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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...

5 Tips to Save On ADU Costs In Los Angeles

5 Tips to Save On ADU Costs In Los Angeles

There’s been a lot of talk in Los Angeles about ADUs (ADU meaning) and garage conversions now that the laws have changed.  These are becoming very popular construction projects for homeowners to consider. But let’s face it…they aren’t cheap to build. Building an ADU...

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,...

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

Will 4 New California ADU Laws Help First-Time Home Buyers?

4 New California ADU Laws in 2020: Will They Help First-Time Buyers Afford a Home In LA? Will New California ADU Laws Help First Time Buyers?      |      Credit: Ris Media The Problem: Homes In LA Are Expensive, Especially For First-Time Buyers Anyone who’s been...

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

Reality Check: Your Renovation Won’t Be Perfect

How To Set Realistic Expectations For Your Home Renovation Project Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general contractors, we talk to homeowners and contractors every day...

So, You Want To Fire Your Remodeling Contractor?

So, You Want To Fire Your Remodeling Contractor?

Remodeling Is Easy, Right? Hiring a remodeling contractor can be one of the most overwhelming things one may ever experience. Depending on the scope of work being done, your lifestyle and daily routine can be altered for weeks, even months. As your home begins to...

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,...

Aging in Place – Best Home Renovations for Seniors

Aging in Place – Best Home Renovations for Seniors

Home Renovations for Seniors: The Complete Guide As we begin to age, we start looking at things from a different perspective, a wiser set of eyes. It seems as though every decision we make is governed by what is more comfortable and practical, rather than flashy or...

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 in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general...

How To Get an Accurate Construction Estimate on Your Renovation

How To Get an Accurate Construction Estimate on Your Renovation

In the world of home renovations, staying on budget and on schedule starts with getting an accurate construction estimate. Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura & San Diego with reliable general...

Never Make These 3 Home Renovation Mistakes

Never Make These 3 Home Renovation Mistakes

I should have known better. No matter how much experience you have, it's still easy to make stupid home renovation mistakes. I’ve been in construction for over 15 years. My focus has been helping owners and clients avoid the common pitfalls of the industry. My job is...

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It’s Too Late

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It’s Too Late

How to Spot a Dishonest Contractor Before It's Too Late There's no shortage of renovation contractors these days...but how do you know if they're any good? The number of dishonest contractors may surprise you. Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects...

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