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Three Things You Want on Your Home Improvement Contract

Posted on February 06, 2020 by Joy Lanzaro

The California State Licensing Board (CSLB) wants consumers to know that all home improvement contracts are required to contain certain language. If you aren’t aware of this prerequisite, the CSLB’s website has plenty of information that will get you acquainted with the elements of a proper contract. In addition, you can prevent stress and conflict during a construction project by tactfully requesting that your contract contain the following three elements:

A payment schedule with a task-by-task breakdown. The easier it is for you to read and understand your contract, the better. If the payment schedule is broken down by “percentage of job completed,” ask for a task-by-task breakdown instead so you can verify the work that has actually been done. Read more

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4 Tips for a Greener Remodeling Project

Posted on February 04, 2020 by James Florence


By default, most remodeling projects performed in California end up being fairly Green. This is primarily due to the state’s strict requirements regarding energy efficiency and environmental impact. However, few homeowners realize the extent to which they can exceed these minimum standards and really “Green up” their projects. To learn more, we’ve asked Rory Moore, owner of RM Construction in Sausalito, to share his tips for a Greener remodeling project. Read more

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How to Artificially Age Wood

Posted on January 07, 2020 by James Florence

These days, the old-fashioned look is all the rage, especially when it comes to home décor. If you’re installing a new door, fence, deck or similar wood feature, you’ll be glad to know there’s an easy, low-cost technique to artificially age wood and achieve an antique aesthetic. Read more

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Posted in: Painting, Home Remodeling

Tips for Making the Most of Your Home Theater and A/V System

Posted on November 21, 2019 by James Florence

Are you planning to install a home theater and/or high-end audio/video system? To make the most of your investment, consider these tips for designing, installing and using your system. Read more

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Posted in: Home Remodeling, Home Theater and Automation

Lighten Up! How to Optimize Interior Lighting

Posted on November 05, 2019 by James Florence

Interior lighting design isn’t as simple as it might seem. It’s not just about maximizing visibility—it’s also about creating the right ambience, optimizing functionality and lowering energy costs. Whether you’re remodeling your home or you just want to make a few upgrades, a carefully considered design can help you make the most of your interior lighting. Here are a few tips: Read more

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Posted in: Electrical, Home Remodeling, Interior Design, Home Automation
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Avoiding Contractor Scams After a Disaster

Posted on October 30, 2019 by James Florence

Following a disaster such as an earthquake or a wildfire, people are anxious to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible. For many, this includes cleaning up, repairing and rebuilding their homes. Unfortunately, there are many bad actors out there ready and willing to take advantage of overwhelmed disaster victims. Read more

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Posted in: Home Remodeling, Fire & Water Damage

Should Your Foundation Contractor be EPA Lead-Safe Certified?

Posted on June 20, 2019 by James Florence

If your home needs foundation work, you’ll obviously want to hire a contractor with plenty of experience and relevant industry certifications. However, one certification you may not have considered is EPA lead-safe certification. After all, that’s just for painters, right? The reality is that foundation contractors are just as beholden to the EPA’s rules on lead-safe protocol—a lesson Mark Corrallo of All Seasons Construction learned the hard way. Read more

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