Advanced Builders & Contractors Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Tips to Find a Top Rated Landscaper in Los Angeles County

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Are you searching for a top-rated landscaper in Los Angeles County? Are you getting overwhelmed with the sheer volume of landscapers in the greater Los Angles county? Not all landscapers are created equal, and often times you get what you pay for.

Allow us to help you understand what to look for when hiring a landscaper in LA County. Before we give you some advice, it’s important to know the financial impact that landscaping can have on the value of your home.  As a general contractor in Los Angeles, we understand the importance of having a well-maintained home.

According to industry experts, a professionally landscaped home can improve the value of your home on average by 5-12%.  If you’re trying to sell a home in the Los Angeles county area that’s worth $500,000, consider hiring a top-rated landscaper. Doing so could increase the value of your home by $25,000 – $60,000!

According to John Gidding, host of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and Logo TV’s “Secret Guide to Fabulous”, landscaping has helped increase the resale value of some homes by an astonishing 150%!

Now that you know how much you can expect your home value to increase, let’s review some tips to hiring a contractor in Los Angeles County.

 

Tip #1 for Hiring a Landscaper

Make sure your landscaping goals can be completed by the contractor. As you may expect, each local LA County landscaper will have different skills and competencies. If you know exactly what you want, you should ask the landscaper if they can share pictures of projects they have completed that are similar. This will help you understand what the limits are for each local landscaper and may help you find one that can really deliver what you’re looking for.

If you aren’t sure what your goals are, it would be smart to have a conversation with the landscaper to get their ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on the project. If you feel that the company can deliver what you’re looking for, make sure to ask for pictures as well as some references.

Some landscapers in LA County are great salespeople, but aren’t able to deliver! Proceed with caution if they are unable to provide references and/or pictures of work completed.

Tip #2 for Hiring a Landscaper

Get a contract in writing, with all of the deliverables and timeframe for completion. Once the goals have been established, the next step is to ensure everything is in writing. You as the homeowner know what to expect, and the contractor knows exactly what they need to do. We suggest doing this, regardless of the budget. Even if it’s only for a $500 job, having a contract in writing helps protect both sides.

Most LA County landscapers will create the contract, which is a good sign. Other landscapers won’t. If they don’t do this as part of their standard process, that doesn’t necessarily mean they refuse to. They may do excellent work but just don’t have their customer service processes in place! On the other hand, if a landscaper refuses to create and sign a contract, or the contract contains language that is not specific enough, it may be time to look for someone else.

If push comes to shove and you have to go to court, a well-written contract will protect both parties!

 

Tip #3 for Hiring a Landscaper

Learn about their Warranties and Guarantees. You can get a warranty on a big screen TV, and you can get a satisfaction guarantee with most service contractors, so a local landscaping company should be willing to do the same. A warranty merely implies that they will stand by their work after it’s complete! If you’re hiring a local Los Angeles County landscaper who doesn’t stand by their work, you should consider someone else.

Similar to the point about getting a contract in writing, you’ll want to make sure the warranty/guarantee is in writing as well.

 

Tip #4 for Hiring a Landscaper

Check out online reviews! There are no shortage of online review sources, and we suggest reading a variety of different sources. If an LA County landscaper has a 1-star review, make sure you read the review to understand what went wrong. It may have been due to poor expectations on the customer’s end, which shouldn’t necessarily reflect badly upon the company. Understanding the context of each review is very important.

Did the company respond to each review, not just the negative ones? This may be a sign that the landscaper is committed to customer satisfaction!

 

Consider Hiring these Local Landscapers in Los Angeles County:

  1. Flores Artscape – (323) 666-3510
  2. Contact Us to learn about how to get your company name and phone number listed here!

 

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The Conservatory: Things to Know About This Room Addition

Monday, April 15th, 2019

remodeling-chairs-and-sunny-windowsThe word conservatory carries an air of sophistication. We often think of a conservatory as a type of music school. But a conservatory is also a kind of room in a home, one that originally developed in the 19th century as a way to bring in additional light to a part of the house and offer a space to more effectively grow plants indoors. The conservatory is still a popular option for a room addition that can take a standard home and give it the feeling a luxury mansion.

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Room Addition Idea: The Garage Conversion

Monday, November 26th, 2018

home-with-garageYou’re looking for more space in your house, and you’ve started to think that perhaps a garage conversion is the best way to go. This isn’t your only option, but if you don’t use your garage often for parking cars, transforming it into part of the living space is attractive. After all, a large part of the work of a room addition is already done: walls, ceiling, foundation, and in most cases it’s already attached to the house.

However, before you go grab a bunch of tools and see what you can do with the space, we recommend you take some time to think about just what you want to do with the garage. We also recommend you work with a skilled contractor who has done more than one room addition in LA county—preferably several hundred of them! Below are some things to consider as you get ready to change the garage into part of the living space.

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How to Create the Perfect Kitchen Lighting

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

If you like to cook then you have likely experienced a moment of trying to make your culinary masterpiece only to not have enough light above you to determine if the Blanquette sauce you created is the white it needs to be or is it more of a dull grey?

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Don’t Let the Wrong Contractor Ruin a Good Room

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Your planned kitchen remodeling project or bathroom renovations are too big to do on your own, so you know you’ll have to look around for contractors who really know their stuff. But it’s not enough for someone to tell you they can do the work for a low price. You want to make sure you find the right contractors—a quality licensed team to ensure the work goes smoothly. Below, learn why you should always do your research rather than choosing someone who offers the lowest price.

