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How to Begin Big Renovations 

Before you start a remodel, it’s always good to collect ideas so you can narrow down exactly what you want to do. Whether it’s opening up your home to better entertain or changing the aesthetic to make it more contemporary, knowing what you want before the remodel is underway will save you time and money in the end. Our Resident Expert Gregg Cantor from Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel shares some tips to assist you.

Types of Contractor Licenses 

Approved Home Pros has discussed in-depth about unlicensed contractors, now it’s time to talk about the different kinds of contractor licenses. Our experts sit down to discuss the multitude of licenses out there. Learn about these licenses and more.

The Problem with Unpermitted Additions

If you’ve ever had to deal with an unpermitted addition at your home, you know it can be a hassle. Our experts sit down to discuss solar and unpermitted additions. Learn what the problems are with unpermitted additions and what you can do about them.

How to Prevent Stolen Packages

If you’ve ever ordered anything online to be delivered to your home, you’ve risked your package being stolen. Our experts join us to discuss how to prevent stolen packages. Learn how to keep your packages safe!

Garage Safety Tips

It’s always smart to prepare for a potential emergency, so that you and your family have a plan. Empire Garage Doors & Gates joins us to discuss garage safety tips to help you during an emergency. Tune in to discover helpful tips.

The Importance of a Home Inspection

Homeowners often have negative perceptions of home inspections, when really they’re meant to benefit you and your home. Our experts sit down to discuss how a home inspection can benefit you.

Discover Opportunities to Get Into the Trades

Today, there is a huge shortage of people in the home improvement industry. Fewer and fewer people are going into the trades, but why? Our experts sat down on Ask an Expert to discuss why there are so many unfilled positions, and what the home improvement industry is doing to combat that shortage. From trade schools to apprenticeship programs, our experts provide resources and opportunities for young adults to break into the industry.

 

Where Contractors Cut Corners

A good contractor would never cut corners, but how do you know you have a good contractor? Our experts sit down to discuss where contractors cut corners in projects. Learn what to look for in a good contractor so you can get the best quality.

 

The Dangers of Bad Contractor Practices

Whether it’s taking the easy route to get the job done faster, overpricing or a slow timeline, bad contractor practices happen more often than they should. Our experts sit down to discuss the dangers of these practices and how you can prevent them.

Design and Style Tips for Your Home

Design and style play a huge part in personalizing your home. Our experts sit down to discuss design tips to fit your lifestyle. Learn more about how you can style your home for functionality and looks.

When is Low Price a Warning Sign?

Getting a low price on a bid can seem like you’re getting a great deal, but how do you know when low is too low? Our experts sit down to discuss how to know when a low price is a warning sign and what to do after.

The Dangers of Having an Unlicensed Contractor 

Our experts discuss the dangers of having an unlicensed contractor. While it may not seem like a reason for concern, it actually makes a huge difference. Find out what the dangers are and how to make sure your contractor is licensed.

Defining Professionalism in the Home Improvement Industry 

Professionalism is a huge part of being a respectable company. Our experts sit down to discuss what professionalism means to them and how they exemplify professionalism in their companies.

Understanding Pool Safety 

May is Pool Safety month and with summer right around the corner it’s crucial that you know how to keep you family safe. Our Resident Expert, Gregg Cantor, and Javier from Payan Pool Service share the ABC’s of pool safety.

Insurance Concerns When Remodeling

There’s so much going on when you remodel your home, but have you thought about insurance? From contractor insurance to additional insured, there are multiple steps you can take to help better protect yourself and your home. Our resident experts, Gregg Cantor from Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel and Joel Matthews from Christian Brothers Restoration, tackle what insurance information you need to know before you remodel.

The Trade Timeline to Building a Home

It’s important to know the necessary timeline to follow in order to complete your project to ensure problems don’t arise. In this segment, Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel and Gene Bryan from Window World discuss the flow of trades when building a home

SDG&E Quality Installation Rebates Explained

In San Diego, SDG&E offers rebate programs for quality installation on HVAC systems. Our experts breakdown what the rebates are, how you qualify for them, how to maximize them and why it’s a good idea to leave the heavy lifting to the pros to help you get through the process quickly and easily.

Home Improvement Price Vs. Value

The price versus the value is a huge topic in home improvement. There are many variables that go into the price and value of home improvements, so we asked our experts how to determine the price versus value.

Top 5 New Year Home Upgrades

Looking for ways to improve your home, so you can enjoy it more? Our experts review the top 5 home upgrades that we recommend to increase your home’s value.

Start Off The New Year With A Home Maintenance Checklist

Performing regular, annual maintenance on your home can help save you money and stress in the future. We asked our experts what home maintenance tasks should be done every year to prevent damage. You can find the full checklist of home maintenance tasks here.

Warning: CSLB’s Most Wanted Contractors

Home improvement is one of the most notorious industries when it comes to scams and illegitimate business practices, so today we’re digging into the California State License Board’s Most Wanted Contractors. Learn more here.

 

 

 

Repairs Covered By Insurance

Working with insurance companies for home repairs is something many people often have questions about. It can be hard to know who your advocate is in this situation. We asked our experts from Christian Brothers Restoration and Murray Lampert Design, Build Remodel what you need to know about getting these repairs done through insurance.

 

 

How To Spot Upselling

Upselling is a technique where a salesperson convinces a customer to purchase something more expensive than they originally planned and can be seen often in the home improvement industry. Our Resident Expert, Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel explains the signs to look for to know if you are being upsold.

Winter Home Maintenance To-Do List

Many home maintenance and repair projects come around on an infrequent or even annual basis, and therefore can often be forgotten. With help from Resident Expert Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel, we compiled a winter home maintenance to-do list to help you keep your home in tip-top shape this season. Check out 5 must-do winter maintenance items in the video, and find the complete to-do list here.

How to Gauge the Price of a Remodeling Project

Do you know how to gauge the price of a remodeling project? Once you conjure the idea to improve on something in your home, how do you know what’s a realistic budget range? Our friends at Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel created a Home Remodeling Cost Calculator to help you get an idea!

 

Green Remodeling Material Options

When remodeling a home, selecting green building materials is important to many people. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing sustainable products. We asked the industry’s top experts Brian Milholland, president of SunPower by Milholland and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel what homeowners need to know about selecting green remodeling materials.

 

What to Know About Buying a Flipped Home

What should you know about buying a home that’s been flipped? We asked Dan Scherer, Program Manager from The City of San Diego Development Services and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel.

Home Features to Help You Age-In-Place

We consulted our experts on what you should know about aging-in-place. We asked the industry’s top experts Cheryl Robertson, Aging In Place expert from Superior Floor & Cabinet Designs and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel.

Can Your Home Be Sealed Too Tight?

Can your home be sealed too tight? We asked the industry’s top experts Bob Briley, HVAC expert from We Care Plumbing, Heating & Air and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel.

Understanding Energy Upgrade California

We asked the industry’s top experts Bob Briley, HVAC expert from We Care Plumbing, Heating & Air and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel what you need to know about Energy Upgrade California.

The Dangers of Using Unlicensed Contractors

We asked the industry’s top experts Brian Milholland, president of SunPower by Milholland and Gregg Cantor, president of Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel about unlicensed contractors and how you put yourself at risk when you hire them.

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