Cantor’s Corner

Cantor’s Corner: Importance of Building Inspections »

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 ON ABC 10 With all the home improvement going on right now, today I wanted to talk about the importance of building inspection. For the safety of your family and also to protect the investment in your home, you should always have work inspected and approved by your local building department. The city building official's job is to make sure the code is followed on major remodeling projects or even if you are just replacing equipment like water heaters, furnaces, appliances, or adding solar. Besides making sure your home is safe, the building inspector plays a part in protecting your investment by enforcing sound building practices. Following the building code and obtaining inspector’s sign off protects life safety, and home improvement contractors are held accountable to abide by the California Building Code, where safety is the highest priority. Chances are, any trade that is willing to complete work without a permit does not care about the building code, which puts you at risk and can impact you negatively when selling your home. The homeowner, contractor, inspection partnership is very important to the success of any home improvement project.

Cantor’s Corner: License, Bonding & Insurance Requirements »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 ON ABC 10 To be a legitimate home improvement contractor, licensing, bonding, insurance and EPA lead certification is required by law. Any contractor completing home improvements other than a sole proprietor, must carry worker's compensation insurance on all employees as well. General liability insurance is not required by law.

Cantor’s Corner: Zero Transition Showers »

Today I want to educate you on zero transition showers. This is a very popular and functional custom shower application where there is no damn or step to trip over. In some applications, no shower door or curtain is required either. Different drain applications are used, and most often the pan slopes from front to back with a linear drain from side to side. Not only are linear drains functional, they are a great design element available in many styles and finishes.

Cantor’s Corner: Tile Installation Techniques »

Today I want to educate you on quality tile installation. There are several different ways to set tile. I want you to know what is the right application, so you get the best value and many years of enjoyment out of your investment.

Cantor’s Corner: Importance of Home Ventilation »

<<< SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 on ABC 10 >>> Today I want to educate you on the importance of proper ventilation of attics and crawl spaces. This is a relatively inexpensive home upgrade that offers many benefits. There are 3 great reasons to hire a pro to complete this simple and cost effective home improvement. 

Fall Home Improvement Projects »

As we ease our way into the last part of the year, Resident Expert Gregg Cantor has compiled a list of fall home improvement projects and routine maintenance items you should pay attention to this time of year.

What Is Design-Build? »

<<< SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017 on ABC 10 >>> Today I wanted to explain the differences between design-build and hiring an architect when remodeling your home. Design-build is when one firm handles everything including conceptual design, interior design, construction  plans, permit processing and project management. An architect typically only completes the construction documents. Then the homeowner hires an interior designer and interviews contractors to bid the work. 

Cantor’s Corner: Lead Safety Information »

<<< SUNDAY, AUGUST 13. 2017 on ABC 10 >>> Today, I would like to provide some valuable lead safety information as it pertains to your home. When you’re remodeling or completing home maintenance projects, California law requires lead safe practices on any structure built prior to January first 1978. 

Cantor’s Corner: Recommended DIY Projects »

<<< SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017 on ABC 10 >>> As a homeowner you need to know your limitations when it comes to do it yourself projects.  Here are some easy, recommended DIY projects you can safely tackle.

Cantor’s Corner: Home Inspections During Real Estate Transactions »

<<< SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 on ABC 10 >>> Today, I want to discuss the importance of home inspections during real estate transactions. 

Cantor’s Corner: Maintain a Relationship With Your Remodeler »

<<< SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 on ABC 10 >>> Home remodeling should be a fun and rewarding experience.  The relationship between a homeowner and a remodeling professional should be long term, even after the work is complete.  A reputable home pro stands behind their work with a written warranty and is your advocate.