Are you the Victim of a Bad Construction Job? Get Retribution

Victim of a bad construction job

LOS ANGELES HOMEOWNERS LIVING IN A CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE - GET YOUR RETRIBUTION! Ever had a bad construction experience, Spike TV would love to talk to you:   "Calling all homeowners: If you are the victim of a shady contractor, Spike TV wants to help you. Now in its second season, Catch a Contractor aims to finally turn the tables on shady contractors. Our celebrity host partners with a general contractor and private investigator to hunt down the perpetrator who botched … [Read more...]

What is the Best Floor Covering for Pets?

Debbie Gartner knows her flooring.  Below she has some great articles about flooring for pets. Top pet questions about flooring   Pets are an important part of our family, and choosing flooring that works with your pets is important for many of my Westchester customers.  So, I thought it would be helpful to gather my favorite flooring blog posts about pets in one location.  I hope this is helpful for you, regardless of whether you live in Westchester County NY or somewhere … [Read more...]

Census Bureau infographic shines light on home investment | Inman News

Homeowners Improving Homes Rather than Moving

See on - Around Los Angeles Homeowners are choosing to make home improvements rather than move, especially in this time of low inventory. The graphic below and the article show which are the most popular improvements and how they were done. Homeowners made $359 billion in home improvements from 2009 through 2011. Jane Peters's insight: This seems to be a trend now.  When homeowners can't move they put money into their homes. See on … [Read more...]

What Types of Flooring Make Your Los Angeles Home Look Larger?

Flooring to Make Your Los Angeles Home Look Larger

This is another great post from Debbie to help you make a smaller home look larger than it is: Flooring that will make your Los Angeles home look larger.   Flooring choices can have a big impact on how large your home looks.  Below are some easy tips to help leverage the space you already have so that your space looks larger.  This info should come in handy for anyone putting in new flooring as well as those looking to sell their house and maximize the space they already … [Read more...]

Oak Hardwood Flooring For Your Home

Oak hardwood flooring for your home

What are the benefits of Oak Hardwood Flooring for your home in Los Angeles CA? Oak is the most popular species of hardwood flooring here in Los Angeles. If you see hardwood in a home, chances are it's oak. So, why is oak flooring so popular? 1. Oak flooring is very affordable since it is abundant and grown in the US. Oak hardwood tends to be less expensive compared to the other species (such as maple, hickory, brazilian cherry, etc). And, in Los Angeles CA, it's very readily available to get … [Read more...]

Trends in Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring trends

Hardwood is the preferred type of flooring in Los Angeles. Hardwood floors are beautiful, last a lifetime (and then some), and they are easy to clean and maintain. Those with allergies and asthma especially prefer hardwood flooring, and we are often ripping up carpeting to convert to hardwood, especially when people are moving into new homes.   If customers can't afford hardwood flooring, they will sometimes revert to laminate flooring or carpet. While these surfaces cost less than … [Read more...]

What is Concrete Honeycombing?

What is concrete honeycombing

While Honeycombing of concrete can look like it is being attacked from some sort of creature or chemical, that is rarely the case except in decorative concrete flatwork where the surface has been “released” to reveal the larger aggregate.  This is done deliberately by washing the surface with mild etching compounds prior to curing of the concrete surface.  It is certainly never the result of bees and the honeycombs associated with them. When concrete is poured into the foundation forms it … [Read more...]

Dark Hardwood Floors

Dark Hardwood Floors

In Los Angeles, dark hardwood flooring is very stylish. Many of my customers love the dark look...they even ask for Ebony. Dark is sleek and stylish and gives your Rhode Island home a sophisticated look. How do you get dark hardwood floors? What options are there? Most dark hardwoods are stained to make them darker. There are many types of woods that can work. 1. The most common dark flooring is oak hardwood that is stained with a dark brown stain such as Ebony (the darkest stain) or a … [Read more...]

Chrome Traps are they Worth the Money?

Chrome traps, are they worth the money?

I like to think I am a “live and let live” kind of guy—-but some things—-for lack of a better way to put it—-have no redeeming social value! I am talking about your garden variety, Big Orange Toolbox, chrome plumbing traps.  I know you were hoping for something more controversial perhaps—but this is all I have for you today. Failing chrome traps Back in the “good ole days”—(You remember: before penicillin & Novocain, when women rode side saddle, before plywood, and it took a year to … [Read more...]

Should You Add Carpet Runners to Your Steps?

Carpet Runners for Steps

What are carpet runners? A carpet runner goes on top of your hardwood steps. Unlike wall to wall carpet, carpet runners cover most of the step, but still show the hardwood on either side. They are bound on the sides for a finished look. Why are carpet runners so popular? Carpet runners serve 2 purposes: 1) they make the stairs safer - they help prevent slipping and 2) they add a decorative element. By having a some sort of carpet on the steps, it adds traction and friction so you are less … [Read more...]

