Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Home Improvement,UT http://www.zillow.com/advice/UT/home-ownership-home-improvement/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate My japanese maple is only 1 foot away from my house foundation. The tree is only 15 years old and http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-japanese-maple-is-only-1-foot-away-from-my-house-foundation-The-tree-is-only-15-years-old-and/210805/ My japanese maple is only 1 foot away from my house foundation. The tree is only 15 years old and has 6 inches trunk.&nbsp;I am&nbsp;worring about the tree may damage the foundation. Should I cut the tree. Thanks for any suggestion.<br \><br \>10 replies Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-japanese-maple-is-only-1-foot-away-from-my-house-foundation-The-tree-is-only-15-years-old-and/210805/ 2009-03-15T19:16:00Z How to be your own home stager http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-be-your-own-home-stager/557729/ Home stagers are those mystical people who are able to make a cluttered home look clean and a crowded home look open. No, they don't have their own magic wands, they just know how to implement design principles in interior design and organize what's already there.<br/><br/>Expand your bedroom<br/>It sounds simple, but the results are dramatic. Whitmore said you can apply the same principles to any room in the house that feels cluttered or small. "Lots of bedrooms are small and have few windows," she pointed out. To resolve this, she suggested "painting walls a light color and bringing in a neutral rug."&nbsp; She also said, "Beds are the largest piece in the room so linens shouldn't stand out too much."<br/><br/>Open up your bathroom<br/>Bathrooms sometimes have similar problems with chunky cupboards, dark shower curtains and towels, or dull tile.&nbsp; Choosing updated hardware can draw the eye away from less attractive design features. Laura McCaffrey, another home stager in the Washington area, said one option homeowners have is to refinish old tile and tub surfaces, a renovation project that costs about $1,900 per bathroom.<br/><br/>Cut your rugs to size<br/>If rugs are your style, they can add new life and color to a space, but only if they fit it correctly. Instead of buying a standard size and trying to make the room work with it, make the rug work with your room. Kelley Proxmire, a Bethesda interior designer, suggested buying a wool remnant which then can be cut to fit your room. She said she "likes to have carpet sized to fit around fireplace hearths or bay windows. This makes your room look bigger or neater."<br/><br/>Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by BaseBoardRadiatorCover.com<br/>Source: washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/secrets-of-home-stagers-six-easy-fixes-to-make-you-like-your-house-better/2014/08/26/78de2b24-169e-11e4-9349-84d4a85be981_story.html<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 03 Sep 2014 09:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-to-be-your-own-home-stager/557729/ 2014-09-03T09:57:00Z Finishing the basement http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Finishing-the-basement/523342/ I have searched homes for sale in my neighborhood and found that similar sq footage homes on 1/4 acre lots are selling for $60k more than what I paid for my home on a 1 acre horse property in 2012. &nbsp;I want to finish my basement which would double my sq footage at a cost of about $17k. &nbsp;I was thinking of a heloc or 2nd to do this. &nbsp;If I did this over a 10 year period with no prepayment penalty, is this a smart investment?&nbsp;<br \><br \>4 replies Sun, 05 Jan 2014 03:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Finishing-the-basement/523342/ 2014-01-05T03:48:00Z Is vinyl fencing better than Wood? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-vinyl-fencing-better-than-Wood/522796/ <p class="MsoNormal">Most of the homeowner get confused getting their yard fenced whether with wood or vinyl. Each of them has their own importance and maintenance elements. What would you prefer between wood and vinyl fencing?</p><br \><br \>7 replies Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:23:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-vinyl-fencing-better-than-Wood/522796/ 2013-12-30T17:23:00Z Will a door to the back yard add any value? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-a-door-to-the-back-yard-add-any-value/513099/ We have a rambler that we bought knowing it needed some TLC. &nbsp;We've been making improvements over the last few years keeping in mind we will eventually sell it.<br/><br/>One big functional thing we have been struggling with is there is no access from the house to the back yard. &nbsp;In order to get to the back yard we have to go out into the garage and out a back door from there.