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10 Key Points to a Construction Contract

10 Key Points to a Construction Contract

Here at GreatBuildz, a free service that connects homeowners in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura or San Diego with reliable general contractors, we know the importance of a good construction contract - that's why we asked two experienced attorneys to share their...

2022 Home Remodeling Design Trends in Los Angeles

2022 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  Most people want to update their homes in order to get rid of old, worn, and outdated elements and replace them with new finishes that reflect...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 in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura or San Diego 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...

How to Deal with Contractor Delays – Bad Contractor Series Part 2

How to Deal with Contractor Delays – Bad Contractor Series Part 2

How To Deal With Contractor Delays Before we dig into this, don't forget to check out part 1 of our Bad Contractors series: How To Spot a Bad Contractor Those of us who have used the services of a general contractor to renovate a home know that it can be a stressful...

How To Spot a Bad Contractor Before It’s Too Late – Part 1

How To Spot a Bad Contractor Before It’s Too Late – Part 1

Everything you need to know about bad contractors, how to avoid them, and what to do if you're stuck with one Although people aren’t always fully aware, hiring a general contractor to renovate your home is a daunting and risky endeavor.  The process of renovating...

Why Real Estate Investors Should Consider ADUs In 2021

Why Real Estate Investors Should Consider ADUs In 2021

Los Angeles ADUs: A Real Estate Investor’s Perspective Whether you’re a seasoned real estate investor or you’re just interested in earning additional income from a rental property, this article is for you. Now that the ADU laws & restrictions have drastically...

ADUs in Los Angeles: Top 50 Frequently Asked ADU Questions

ADUs in Los Angeles: Top 50 Frequently Asked ADU Questions

ADU FAQ - 50 Most Popular ADU Questions Building an ADU has become more and more popular recently, yet a lot of people don't know much about them. If they do, they only know the very basics, like what it is and the different types of ADUs. With all of the new...

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...

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?

The Problem: Homes In LA Are Expensive, Especially For First-Time Buyers Anyone who’s been searching for a home in Los Angeles will tell you how expensive it is, even for an entry-level house.  It really is hard to find that perfect home for a reasonable price,...

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...

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