"Solving home & business problems PROPERLY"
Established March 2002
The owner of COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS has more than 20 years experience in audio systems,
- as the former owner of Audio Alley (a San Francisco stereo component store which also contained a small recording studio where he was the chief engineer),
- as manager and "sound man" for several bands,
- as chief audio engineer at two San Francisco nightclubs,
- as technical advisor at a well-known San Mateo Coastside jazz venue,
- as designer for the new sound systems at two major San Francisco nightclubs (as part of major remodeling), and
- as the audio troubleshooter for several other nightclubs in the San Francisco Bay Area and for a repertory theater in San Francisco.
* unofficial, usually done prior to property ownership changes Official inspections are only done by the "Authority Holding Jurisdiction" (local Building Dept., etc.), usually in conjunction with work requiring a Permit.
** When required for Permit, we team up with an experienced, reliable, General Contractor (and personal friend) who is as adamant as we are about doing all work to-Code or better, using current best practices.
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In mid-2002, in response to shrunken opportunities in the owner's main business due to America's faltering economy, COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS™ was established as a part-time, handyman venture by Bruce Grant, an ex-IBMer, and President of COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS InfoTech, a technical consulting firm founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1989.
Since early 2002, COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS has expanded into a full-time business. We have acquired considerable additional expertise in carpentry and electrical work. Our focus has changed to Electrical Contracting. We continue doing carpentry and handyman work to fill in or for a change of pace.
Due to the current, long-running Recession, we do not yet have any type of Contractor's License, but we intend to obtain the appropriate licensing from the California Contractors State License Board once we can afford it. We will eventually be licensed as a General Building Contractor ("B"), but will first obtain a License as an Electrical Contractor ("C-10"), as that is our specialty. Currently, our only real problem in getting a License is its high initial cost (license fees, application fee, test fees, insurance, etc.). For projects larger than what we are legally allowed to do without a License, we partner with a Licensed General Contractor who has been our owner's good friend for over 30 years, since he, too, believes in doing only top quality work.
Every project we perform is fully guaranteed because we do things right the first time. Top quality work at reasonable prices and cost-effective solutions to client problems are our primary goals. We are proud of our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, possibly because all our work is always to Code or better, unlike the work we have seen by many others (including some Licensed Contractors who merely paid some "school" to train them only to pass the licensing tests, but not how to really do things properly).
All our work is of the highest quality -- our many satisfied customers prove it.
Cost-Effective Solutions was an Honor Roll Member of the Better Business Bureau from 2005 thru 2008. We discontinued our membership in 2009 when the BBB Accredited Member dues were raised to more than we could afford, but we may eventually rejoin when the economy improves. Meanwhile, we are still rated "A+" on the BBB website, their highest rating for any business. To our knowledge, they have never received any complaints about us.
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COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS is in Belmont, California, located midway between San Francisco and San Jose on the San Francisco Peninsula. We primarily service clients in the mid-Peninsula, but will work elsewhere as required (for example, in the first 5 months of 2005, we also did electrical work for large commercial clients in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Oakland). In 2006, one of our clients owned a vacation cabin in Mendocino County and allowed us to use the cabin for a week after completing the job, so sometimes our geographic reach can be extended beyond the Bay Area (Does anyone reading this own property in Hawaii? [hint, hint]).
Although we serve large, commercial clients, most of our Clients are homeowners and small, local businesses, but with varying needs:
- Major Electrical project: MCC (3-letter Client Code)
- Minor Electrical project: CAR
- Major Electrical project: HOO
- Major Electrical project: ZUC
- Minor Electrical project: FOS
- Carpentry – window repair: SCC
- Multiple skills project (electrical, carpentry, and plumbing): SCC
- Telephone system wiring (small business): PCK
We will take on the smaller jobs that the big firms will not.
Please give Cost-Effective Solutions a try.
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Belmont, CA 94002-4022
Belmont, CA 94002-3748
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