Materials for interior trim work.

26 Jun

A lot of companies will use what’s called MDF for all their interior trim work. MDF is compressed cardboard basically and is cheaper than wood but if it comes in contact with water it swells up, deteriorates, and will grow mold. I wouldn’t install it in my house so Good Guy Home Improvements won’t install it in yours. Good Guy Home Improvements always uses wood unless the customer wants to save money and take the chance with the MDF. Wood can get wet and still be fine once dried out.

If you know it won’t ever get wet you could use MDF trim but I would recommend you never install it in bathrooms, basements, or around exterior doors. If you hire a contractor to install trim make sure they are not using MDF trim in those areas and in my opinion don’t let them install it anywhere in your house. You can tell the difference by looking at the back of the trim and the feel of it. Good Guy Home Improvements will never sacrifice quality for profit! Call me (Joe Taulbee) at 937-689-1635 if you are in the Dayton area for a free estimate or email me at We love to finish basements!Trim work


Egress Windows

7 Jun

A common request from our customers at Good Guy Home Improvements when finishing basements is adding a bedroom. Code requires an egress window/door inside any bedroom. Any person sleeping in a basement bedroom needs another way to escape in case of emergency.

The minimum opening requirement for the window is 5.7 square feet so a window 24 inches by 36 inches will meet the requirement.  Good Guy Home Improvements typically installs a 32 inch by 44 inch out swing window. The other code requirement is that the sill sits at a maximum of 44 inches off of the basement floor.

The outside of the house needs to be excavated down to the existing weeping system around the foundation of the house so that we can tie into that weeping system. This allows water a way out so it doesn’t come in your new window and into your newly finished basement.

There are many different wells that can be installed around the window that allows the person to climb out. We commonly use a plastic system made by wellcraft, but  there are metal ones, block, railroad ties, etc..

They say you can spend anywhere from $3500 and up to have one installed by a contractor but with Good Guy Home Improvements the price starts at $5000. It is pretty important that this is done correctly so if you are a DIYer do your homework, expect to spend $1500 to $2000, and it will be a really tough job.

Current costs for finishing a basement today (6-7-17) through Good Guy Home Improvements is $30 a square foot. To install a bathroom that is already roughed in starts at $10,000, if it isn’t roughed in $15,000. Egress windows start at $5,000 like I mentioned above for Good Guy Home Improvements.

As always I (Joe Taulbee) give free estimates and can be reached at 937-689-1635 or We service Montgomery, Warren, Greene counties.

Thank you for reading!





Basement finishing

6 Apr

It is April 6th 2017 and the economy is doing pretty well. Good Guy Home Improvements LLC is turning 11 this month and we just had the best first quarter to date thanks to our loyal customer base. Our favorite thing to do is finish basements and we are on our 5th one so far this year. Material prices have been rising which forces us to raise our prices as well. You can expect to pay $30 to $40 a square foot to finish your basement through Good Guy Home Improvements LLC. If you are adding a bathroom in your basement figure an additional $10,000 to start and bars start at $6000.

I get many calls a year from customers who tried to save money and hire a friend or someone who gave a cheap estimate to finish their basement only to have problems with code violations, poor quality, and poor materials used. It is worth it to hire a professional and to have the proper permits pulled. If you don’t you risk not only your house burning down but insurance won’t cover you if those permits weren’t pulled and inspections passed.

Yes your taxes will go up but so will the value of your home. We give free estimates, we don’t take any money up front, and you will have a one year warranty on all work and materials through Good Guy Home Improvements LLC. We take payments in three installments, the first being due after all framing is complete, the second after all rough inspections have passed just before we hang drywall, and the rest upon completion.

You can reach me, Joe Taulbee (Owner of Good Guy Home Improvements LLC) at 937-689-1635 or to schedule an estimate or just for consulting.

Basement finishing permits.

20 Jan

You should get permits when you do any structural framing, make any changes to Electric, Plumbing, or HVAC. When I say changes I don’t mean replacement of existing I mean adding something new or moving something to a new location.

Yes if you finish your basement and get those permits, your taxes will go up for the additional living space in your home. If you don’t get the permits and you have a flood from plumbing failure or fire from electrical failure in the newly finished basement, your insurance company isn’t going to cover you because the permits weren’t pulled.

When finishing a basement you need a structural permit for framing, Electrical permit, HVAC, and Plumbing if you are doing anything to do with any of them. Costs will vary but in Dayton Ohio it is typically in the ballpark of $600 for all. You just go to your local building/zoning office in your city, county, or township. Provide them with a set of plans for the basement that you can draw up yourself, fill out their application then wait for approval.

