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5 Home Security Ideas to Add to Your Renovation Plans

5 Home Security Ideas to Add to Your Renovation Plans

Nobody can argue that safety is an important factor when creating the perfect home. During your next home renovation, you can take these extra steps to improve your home security so that your belongings and loved ones are safe. At GreatBuildz, a free service that...

How Much Does a Backyard Remodel Cost in Los Angeles for 2021?

How Much Does a Backyard Remodel Cost in Los Angeles for 2021?

In Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, creating a usable and lovely backyard is a priority for many homeowners. However, backyard remodel costs are not insignificant. Many of the amenities in a backyard can be relatively expensive, but are well worth it...

How To Plan The Perfect Backyard Remodel In Southern California

How To Plan The Perfect Backyard Remodel In Southern California

A major reason why people love living in Los Angeles and Southern California is the terrific climate which allows us to spend so much time outdoors.  In addition to time spent on active outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and enjoying the beach, people also want...

Home Improvement Financing and Loan Options for 2021

Home Improvement Financing and Loan Options for 2021

Recently, in Los Angeles and Southern California, there has been a spike in home renovation and remodeling activity.  With people spending more time at home, they are deciding to make improvements to their existing space, expanding their homes, or adding an ADU or...

Master Bedroom Addition: Costs & Tips For 2021

Master Bedroom Addition: Costs & Tips For 2021

In many areas of Los Angeles and Southern California, most homes were originally built without a true master bedroom suite. Although this was the standard many years ago, many homeowners today prefer to have a private master bedroom suite with its own lavish bathroom...

Home Construction Costs in Los Angeles

Home Construction Costs in Los Angeles

The housing shortage and cost of living in California have been in the headlines for some time. Not helping the matter are construction costs in Los Angeles. They were $35 more expensive per square foot compared to the rest of the state, according to a March 2020...

What Will Your Home Insurance Policy Cover?

What Will Your Home Insurance Policy Cover?

Your house is likely your biggest and most important asset. Considering all the hard work that you poured into the acquisition or construction of that building you now call your home, it’s only right to protect it with homeowners insurance. As long as you have an...

How To Create a Dedicated Work From Home Office Space In Los Angeles

How To Create a Dedicated Work From Home Office Space In Los Angeles

You’ve certainly heard about the significant change in our office habits - the trend of work from home (WFH) during COVID and indefinitely into the future. A recent study indicates approximately 50 percent of the labor force is now work from home. Plus, many large...

Whole House Remodel Costs & Tips for Los Angeles

Whole House Remodel Costs & Tips for Los Angeles

As homes start to age and become old & outdated, many homeowners start thinking about a home renovation. Some people look around their home to decide which room or project to start on. Others decide that undertaking a whole house remodel makes the most sense so...

10 Key Points to a Construction Contract

10 Key Points to a Construction Contract

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners with reliable general contractors, we know the importance of a good construction contract - that's why we asked two experienced attorneys to share their perspective on the most important aspects of a...

2021 Home Remodeling Design Trends in Los Angeles

2021 Home Remodeling Design Trends in Los Angeles

When people think about remodeling, they usually get excited about envisioning the beautiful new space they want to create.  Most people want to update their homes in order to get rid of old, worn, and outdated elements and replace them with new finishes that reflect...

Can’t Sell Your House? 6 Mistakes You Might Be Making

Can’t Sell Your House? 6 Mistakes You Might Be Making

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners with reliable general contractors, we know the importance of selling a home quickly and at a good price – that’s why we invited Julia Weaver from Redfin (an online real estate brokerage) to discuss her take...

10 Home Remodel Surprises You’ll Need To Prepare For

10 Home Remodel Surprises You’ll Need To Prepare For

10 Things To Know Before Starting a Home Remodel If you are preparing for a home remodel, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure a successful... and relatively stress-free project. Especially if this is your first time renovating, it’s especially...

Don’t Let a Home Inspection Kill Your Deals

Don’t Let a Home Inspection Kill Your Deals

Realtors know that almost every home transaction requires home inspections.  When it comes to ways to kill a deal, home inspections are often a leading culprit, so it’s worth discussing the issues involved.  Over the last ten years, I was involved in over 350...

2021 Los Angeles Home Remodel Cost Guide

2021 Los Angeles Home Remodel Cost Guide

Unlike a simple purchase like buying a car or vacuum,  the range for a remodel cost can vary greatly because there are so many factors and variables involved. If two neighbors renovate the exact same space in each of their homes, it's quite possible one of them could...

Are Granny Flats The Best Idea For Retirees in Los Angeles?

Are Granny Flats The Best Idea For Retirees in Los Angeles?

Senior Preparing Food in a Granny Flat ADU     |    Credit: Getty Images Is a Granny Flat ADU a Good Idea For Seniors and Retirees in Los Angeles? You may have heard: the population of seniors and retirees is expected to surge in the near future. Over the next decade,...

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