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here are many benefits to remodeling a home. A remodel is a great way to give an

older home a fresh look and to increase property value on a house. But a remodel is also a great way to add stress into a homeowner’s life with concerns over budgeting, decision-making and timelines for the renovations. However, stress does not have to be part of the process. Homeowners feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of home remodeling may find it much more manageable when partnering with professionals who can help them navigate the process. That’s where Carey Bros. Remodeling comes in. Carey Bros. Remodeling is an awardwinning East County business run by third-generation licensed general contractors James and Morris Carey. The brothers, Pittsburg natives, have been in business for ON THE COVER: Brothers James and Morris Carey, owners of Carey Bros. Remodeling, take their years of experience and mastery of their craft to create beautiful spaces that their clients will love forever.

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Carey Bros. Remodeling is an award-winning local business that has been serving the East Bay community for nearly forty years. The company is run by brothers James and Morris Carey, third-generation licensed general contractors with a commitment to quality. nearly 40 years, running a company that has completed over 750 projects in that time, according to their website. “When we began, our office was in a bedroom in my brother’s home in Pittsburg,” James said. “Things began to grow, the demand for our services increased, so my brother’s wife said she wanted us out of the bedroom, so we looked for a new home for our office.” As business continued to grow over the years, the company relocated to larger and larger spaces before finally settling in the

Brentwood location it occupies today. James credits the Carey Bros. Remodeling team as a major part of what makes their work stand out. “We have a competent team of designers, and we have, of course, a very well qualified crew in the field that performs the work,” he said. “We have a marvelous team of people who are the best in their field. We are just a part of something bigger and I think my brother and I both feel very honored and fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented people who share our passion and

love what they do. We love what we do, we love our clients and we love seeing and experiencing the transformation.” The team prides itself on its planning and being thorough from start to finish, according to their website. They have a nine-step process in place that begins with assessing a client’s needs and their budget to create the most effective design solution and ends with their five-year written guarantee on all home improvements. A meticulously detailed estimate – “right down to door bumpers,” according to their website – is provided by Carey Bros. Remodeling before a contract is signed by the client to ensure that they are not caught off guard. A review of the estimate is provided to the client that can be changed if it exceeds their budget before the project begins. To this end, the team also provides different financing plans. “We do our best to be thorough and include as much detail as possible to prevent unnecessary change orders, cost overages and project delays and extensions,” the brothers write on their website. “We like to think that our commitment to quality and our personal integrity will come shining through to you before, during and after we have completed your project.” More information on Carey Bros. Remodeling can be found by visiting www.careybros.com or by calling them at 877-734-6404.

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pring and summer are perhaps the busiest times of year for gardeners. However, fall also is

a prime time to tend to gardens. Fall planting and maintenance can extend gardening season and improve the chances of growing a healthy spring garden. The tree and bare root retailer Bower & Branch says that soil temperatures in many regions of the country may still be warm enough to encourage root growth well into the start of winter. Furthermore, fall is often the ideal time to plant, fertilize and keep a garden going or to get a head start on next year’s bounty. Here are some tips to make the most of the fall gardening season.

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Positioning a garden carefully means maximizing hours of sunlight, which begin to dwindle in the fall. Experts say gardens grow best in sunny locations that receive six hours of direct sunlight each day. This is where container gardens can be helpful, as

they allow gardeners to move plants into spots that will get ample sunlight.

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Some fall plants can add color around the landscape and brighten up homes to add curb appeal. In addition to pansies and violas, asters, kale and chrysanthemums are fall blooms. Keep in mind that mums can come back year after year. So take them out of those flower pots and get them into the ground. They can be enjoyed next year as well, sprouting in early spring and developing leaves and buds through late summer.

Propagate plants in the fall. As temperatures gradually begin to cool, start taking cuttings from perennials, gathering seed pods from azaleas and rhododendrons and dividing hardwood cuttings, says the resource Gardening Know How. Consult with a garden center or horticulturist on the proper ways to propagate stems using rooting hormone and other techniques.

