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Bolt Down The Bay Area

Founded 1990 • With Angi since February 2009


(12) Verified Reviews

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3790 El Camino Real #1007

Palo Alto, CA 94306


Residential Seismic Retrofits anywhere in the Bay Area! Most homes built before 2005 have inadequate connections from the foundation to the wood framing to protect against the forces of a significant earthquake. We inspect your crawlspace and evaluate current foundation bolts and washers for size, spacing and placement. We look for un-braced cripple walls and evaluate how the bottom of the floor structure is connected. This inspection is FREE. We apply the principles of "Standard Plan Set A" to address any vulnerabilities found during the free inspection and provide you with a line item quote for doing so. It is the most cost effective way to mitigate against earthquake forces. Will your home be safe enough to stay after the next big quake?...

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Exceptionally well. The Bolt Down the Bay Area team is very professional, knowledgeable, responsive and the project went very smoothly. The did everything correctly so I got my EBB ( check from the state of California for $3000 which covered over half the cost. They have done over 1000 of these have the process down to a science. If you have an older house a seismic upgrade is money well spent to protect your home and your family. Plus, good luck finding a contractor after an earthquake.

Description of Work
Bring earthquake bolting up to code

Category custom cabinets, earthquake retrofitting



Gary F.

I never heard back from them. Whey do they come and give me a quote and then never follow up? I an only guess they are too busy to even respond?

Description of Work
I had Josh come out to give me a bid for earthquake retrofitting my basement on 7/9. I received the proposal in an email on 8/3. In all fairness I was out of town 2 weeks and then, so was he. I was ready to go with his proposal but I never heard back from him after his return from vacation on 8/28, in spite of repeated emails. I finally left a message at the head office and sent it "urgent," stating i was ready to go with the proposal yesterday, but had a few questions. I never heard back. In spite of all the good reviews this firm has, my own experience has been less than stellar. They don't return emails or calls. If they are too busy (or my $5900 job is too small for them), I would at least appreciate a call back. I'm beginning to wonder if all these great reviews are just plants!

Category earthquake retrofitting



Rose B.

Great! Excellent work, very professional. Reassuring to have the house reinforced for whenever the next earthquake happens in this active region.

Description of Work
upgrade of existing house for seismic stability

Category home builders, earthquake retrofitting



Martin V.

Category home builders



Judy R.

Bolt Down the Bay Area gave us a bid for the work that was supposed to be approximate, but it ended up being exactly what he said. When they said they were going to be here at 8:00 in the morning, they were here at 8:00 in the morning. They kept it very neat. Inside the house, they had to use an inside crawl space to get the work done and it was messy work. But you sure couldn't tell. After they left, everything was clean and great.

Description of Work
They did some foundation work. We had some piers that needed to be replaced.

Category remodeling, home builders, foundation repair



Allen N.

They were very professional and always kept the owner well informed. They were on time and worked with the owners schedule. Great job!!!!

Description of Work
Work performed was to bolt the foundation to the supports on a 1930's home. The work done was in the crawl space under the foundation. It was a tight fit for the workers. They wore masks because of the dust of crawling around. The work took two days. They informed the owner where they were in the work. They provided pictures of before and after. They also noticed that some of the cross beams had dry rot so bad that if they beam weren't replaced that in near future the floor might fall in. The workers where given the ok to replace the beam and supports that needed replacement.

Category earthquake retrofitting



Ellen M.

When I purchased my house, I read in my home inspection report that my foundation was not bolted to the house. This has always bothered me living in Marin County in the SF Bay Area where a big earthquake is predicted. I finally saved enough money and researched a couple of companies but was impressed with Bolt Down The Bay Area's knowledge and price. They came and did the job last week. They were professional, polite and finished the job in the time they stated. They answered all my questions promptly and they worked hard. I would recommend them to anyone who worries about their home slipping off its foundation during an earthquake (which happens often in an earthquake according to my geologist friend and my friends in the contracting business).

Description of Work
Retrofitted my house by bolting down to the foundation.

Category home builders, earthquake retrofitting



Jeffery S.

Their rates are very reasonable. I used several contractors and they are by far the best I've ever used. They were very willing to work with me. Instead of doing custom cabinets I bought some from a big box store and they actually interfaced with the store when the cabinets were not right. They were very clear on their rates. They were lower than what I got from other contractors. He actually paid his employees’ insurance. They all enjoy working for him and they were all very cordial and friendly. He is local.

Description of Work
I used Warner Custom Homes for a kitchen and bathroom remodel.

Category home remodeling




Fabulous. Words can not describe the quality service that Warner Custom Homes provides. They approach everything with the same level of detail and concern as if they were the homeowner. They find ways to improve upon the design and/or save money.

Description of Work
Warner Custom Homes remodeled my condominum, top to bottom.

Category home builders

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    kitchen & bath design & remodeling,granite counter tops, cabinets,seismic upgrade, retrofit

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    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Bolt Down The Bay Area

    How is Bolt Down The Bay Area overall rated?

    Bolt Down The Bay Area is currently rated 4.9 overall out of 5.

    What days are Bolt Down The Bay Area open?

    Bolt Down The Bay Area is open:

    Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    What payment options does Bolt Down The Bay Area provide

    Bolt Down The Bay Area accepts the following forms of payment: Check, Visa

    Does Bolt Down The Bay Area offer free estimates?

    Yes, Bolt Down The Bay Area offers free project estimates.

    Does Bolt Down The Bay Area offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    Yes, Bolt Down The Bay Area offers eco-friendly accreditations.

    Does Bolt Down The Bay Area offer a senior discount?

    No, Bolt Down The Bay Area does not offer a senior discount.

    Are warranties offered by Bolt Down The Bay Area?

    Yes, Bolt Down The Bay Area offers warranties.

    What services does Bolt Down The Bay Area offer?

    Bolt Down The Bay Area offers the following services: kitchen & bath design & remodeling,granite counter tops, cabinets,seismic upgrade, retrofit