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A Few Simple Touches Add Character to a Room

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Maybe you’ve recently remodeled a room, or maybe you’ve got a room that you’ve never found the time to put into decorating. But just a few small changes can make a huge difference in the look and feel of a room. Check out our tips on how some simple touches can add character to a space, and call our team for more expert remodeling advice.

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Before and After of a Second Story Addition

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or doing a second story addition, home improvements can increase the value of your property and help make your house a home. One of our favorite projects was for a family in Los Angeles who wanted to build onto their 800 square foot home. With four kids at home, they needed addition bedrooms and an updated kitchen for their family to grow into. By adding an additional 2,200 square feet of living space, this family expanded their home to include a luxurious master suite with a private bathroom and jacuzzi tub, 3 bedrooms on the second floor, and fully renovated the original kitchen, bathroom and exterior of the house. Click here to find out more about this project and view our complete gallery of before and after photos.

Our team offers design, architectural planning and building services to help make your remodeling dreams a reality. We can help you plan for all stages of the project from design and construction plans to applying for permits and more. With over 25 years in the industry, our remodeling contractors will ensure that your home improvements are done safely, correctly, and beautifully so you can leave the work to the professionals and enjoy your home’s new features. Not sure where to start? Give us a call at 888-930-1030 or schedule an estimate online today!

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What to Look for in a General Contractor

Monday, February 9th, 2015


Renovating or building a house can be a challenging yet exciting process, but if you don’t hire the right contractor to do the work on your home, renovating your home can quickly become a nightmare. As such, it is very worth your while to take the time to consider some of the following factors when choosing a general contractor to work on your Los Angeles home.

 

  • Proper licensing – one of the first and foremost items to check when considering hiring any kind of tradesperson to work on your home is whether or not the company or person is properly licensed by the state. Using an unlicensed contractor can put both you and your home at considerable risk.
  • Is insured and bonded – when someone works anywhere on your home and isn’t insured and bonded, you will carry the liability for any injuries to his/her person and any damaged caused. It is not worthwhile for any homeowner to take this kind of risk.
  • Past work experience – having a portfolio, a list of recent projects and references for past work is very important when hiring a contractor. This allows you to see the kind of work the contractor has done the scope of work he/she is capable of.
  • Any specialties – many contractors specialize in certain kinds of construction, whether it be historical restoration, certain kinds of architecture such as post and beam, or a certain look or style.
  • Do they handle the kind of work you need? – if you have a good idea of the kind of work you want done with your home, it is very important to make sure that any contractors you are considering actually do the work you need.
  • Professional certifications – many contractors have certifications, such as being a certified remodeler; if you don’t see any certifications highlighted on marketing material, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Professional affiliations – it is always an endorsement for the contractor if the company is affiliated with professional entities like the Better Business Bureau and the Building Industry Association.

The professionals at Advanced Builders & Contractors bring over 20 years of construction work to every job, so if you are considering renovation or construction to your home in Los Angeles, call us today!

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Qualities of a Great General Contractor

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

When you are looking to hire a general contractor in Los Angeles, CA, you’ll find yourself faced with many choices. Probably too many: the number of contractors available for your remodel, room addition, or new construction can appear overwhelming.

However, you can narrow the field with a short checklist of the qualities that great contractors share. In this post we’ll provide you with a list of criteria you should apply to any potential contractor before hiring one. We think that you’ll find Advanced Builders & Contractors will shoot right to the top of your list, and you’ll call us to take care of your project with professionalism and skill.

Look for these qualities in a contractor:

  • Years in the business – You don’t want to have inexperienced builders and designers working on your room addition, kitchen remodeling, roofing, or other important construction job. Look for a contractor with more than a decade of work in the industry. This not only shows you a more experienced company, but one that has earned the trust of clients.
  • Architects and builders in one company – It’s common today that building contractors only handle the construction of a project, while a separate company does the architectural design. But this can lead to miscommunication, misunderstandings, and delays. Eliminate the need to deal with two separate companies that may end up working at loggerheads and hire a contractor who has both architects and builders in-house.
  • Professional certification – Anybody can offer to do your remodeling or new construction, but to be a professional building contractor in California, you must be have a Professional Remodeler certification through the Contractors State License Board, which licenses and regulates the construction industry in the state. You can go online with the CSLB to check on a specific contractor’s license.
  • Offers free estimates – A contractor with confidence will provide a free consultation to come up with a rough estimate for how much the construction will cost. This way you can decide if the company fits your needs and if your project can be done within your set budget.

Why you should hire Advanced Builders & Contractors

At Advanced Builders & Contractors, we have a system called design/build that brings together architect and builder so they work together from the beginning of your project, making for speedier work that remains within your budget. We use only the most experienced designers and builders, and have been in the business for 26 years. We are a Professional Certified Remodeler with the CSLB. And yes, we offer free estimates so you’ll know that we can deliver the results that you want for your project. We are one of your best choices for a general contractor in Los Angeles, CA.

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3 Things to Know Before Remodeling a Bathroom

Friday, January 10th, 2014

When remodeling rooms in a house, the bathroom is often the last to get the sparkling treatment of a facelift. Yet it’s amazing how much a beautified bathroom can do for a home. Here are a few things we think you should know about bathroom remodeling before you get started. This knowledge will help you receive the remodeling you deserve.

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