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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...

How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Los Angeles?

How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Los Angeles?

Kitchens are often considered the hub of the home, so it's not surprising many homeowners see the kitchen as the space they most want to renovate and modernize. Kitchens are generally a reasonably straightforward project to renovate, as long as you’re prepared with...

How To Find a Garage Conversion Contractor in Orange County

How To Find a Garage Conversion Contractor in Orange County

You’ve probably heard about the new laws and regulations in Orange County regarding Accessory Dwelling Units and garage conversions.  A garage conversion is the most cost-effective way to create a ‘second home’ or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) on your property because...

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...

Garage Conversion and ADU Insurance Info for 2021

Garage Conversion and ADU Insurance Info for 2021

When it comes to building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or even just a garage conversion, there are many details to consider and a lot to know. This blog is specifically about ADU insurance, but you can find more info on my other blogs about building an ADU or a...

Finding the Best Los Angeles Bathroom Remodelers

Finding the Best Los Angeles Bathroom Remodelers

Tips on Finding Good Bathroom Remodelers in Los Angeles: Finding a good bathroom remodeler might seem easy since there are tons of online resources listing many ‘highly-rated’ contractors. However, you should know that in Los Angeles County alone, there are over...

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As homes start to age and become old & outdated, many homeowners start thinking about a home renovation.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...

Los Angeles Garage Conversion in 2021 – The Affordable ADU

Los Angeles Garage Conversion in 2021 – The Affordable ADU

(Updated January 3, 2021) What You Need To Know About a Garage Conversion Garage Conversion in Los Angeles I recently did a garage conversion with a detached garage behind my home.  The garage was 468 square feet with dimensions of 18’ x 26’. I always wanted to...

Los Angeles ADUs – What You Need To Know For 2021

Los Angeles ADUs – What You Need To Know For 2021

(Updated January 2, 2021) So, you’ve heard about ADUs, eh? Maybe a friend was talking about her ‘granny flat’, you saw your neighbor recently did a garage conversion, or perhaps you overheard your coworkers talking about their latest investment opportunity. Well,...

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...

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,...

Ready To Hire a Contractor? Take These 5 Steps First

Ready To Hire a Contractor? Take These 5 Steps First

Hiring a contractor to remodel your home is a major decision.  We’re all aware of this. A contractor is going to impact your life in several significant ways once you’ve hired them. You’re going to be paying a substantial amount of money, you’ll be communicating with...

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

Why You Should Never Hire an Unlicensed Contractor

When in doubt, do not hire an unlicensed contractor. At some point in time, every homeowner has had (or will have) the “lovely” experience of requiring some sort of minor electrical or plumbing repair within his or her home. Often times, you ask your friends,...

What Is a Contractor’s Bond and Why Should I Have One?

What Is a Contractor’s Bond and Why Should I Have One?

Do you know what a contractor’s bond is? If you are planning to hire a contractor to remodel your home, then you should! Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners with reliable general contractors, people ask us all the time about project details...

Our free service personally matches you with the best pre-screened pros, ensuring you’ll find a great contractor and enjoy a stress-free remodel.