Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,TX http://www.zillow.com/advice/TX/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate who will rent to me I have a bad rental history and bad credit http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/who-will-rent-to-me-I-have-a-bad-rental-history-and-bad-credit/543820/ 2 replies Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/who-will-rent-to-me-I-have-a-bad-rental-history-and-bad-credit/543820/ 2014-06-03T08:23:00Z renovation guesstimate http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/renovation-guesstimate/544061/ I live in a 1200 sq ft house built in the 1920s. Time, neglect and hurricanes have not been kind to it. I'm trying to decide if the cost of a gut remodel is worth it bI live in a 1200 sq ft house built in the 1920s. Time, neglect and hurricanes have not been kind to it. I'm trying to decide if thut cannot yet bring out any inspectors. It's in an area about an hour south of Houston, Texas. It's currently 3 bedroom and 1 bath. I'd like to cannibalized on of the bedrooms and turn it into a master suite, keeping the old bath for guests and converting the garage into a bedroom/ bathroom next to the laundry room. The garage is roofed (roof is new) but the walls are nothing but plywood right now. The rest of the house is brick siding. The foundation may need repair, spilled water always collects at the back suggesting it's slanted. There's a lot of termite and water damage, not sure how the internal structure looks. The plumbing needs to be replaced and I'm not sure about the electrical wiring. Inside, the entire place needs to be gutted and refinished. All the appliances are ancient and barely work. Sinks tubs and toilet all need replaced. The yard also needs to be cleared out in places and a new dog escape proof privacy fence needs to be built. Anyone willing to guess how much all this might cost in my area? I'm wondering about the cost if all finishes were on the cheap and an alternate guess for nice finishes like wood lookalike tile throughout, nice kitchen and bath tiles etc. I'll always go cheap as I can on appliances as long as it'll work for a long time. We can do some diy on the finishes and know some family with experience laying tile etc that might cut costs. Homes in poor shape in my neighborhood sell anywhere from 25k to 80k. A nicer remodeled home down the street sold for 120k last year. We would probably continue living here for more than 5 years after the remodel but would eventually like to sell. The mortgage is paid off. Any wild guesses are appreciated.<br \><br \>2 replies Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/renovation-guesstimate/544061/ 2014-06-04T15:51:00Z How much will it cost to have an existing gas line for the dryer connected to the kitchen? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-will-it-cost-to-have-an-existing-gas-line-for-the-dryer-connected-to-the-kitchen/199928/ I am interested in purchasing an older home that does not have a gas stove.&nbsp; I wanted to consider the cost of having it connected as part of the total cost of purchase.<br \><br \>11 replies Mon, 16 Feb 2009 17:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-much-will-it-cost-to-have-an-existing-gas-line-for-the-dryer-connected-to-the-kitchen/199928/ 2009-02-16T17:06:00Z Is it worth installing an inground pool in my backyard? Will it add value to my property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-installing-an-inground-pool-in-my-backyard-Will-it-add-value-to-my-property/364982/ Is it worth installing an inground pool in my backyard? Will it add value to my property? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.....<br \><br \>12 replies Fri, 03 Sep 2010 04:51:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-it-worth-installing-an-inground-pool-in-my-backyard-Will-it-add-value-to-my-property/364982/ 2010-09-03T04:51:00Z Solar Power http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Solar-Power/533499/ I am building a new home in Central Texas and there is an offer to incorporate solar power into the building of the new home. &nbsp;There are four available packages:<br/><br/>&nbsp;1.5 kW - $8,285<div>2.5 kW - $13,930<div>3.5 kW - $18.515<div>4 kW - $20,895<br/>With the ability to bundle these costs in over the course of a 30 year mortgage at approx. 4.5% interest, do any of these systems make sense to a new home buyer? &nbsp;I am really interested because of the 30% federal tax credit and the potential for savings in utilities offsetting the increase of the monthly mortgage payment. &nbsp;I am just not sure if this potential offset is realistic expectation.<br/><br/>What do ya'll think?</div></div></div><br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Solar-Power/533499/ 2014-03-24T00:01:00Z Is lead-based paint a reason to not buy? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-lead-based-paint-a-reason-to-not-buy/529241/ We are the DIY type, have been dreaming of owning an old farmhouse on a few acres to start our homestead. Finally found it (and love it), and just today began the option period and started scheduling inspections. But the more research I've been doing about LBP the more worried I get. We haven't had children yet but hope to. Obviously I know if it's chipped, etc it's a big deal. We know about good upkeep. But we are also the remodeling types. This makes me worry that something as simple as putting in new kitchen cabinets could be a big deal.