Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,MI http://www.zillow.com/advice/MI/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate What would be more cost effective/refinishing hardwood or replacing carpet? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-would-be-more-cost-effective-refinishing-hardwood-or-replacing-carpet/349021/ We are planning on replacing the carpet in the living/dining area and hallway before putting our house up for sale.&nbsp; Would it be more cost effective to refinish the hardwood that is underneath the carpet or to just replace the carpet?&nbsp;We are working with a limited budget.<br \><br \>22 replies Sat, 08 May 2010 16:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-would-be-more-cost-effective-refinishing-hardwood-or-replacing-carpet/349021/ 2010-05-08T16:52:00Z find my property line http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/find-my-property-line/549731/ 2 replies Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/find-my-property-line/549731/ 2014-07-15T12:47:00Z Looking for a good contracter in the 48235 area electrical,structural,plumbing, storain09@aol.com http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-good-contracter-in-the-48235-area-electrical-structural-plumbing-storain09-aol-com/535104/ email me info # or email address<br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:21:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Looking-for-a-good-contracter-in-the-48235-area-electrical-structural-plumbing-storain09-aol-com/535104/ 2014-04-04T13:21:00Z I have two houses in Detroit which are in very bad condition now. I want to fix them both. Any help? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-two-houses-in-Detroit-which-are-in-very-bad-condition-now-I-want-to-fix-them-both-Any-help/511053/ I went to a renovation and property management company. Thye took some pictures and sent them to me saying- Please don't invest money on these houses. I want to see if any Renovation company can help me fix them. I want to get it fixed and rent them. I want to pay the renovation company after they fix, I want pay them monthly installments when I get rent paid.<br \><br \>5 replies Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-have-two-houses-in-Detroit-which-are-in-very-bad-condition-now-I-want-to-fix-them-both-Any-help/511053/ 2013-09-12T17:52:00Z Appliances,which brand is least repair prone. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Appliances-which-brand-is-least-repair-prone/461743/ Need all new kitchen appliances.Also need counter depth frige or Will have to cut a hole in drywall at &nbsp;rear of fridge (into a closet) &nbsp;have 34 inches width,, no one told me to go 38 allowing for the new wide ones.Like french door models. Would like Gas slide in with elect oven. (dual fuel) and convection if affordable. need microwave for above. (would have to liked to put a fancy hood up there but what to do with microwave? &nbsp;Do have pantry closet, how to section off? has short top cab and long bottomwith4 shelves. And last a very quiet dishwasher without a huge price tag and regular plumbing. Forgot,how about a decent price on a new stainless deep sink and granite tops?? Purchase on line to save on appliances or go with local stores? Anyone looked into commerical products like small resturants use? How will they work in a home? &nbsp;only have 30 inches wide for slide in range! &nbsp;I see some appliances have 5 yr warr from manufacturer but big price tags. &nbsp;Please help me decide what to do, going crazy and sick of washing dishes. (broke a year ago) water damaged hard wood floors, cherry, didnt know it dents real easy. wish i would have known about brazillian cherry when i put my floor in.&nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Appliances-which-brand-is-least-repair-prone/461743/ 2012-09-28T01:46:00Z Is it worth it to fix chimney with a few bricks falling off before trying to sell? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-it-to-fix-chimney-with-a-few-bricks-falling-off-before-trying-to-sell/413687/ Quotes are coming back around $3000.&nbsp; Want to sell in the next year.&nbsp; We have put in a new chimney liner and no water damage is coming into house.&nbsp; Just a few bricks chipping off here and there.<br \><br \>10 replies Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-it-to-fix-chimney-with-a-few-bricks-falling-off-before-trying-to-sell/413687/ 2011-08-30T13:59:00Z How do I change my zestmate? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-change-my-zestmate/434664/ 3 replies Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-change-my-zestmate/434664/ 2012-03-10T13:10:00Z Suggestions for improving exterior http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Suggestions-for-improving-exterior/423487/ Help!&nbsp; My wife sez our house has a bad case of the uglies!&nbsp; What suggestions are there, for improving the look of the front facade by building an overhang or structure over the door (there is no covering over the porch, and the "eyebrows" the upstairs windows look "unfinished", and do nothing to protect the windows from the elements.