, GREENWICH, CT, went DOWN $176,000 in ONE MONTH. &nbsp;That's 15%! &nbsp;And that is after we just put over $200,000 into our house [new kitchen, living, dining, powder room, central AC, radiant heat, windows, floors, and large outdoor AZEK deck. &nbsp;<br/><br/>IS THERE SOME MISTAKE IN THE ZILLOW ZESTIMATE??? &nbsp;Other homes in our neighborhood stayed the same or went UP. &nbsp;WE DON'T GET IT.<br/><br/>PLEASE ADVISE. &nbsp; THANK YOU!<br \><br \>5 replies Mon, 04 Jul 2011 18:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Mistake-in-our-ZESTIMATE-PLEASE-ADVISE/406104/ 2011-07-04T18:48:00Z what is the appraised value difference between a 1/2 to a full bath? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-appraised-value-difference-between-a-1-2-to-a-full-bath/395710/ we are thinking about removing a shower to a 3rd bath in the house and adding a laundry center in it's place, so it would turn the 3rd full bath into a 1/2 bath with laundry center.<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-the-appraised-value-difference-between-a-1-2-to-a-full-bath/395710/ 2011-04-19T16:55:00Z How can i add more than 1 home improvement on my estimate? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-i-add-more-than-1-home-improvement-on-my-estimate/393363/ 1 reply Sat, 02 Apr 2011 13:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-i-add-more-than-1-home-improvement-on-my-estimate/393363/ 2011-04-02T13:57:00Z Will finishing my basement will increase the tax for my house. Farmington, CT.600 out 900 planned. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-finishing-my-basement-will-increase-the-tax-for-my-house-Farmington-CT-600-out-900-planned/380303/ 7 replies Tue, 11 Jan 2011 03:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-finishing-my-basement-will-increase-the-tax-for-my-house-Farmington-CT-600-out-900-planned/380303/ 2011-01-11T03:30:00Z Any advice on buying a pellet stove insert for my fireplace. My electric heat bills are unbearable. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-advice-on-buying-a-pellet-stove-insert-for-my-fireplace-My-electric-heat-bills-are-unbearable/239645/ 4 replies Wed, 27 May 2009 20:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-advice-on-buying-a-pellet-stove-insert-for-my-fireplace-My-electric-heat-bills-are-unbearable/239645/ 2009-05-27T20:07:00Z When to DIY or hire a Professional? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-to-DIY-or-hire-a-Professional/389248/ Many home-related projects can be tackled successfully by homeowners; others are more challenging and should be left to professional. But how's a homeowner to tell the difference?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br \><br \>8 replies Fri, 04 Mar 2011 02:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-to-DIY-or-hire-a-Professional/389248/ 2011-03-04T02:16:00Z Educate yourself on Gutters http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Educate-yourself-on-Gutters/384373/ <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>&nbsp;</strong>Broken or leaking gutters can wreak havoc on your home, causing everything from paint damage to basement flooding and a cracked foundation.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Before you contact gutter installers, take the time to educate yourself about the types of gutters and the installation process. Gutters are made of a variety of materials, including aluminum, steel, copper, plastic and vinyl. Research the different types to find out the pros and cons of each and determine the best choice for you. Other information that would be helpful is the difference between sectional and seamless gutters and the different methods of mounting the gutters. Installers can offer insight and recommendations on these topics, but acquiring some basic knowledge before you schedule a meeting will lead to a more productive discussion and better decision making.</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Educate-yourself-on-Gutters/384373/ 2011-02-03T13:05:00Z Tile or wood for foyer in a 2100+ sq ft colonial/farmhouse style which for resale? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tile-or-wood-for-foyer-in-a-2100-sq-ft-colonial-farmhouse-style-which-for-resale/382200/ 5 replies Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tile-or-wood-for-foyer-in-a-2100-sq-ft-colonial-farmhouse-style-which-for-resale/382200/ 2011-01-23T23:13:00Z