<br/><br/>We have a open floor plan with the Living room, dining room and kitchen all together and a large window that is need of replacement. &nbsp;We could easily turn that into a sliding door without really ruining the flow or function of any of the rooms. &nbsp;We got a bid for the work and it's doable for our budget, but it's money taken away from other must need projects (bathrooms, carpet, etc). &nbsp;<br/><br/>We are still probably a year away from selling and my wife sees this a huge functional need being home with two young kids. &nbsp;While I agree, I can't seem to really wrap my head around if it's "worth" it.<br/><br/>When we go to sell will that help value at all (or keep from a significant detraction)? &nbsp;When we bought the home I didn't really notice nor think it was a big deal, but my wife says it was always a big concern with this house when we bought it. &nbsp;What do you guys think?<br \><br \>17 replies Fri, 27 Sep 2013 02:36:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Will-a-door-to-the-back-yard-add-any-value/513099/ 2013-09-27T02:36:00Z The best ways to increase the value of home? Mature tree, curb appeal, or decks? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-best-ways-to-increase-the-value-of-home-Mature-tree-curb-appeal-or-decks/508003/ I'm not looking to sell soon. I am looking for long term things I should be doing now. I'm planting trees and trying to perfect the lawn if that is possible. I'm adding colors to my all white home like window shutters. I built a deck. Driveway is cracked. Not sure when I should have it redone. I don't want it to crack again.&nbsp;<br \><br \>5 replies Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:48:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-best-ways-to-increase-the-value-of-home-Mature-tree-curb-appeal-or-decks/508003/ 2013-08-21T20:48:00Z Just wondering... we are retired and we don't use our basement in our home. It is mostly finished an http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Just-wondering-we-are-retired-and-we-don%27t-use-our-basement-in-our-home-It-is-mostly-finished-an/472309/ 1 reply Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Just-wondering-we-are-retired-and-we-don%27t-use-our-basement-in-our-home-It-is-mostly-finished-an/472309/ 2012-12-28T05:37:00Z I updated the profile on my home over a year ago, but Zillow continue to estimate the value of our h http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-updated-the-profile-on-my-home-over-a-year-ago-but-Zillow-continue-to-estimate-the-value-of-our-h/471446/ 1 reply Sun, 16 Dec 2012 19:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-updated-the-profile-on-my-home-over-a-year-ago-but-Zillow-continue-to-estimate-the-value-of-our-h/471446/ 2012-12-16T19:18:00Z What can I do to get more (or better) quotes for my loan request ZR-RBZCSLM http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-RBZCSLM/402118/ We want to remodel the main level and add a second story and add a 1 car garage.<br \><br \>0 replies Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-can-I-do-to-get-more-or-better-quotes-for-my-loan-request-ZR-RBZCSLM/402118/ 2011-06-07T04:40:00Z I would to do roofing estimates on the computer using satellite images. Do you have a product? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-to-do-roofing-estimates-on-the-computer-using-satellite-images-Do-you-have-a-product/196251/ 3 replies Thu, 05 Feb 2009 23:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/I-would-to-do-roofing-estimates-on-the-computer-using-satellite-images-Do-you-have-a-product/196251/ 2009-02-05T23:11:00Z No water for 3 days http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/No-water-for-3-days/384619/ Ok, my mom, son &amp; I have been without water for 3 days, we have filled 7 empty milk jugs with water for the toilet tank &amp; to drink with. It's been very cold outside. The water heater was off, could that be part of it, it hasn't turned on yet. My next door neighbor has frozen pipes &amp; are getting them fixed by a friend we know. Why wait when it can be fixed? We live in a trailer home &amp; it's very old.<br \><br \>7 replies Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/No-water-for-3-days/384619/ 2011-02-05T00:18:00Z moving a moblie home, what is the last year? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/moving-a-moblie-home-what-is-the-last-year/248326/ what is too old to move a moblie home???????<br \><br \>1 reply Mon, 22 Jun 2009 01:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/moving-a-moblie-home-what-is-the-last-year/248326/ 2009-06-22T01:53:00Z If we added a second bathroom to our home, how much value would that add? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-we-added-a-second-bathroom-to-our-home-how-much-value-would-that-add/194640/ 1 reply Sun, 01 Feb 2009 19:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/If-we-added-a-second-bathroom-to-our-home-how-much-value-would-that-add/194640/ 2009-02-01T19:56:00Z How do I delete a picture? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-delete-a-picture/177830/ We have remodeled our home and Id like to delete the old pictures posted on this site and leave the new ones I just posted - how do I delete the old pictures?<br \><br \>1 reply Wed, 17 Dec 2008 05:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-do-I-delete-a-picture/177830/ 2008-12-17T05:45:00Z