Once your framing and fire blocking is complete, Electric, Plumbing, and HVAC are roughed in  then you can call for all rough inspections. After you pass those inspections you are free to complete the basement, then you call for final inspections upon completion.

You will have piece of mind that you did it right or if you hired someone they did it right. You will get credit for the finished basement when you sell the home and your insurance will cover you if there is a problem. Good Guy Home Improvements LLC absolutely loves to finish basements! If you are thinking of finishing your basement I would love the opportunity to meet you and provide you with a free estimate. You can call me at 937-689-1635 or email me at

Who is actually the best?

15 Jul

Every Home Improvement Company claims that they are the best! The best in customer service, the best in quality, and if you come to them you will be blown away by how they run their business, so much so that you will always come to them for their service and tell all your friends and family about them. These companies do exist but as we all know they are probably one in a thousand if not even less than that.

Every person hiring a Home Improvement Company is looking for the best! Everyone wants a company they can trust in their home, that will treat their home with care, keep it clean throughout the time that they are doing the project, complete the project with quality only found with master craftsman, and with a smile on their face! 99% of the Home Improvement business’s only care about the money they receive after the project is completed, but they will tell you in the beginning that you are hiring the best!

So as the owner of Good Guy Home Improvements LLC, I have to figure out how to differentiate my company from the other 99% who claim they offer the same awesome service that we do! Good Guy Home Improvements LLC has been in business for over 10 years and I believe that to be very important when choosing a contractor for your home. How long have they been in business? Google their name to find reviews, you will find 0 bad reviews with Good Guy Home Improvements as well as 0 complaints with the BBB, which means we have satisfied even the crazies in the ten years we have been improving peoples homes. Ask for references and call them. Did they show up on time, keep the house clean, provide the quality of work the customer wanted? Good Guy Home Improvements has been in thousands of homes so we have thousands of references for you!

It is my goal to always do every job better than the previous one, so ten years later I can definitely say with pride that we have Outstanding customer service and the quality and craftsmanship we offer at Good Guy Home Improvements is second to none in the Dayton Ohio area. Every home or business I enter I look around at the quality of work done and I can find flaws every where I look, with the exception of the projects that we at Good Guy Home Improvements have completed. I return to work on homes I worked on ten years ago and the projects I worked on back in 2006 still look awesome today. We will never sacrifice quality for profit! Call me (Joe Taulbee) at 937-689-1635 to schedule an estimate or email me at, I would love to meet you!

You get what you pay for!

8 Apr

So ninety percent of Good Guy Home Improvements customers are on a tight budget or just want to get their project done as cheaply as they can. They usually have champagne tastes with beer budgets. Understandably so, but that will usually not get you what you ultimately are looking for.  If you are going to spend the money and go through the process of having a contractor in your home you really should be spending the money needed to get it done right.

Quality materials matter and they cost more. Good contractors are hard to find and just because you are paying a lot of money on a project doesn’t mean you have a good one, but on the other hand if you are getting it done cheaply, chances are you have a bad one who is using cheap materials and you have a red light warranty, meaning your warranty is up when you see their brake lights when they leave.

I know Good Guy Home Improvements doesn’t have the highest priced bids in town but we aren’t cheap either and our quality of work and level of professionalism is second to no one. We would never sacrifice quality for profit.

Good Guy Home Improvements has been in business for over 10 years! We have the finest craftsman in every category: Framers, Roofers, Painters, Drywallers, Flooring specialist, Bathroom experts, Kitchen and Basement finishing specialists, Concrete, Pavers, Siding, Stone Masons. We have it all and lucky for our large customer base in Dayton Ohio, we are here to stay! You can contact me Joe Taulbee at 937-689-1635 or email me at for free consulting, and estimating. I am at your service!

Caulking before exterior painting.

20 Jun

Caulk all vertical seams where the boards come together, knott’s in the wood, and any cracks where water can penetrate. DO NOT caulk horizontally under your siding boards, yes it looks nice after it’s painted but it will trap in moisture which will rot the wood. Use paintable caulk and you will want to use clear paintable caulk against brick so you don’t get the ugly look of caulk smashed all over your brick. Another trick is to tape off the brick before you caulk to help keep a clean uniform line. Good Guy Home Improvements LLC has been painting homes in the Dayton Oh area both exterior and interior for the past 9 and half years and will continue to do so for several decades to come. Good Guy Home Improvements LLC has the best painters in the world, call us at 937-689-1635 to find out for yourself!

Joe Taulbee (owner)