It’s okay to admit you’re not sure if you can perform certain acts of home improvement. Your family members will likely appreciate if you’re able to decide that a job is beyond your skill set and best left to a professional Bay Area general contractor.
Top Ten Essential Skills for Homeowners
Homeowners don’t need to be a building contractor to fix things around your home! Learn how to be a jacks-of-all trades to stay on top of household problems:
Simple, Basic Winter Home Maintenance 101
Even if you live here in the Bay Area, you are still in northern hemisphere, and you still can face significant heating costs, if you don’t prepare effectively for the cold weather. Indeed, the Alliance to Save Energy estimates that some homeowners can spend $5,000 or more every year to keep their indoors comfy and cozy.
How to Check Your Hot Water Heater
To test your hot water heater — make sure it’s working right and replace components if it’s not (or call an professional to help you) — here is a handy primer.
Don’t Get Zapped! Key Safety Precautions When Working with Electricity
Electricity is no joke. Here are some tips to ensure you do not get zapped while working on a home project.
Wood Decking Vs. Composite Decking
Maybe you and your spouse have finally elected to tackle the “big remodeling project” you’ve had on your to-do list for who knows how long. Or maybe you’re “biting the bullet” and renovating your Bay Area condominium in preparation for selling it in a year or two. In any event, you face many aesthetic and logistical challenges and choices ahead. And it’s the “little details” that often make construction or remodeling so difficult.
If you’re working on a new deck, for instance, you have to choose a material. Should you choose wood, a wood polymer composite (synthetic decking), or some other material (e.g. plastic)?
AC Not Working? It May be Time to Call a Pro… But Try These Five Tips First!
The Bay Area fortunately does not get as hot and steamy as other, more scalding parts of California, such as Death Valley or the “Southland” of L.A. and San Diego. But it can get quite uncomfortable – particularly if your air-conditioner brakes or malfunctions during a heatwave. If you are not technically inclined, your first instinct might be to grab a phone and call a pro to service your unit. But before you hop on that line and waste time (and money) getting professional help, ask yourself the following 5 questions:
Remodeling your Bath? Make Room for These Four Essential Elements!
Whether you’re renovating a condominium, building a new home from scratch, or simply modernizing a cramped, outmoded bathroom, here are four crucial elements to meet and exceed your needs for comfort, cleanliness, relaxation, and environmental efficiency.
Three Helpful Home Improvement Apps
Whether you’re about to commence a complex “DIY” project that will likely take many months and potentially involve significant, elaborate planning; or you’re in the middle of a quick job that should only take another few hours, here are three cool apps to help you get your work done faster, easier, and more cost effectively.