&nbsp; Also, the small wood deck with the flimsy marygrove awning doesn't offer much either&nbsp;for someone who&nbsp;prefers to entertain and sit outside on the deck in the warm weather.&nbsp; We live in a very windy environment, and there&nbsp;are not&nbsp;many shade trees.&nbsp; &nbsp;I envision a bigger deck under&nbsp;a more stable structure.&nbsp; The doorwall is in the family room, the other windows seen are above the kitchen sink and one in the breakfast nook.&nbsp; The door is the access to the garage.&nbsp; Any suggestions from archetects, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/home-improvement-home-building/">builders</a>, or <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/real-estate-agents/">realtors</a> would be appreciated. Thanks!<br \><br \>8 replies Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Suggestions-for-improving-exterior/423487/ 2011-11-20T05:14:00Z Wonderful, New drywall, Repair!!! http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Wonderful-New-drywall-Repair/417320/ <p>I totally love this product!! Erase-A-Hole!! only $6.95!!! Filles holes &amp; Cracks in Plaster, Drywall &amp; Wood!! Rub the applicator across the hole i a circular motion until it is filled; wipe the excess off. The patch dries with an even finish!!&nbsp; LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this product!! A Realtor's best friend!! <a href="http://www.erase-a-hole.com" rel="nofollow">www.erase-a-hole.com</a></p><br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:20:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Wonderful-New-drywall-Repair/417320/ 2011-09-27T23:20:00Z Eco Roofs http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Eco-Roofs/403352/ <br/><br/><div style="text-align: left;">Green roof companies are sprouting up all around the country. There's<div style="text-align: left;">large concentration of them along the Mid-Atlantic States, but they've been in operation all across the nation for the last five years. The idea of roof-top gardens isn't new. They trace back at least as far as ancient Babylon. Consultants at Green Roof Technology speak of older civilizations that created earthen huts or modified caves that doubled as gardens and spiritual centers.&nbsp; Unlike today's rooftop gardens, these tended to leak and crumble.<br/><br/><br/><img imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IAb5epene70zgx_ij808" src="http://photos3.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i7/i3203/ISb5epene5mf1f.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,300"/><p style="text-align: right;"><em>[edited by Zillow moderator to remove website.&nbsp;&nbsp; Please refer to Good Neighbor Policy]</em></p></div></div><br \><br \>0 replies Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:34:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Eco-Roofs/403352/ 2011-06-15T15:34:00Z HEY need FHA 203 -K streamline loan experts to advice me on how to get a loan renovate repair hse http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HEY-need-FHA-203-K-streamline-loan-experts-to-advice-me-on-how-to-get-a-loan-renovate-repair-hse/399885/ in detroit or any advice please my house has no morgage am paying for it&nbsp; no liens<br \><br \>0 replies Sat, 21 May 2011 16:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/HEY-need-FHA-203-K-streamline-loan-experts-to-advice-me-on-how-to-get-a-loan-renovate-repair-hse/399885/ 2011-05-21T16:13:00Z Would adding a jack and jill door to a shared bathroom add value to a home with no master bath? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Would-adding-a-jack-and-jill-door-to-a-shared-bathroom-add-value-to-a-home-with-no-master-bath/394102/ Our three-bedroom home was built in 1968 and there is no master bath. My question is, would adding a second door in the master bedroom to have private access to the bathroom add value to the home? Currently, the large bathroom is shared by the master and two smaller bedrooms.<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Would-adding-a-jack-and-jill-door-to-a-shared-bathroom-add-value-to-a-home-with-no-master-bath/394102/ 2011-04-07T20:06:00Z How can I get home equity loan 30000 to renovate and repair http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-get-home-equity-loan-30000-to-renovate-and-repair/396710/ 3 replies Wed, 27 Apr 2011 07:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-can-I-get-home-equity-loan-30000-to-renovate-and-repair/396710/ 2011-04-27T07:10:00Z does a pool add value to a home, or is it a non-starter from value perspective? