Category : Tips for Homeowners

05 Mar 2018

SBCA Contractors Willing & Able to Help Montecito Mudflow Victims

On Tuesday, February 27, the SBCA was thrilled to host a local, licensed contractors/homeowners mixer at Montecito Union School for victims of the recent Montecito Mudflow. More than 100 local contractors showed up to support the community. During the event, the Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management sent an evacuation warning, which may have impacted some local homeowners’ ability to attend the event. As such, we have published the list of attending contractors and materials suppliers below by category, along […]

16 Feb 2018

Santa Barbara Landscaping Tips Post Fire & Mudflow

Special thanks to Lindsey Zero of Silver Leaf Landscapes for joining us for this month’s discussion on landscaping pro tips in the Santa Barbara area, following the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide. SILVER LEAF LANDSCAPES tel: 805.695.2133 | e-mail: lindsey@silverleafsb.com | web: www.silverleafsb.com Part 1 of 3 – landscape damage assessment Part 2 of 3 – landscape erosion control Part 3 of 3 – landscape plant selection Written Recommendations Landscape Damage Assessment 1. Look For Hazards – example: broken pipes […]

26 Jan 2018

Montecito Recovery // Rebuilding

Notes from the 1/26/2018 Community Meeting at the Faulkner Gallery Ben Romo from First 5 – Moderator KEY LINKS Link to on screen (Powerpoint) presentation Link to community survey they would like as many folks as possible to complete Link to Facebook Live broadcast of first 35 mins (iPhone ran out of battery…) Link to FAQ re: Long Term Exclusion Zones You can use the social media buttons at the bottom of this page to share via your social networks, […]

18 Dec 2017

Key Wildfire/Mudslide Resource Links

We are heartbroken by what the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslide have done to our beautiful city and mountain vistas. If you own a home or business–even if you were not impacted by this fire or slide–this is a wake up call to make sure that your insurance policies are up-to-date and that you know where to find the resources you need. We will be updating this list as we learn of new resources available to local homeowners. SBCA Contractors […]

09 Oct 2017
how to prepare your home for rainy season

How To Prepare Your Home for Rainy Season

Live Facebook Virtual Event | October 6, 2017 Learn how to prepare your home for rainy season in this video, featuring local expert panelists. Expert Panelists (and great resources for home/business preparedness evaluations!): Jordan Kenney, VP Operations, Kenney Construction Jack Martin, CEO of Action Roofing Steve Martin, VP, Gutter Division, Action Roofing Did you enjoy this virtual event? Be sure to like our Facebook page to get the inside scoop on upcoming live Facebook events, featuring Santa Barbara’s most well-respected […]

01 Sep 2017
how to protect your home from wildfire

How To Protect Your Home From Wildfire

Live Facebook Virtual Event | September 1, 2017 Learn how to protect your home from wildfire in this video, featuring local expert panelists. Panelists: Gina Sunseri, City of Santa Barbara Fire Inspector Karen Feeney, Allen Construction, General Contractor Margie Grace, Grace Design Associates, Landscape Designer Location: Sandbox Santa Barbara Did you enjoy this virtual event? Be sure to like our Facebook page to get the inside scoop on upcoming live Facebook events, featuring Santa Barbara’s most well-respected and reputable contractors. […]

11 Aug 2017
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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Legislation in Santa Barbara

Live Facebook Virtual Event | August 11, 2017 Panelist: Senator Bob Wieckowski California Senator Bob Wieckowski is the author of Senate Bill No. 1069, which came into effect on January 1, 2017 and provides for the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family and multifamily residential zones throughout the State of California. He came to Santa Barbara to give background on the Land Use legislation and the intent behind it. The goal of this event was to assist in […]

24 Jul 2017

Why Hire a Licensed Contractor

Why Hiring a Licensed Contractor in Santa Barbara Is Critical With the rising cost of home remodeling and repair, it can be tempting to hire an unlicensed contractor. However, there are a wide variety of reasons why you should think twice before accepting an unlicensed contractor’s bid. Here are five of the major ones: Should a problem arise, you will not have any legal recourse, as a contract with an unlicensed contractor is not legally enforceable in California. The homeowner […]

13 Jul 2017

How to Hire a Contractor

How to Hire a Contractor :: Top 10 Tips for Homeowners Hiring a contractor can be tricky. While the majority of licensed contractors are competent, honest, hardworking and financially responsible, most of the challenges the Contractors State License Board hears about could have been prevented by adhering to their top 10 tips for how to hire a contractor. The better informed you are, the smoother your relationship will be with your chosen contractor. Hire only CA state-licensed contractors. Check a […]