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Near the end of September, start planting cool-weather-loving pansies and violas for pops of color as summer flowers fade. Also, stock up on bulbs that will bloom in the months to come before they sell out in stores. Wait until the temperatures really cool down before planting them in desired spots for spring sprouts.

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Soil temperatures may be warm enough for roots to grow as fall and winter begin.

Fall is an ideal time to cut back spent vegetable plants and get rid of errant weeds. Rather than bagging leaves, mow them with a grass catcher and then add the mix to a vegetable garden as an excellent soil insulator. The nitrogen and carbon will fertilize the soil, enhancing growing possibilities and limiting weed growth.

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he team at the 3-time “Best of Brentwood” winning Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning were asked for their tips on

extending the life of your home’s central heating and cooling system while saving you lots of headaches and money along the way. 1) Changing your Filter: “This is hands down the easiest step in keeping your system running properly all year long,” says Perfect Star Senior Comfort Advisor Chuck Anderson. “We recommend changing your filter every 2-3 months,” says Anderson. Bonus tip: Find out what kind of filter your system uses and stock up on them. Purchasing filters directly from stores like Walmart, Target, or any home improvement store will give you peace of mind while also saving you a lot of money. 2) Annual Seasonal Maintenance: “This is critical in improving performance and preventing breakdowns” says Perfect Star Senior Comfort Advisor Gilbert Caceres. “Scheduling your maintenances before peak usage seasons is important because it prevents breakdowns on hot summer days or cold winter nights, when the systems are working their hardest. On every maintenance call, we ensure that everything is working properly. We test all running parts and make sure all the safety sensors are fully functioning. On top of that, we provide a thorough safety inspection on your furnace and air conditioner.” Tip: Perfect Star offers membership plans for everyone. The

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The Perfect Star team is more than happy to pass its expertise on to you. The team includes Senior Comfort Advisor: Chuck Anderson and Perfect Star Owner: Chris Donzelli. Perfect Star membership allows clients to get their system serviced biannually. Perfect Star Members are contacted seasonally to schedule their maintenances and in addition to that, members receive a 20% discount and earn $100 in Perfect Star Rewards for every year of membership that can be used for repairs or new equipment. 3) Don’t Put Off Repairs: “If your system starts acting irregularly, such as making a weird noise or not working to its fullest capacity, contact an HVAC service technician ASAP,” says Perfect Star Owner Chris Donzelli. “The sooner you address the issue and get it solved, the less chance you have of facing unnecessary long-term damage to your system.”

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paid off their mortgages can save substantial amounts of money by downsizing to a smaller home or even an apartment or condominium. Lower property taxes, reduced insurance premiums and the need to pay for fewer repairs are just some of the ways such a move can save seniors money. ♦ Space: Many people love the extra space that single-family homes provide. But seniors can take a walk through their homes and see how many rooms they still use consistently. If much of the home is unused, seniors can probably move to a smaller place without much effect on their daily lives. ♦ Market: The real estate market is another factor to consider when deciding if the time is right to downsize. A seller’s market can help seniors get the biggest return on their real estate investment, potentially helping them make up for meager retirement savings. For example, home prices have skyrocketed across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, making that a great time for sellers to put their homes on the market. Seniors selling to downsize may capitalize on such spikes since they won’t be looking to turn around and buy larger, equally expensive homes once they sell their current place. If the market is down and seniors can withstand the work and cost a little longer, it may be best to wait until things bounce back in sellers’ favor. – Courtesy of Metro Creative

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Renovation projects that aim to conserve energy can save homeowners substantial amounts of money. Such projects don’t often require considerable effort or even sizable financial investments, which can make homeowners skeptical as to just how much they can save after completing the project. But the scale of a project may have little to do with how much homeowners will save. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) notes that a relatively effortless task like turning back a thermostat between 7 degrees and 10 degrees for eight hours per day can save homeowners as much as $83 per year. A more labor-intensive task like planting shade trees saves homeowners an average of between $35 and $119 per year. When looking for ways to conserve energy around the house and save money, homeowners need not necessarily commit to expensive projects. The DOE notes that the following are some energy-saving projects and details what homeowners can expect to save after completing them.

