Cantor’s Corner

Historical Home Remodeling »

SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018 ON ABC 10 If you have a historical home, getting designation can be a great investment especially with the mills act where there’s a significant property tax reduction. For additions or exterior remodeling on historical homes, it’s important that the design complies with city requirements to pull permits. Sometimes it’s as simple as contrasting finishes like stucco texture and color to define the original building.

Cantor’s Corner: The Hallmarks of a Great Home Improvement Experience »

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2018 ON ABC 10 Remodeling your home should be a fun, exciting and rewarding experience. It should not be stressful or feel like a burden if you hire the right professional. Today, I would like to identify a few of the hallmarks of a great home improvement experience.

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Cantor’s Corner: Permits And Inspection »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018 ON ABC 10 Building or remodeling the right way, by pulling permits and having that extra set of eyes that comes with building inspections is important for your safety as well as protecting the return on the investment in your home. Also, if you sell your home, providing the city stamped plans, permits and the inspection record with all the approvals signed off provides prospective buyers piece of mind that the work was completed to code.

Cantor’s Corner: Finished Garage Slabs »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018 ON ABC 10 Your garage can be valuable living space for a kid’s play area, home gym, man cave and a place to park your cars. A quick and easy, multi-purpose and cost effect home improvement that provides valuable living space is slab resurfacing. Even if your garage slab is cracked, a brand new surface can be applied without going to the expense of breaking out concrete.

Annual Household Maintenance Checklist »

Start the year knowing your home is in good shape by checking in on these annual home maintenance items. Some are items you can easily do yourself. Others require a professional, but we have Approved Home Pros who will do many of these services free of charge, or at a discount for Approved Home Pro users.

Cantor’s Corner: Choosing A Home Remodeler »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2017 ON ABC 10 Home remodeling is a big investment and choosing a company to work with is an important decision. The experience of the contractor should be a major factor. Quality of work, warranty and a fair price have to be considered, but the customer experience is something that many homeowners may take for granted.

Cantor’s Corner: Solar Energy Metering Changes »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 ON ABC 10 With the change in energy metering coming up on March 31, 2018, time is running out on getting the best value out of a new solar system for your home.

Cantor’s Corner: Home Improvement Financing »

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017 ON ABC 10 I always enjoy being the messenger of great news! It's been a long time coming. Finally, the market is opening up for home improvement financing. Up until now, home equity lines of credit, cash out refi's, pace financing and HUD loans were the only programs available for home improvements.

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.