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When I started about ten years ago, our entire "Home Improvement" section was on this single page.  Since then we have grown dramatically.  Now, our "Home Improvement" category covers many pages on this site.  We also have home improvement ideas on yet other pages of the site including "Carpet and Rugs" and "Home Improvement / Solar Power" and our "Furniture" pages are now broken down to include Furniture companies by County, and we will be adding more pages, ideas and best buys in the future.

Please see the index in the left for our various Home Improvement pages that are loaded with videos, reports and ideas.  Some of these pages include titles such as "Home Improvement / Appliance Outlet" and "Home Improvement / Kitchen" and "Home / Windows / California Deluxe" and "Home Improvement / Shutters, Blinds" and there are many others with quality companies and great savings.


Update March 14, 2017  Below is our report about some of the new products that will be featured at the 2017 International Home and Housewares show. Go to for more information.


Update February 24, 2016  Here is an early look at the new home and housewares products that will be shown at the International Home and Housewares Products Show in Chicago. You will see the latest in handheld vacuums and steamers and coffee makers as well as cleaning products and household items to help you get organized and new cooking tools. There are also improvements to knife holders so your kitchen knives stay sharp. Watch our TV show report below.


Update January 16, 2015  Here's a great home improvement idea that won't cost a lot of money but will help you create more living space: install Safe Racks in your garage to hold boxes, supplies, tools, bikes, storage items safely from your ceiling so you have more floor space. Safe Racks come in seven different sizes and can hold up to 600 pounds and you can add hooks to hold things such as golf club bags and bicycles. Safe Racks help you clear floor space so you can use your garage for what it was meant to be used for -- parking your car. And Safe Racks can help you clear the clutter from bedrooms so you have more space for indoor living. There are do-it-yourself kits or the Safe Racks company can professionally install them for you. Watch our TV show report below.

Safe Racks


Update January 11, 2013  Modern Bath and Kitchen Designs in North Hollywood specializes in custom kitchens and baths and tile work for the home and office and now they feature the new, modern 3-D wall coverings that are used in homes and offices.  There are custom installations and custom design services and prices are always discounted.  Watch our Best Buys TV Show report below showing some of the new styles for 2013.

Modern Bath and Kitchen Designs
13329 Sherman Way, North Hollywood
(818) 506-9966 


Update November 3, 2011  A home improvement you might want to consider is the installation of an energy-safety film on your windows.  And these modern films can also provide certain safety features especially for homeowners and businesses here in Southern California where the earthquake threat is always with us.

"Everybody talks about Green Technology, but nobody addresses the glass," Bob Kerr, president of Epic Glass Tinting told me.  Kerr says that there are misconceptions about "state of the art window films" and the performance of Low-E Glass coatings.  He says that the films have a higher performance and “Low-E Glass is made for cold climates, not Mediterranean zones such as Southern California.”

Kerr's company, Epic Glass Tinting, is a dealer for Llumar Window Films and specializes in the installation of high tech solar control, safety, security and anti-graffiti film on commercial and residential properties.  "With the proper application of selected film, there is a significant reduction in energy usage and costs.  The return on investment payback is generally two to five years, depending on the amount of square footage involved."

“Whether its commercial or residential properties, applying solar control film to glass rejects up to 80% solar energy.  It also makes glass shatter-proof and can reduce energy costs between 30% to 50%."  He also says that there can be utility rebate programs that can help lower the cost of the film.

“Film technology offered today is so fantastic. The best is Spectra Select, which is a clear high-end film that rejects up to 80% total solar energy, and blocks out 99% of the harmful UV rays of the sun. This film has been used on historical buildings and up-scale homes on both East and West Coasts," Kerr said.

"To prevent skin cancer, we have ceramic films that are clear/tinted and when applied to the front windshield and side windows, 99% of the UV rays of the sun are blocked.  This film does not interfere with navigational systems like metal-based films do. This film has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation."

Epic Glass Tinting serves customers from Sacramento to San Diego.  Some of its commercial clients include CalTrans, U.S. Customs, Anaheim Sheraton, Universal Hilton, Kaiser Permanente, Centinella Hospital, and Ventura College.

Epic Glass Tinting offers gift certificates for the Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions. 

For information go to or call Bob Kerr directly at (310) 347-7107.


Update May 2, 2011  Modern Bath and Kitchen Designs has been one of my favorites for custom and fashion makeovers of kitchens and bathrooms.  It has a new store located at 13329 Sherman Way, North Hollywood.  Call them at (818) 506-9966 or go to  See some of their videos below and for more information and new videos go to our "Home Improvement / Bath" page.


Update May 2, 2011  Top Wood Shutters has been featured on our Best Buys TV Show from the start.  Top Wood Shutters is at 9142 La Rosa Drive, Temple City.  Call them at (888) 788-8977 or go to for more information.  You will also find new videos and new information on our "Home Improvement / Shutters, Blinds" page.  Top Wood Shutters will discount the popular styles and sizes by 50% or more.  Mention my name for a discount on installation.

They specialize in solid basswood to create their shutters.  You will save with their installation pricing policy, and you will find standard shutters starting at $13.50 per square foot.  Most shutters can be ordered and installed in about a week.  Top Wood Shutters sells vertical blinds, slider doors, bi-fold doors, French doors, arches, two-panel shutters and four-panel shutters.  Special shapes are available and custom colors and staining and custom sizes are available.

In our second video about Top Wood Shutters, see how the company has expanded its business to include deals on vertical blinds and mini blinds and Roman shades and other styles and selections of blinds to dress up your home and improve your home's value.  Of course Top Wood Shutters is known for its factory direct pricing on shutters (read about it in the article above, and see the video about their shutters above) -- but now you can choose blinds and shades for rooms where shutters don't fit the look you want.  Top Wood Shutters is at 9142 La Rosa Drive, Temple City.  Call (888) 788-8977 or go to for more information.

Here on our new media website "Moneyman" Alan Mendelson who is the original Best Deals TV Show reporter on KCAL9 and consumer advocate, shows you the best deals on TV, and the best buys, bargains and where savvy shoppers go to save, and how to get the most for "your money" with the best of Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County. Some content on is paid advertising. The Best Buys TV Show is a paid infomercial program which may also include news and information which is not sponsored or paid for by advertisers.

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