&nbsp;<br/><br/>Thoughts, experiences?<br \><br \>7 replies Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-lead-based-paint-a-reason-to-not-buy/529241/ 2014-02-20T20:57:00Z Any help with local Austin builder who refuses to address deferred maintanence/quality issues? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-help-with-local-Austin-builder-who-refuses-to-address-deferred-maintanence-quality-issues/522418/ We bought a new built home from a local Austin builder on 2/16/13.&nbsp; We've come to find that its riddled with deferred maintenance/quality issues that the builder refuses to address...any help you might provide in alerting others would be helpful.&nbsp; Ideally, we'd like to get things resolved...any way that you might assist?<br/><br \><br \>10 replies Wed, 25 Dec 2013 21:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Any-help-with-local-Austin-builder-who-refuses-to-address-deferred-maintanence-quality-issues/522418/ 2013-12-25T21:53:00Z Enclosing second floor balcony http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Enclosing-second-floor-balcony/511433/ Hello All, Do you think it is a good idea to enclose a second floor balcony off the master bedroom. The room &amp; balcony overlook the street. We live in Houston so the traffic can be busy plus it gets hot so we would add AC to the enclosed area. Is this good for resale or a very bad idea? Would any potential buyers prefer the open balcony? There is an open balcony at the front on the third floor so we sit out there to watch the world go by as it's not as noisy. Thank you.<br \><br \>2 replies Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Enclosing-second-floor-balcony/511433/ 2013-09-15T17:18:00Z The Home Gym: A Smart Investment for You and Your Home http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-Home-Gym-A-Smart-Investment-for-You-and-Your-Home/511202/ <p><img width="250px" height="200px" imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IAz3apec4zg3dn0000000000_o1a2p" src="http://photos3.zillow.com/o_a/IShju3gc4zg3dn0000000000.jpg"/></p><p>Creating a well-planned fitness gym in your home could be a wise long-term move physically and financially. According to the National Association of Home Builders, home gyms were among several rising design trends over the past year. Some studies also suggest that attractive, functional home gyms are among the top three specialty rooms buyers seek in a home.<br/><br/><em><strong>Here are a few key tips for assembling a successful home gym:</strong></em></p><p>1. Install rubber flooring (don't worry, it's easier than it sounds!). Rubber flooring stabilizes heavy equipment, protects against injuries from falls and accidents, and is ideal for impact exercises such as dance and aerobics. If the room has linoleum, wood, or tile floors, it's a breeze to cover them with rubber flooring you can buy in rolls.<br/><br/>2. Make sure the room is big enough that you can move about freely. The higher the ceilings and the more square footage, the better.<br/><br/>3. Adequate ventilation with windows and fans, bright lighting, and sunny, energizing colors are essential. Avoid fluorescent lighting; its cold overtones chill the mood. Paint colors should be stimulating hues such as yellow, orange, red, and pink - but remember that too much intense color can burn you out.<br/><br/>4. Include racks for sweat-mopping towels, a mini-fridge for drinks, a way to listen to music or watch TV, and full-length mirrors.<br/><br/>5. Choose the equipment wisely, thinking in terms of how much space you have. A treadmill and a stationary bicycle are easy to maintain and probably the top two most useful larger items, though there are many alternatives in equipment, and you can buy used it at great prices online and in the classifieds.</p><br \><br \>2 replies Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-Home-Gym-A-Smart-Investment-for-You-and-Your-Home/511202/ 2013-09-13T17:02:00Z How do I tell you about my new email address? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-tell-you-about-my-new-email-address/506220/ My former email address: <a href="mailto:slabudajr@yahoo.com" rel="nofollow">slabudajr@yahoo.com</a> was maliciously used to fraudulently extort money from family and friends.&nbsp; Consequentlly I have stopped using that email address. My new email address for all correspondence is: <a href="mailto:labudastephen@yahoo.com" rel="nofollow">labudastephen@yahoo.com</a>. <br/><br/>Thank you for instuting this change at this time.<br/><br/>Stephen Labuda, Jr.<br \><br \>1 reply Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-tell-you-about-my-new-email-address/506220/ 2013-08-10T20:16:00Z Bathtubs vs. Showers for resale value. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Bathtubs-vs-Showers-for-resale-value/482373/ We have 3.5 baths. One master and two upstairs that are almost the same. Should we renovate them similarly or identically? I would like to take the bathtubs out of both and replace them with tiled showers with frameless glass doors. I'm just worried about resale value. Should we just take the bathtub out of only one of the non-master baths?<br \><br \>12 replies Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Bathtubs-vs-Showers-for-resale-value/482373/ 2013-03-11T21:29:00Z Travertine downstairs, wood stairs, carpet upstairs? