Wednesday, November 26, 2014

So Cal’s Tim Regan makes the cover Remodeler magazine

Train to Gain: Remodelers Reveal Valuable Training Tips

If it’s true that a company is only as good as its people, then you need good people. And training will make your good people even better.




Monday, November 24, 2014

Common Home Remodeling Mistakes

Most homeowners become quite excited with the home remodeling California process to the extent that they end up doing something wrong. This can be attributed to the adrenaline rush that most people face which can defiantly be avoided if a person takes time to think the whole process out and come up with a plan that will yield desirable results. Some of the common home remodeling California mistakes that people make includes:
  • Doing too much- most homeowners will get carried away and end up doing more that they are supposed to. This will definitely take up more time, effort and other resources that could have been saved in the first place.
  • Fudging on tools- this is especially common for people who want to engage in a DIY project on their own. Seasoned individuals probably have a variety of tools in the garage but the first timers have to buy the tools that are needed and may at time end up picking the wrong tools which might make the project more difficult.
  • Low balling- while inexpensive is okay for home remodeling California, cheap is a no go zone.  There are reasons why some supplies and tools are more expensive than others. Most of the time, it is because they are more superior thus can be used for longer periods of time without any problem.
  • Blowing the budget- when a person sets off to undertake a home remodeling California project, it is important that you plan and stick on the budget that had been allocated for the job. Failure to do this might bring some problems where in extreme cases you might have to borrow money or even have the project stall for a few months/years until the finances can be gotten for the job.
  • Inaccurate measurements- you will realize that there are numerous measurements that are taken when there is any construction job. It is important to make sure that all measurements are done right regardless of how small the margin might be as this can end up messing the entire remodeling process.
  • Mismanaging contractors – contractors are the main people behind the home remodeling California project. Mismanaging the professionals means that you are in for some deep trouble since there are so many things that can go wrong when the professionals in charge of the job are not coordinated for the good of the project.
  • Not getting a permit- most towns require that you take a permit before any work on the home remodeling California project begins. There can be serious law implications where you might even have to go to court or even jail for something simple as not failing to get the correct permit.
  • Changing your mind- being indecisive when planning to remodel the house is also another mistake that most homeowners make that costs them a lot of time and money. This is where in the middle or even when the project comes to an end, the homeowner decides that people are not working on the correct thing and had to turn it all around to start over which can be quite frustrating.
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Characteristics of a Great Reo Contractor




One of the most important things that you should be on the look out for when looking for a reo contractor is their personality as well as character. This way, you can be assured of working with someone who is really good at their job thus you will not have any complaints at the end of the day to have a beautiful working relationship that will yield incredible results. Some of the character traits that the reo contractor should possess include: 
 
Zeal and passion for the job

It helps to look for a reo contractor who has great passion and zeal for the job. This means that they will give it their all which means that the job will be done in the best way possible. This can be noted by how the contractor talks about the job or even the body language when you are talking about the project at hand. Avoid contactors who don’t seem like they want to know more about the project as this simply means that they are not interested in the position. You should also avoid contractors who come off as know it alls as most of the time such people only end up messing up the entire project since they do not even want to listen to a bit of reasoning. 

Patient

A great reo contractor is patient with all his clients as they try and explain the aspect of the job that lies ahead of them. Most of the time, clients usually have various ideas of how they want the project to pan out. It is the job of the contractor to sit through all these explanations without anger flaring up since the clients are their bosses at the end of the day. They should also offer advice in circumstances where the clients are getting out of line to ensure that the work is done perfectly and everyone is happy. 

Friendly

This is very important especially when the reo contractor is working on a large project which means that they will spend a lot of time with the clients on site. You don’t want to work with someone who you are uncomfortable with as this might cause some anxiety on the job which is not really good at the end of the day. This is someone that you have entrusted your project with thus they need to at least have some friendly qualities that will help the job be done in the ideal environment.