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While each individual project may not result in jaw-dropping savings, homeowners who follow many of these recommendations may end up saving more than $1,000 per year. Project: Seal uncontrolled air leaks. What is it? Air leaks let cool air in during winter and warm air in during summer. Caulking, sealing and weather stripping all cracks and large openings can cut back on costly air leaks. The DOE recommends hiring a contractor to seal any leaks on heating and cooling ducts.

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(DIY) projects on their homes. In addition to saving homeowners money, DIY projects provide a unique way for men and women to personally connect with their homes. As fun and fulfilling as DIY projects can be, they also can be nerve-wracking and induce anxiety. When DIY projects falter, fixing them can prove costly, as homeowners typically must call in contractors to correct their mistakes and get a project back on track. That results in additional labor and material costs that might have been avoidable, especially for homeowners who make an effort to avoid some common DIY mistakes. ♦ Failure to secure permits. Even though homeowners own their homes, that does not mean they have carte blanche to do what they want with them. Many renovation projects require homeowners to secure permits before projects can commence. Some may even require additional permits as the projects advance. If proper permits are not secured, homeowners may be fined and projects may be nixed, regardless of how much money homeowners have spent up to that point.

Before beginning a home renovation project, homeowners should always contact their local permit office to determine if any permits are required. Bankrate.com notes that permits are often required for any project larger than painting or wallpapering. ♦ Overestimating your abilities. DIY television shows make home renovation projects look easy, but reality suggests otherwise. Homeowners with little or no experience renovating a home may want to take classes before they think about starting a project on their own. Even online tutorials tend to make jobs appear easier than they are. Roofing and plumbing projects tend to be best left to the professionals, as these projects can be either dangerous or vulnerable to disaster if not addressed by trained professionals. ♦ Incorrect materials. Whether it’s to save money or a byproduct of inexperience, DIYers do not always choose the correct materials for a job. Experienced contractors have ample experience working with all sorts of materials and are therefore in a unique position to recommend the best materials for any given job. That resource is not available for DIYers, who must perform ample research before beginning a job so the project involves the most appropriate materials. Incorrect materials can be a sunken cost that derails a project, but even jobs completed using incorrect materials may need to be redone a lot more quickly than those that employed the right materials the first time. – Courtesy of Metro Creative

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Partition areas of the property for ornamental grasses to grow. The gardening resource Elemental Green says ornamental grasses tend to be drought-resistant and low-maintenance. They won’t need much fertilizer and are often resistant to pests as well. Ornamental grasses grow in tufts or sprays and will not require mowing. However, they are not ideal for areas that get busy with people.

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Stone and gravel areas can reduce maintenance in the landscape and require very little upkeep. When gravel is installed correctly, weeds may not grow readily. Gravel installation may include laying heavyduty, semi-permeable landscape fabric, which is available in home improvement centers. Gravel is cheaper than pavers and can be just as beautiful.

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While you’re moving that wireless printer elsewhere, designate a space to serve as the central printing hub. This way, children who need to print assignments for school will know where to go as well. Printer supplies like extra ink cartridges and printer paper can be kept in decorative storage boxes nearby.

Shelves can help keep items organized and off the desk in home offices without closets or drawers. Look for shelves that blend in with decor but are sturdy enough to be functional.

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Figure out a system that works for you to help tidy up papers you choose to save. While some papers can be scanned and stored as digital files, color-coded file folders can organize statements and other important documents. This makes it easy to find the folder you need when looking for certain documents.

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