Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,PA http://www.zillow.com/advice/PA/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate how much should a 15x15 paver patio cost? low cost pavers. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-should-a-15x15-paver-patio-cost-low-cost-pavers/193817/ 18 replies Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-should-a-15x15-paver-patio-cost-low-cost-pavers/193817/ 2009-01-29T19:36:00Z 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 \>5 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 Can I lay fiberglass bats of insulation over 2 x 4 drop in LED fixtures? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-lay-fiberglass-bats-of-insulation-over-2-x-4-drop-in-LED-fixtures/574534/ I have a drop ceiling with insulation laid directly on the tiles. The LED lighting fixtures have no insulation on them and are creating a draft over the light. Can I lat 6" Bats over the fixture?<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 04 Feb 2015 19:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-lay-fiberglass-bats-of-insulation-over-2-x-4-drop-in-LED-fixtures/574534/ 2015-02-04T19:45:00Z Need "Investor Friendly" General Contractor in Philadelphia http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-Investor-Friendly-General-Contractor-in-Philadelphia/556973/ I'm a real estate investor and I'm looking for a good and reliable "investor friendly" General Contractor.&nbsp; I will be buying properties in West Oak Lane, East Oak Lane, Germantown, Brewerytown, Fishtown and South Philly areas.&nbsp; These houses will need total rehab.&nbsp; Once these houses are rehabbed, they will be flipped.<br/><br/>Requirements:<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Must have experience working with investors in the above areas.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Must understand that time and bottom line are extremely important.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Once I find a house that I'm interested in, I need to be able to have my GC come with me to the house and provide an estimate of repairs.&nbsp; No BS.&nbsp; Must be honest.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Must be responsive.&nbsp; If I need to get a hold of you, I don't want to chase you around.&nbsp; I need to be able to call you, text you, email you, etc. during normal business hours.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Must be organized.&nbsp; When you provide an estimate for a job, I want an itemized breakdown of all costs and expenses.<br/><br/>If you're interested and you think we can work together, please reply back with the following:<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Address or addresses of homes that you have rehabbed.&nbsp; I have access to MLS, so I'll be able to pull up the pictures and see what kind of work was done.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;References from other investors that you've worked with.<br/>-&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;More information about yourself.&nbsp; How you work.&nbsp; What type of crew you have.&nbsp; And anything else that you would like to share.<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Need-Investor-Friendly-General-Contractor-in-Philadelphia/556973/ 2014-08-28T16:24:00Z 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 \>10 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 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 I added a bath room and finished my basement redid my Kitchen and put how much more is my home worth http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-added-a-bath-room-and-finished-my-basement-redid-my-Kitchen-and-put-how-much-more-is-my-home-worth/564331/ 2 replies Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-added-a-bath-room-and-finished-my-basement-redid-my-Kitchen-and-put-how-much-more-is-my-home-worth/564331/ 2014-10-26T14:59:00Z how do I get the corrected Sq. ft & estimate on my house http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-get-the-corrected-Sq-ft-estimate-on-my-house/563879/ 1 reply Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-do-I-get-the-corrected-Sq-ft-estimate-on-my-house/563879/ 2014-10-22T15:19:00Z Add a deck? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Add-a-deck/557553/ I am thinking about adding a 2 tier deck to the back of my house.&nbsp; I spoke to 1 realtor so far and they said a deck doesn't add any value but would be a selling point.&nbsp; When I check online everyone says a deck would add to the value of the home.&nbsp; Don't get me wrong, I know I won't recoup my investment but I am hoping I would get around&nbsp;50% of it back when I sell in 5 years or so.&nbsp; What are your thoughts?&nbsp; Who is right, etc.?<br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Add-a-deck/557553/ 2014-09-02T06:41:00Z fixed windows in the bedroom http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/fixed-windows-in-the-bedroom/547128/ Hi! I am buying a house in PA (Montgomery County), and one of the bedrooms has completely fixed windows. The house was built in 1987, and the listing agent told me that houses build in certain vintage are not required to have windows that can open. To me 1987 is not a year that can be associated with the word "vintage". Is she right? I cannot find the information anywhere.<br \><br \>3 replies Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/fixed-windows-in-the-bedroom/547128/ 2014-06-25T14:48:00Z Will the cost of this home improvement show a return on investment at time of resale? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-the-cost-of-this-home-improvement-show-a-return-on-investment-at-time-of-resale/546365/ Replacing the&nbsp;front door of our row&nbsp;house in Fishtown/Kennsington area of Philadelphia, It had a transom, which is now&nbsp;covered in aluminum siding, and closed with drywall inside. I have a quote of $3500 to replace/rebuild the transom window, frame, etc.&nbsp;&nbsp; remove current front door and all current framing material and replace the front door. (this doesn't include the price of the new door ~$2-3k) Thank you, Liana<br \><br \>3 replies Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-the-cost-of-this-home-improvement-show-a-return-on-investment-at-time-of-resale/546365/ 2014-06-20T15:28:00Z Is it worth improving a house that is underwater and that we've outgrown? