7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
Thumbnail Fix for a sinking fireplace hearth

Fix for a sinking fireplace hearth

Q: I live in a Craftsman cottage in Davis, Calif. Like many Craftsman homes, it has a fireplace in the living room with a handsome mantel, a tile surround around the firebox, and a tiled hearth. All appear to be original. My problem: The hea...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thumbnail Bracing for the ‘Big One’

Bracing for the ‘Big One’

Q: I'm an architect who has also done my fair share of swinging a hammer. Recently, you recommended fastening shear ply with screws. The California Building Code and other U.S. building codes have always had schedules for shear wall nailing (a...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Condo owners stuck with foundation repairs?

Condo owners stuck with foundation repairs?

DEAR BARRY: We own a two-story condo, located at the far end of our building. This year, we discovered foundation settlement when cracks and gaps appeared on the outside of our unit. The condo committee hired a structural expert who ......
By Barry Stone | Tuesday, January 20, 2009