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Questions for contractor’s reference

What are the right question to ask your contractor’s previous client (reference)? If you think that it is not necessary to talk to previous clients, think again. If you think that you are making the contractor uncomfortable, don’t. Most of the time you can get away with one question – would you hire this contractor […]

Do not be tempted by low bids

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I know, it is hard. But it will be even harder later on, when that low bider comes back to you because he had omitted something in the bid to make it look low. This is how homeowners become hostages – the contractor is raising the price, cutting costs where you really do not want […]

How to become a landlord?

If this is the first time you are considering to become a landlord, you should get yourself educated. Join local airbnb groups for insights, check out property management platforms if you are tech savvy, take a landlord certification course if you prefer to have a structured education. Make sure you understand how utilities will be […]

Be afraid of A Change Order

Horror story in construction is called a change order. Expensive. Even if it is a small project. Highly unpleasant. Inevitable if you skip on a detailed scope of work.

ADU in the East Bay?

We have just spent an engaging hour with Loni Gray, ADU advisor and Catalyst – she has been helping homeowners add space with ADUs in Oakland and surrounding areas. If you have missed the event, and would like to learn more about Loni, please check out her website. She has also shared a wonderful resource […]

ADU viewed from Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills town leaders have to abide by State ADU regulations. But they have discovered a way to ultimately get what they want: offer incentives for adhering to original town planning regulations.  If adopted in May, a new ordinance introduced at the latest city council meeting will provide increased building height and additional floor […]

Can ADU have kitchen?

It must. Otherwise it will not be an ADU. It also must have a bathroom. And a bedroom or two. Check your town website for the details. But here is what the law says: “Accessory dwelling unit” means an attached or a detached residential dwelling unit that provides complete independent living facilities for one or […]

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