Home repair projects can be incredibly rewarding, but they can also be daunting for beginners. You may feel a bit discouraged after searching for a simple fix or project that leads you to conflicting or confusing information. That's why we launched The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board. We know you want an accurate and reliable source that will give you the solutions you need, exactly when you need them. Our board is comprised of licensed home repair experts across multiple categories, and our goal is to provide you with well-researched, fact-checked information vetted by the best in the industry. Home improvement projects can be costly, and if given the wrong advice, you could end up spending serious money on a failed DIY. Our review board ensures that you’re receiving information that you can trust, and that every dollar is well-spent.
Who Is on the Board?
The Spruce Home Improvement Review Board is made up of licensed general and specialty contractors, journeyman electricians, and journeyman plumbers. These professionals boast a wide variety of experience, including electrical installation and repair, carpentry, home remodeling and maintenance, and hot water heating and distribution systems. These members have been hand-picked based on their impressive backgrounds, extensive home improvement, renovation and repair knowledge, and ability to communicate sometimes difficult or dense concepts to a broad audience.
Deane Biermeier is a contractor with nearly 30 years experience in home repair, maintenance, remodeling, and carpentry. Deane’s career in remodeling began in the early '90s when he started a residential siding company along with two partners.
Deane has acquired vast knowledge and skills in the areas of electrical installation and repair, HVAC repair, plumbing, and appliance repair under the tutelage of industry experts. Deane worked for several investors on house-flipping projects, and he currently runs a small home repair service along with a consulting service which empowers his customers to tackle their DIY projects.
Johnathan C. Brewer II is a licensed general contractor specializing in kitchen, bath remodels, and general construction with two decades of professional experience.
In 2009, Johnathan began his TV career as an on air carpenter and has been featured on HGTV’s “Super Scapes”,“Curb Appeal the Block”, “Elbow Room”, DIY Network's “House Crashers”, "This Old House", and OWN Network's Emmy award winning show “Home Made Simple”. Johnathan taught building construction for Rising Sun Energy in Berkeley California.
Kelly Bacon is a licensed general contractor with over 40 years experience in construction, home building and remodeling, and commercial building. He has built several custom homes since he began subcontracting, and he started a subcontract firm for specialty commercial wall finishes.
He has commercially installed custom wall panels in healthcare, education, government and commercial office projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Idaho and Utah. Kelly currently holds a contractor's license in Utah.
Richard Epstein has been a licensed master plumber for over 30 years and specializes in estimating as well as design and engineering for plumbing systems. In 1988, Richard became New York City's youngest licensed plumber at 25 years old.
He currently works for Par Plumbing & Heating, one of New York's largest union plumbing construction companies.
Larry Campbell is an electrical contractor with 36 years of experience in residential and light commercial electrical wiring. Larry’s full-time career in the electrical field began the year following his high school graduation, when he worked full time on a variety of electrical projects with his father’s company. In 1978, Larry received an associate's degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
Since 1994, Larry has worked on literally thousands of residential projects from sheds with several lights and outlets to 12,000 square foot homes to barns to automobile shops and showrooms.
Which Topics Are Reviewed?
Our editors work in tandem with our review board to fact-check and formalize our robust library of home improvement articles that cover topics like assembly and building, material and appliance comparisons, plumbing problems and solutions, commercial and residential electrical work, and a variety of how-to and DIY projects. Our review board assesses all the foundational information you need as well as step-by-step tutorials that will take your space to the next level. Your home is a major focal point of your life, and we want to help you feel proud of it.
The Life Cycle of an Article
Each article is written by one of our home improvement experts, who have years of hands-on experience in their respective topics. Next, our editorial team assigns the article to the appropriate Home Improvement Review Board member, based on their expertise. Our reviewers read each article thoroughly, fact-checking and making edits for accuracy, relevancy, and overall helpfulness to the reader. They pass the reviewed article back to our editorial team to read through for grammar, style, and reading comprehension. Finally, the updated article is published and receives an official stamp indicating that it has been reviewed by a member of our Home Improvement Review Board. Our review board members’ extensive training and experience paired with our editorial know-how come together to give you the answers you need in a format that is easy to understand.
How Do I Know if an Article Was Reviewed?
You may notice a badge appearing at the top of some content pages. The badge signifies that a board member has reviewed and edited the article, taking special care to confirm that the information presented is both accurate and up-to-date.
The Spruce’s Promise to You
Our team of editors and review board members strive to vet all on-site information to ensure it is as accurate and relevant as possible. And when we don’t immediately have the answer, we promise that we will research, test, and fact-check until we do. We believe in arming our readers with all available information so that you can make the best decision for your home.
We Appreciate Your Feedback
We are here to serve you, and we strive to provide the very best experience. If you think we could be doing better, we want to hear all about it. If you have any questions about the relevancy or accuracy of any on-site articles, or about our review process, please email us at [email protected]