Home Remodeling

Video: Where to Buy Home Improvement Products

Posted on July 09, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When purchasing products for a remodeling project, knowing where to shop can make all the difference in the value you receive. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Robert Kaljian of Kaljian Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Robert Kaljian: When starting your home improvement projects, I highly recommend going to the specialty stores for your plumbing and lighting fixtures. You’ll be dealing with experts in their field, and a much better value for your money than going to some of the larger box improvement stores.

Host, Sarah Rutan: To learn more from local, top rated companies, Read more

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The Best Place to Get Home Remodeling Products

Posted on July 09, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — When buying products and materials for a home remodeling project, most homeowners assume they should go to their local home improvement stores. In reality, when it comes to remodeling, home improvement stores are more like convenience stores. Since they have a lot of everything, you’re getting the convenience of one-stop shopping. However, convenience doesn’t equal quality, and this is certainly the case with products sold at home improvement stores.

If you’re looking for quality, it’s better to do your shopping at specialty stores—outlets that specialize in specific kinds of fixtures, appliances and materials. For example, a plumbing supply store provides toilets, sink/shower fixtures, water heaters and other plumbing products. Since specialty stores focus on specific product types, Read more

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The Best Place to Get Home Remodeling Products

Posted on July 03, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — When buying products and materials for a home remodeling project, most homeowners assume they should go to their local home improvement stores. In reality, when it comes to remodeling, home improvement stores are more like convenience stores. Since they have a lot of everything, you’re getting the convenience of one-stop shopping. However, convenience doesn’t equal quality, and this is certainly the case with products sold at home improvement stores.

If you’re looking for quality, it’s better to do your shopping at specialty stores—outlets that specialize in specific kinds of fixtures, appliances and materials. For example, a plumbing supply store provides toilets, sink/shower fixtures, water heaters and other plumbing products. Since specialty stores focus on specific product types, Read more

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Video: How to Find the Right Contractor

Posted on May 28, 2019 by James Florence

DUBLIN — Host, Sarah Rutan: Want your home improvement project to be successful? Your best bet is to find the right contractor. Today we’re in Dublin with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamar Spalding of All In One Home Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamar Spalding: A successfully completed home improvement project starts and ends with a choice of the right contractor. So how do you go about doing that? Hopefully you have friends and neighbors who have had work done for them, and they have had good success. But perhaps you haven’t, so you’re going to go maybe look at the yellow pages or perhaps online. Read more

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Video: What’s in a Building Contract?

Posted on May 28, 2019 by James Florence

DUBLIN — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before signing a contract for a home improvement project, it’s a good idea to double-check the details. Today we’re in Dublin with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Lamar Spalding of All In One Home Services to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Lamar Spalding: If you’re going to be doing any substantial home improvements, you’re going to need a good contract. So, what do you need in that contract? First of all, the contract should be specific. It should detail out what you need to have done, preferably with plans and drawings. Then it needs to have an estimated start date, and more importantly an estimated completion date and a firm price for the work as stated. Read more

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How to Choose a Quality Contractor

Posted on May 28, 2019 by James Florence

DUBLIN — A successful home improvement project starts and ends with the choice of a quality contractor. So, how can you be sure to choose one? Follow these steps:

Find a few good candidates. There are several different starting points for finding contractors. One is getting referrals from friends and neighbors who have hired contractors in the past. You can also utilize directories and online resources (such as the Diamond Certified Resource) to locate prospective candidates for your project.

Do some research. After tracking down a few good candidates, research each contractor’s background and reputation. Verify that they’re properly licensed and insured—you can do this through the Contractors State License Board’s website (www.cslb.ca.gov). Read more

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Details to Look for in a Home Improvement Contract

Posted on May 28, 2019 by James Florence

DUBLIN — The foundation of any substantial home improvement project is a good contract. The question is: what constitutes a good contract? Besides being clear and accurate, a good contract will be thoroughly detailed. Here are some details you should expect to see:

•  A firm total price for the project

•  Specifics regarding the scope of work, including materials and labor. Preferably, plans and drawings should be included as well.

•  Estimated dates, including start and completion dates

•  A specified payment schedule. Typically, this starts with the down payment, which, according to California law, can only be 10 percent of the contract price, up to a maximum of $1,000. Read more

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