This is earthquake country, and the seismic retrofit that you’ll want for lower your insurance rates might actually be the best money you can spend. A lot of people ask us for recommendations for voluntary seismic retrofits and in many instances we can offer them standard details that make getting the permit quick and easy. We like seismic retrofit projects even thought they involve a lot of crawling around in basements because we’re pretty good at them and they go very quickly.
We are also always excited about doing more substantial seismic retrofits involving lots of concrete and steel beams. Such projects very definitely require plans wet stamped by a structural engineer, and if you don’t have an engineer yet, we can recommend one.