Reglazing Bathroom Tile, a Less Expensive Alternative

Before your replace your bathroom tiles look into reglazing

Reglazing ceramic tile is a wonderful and cost effective solution to change the color of your bathroom tile. Do you have one of those dated bathrooms with the pink (or yellow or blue or green) tile with black lines? Did you know that there is a less expensive and less intrusive way to refresh that bathroom? Rather than replacing the tile (which can get expensive), if your tile is in relatively good condition (i.e. not cracked or falling apart), you do have the option of reglazing your tile. You … [Read more...]

Is Your Bathroom Fan Working?

Your bathroom fan is making a noise but may not be working

Your bathroom has an exhaust fan. Hopefully. While not required in every instance, in modern construction I think they are essential. For this exercise let’s assume you have one.  How do you know it works?  “Well, I can hear it running,” you might say.  OK---let me be a little more precise.  How do you know it is “functional.”  By functional I mean how do you know it is pulling air from the room.  (For now we won’t discuss where it is going after it leaves the room---that will make the … [Read more...]

Is Laminate Flooring Waterproof?

Is Laminate Flooring Waterproof?

In short, the answer is NO, laminate flooring is NOT waterproof.  There is a common misperception out there that laminate is waterproof, and I believe this is due to the fact that many customers mistakenly confuse vinyl and laminate flooring. Many types of vinyl flooring are waterproof and/or highly water resistant.  Laminate, on the other hand, is made out of recycled hardwood, so it is not waterproof.  Due to its melamine wear layer, it has a tough finish which resists against scratches and … [Read more...]

Staged to Sell, Designed to Live, Defining Staging and Redesign

Homes staging and redesigning explained

Many people don’t exactly know what home staging and redesign is. Homes are Staged to Sell and Redesigned to live when you want to update and create that wow effect without breaking the bank!  Let me explain. Home Staging is preparing a home for sale by neutralizing the space to appeal to the masses. Usually this requires removing about 30% of furniture to emphasize the home’s space so buyers can see how their furniture would fit. The décor should always fit the demographic you’re selling in and … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Home Sellers You Only Have 90 Seconds to Make a Great First Impression

Avoid these mistakes when selling your home

* According to NAR (National Association of Realtors), 90% of potential home buyers start their search on the Internet before ever stepping out with their Realtor. MLS photos are what draw buyers to your house so make sure they represent the best of your home inside and out. * On average, buyers make a decision about your home within the first 90 seconds - that first impression is critical to selling your home or sitting on the market becoming stale. * A professionally staged home shows at … [Read more...]

Have You Washed Your Attic Insulation Lately?

Have you washed your attic insulation lately?

You best hop to it then if you haven’t!  If you do not keep your insulation washed you may be wasting valuable money in extra heating and cooling costs! OK wait a minute. Brain-fart. This is silly---NOBODY washes insulation---what the heck am I talking about? What I really mean is “wind-washing.” I have not seen very many incidences of wind-washed insulation since I left the Great Lakes area---you know, where it always snows horizontally? Near the Great Lakes the wind can whip … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Los Angeles Home Look Larger

Tips on making your Los Angeles home look larger

Making your Los Angeles home look larger - How your flooring can help Here's how you can leverage the floors to make your home in Los Angeles look larger. 1. Use the same type of flooring material and same color across rooms. Whenever possible, continue that same surface across rooms. Here in Los Angeles CA, hardwood flooring is the preferred flooring, and this is one of the many reasons we are seeing the trend to add hardwood to the kitchen - by continuing the same surface, even in the … [Read more...]

What Types of Carpeting Are in Style For Your Los Angeles Home?

Tips for updating the carpeting in your Los Angeles home

What types of carpeting are in style for your home in Los Angeles CA? Carpet Trends - Los Angeles 1. Neutrals - Beiges, taupes, grays are in style for carpet. After all, going neutral opens up all sorts of other possibilities for decor. I'd rather have the eye focus on  2. Tone on Tone carpets - this has been the fastest growing carpet segment for several years in a row. It's an easy way to add decor without adding another color or too much distraction. Tone on tone carpets provide … [Read more...]

Do you have hardwood underneath your carpet?

Should I Refinish The Hardwood Floors or Replace The Carpet

Is it better to refinish the hardwood or replace the carpet? Do you have hardwood under your carpet?  You may have just found a nice gift.  Consider yourself lucky as you have options and may be able to improve your homes value and save money at the same time! Most customers prefer hardwood flooring – it looks nicer, it improves your home’s value, it lasts longer and it’s easier to clean.  And, any realtor will tell you that homes with hardwood flooring will sell faster and at a higher … [Read more...]

How much does flooring cost? Which types cost more? Which cost less?

Contemporary lounge chair in room

Now, of course, these are loaded questions. I always hesitate to give per square foot prices because they vary so much and for so many different reasons…as you’ll see. So, for example, taking hardwood flooring – the cost depends on what species and grade of hardwood. It depends on whether it’s solid or engineered. It depends on how wide the planks are. It can vary based on installation method (nailed vs. glued vs. floated as well as whether it’s prefinished or unfinished hardwood). The cost … [Read more...]