You've probably seen it at least once -- a house attached to a truck getting ferried to another place. It might look a little crazy, but people do have good reasons for moving a house. If you like where you live and have a good plot of land, you might want to build a new house on it. However, before you can build a new, larger house on your land, you'll have to get rid of the one that's already there. House demolition can be quite expensive, so you might be able to find someone who wants your house and will pay to have it moved. You'll likely not be selling the house itself for more than a dollar or so, but with the "buyer" paying the moving costs it can be a good deal for you. You might also prefer someone to haul your house away rather than demolish it for environmental reasons. Having your entire house moved is really just a major recycling program. Better someone else now use your house elsewhere than have it broken into parts and chucked into a landfill. On the flipside, if you … [Read more...] about Why would anybody want to move an entire house?
Moving an entire house is a complex process and you'll need a number of experts to do the heavy lifting. First, you'll need representatives from all the utility companies to come out and properly disconnect your home from all its utilities. Next, the movers will need at least a 10-foot (3-meter) clear zone around the house. So if you have any trees or bushes in that area you want to save, you'll have to ask landscapers to remove them [source: Expert House Movers]. Once all this is done, the movers will dig around your foundation and cut some openings in the foundation's walls. These openings are for the steel beams the movers use to bear the weight of your house. Your movers will know what the proper size and placement of these steel beams are for your house. The movers may also use wooden cribs to provide support for the house, both inside and out. After the braces are all put into place, hydraulic lifts are inserted beneath the steel beams so they can lift the house off its … [Read more...] about What is involved in moving a house?
Make sure you're on a financially sound footing before you start scouting out neighborhoods. See more real estate pictures. Digital Vision/Rupert King/Getty Images It's tough to miss one of the major themes of the 2008 U.S. housing-market disaster: A lot of people who were buying houses weren't financially prepared to do so. They thought they were. They were told they were. But as it turns out, not so much. If you're considering home ownership, you've got a lot to think about -- and which neighborhood you want to live in is farther down on the list than you may think. If you buy a house before your financial situation warrants it, the house you choose in the neighborhood you love could end up being owned by the bank, among other unfortunate possibilities. So, what are the most basic financial qualifications you want to meet before starting your home search in earnest? They're pretty simple, really, although it may take some time and effort to realize them. Here, a few of the … [Read more...] about Are you financially ready to buy a house?
Architecture is very subjective and pretty personal, but there are some styles that are more popular than others. See more real estate pictures. iStockphoto/Thinkstock If you're thinking about building a house, there's a lot to consider. Although the ranch style home popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright is still a major player, as is the two-story traditional home, recent changes in the way people view a home investment are driving innovations in home design. People are living differently from the way they did even five years ago. The economic downturn has had an impact, but greener consciences are holding sway, too. One of the biggest trends is the downsizing of the American home from a sprawling suburban mansion to something less conspicuous and more energy efficient. Losing space doesn't mean losing number of rooms, though. Where square footage in new home designs may be shrinking by as much as 15 percent, the number of rooms has stayed about the same. If you think small is … [Read more...] about What are the best-selling house plans?
rpavich/CC By 2.0 Think you know your scattered from your smothered? Take the Waffle House Quiz and find out your WaHo IQ. Start Quiz » You scored 0 out of 10 Question 1 of 10 Which of these does Waffle House sell the least of? waffles Oh, the irony of the establishment selling fewer waffles than their greasier counterparts. Still, the titular item pulls its weight as the most profitable part of the menu, thanks to its price sold versus cost of labor and ingredients. hash browns bacon Question 2 of 10 What extras can you expect on your hash browns if you order them "scattered, smothered and covered?" spread on the grill with tomatoes and chili spread on the grill with cheese and onions Hash browns can be ordered plain, smothered (with onions), scattered (spread out on the grill as opposed to cooked in a round, metal ring mold), covered (with American cheese), capped (with mushrooms), diced (with tomatoes), plus a bunch of other options. … [Read more...] about Don’t Waffle On This: Take the Waffle House Quiz