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-improving-a-house-that-is-underwater-and-that-we%27ve-outgrown/539074/ I got approved for a $25,000. loan from Admirals Bank but hate the terms. &nbsp;It would cost me over $60,000. over 20 years to pay off and there are settlement charges of almost $2,000. &nbsp;The loan is open but I don't want to accept it. &nbsp;The payment each month is about $256. &nbsp;<br \><br \>3 replies Sat, 03 May 2014 12:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-improving-a-house-that-is-underwater-and-that-we%27ve-outgrown/539074/ 2014-05-03T12:56:00Z What is the best product to clean and seal hardwood floors? We have tried many w/ blah results. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-best-product-to-clean-and-seal-hardwood-floors-We-have-tried-many-w-blah-results/255339/ We have 4 rooms plus a huge upstairs section that has hard wood floors.&nbsp; The ex owners simply cleaned them by using water and a mop (I asked).&nbsp; We want them cleaned and shined up some, but I've purchased 4 different products and I'm not hugely happy w/ any.&nbsp; Orange Glo Floor Cleaner is wonderful, but I need a good sealer for the floors, which don't appear to have ever been sealed, or were sealed many years ago and and wasn't upkept.&nbsp; Any help is appreciated as I'm tired of buying products that don't work.&nbsp; We used Bruce, and although the floor sealer is okay, it isn't&nbsp; stronger enough or satin/low gloss enough for me.&nbsp; I don't want super shiny floors, simply floors with some gloss and the ability to clean them easily should one of the kids spill something on the floor. They are beautiful, heavyduty wood floors and I want to keep them that way! They are skinny, thick planks that obviously were built with the house and I would do anything to get a little satin finish or low gloss shine.<br/><br/>Right now, We can't even move anything in those rooms without scuffing up the floors, and they look tired and old w/o some shine and sealant.<br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>10 replies Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-is-the-best-product-to-clean-and-seal-hardwood-floors-We-have-tried-many-w-blah-results/255339/ 2009-07-12T11:25:00Z do you carpet the hallway if stairs are not? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/do-you-carpet-the-hallway-if-stairs-are-not/537223/ I am carpeting two bedrooms on my second floor. The stairs and the first floor is all to be refinished hardwood. I have heard conflicting advice on the upstairs hallway. To carpet or not to carpet?<br \><br \>6 replies Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/do-you-carpet-the-hallway-if-stairs-are-not/537223/ 2014-04-20T16:15:00Z Do you like Hot Wheels ? ....Do I have the house for you... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-like-Hot-Wheels-Do-I-have-the-house-for-you/438535/ I like it ! Just <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.trendir.com/house-design/german-architecture-to-get-your-motor-running.html?utm_source=Appraisers+and+Bullies%2FGerman+car+house&amp;utm_campaign=tester&amp;utm_medium=email">out this house.....&nbsp;<br/></a><br \><br \>7 replies Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Do-you-like-Hot-Wheels-Do-I-have-the-house-for-you/438535/ 2012-04-10T16:44:00Z School district http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/School-district/538275/ You gave the wrong info on schools for my home. Could you please update? 506 Georgetown rd., nazareth, pa. Elementary school. Nazareth elementary Middle. Nazareth middle school High. Nazareth high school I don't know why you have the wrong info but we go to all Nazareth schools, which are much better. The others aren't in our school district. Please correct and update estimate.<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/School-district/538275/ 2014-04-28T00:05:00Z should i put a double sink in the master bathroom that is 6 by 8 http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/should-i-put-a-double-sink-in-the-master-bathroom-that-is-6-by-8/536605/ 0 replies Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/should-i-put-a-double-sink-in-the-master-bathroom-that-is-6-by-8/536605/ 2014-04-15T22:23:00Z how much should a 15x15 paver patio cost? low cost pavers. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-should-a-15x15-paver-patio-cost-low-cost-pavers/193817/ 15 replies Thu, 29 Jan 2009 19:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-much-should-a-15x15-paver-patio-cost-low-cost-pavers/193817/ 2009-01-29T19:36:00Z Can I print out a list of street addresses for a particular street? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-print-out-a-list-of-street-addresses-for-a-particular-street/316164/ If I would like to send out a postcard to a current resident on a street where I just performed a service, can i print out a list of house numbers on that particular street?<br \><br \>4 replies Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-I-print-out-a-list-of-street-addresses-for-a-particular-street/316164/ 2010-01-19T01:42:00Z Is it worth losing a bedroom to expand the bathroom and make a walk-in closet http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-losing-a-bedroom-to-expand-the-bathroom-and-make-a-walk-in-closet/522458/ I have a three bedroom, one bathroom house - all bedrooms and the bathroom are on the second floor. All three bedrooms are relatively small (two are 9.5x12 and one is 11x12), and the bathroom is only 5x6.5. In addition, the closets in each of the bedrooms&nbsp;are only 2 to 3 feet long, and one isn't even deep enough to hold standard-size hangers.&nbsp; I'm thinking of taking the middle bedroom (9.5x12) and turning it into a walk-in closet from the master (11x12), and expanding the bathroom into this room as well.&nbsp; Would I lose significant market value from my home if I did this?&nbsp; I'm having trouble looking at comps in my neighborhood since most are semi-detached and my house is a single-family.<br/><br/>Thanks!<br \><br \>6 replies Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-losing-a-bedroom-to-expand-the-bathroom-and-make-a-walk-in-closet/522458/ 2013-12-26T18:10:00Z