At Olive Mill, we understand the home improvement decisions you make in the next few weeks will become an integral part of your lifestyle for many years to come. The home improvement journey will be exciting, frustrating, and ultimately, very rewarding. Move forward with an open mind and a positive outlook. As you begin your long anticipated home improvement project, strive to find a balance of style and function; cost and compromise.
Family owned and operated with more than 25 years of home improvement experience, we would like to offer our insight to help you avoid the pitfalls so common in projects of this nature. Write them down. Refer to them often.
The key to quality is craftsmanship. This cannot be overstated. While evaluating the quality of products and materials is relatively easy, evaluating quality craftsmanship can be difficult. You must first come to terms with your level of expectation. Then you must understand the differences between a mediocre journeymen and the work of a master craftsman. If your needs demand quality craftsmanship, do not compromise. The benefits of a job well done will long outlast the temporary joy of receiving the lowest possible price.
Do your Homework!
Planning will be the key to a successful home improvement project. Keep in mind that every home improvement project involves dozens of decisions. Among other things, you will need to decide what firms to hire, how much to spend, and what products to use. Do not wait until the project is started to make these types of decisions. Plan ahead. Plan thoroughly.
The following list should give you the confidence to make wise and timely decisions that will make your project a success.Before you begin, make sure you understand your needs. Ask yourself “what do I hope to achieve with this project? Your answer should be clear and concise.
Make a Budget
Determine how much you can afford on this project. If financing is required, make sure it is in place before your begin.
Know who you are hiring. Insist on numerous references from potential contractors and check them out. Ask tough questions. Inquire about quality of work, timeliness, and cleanliness. Ask whether the contractor met expectations. Get lien releases. The homeowner is always better safe than sorry.
Also, please check our Contractor's License and Insurance Information, click on link to the right. You will have to enter out California State Contractor's License # 823217
. Do this with ever contractor before you give a deposit.
With regard to natural stone, quartz and solid surface countertops and the service provided by Olive Mill, we believe we offer the most well-respected reputation in Southern California, the finest products, and the highest level of craftsmanship.
We invite you to ask us the tough questions and check our references. Compare our prices. Evaluate our work.
When the dust settles, keep in mind that your home is your sanctuary and part of your goal is to make it a place for you to relax and enjoy. As fabricators, and installers of the finest solid surface countertops available, we welcome the opportunity to work with you.