Hiring the “Right” Contractor is a Big Deal

We’ve heard a million horror stories of people who’ve hired and used the wrong contractor over the years. The time frame went weeks or even months longer than agreed upon. Budgets were doubled or tripled after all was said and done.

Don’t get the wrong idea though. Not all contractors are bad or untrustworthy. In fact, the contractors on my “team” are outstanding professionals and truly good people. Those are the people you want to work with and those are the kinds of people you will find who include the items mentioned in this very important “check list” of items you should be referring to when selecting the right contractor for your needs.

Read these points very carefully. They are all so important starting with multiple assessments and bids on price and timeline. Terms can be drastically different between contractors so get at least two if not three or more. You do this with doctors and other professionals so why would you skip this step when it comes to your home or your investment property?

I would like to suggest one more item to add to this list: Renderings! In my opinion, a good/great contractor with be able to recommend the right materials based on your needs and also provide you with a full rendering presentation of what the project will look like when it’s complete. Do not move forward until you’ve seen these and approved them! Taking a contractors word for it that ‘It’s going to look great!’ is not good enough.

My clients come to me asking for referrals and I’m happy to suggest various resources for their needs. Trust your Realtor to also do the same. Part of being a successful Realtor is having a “team” of various professionals that we’ve built trusting relationships with. Your Realtor can do a lot more for you than just fill out forms to buy or sell a property.

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

There is no doubt that I’m a huge advocate for mechanics and systems that help to better the function and efficiency of a building of any type. Whether it’s a personal home or an office/commercial building, we simply have to find ways to limit the amount of waste we create and use modern energy systems to not just cut costs but potentially get off grid. In some cases, people have been known to create so much energy onsite that they can sell it back to the local utility company. Wouldn’t that be a nice change?!

I came across an article that discusses the growing industry for funding such projects and wanted to share it with all of you who may have an interest in it. This really should include all of us, especially a person like myself who is an investment property owner/buyer who is constantly looking for ways to cut down costs and create a great environment for renters who ultimately call your property home. So much of our personal happiness comes from our environment. Wouldn’t it make obvious sense for us to find the most comfortable and peaceful place we could find to call home?

Here’s a link to:

Increasing Access to Financing for Energy-Efficient Retrofits

Written by Mike Sheridan

Please also take a look at the photo that I used for this post that points out some of the latest energy-efficient tools used in today’s homes.

One piece of equipment that I personally think is extremely valuable is the “tankless” water heater. They are extremely efficient and take a fraction of the space that a traditional tank would. Also, if you’ve never experienced radiant heating before, it will change your life!

Get out there and get to know the future of building the way it should be done now and in the future!

Contact Gabriel to buy or sell your home in San Francisco or Oakland.

gabriel@climbsf.com | 415-562-6999

www.AtHomeSF.com

@TheDapperAgent

Causes and Solutions to our Water Crisis in California. Please do your part!

What can we do help our great state alleviate our current water crisis? See the chart below to find ways to help this serious issue.

The California Water Crisis

The California Water Crisis

San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood a “Eco-District”? Plans for 2014

As a big advocate for “Green” construction and building practices, I have to put my support behind the idea of this project. Obviously, I will need a lot more detail about it before putting my stamp of approval on it but, in concept, I love it!

Original Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/san-francisco-eco-district_n_2140905.html#!

Eco District