Hardworking 

It is quite obvious why you need to find a hard working reo contractor. This is because you can be assured that they will get down to business and not laze around the work site to make sure that the work is done on time and in the best way possible. Have the contactor sign up a contract that stipulates the terms and conditions of the job to see if they are really serious about the job. Keep the document safe as it might be needed in the future incase there are any problems to solve them amicably.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Benefits Associated with Installation of Siding




Home remodeling projects have become popular in the last couple of years. Though this is the case, majority of homeowners tend to overlook the importance associated with installation of siding. Yet, just like renovation, siding plays an important role and it is a smart choice. There are several benefits associated with this move and by educating yourself on these you stand a better chance of making an informed decision. Some of these benefits are as highlighted below.

Increased Energy Efficiency
Electricity and gas bills are constantly rising but by using proper siding, you can cut down on these costs. This is because it makes your home energy efficient and this goes a long way to ensure your utility bills are lowered. To enjoy this benefit, you should choose a siding option that has insulation. This is important as it helps trap cold and warm air and ensures that it is not released back to the atmosphere. Consequently, this reduces your cooling and heating bills.

Noise Reduction
Noise pollution is a great annoyance in any home and with siding it can be considerably reduced thus giving you the chance to enjoy more quite and peace. With this type of installation, your stress level is also reduced since it means you can sleep more peaceful and enjoy the time spent indoors. What is more, it also ensures that your life is not regularly interrupted by outside forces.

Mold Growth Prevention
Most homes are vulnerable to moisture and this leads to wood rot, mild damage and mold throughout your house. Eventually, if this is not addressed, it leads to complete destruction of your structure. However, through installation of siding, you can eliminate the risk of moisture entering into your home and as such, reduce chances of mold growth. In addition to this, it can help you save in the long term since the removal of mildew and mold is an extremely expensive venture.

Tax Credits
This is another major benefit yet majority of homeowners are not aware of it. Currently, it is benefiting a large number of homeowners. This is because there are tax credits availed to homeowners who take the initiative to invest in siding installation.

These are just some of the major benefits associated with installation of siding though there are others worth noting as well. For instance, it can increase the value of your property. In addition to this, siding also ensures you safeguard the wellness and health of your family and also goes a long way to help you save in utility bills. If you are considering the possibility of installing siding, you do not necessarily have to consult with a professional.

You can carry out a DIY project. This will cost less and it can prove to be more fruitful especially if you do it right. It is for all these reasons and more that you should not overlook the possibility of investing in siding. While it might seem like additional or costly process, it can pay off in the long term. The sooner you start planning for siding installation, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits it offers.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Building permits rose sharply in October to six-year high





Building permits hit a six-year high last month, climbing 4.8% from September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,080,000. Single-family permits rose 1.4%, while permits for multi-family buildings surged 10%.

BUILDING PERMITS
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,080,000. This is
4.8 percent (±1.3%) above the revised September rate of 1,031,000 and is 1.2 percent (±1.2%) above the October 2013 estimate of
1,067,000.

Single-family authorizations in October were at a rate of 640,000; this is 1.4 percent (±1.2%) above the revised September figure of
631,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 406,000 in October.

HOUSING STARTS
Privately-owned housing starts in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,009,000. This is 2.8 percent (±10.0%)* below
the revised September estimate of 1,038,000, but is 7.8 percent (±8.7%)* above the October 2013 rate of 936,000.

Single-family housing starts in October were at a rate of 696,000; this is 4.2 percent (±8.8%)* above the revised September figure of
668,000. The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 300,000.

HOUSING COMPLETIONS
Privately-owned housing completions in October were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 881,000. This is 8.8 percent (±14.7%)*
below the revised September estimate of 966,000, but is 8.1 percent (±13.0%)* above the October 2013 rate of 815,000.

Single-family housing completions in October were at a rate of 585,000; this is 7.4 percent (±9.5%)* below the revised September rate
of 632,000. The October rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 289,000.

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