Home Remodeling

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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Video: Vetting Contractors in Sonoma County

Posted on May 14, 2019 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Following the recent wildfires and floods in Sonoma County, the resulting shortage of construction labor has made it challenging for locals to find quality contractors. Today we’re in Petaluma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron Evenich of Evenich Construction to learn some helpful tips.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ron Evenich: As many of you know, the recent wildfires and last winter’s floodings have created a shortage in general contractors. We have a lot of contractors coming in from Central and Southern California and from even out of state. There’s also a huge shortage of qualified skilled labor to perform all the work that needs to be completed in Sonoma and the surrounding counties. Read more

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5 Ways to Vet a Contractor

Posted on April 30, 2019 by James Florence

PETALUMA — Due to the widespread damage caused by both wildfires and flooding, there’s currently a shortage of general contractors in Sonoma County and the surrounding areas. To supplement this shortage, a lot of contractors are coming in from central and southern California, and even from out of state. Unfortunately, in this type of situation, it’s often difficult for homeowners to find a contractor that’s qualified, honest and reliable. That’s why it’s crucial to be diligent about vetting any contractor you’re thinking of hiring. Here are five smart steps:

1. Verify that the contractor has current licensing and insurance on file with the California State License Board (CSLB). You should also see if any complaints have been lodged by former clients. Read more

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4 Ways to Augment Space in Your Home

Posted on April 10, 2019 by James Florence

SAN JOSE — As our life circumstances change, we sometimes find that our homes no longer meet our needs. Whether due to a growing family, kids moving out, senior parents moving in or planning for our own aging in place, the size and design of our homes may not provide the amount of space we need to accommodate these altered conditions. In such scenarios, rather than moving out, it often makes more sense to find new ways of augmenting space in our homes. Here are four ways this can be done:

  1. Improve organization. In many cases, a lack of space is merely a matter of poor organization. Fortunately, there are numerous products that can help you better organize your closets,
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