James Carey and Morris Carey, known as the Carey Bros., are nationally-recognized experts on home building and renovation. They share their 55+ years of experience as award-winning, licensed contractors with millions of people nationwide through a weekly radio program and syndicated newspaper column both titled On The House.
With wit, enthusiasm and clarity, the Carey Bros.’ Associated Press syndicated newspaper column, four-hour radio broadcast and daily radio vignette offer people money-saving tips on building, remodeling and repairing homes. The column, with accompanying graphic, is distributed weekly to over 700 AP member papers including The San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, San Diego Union-Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Washington Post and New Orleans Times-Picayune.
These third-generation contractors hold 20-year broadcast careers in radio and television. They deliver user-friendly, hands-on advice in their radio program and daily radio tip which are carried
Recognized for their efforts in answering immediate and constant structural concerns by the public in the hours and days following the devastating October 1989 earthquake, the Carey Bros. and KCBS AM740 in San Francisco received the George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting’s most prestigious honor, for their outstanding contributions towards “comprehensive, intelligent and useful coverage.”
Beyond radio and print, the Careys have a rich and colorful history on television. Clad in their signature bright bib overalls, they have appeared as the home improvement editors on CBS News Saturday Morning; as home improvement family members on the popular Family Channel’s Home and Family program; and have appeared as guests on various national and local television programs.
Besides their syndicated column, the Carey Bros. have authored four “how-to” books, Cost-Effective Home Upgradespublished by Ortho Books (1992); Home Remodeling For Dummies published by IDG Books Worldwide (1998); Home Maintenance For Dummies also published by IDG Books Worldwide (2000), and Home Improvement-All-In-One For Dummies published by Wiley Publishing, Inc. (2004). The Carey Bros. also write a regular monthly column for The Family Handyman, a Reader’s Digest home improvement magazine.
The Careys also host a highly-trafficked and information-packed website, onthehouse.com, which acts as a convergence of all of their home improvement advice, tips and information.
Until recently, Morris and James owned and operated a successful home remodeling and construction firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Morris’ son, the fourth generation in the business, now heads up the business, which allows the brothers to focus on their home improvement endeavors. In addition to their broadcast achievements, Morris and James have been named to Remodeling magazine’s Hall of Fame “Big 50” which recognizes top achievers in the industry and have been honored as one of the nation’s top 500 companies by Qualified Remodeler magazine.
The brothers were the Founding Fathers of the first California chapter of the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), with James serving as the chapter’s first president.