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-a-pool-add-value-to-a-home-or-is-it-a-non-starter-from-value-perspective/390718/ 3 replies Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/does-a-pool-add-value-to-a-home-or-is-it-a-non-starter-from-value-perspective/390718/ 2011-03-14T16:29:00Z Best approach for estate http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Best-approach-for-estate/387674/ <div>Hello,<br/><div>A family member recently passed on and I have inherited his home estate, consisting of 150 acres of land, a 1500 sq ft residence and a pole barn. &nbsp;I'm trying to decide if I should rent or sell it as is, or renovate and sell/rent. &nbsp;The home is outside of the main part of town; too far for a bike ride, but only a few minutes by car. &nbsp;The home hasn't really seen an update in 20-30 years, but all the systems are in tact and haven't ever had a problem (knock on wood).<br/><div>I realize that I'll probably have to renovate a bit to bring it up to a rentable/saleable condition, but since I live in the Detroit area (I have construction-career family that live in the area so I'm not concerned about performing the work remotely), I don't have a good idea of what makes sense as far as bang for the buck, and they're not real estate agents so they don't either. &nbsp;It's worth noting that I won't "use" my family to provide free or discounted labor for this particular endeavor, so "full price" reno is the only option.<br/><div>At a minimum, I think adding Air Con, new roof shingles, windows, and carpets is a necessity. &nbsp;Beyond that, I'm not sure what renovations would be worth the cost. &nbsp;Some thoughts I have are update the kitchen (basic stuff, not granite) and/or finish the basement (would add 2 bedrooms and 1 bath). &nbsp;I could also close in a screened in porch on the main floor and turn it into a bedroom fairly easily, and I could screen in an outdoor porch in the front of the house an turn it into a Florida room.&nbsp;<div>&nbsp;<div>I'm also at a major loss as to what to do with 150 acres and the polebarn. &nbsp;Any tips? &nbsp;I'm really struggling.<br/><div>Thanks for your help!</div></div></div></div></div></div></div><br \><br \>3 replies Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Best-approach-for-estate/387674/ 2011-02-20T14:58:00Z Why do I hear water dropping out of the pipes into the sump pump when the furnace is running? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-do-I-hear-water-dropping-out-of-the-pipes-into-the-sump-pump-when-the-furnace-is-running/381549/ Shouldn't heated air be able to hold more moisture?<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 19 Jan 2011 21:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Why-do-I-hear-water-dropping-out-of-the-pipes-into-the-sump-pump-when-the-furnace-is-running/381549/ 2011-01-19T21:46:00Z How do you know how much rehab is required for a home you are buying? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-know-how-much-rehab-is-required-for-a-home-you-are-buying/365778/ [content removed by moderator]<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-you-know-how-much-rehab-is-required-for-a-home-you-are-buying/365778/ 2010-09-10T18:03:00Z How much appraisal value is added with a detached 2 car garage with shop space? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-appraisal-value-is-added-with-a-detached-2-car-garage-with-shop-space/358835/ We bought a foreclosure in 2007, and have done extensive work to it - we refinanced in 2009 and found that the house appraised for exactly what it had when we bought...we are now building a detached 2 car garage with shop space (which will still leave a substantial backyard) and are trying to figure out the added appraisal value of this construction.&nbsp; The garage is for our use, so we're not really concerned about making our money back on it, especially since we're not planning on moving anytime soon.&nbsp; However, we are curious if it will earn enough equity to jump over the 80/20 PMI split.<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 21 Jul 2010 18:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-appraisal-value-is-added-with-a-detached-2-car-garage-with-shop-space/358835/ 2010-07-21T18:53:00Z We are planning to get a suspended deck built. Is it worth adding the deck at the present economy? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-are-planning-to-get-a-suspended-deck-built-Is-it-worth-adding-the-deck-at-the-present-economy/347369/ 11 replies Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:46:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/We-are-planning-to-get-a-suspended-deck-built-Is-it-worth-adding-the-deck-at-the-present-economy/347369/ 2010-04-27T13:46:00Z Tips for maintenance - http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=19522018&ocid=fbmsnre http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tips-for-maintenance-http-realestate-msn-com-article-aspx-cp-documentid-19522018-ocid-fbmsnre/348456/ <a rel="nofollow" href="http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=19522018&amp;ocid=fbmsnre">tips for home maintenance</a><br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 04 May 2010 18:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Tips-for-maintenance-http-realestate-msn-com-article-aspx-cp-documentid-19522018-ocid-fbmsnre/348456/ 2010-05-04T18:00:00Z