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How to Navigate an Extended Guest Stay

Keep sharing living quarters a positive experience by pondering the answers to these questions in advance Full Story
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mandanut
The summer after college I decided to stay in town. Rent was cheap and menial jobs were easy to find as school was out, and I didn't have anywhere else to be. I was renting a 4-bedroom apartment for something like $250/month, and I only lived on the first floor. When a girlfriend had a falling out with her mother that summer, I had no problem giving her the second floor. As I'd only be living there for the summer, the timeframe was already set. She would cook and clean for me; my meals were always ready when I came home, and the apartment was always spotless. We still joke about the summer she was my "housewife." It was great having her company that summer.
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Monique Lucero
I have to throw in a couple of my own situations here. About 6 years ago now, my husband and I were building a home and had to move into my mom's house for about 4 weeks while we waited for inspections and closing to come around. She had already moved in to take care of her aging parents so we essentially had her house to ourselves (and our 2 cats). We put our stuff in storage except for clothes, our cats' stuff and personal items that fit in my SUV. None of the above suggestions were thought of to discuss ahead of time and lets just say that it made for a VERY stressful move in day. We slept on a full size mattress on the floor in my old room with our cats locked in our room to keep them separate from her cats who had full roam of the house. A month later, we were extremely grateful when our home was ready for move in.

About 2 years after that, my brother in law moved in with my husband and I for about 5 months. Again, none of these considerations were thought of so while he pitched in with groceries and kept "his" room and bathroom clean (or at least his idea of clean). We had agreed on a small amount of rent which he was unable to keep up with that really put us into some financial trouble. Overall the experience was pretty good (except for the random weekends when his wife - who he was separated from - would come spend the night too, lol).

We are still really close with both my mom and my brother in law so i'm very grateful that no relationships were damaged by these time periods. I love the advice and suggestions that you mentioned above.
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How to Choose the Right Solar Lights

Learn about different types of outdoor solar lights, where to use them and why you might want to avoid the bargain bin Full Story
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psngwms
That's the one! It's more decorative than functional for us, but it does stay on overnight (with a switch to turn it off if desired). The pic seems to show amber light but it is actually white light.
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Christian Nommesen
I love solar lights. But I do agree with many folks that they don't last very long. If it is just the batteries, that is easy to replace, but what has happened on a few of mine is the light sensor goes bad, having the lights turn on all day, and thus are very dim and short-lived at night. Almost all of my lights have been Hampton Bay through Home Depot, and the newer lights seem to have fixed the dead light sensors. I find the more expensive wall wash and floods (around $50) are the brightest, and now my favorite. Here's a pic of our backyard after dark. Every light here is solar.
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What to Know About Budgeting for Your Home Remodel

Plan early and be realistic to pull off a home construction project smoothly Full Story
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corinan
Things always cost more than you think. Changing your mind costs.

Agree with the comment re planning ahead for what you cannot afford now. When we built. we thought that we might like a spa pool one day. There was no room in the budget for that but we did pay $90 for an exterior electrical socket so that we can easily go ahead if we are in that position (i.e. paid off the mortgage). Factoring in the cost of interest on top of the purchase price of a spa pool could almost double the price over the long term. Maybe I am stingy.

On the other hand, there are some things that I had to have done at the time of building, like the landscaping, as last time we waited 12 years and 3 days for a proper driveway before the earthquake ruined the land (lateral spreading and liquefaction). Though my husband thought that was a plus as he looked out over our yard as soon as the sun came up!
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When Does a House Become a Home?

Getting settled can take more than arranging all your stuff. Discover how to make a real connection with where you live Full Story
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Aubry T
@ruth165 I totally hear you. I loved the apartment I lived in when I was still dating my current other half. After a while I spent most of my time at his house, and it seemed silly to still have the apartment. Problem was, his house was the house he bought with his ex-wife, and her fingerprints were all over. He was asking me for months to move in, when we finally agreed on that when I moved in, I got to go through with a big trashbag, and that there would be a lot of cleaning and remodeling. So here we are, 7 years or so later, we remodeled the bejesus out of the house, it is completely 100% to my taste and unrecognizable from before, and I still hate it. Just for the simple fact that this house was picked by HER. Now we are finally finally in a position where we can move, and I can't wait to get the f out of this place. Someone else can start clean with our gorgeous remodel job.
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Tami Schavone Pennock
oh geez, that's too bad Aubry. :( I know how you feel. Not the same situation with me as far as an ex living here. I knew the original owners. They got divorced and I am very good friends with him and his new wife. The family that owned this house just before we bought it (they were the 3rd family to own it before us) were not good people and had some trouble while living here. I think that still haunts me. Nothing real serious, just bad eggs in a good home. They destroyed a beautiful home and showed terrible respect for it's value. It seems that has affected the value in my eyes. It's hard to seem a quality home with such destruction just before we move in (well 2 years before as they let it go into forclosure).
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12 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Better

Get a great result even without an experienced touch by following these basic design guidelines Full Story
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Amen to # 5. Who wants to live in a theme park?
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Room of the Day: Reclaiming a Family Area From Kid Chaos

Stain-resistant fabrics and an extra-sturdy rug are just the beginning of the smart, stylish features in this newly refined space Full Story
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denold
The buddha comment threw me off. I didn't think I saw a buddha anywhere in the pictures of the house. Aqua colors are so soothing. I've got aqua colors in our laundry room. Maybe it will help give a sense of calm during laundry time.
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coombsmj
What brand/color is the gray paint? It's so difficult to find a gray that complements other colors, and this one complements the dining room wall color (and living room accents) so perfectly.
March 23, 2014 at 10:23am     
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Single Design Moves That Make the Whole Bedroom

Take your sleeping space from standard to extraordinary in one fell swoop Full Story
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I would say that textiles can uplift any space whether is it bedroom or dining area. Here are some ideas to uplift the bedroom.

Colors of Spring 1

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rogerup
Lazy bed by the window
April 5, 2014 at 12:27pm   
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