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Travertine-downstairs-wood-stairs-carpet-upstairs/482370/ We already have travertine on all floors downstairs. Currently, the stairs and upstairs are builder's grade carpet. We would really like the stairs to be wood, for easy cleaning, and would like carpet upstairs. Do you think it would be weird to have different materials on the first floor, stairs, and then second floor? I'm asking from a design&nbsp;perspective&nbsp;and also for resale value.<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Travertine-downstairs-wood-stairs-carpet-upstairs/482370/ 2013-03-11T21:07:00Z WHERE CAN I FIND COPIES OF PERMITS THE ARE FROM PREVIOUS WORK DONE TO MY HOUSE http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/WHERE-CAN-I-FIND-COPIES-OF-PERMITS-THE-ARE-FROM-PREVIOUS-WORK-DONE-TO-MY-HOUSE/446537/ 5 replies Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:44:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/WHERE-CAN-I-FIND-COPIES-OF-PERMITS-THE-ARE-FROM-PREVIOUS-WORK-DONE-TO-MY-HOUSE/446537/ 2012-06-12T14:44:00Z House inspection services provide assurance before buying new property http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/House-inspection-services-provide-assurance-before-buying-new-property/462585/ Purchasing new home is always very risky and big investment. People want to only buy those home that provide happiness rather than trouble and frustration. If you are also in the process of buying a new home, it is very necessary to hire a home inspection service provider before signing the deal&nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Thu, 04 Oct 2012 05:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/House-inspection-services-provide-assurance-before-buying-new-property/462585/ 2012-10-04T05:19:00Z Year built http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Year-built/459546/ 8315 Athenian Dr, Universal City, TX 78148. I am required to have a lead test if it was built in 1978 or earlier. I would like to know for sure. Thanks!!<br \><br \>2 replies Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:15:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Year-built/459546/ 2012-09-11T23:15:00Z How do I get the information on my property altered? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-the-information-on-my-property-altered/454776/ I was looking at info on my house at 3215 burton ridge drive spring texas 77386 and the information is totally incorrect. First, the house has 3.5 bathrooms and five bedrooms plus an office, media room and family room. The square footage is over 4000 and we recently added a 62000 pool to the backyard - ozone pool and hot tub with infloor cleaning.<br \><br \>1 reply Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-get-the-information-on-my-property-altered/454776/ 2012-08-09T15:59:00Z im feeling overwhelmed upgrading a house I inherited...from the ceiling to the floors...would it be http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/im-feeling-overwhelmed-upgrading-a-house-I-inherited-from-the-ceiling-to-the-floors-would-it-be/432639/ this is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom frame house. The maintence on it before I inherited it was not as good as thought. it was a rental, thought about renting it out afterwards, but like i mentioned, im feeling very overwhelmed by this. As it stands, the bathroom has been redone, and new insulation in one room is complete.. i really dont know what to do...i feel i should finish it and will be happy with it, but at the same time, i feel i have dug myself into something i can no longer handle.<br \><br \>11 replies Wed, 22 Feb 2012 11:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/im-feeling-overwhelmed-upgrading-a-house-I-inherited-from-the-ceiling-to-the-floors-would-it-be/432639/ 2012-02-22T11:33:00Z what is tape joining http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-tape-joining/439975/ <br/>Taping and "mudding" Sheetrock (drywall) is a process that requires practice. [promotion and hotlink removed by Zillow moderator]<br \><br \>0 replies Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:42:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-is-tape-joining/439975/ 2012-04-23T11:42:00Z what wrong with heating unit when it want turn off from the thermostat? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-wrong-with-heating-unit-when-it-want-turn-off-from-the-thermostat/309804/ 3 replies Tue, 29 Dec 2009 02:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/what-wrong-with-heating-unit-when-it-want-turn-off-from-the-thermostat/309804/ 2009-12-29T02:47:00Z Adding value but how much? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-value-but-how-much/428160/ We live in Forney, Tx and bought our 1300 sq ft home for about $114k. Right now, the county has it valued at about $91k, pretty close to Zillow as well. We are in the process of adding about 327 sq ft of Hard wood flooring, this includes our living, foyer and hall way. This flooring will replace 6 year old carpet and cheap vinyl. My question is, about how much will this raise our <a href="http://www.zillow.com/local-info/">property value</a> and do we need to notify the county appraisal district when this is complete? Our plan is sale our home in a few years when the market stabilizes and upgrade to about 1800+ sq ft home. We also plan to throw down some tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Any opinions are welcome. Thanks<br \><br \>4 replies Mon, 09 Jan 2012 20:59:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Adding-value-but-how-much/428160/ 2012-01-09T20:59:00Z