Ask The Contractors

Ask The Contractors

Host Todd Bird answers your questions and highlights his Endorsed & Trusted Contractor Pros on the topics of Home Improvement and Renovation.... Show More

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Do you need to have a project started around your home? We’re your source for local Home Improvement Pros in Northern California. I see more and more people are starting to renovate their homes. They know they need to update that flooring. It’s probably way behind the times. Or the bathroom was built in the fifties and sixties. In fact, the Alex job that we will take you on today, her bathroom was almost 70 years... Read more

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Welcome to Ask The Contractors. Your source for local Home Improvement Pros. I’m your host Todd. We are advocates for your next Home Improvement project It’s your home. You’re proud of it. Homes are kind of like a kid. You know how to maintain it. You’ve got to take care of it, and you certainly must love it. Your home has memories in it. You’ve raised your family and done so many good thin... Read more

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Question from James – in Georgia  We are adding a large porch to the front of our home. The home also features a large chimney at the front of the home.  This is the Question: How do I join the ridge beam into the existing structure where there’s a brick chimney stack? I love questions of the week I’m going to help James answer a question he sent me from Georgia. [Click to follow along with ... Read more

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Welcome to AsktheContractors.com. This week’s full podcast takes us outside to the Garden, and on a tour of the house. Plus, we talk about keeping ourselves safe from the environment inside our home. In fact, our show today is partly being recorded from my own very Garden. I love being out here. It’s just so […]

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Question from Jeff in Folsom.  Environmental purity is a big concern for my family.  This is the Question: How can I check my home for air-borne mold spores? So, joining us now is Blake Roath, Owner / Operator of Select Environmental to help answer this question. [Click to Follow Along with the Transcript] What would […]

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The overall consensus is that California is unaffordable. The affordability index has only gotten worse since the downturn in 2008. Buyers are struggling to find a home that they can afford, while sellers are doing everything they can to push UP the value of their homes and grab the highest sales price. Factor in low Interest Rates and average incomes, and you have a tough place to buy a home. So, what c... Read more

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The lines have been blurred between what’s indoor-only and what you can use outside. Thanks to tips from our Trusted Pro, Kerrie Kelly, Zillow’s design expert and founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, we have… Outdoor Trends for Summer 2019 This Summer, Metal accents, Woven threads, and Corduroy-type upholstery are being mixed together in new ways for your outdoor area. Chandeliers, soft rugs, and cozy ... Read more

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The Spring Time is here. We’re out exploring for new ideas from the area Home Shows and look who we found! It’s Keith Howard, owner of American Therapy Tubs. Keith’s out at this weekend’s Home Show in Auburn. We got to talking about his Walk-in Tubs… “Our tubs give you a lot of flexibility when […]

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’…Til death do you part’, right?  But the rules of your relationship may not apply when remodeling your home. Turning your house upside-down during a remodel is stressful enough, but doing so while bickering over every last detail with your partner is almost impossible. That’s why a 2018 study found that 12 percent of couples considered […]

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Question from Sterling – in Georgia  Our Carport has original brick pillars and a roof attached to the house, while the concrete slab flows up with the driveway.  This is the Question: How could I build up the carport floor to keep water out? Joining me now to answer this question is Sterling. [Click to […]

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Common Challenges I’ve Run Against in my nearly 40 Years of Contracting. For homeowners who plan on staying in their homes for a while, now is a great time to invest in Renovations.  The economy is thriving. Home values are increasing.And that gives you a prime opportunity to improve your home.  But if you’re starting […]

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April 25, 2019 5 min

It’s my favorite part of the show because I get to answer a question from our listeners. This one’s coming from Paul in Florida. This is a great question. It might be a little confusing but I’m going to help us figure this out. Question from Paul – in Florida   I need to replace […]

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…and your Independent Lifestyle. More families choosing to stay at home, renovate for aging households As the population ages, more and more homeowners are opting to stay in their homes longer. A Harvard University study said in 2017, homeowners who wanted to age at home spent $40 billion on renovating kitchens and bathrooms. In 1997, that […]

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Question from “Ted” – in Sacramento  Our Landscaper is very “casual” with his business practice. There’s no actual contract. He has nothing really in print except hand-drawn diagrams with a few details, including his price.  He’s asked us to provide him with a check for $700 to buy supplies, and then we’ll schedule the work. […]

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…and for more money. We always watch the data from the single-family home listings to find out which features will help sell your home, and stand out above the crowd. These are the features that can raise your medium home price.  Not only that, these can limit the days on the market. You want to […]

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March 25, 2019 6 min

Question from “S” in California   We are trying to avoid a full re-siding job since the siding is in great shape. But the gable-end of our ranch faces the street, and vertical would improve the look. These are our Questions: – Can we re-side one end of a horizontally sided house with vertical siding?– […]

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March 24, 2019 10 min

I love having this guy on. Troy Bird with Guild Mortgage. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has been at its lowest since February of last year. Todd: I want to give a little history lesson also. I want to go back to October 1981. What do you think the interest rate was for a […]

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March 14, 2019 9 min

Glass, Toilets, Tubs, and Saunas While most home-owners don’t spend much time in our bathrooms, design experts say home buyers value bathrooms that are functional and well designed.  So, we wanted to identify some of this year’s early bathroom trends that people might look for in their search to upgrade their bathrooms. What can make […]

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February 28, 2019 9 min

Quick and Easy Ideas to Spruce up your Home when the Nice Weather Arrives With Spring on the horizon, it’s time to make improvements to your indoor and outdoor spaces to prepare for guests and enjoy your Spring entertaining. Here are some project starters for you to take advantage of the beautiful weather while adding […]

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February 24, 2019 3 min

Question from Julie in Sacramento We have a 1927 home. It had original hardwood which was placed over (1 x 6in.) planks. We have since removed the original hardwood. We repaired our 1×6 planks, and now we’re putting in 5/8 CDX plywood subfloor over our 1×6 planks. Over the plywood, we’ll put new engineered hardwood. […]

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