3 Tips for Hiring the Right Home Improvement Contractors

Home sellers will want to do everything they can to accelerate the sales process. And in many cases, home improvements may be necessary, which means you’ll likely need to find a dependable contractor to help you enhance the quality of your residence.

Although finding a qualified, affordable home improvement contractor may seem impossible at first, there are many ways to ensure that you’re able to employ the best contractor for any upcoming home improvement project.

Here are three tips that you can use to ensure that you’re able to find a great home improvement contractor:

1. Conduct a Phone Interview.

For some home repairs, you may be forced to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars. As such, you’ll want to work with a top-notch home improvement contractor who will complete the necessary work to the best of his or her abilities.

Typically, you’ll want to conduct a phone interview before you hire a home improvement contractor. By doing so, you can ensure that both you and a home improvement professional are on the same page and can work together to transform any home repair project into a successful one.

Asking about a home improvement contractor’s expertise and experience is essential during a phone interview. Plus, you should ask for professional references and be prepared to answer a contractor’s questions about your home improvement project.

2. Meet Face to Face.

If a home improvement professional proves that he or she may be a viable candidate to complete your home improvement project, you should host a face-to-face meeting.

A face-to-face meeting enables a contractor to explain exactly how he or she will approach your home repair project. It also may allow a contractor to get an up-close look at your residence and ensure that he or she is capable of finishing the project on schedule and budget.

Furthermore, a face-to-face meeting may help you become more comfortable with a home improvement contractor. This meeting will allow you to get answers to any concerns or questions and ensure that you’re able to find a great professional to help you complete your home repair project.

3. Finalize a Contract.

A home improvement project represents a major endeavor, so you’ll want to put the terms of your agreement with a contractor into a written agreement.

The agreement should include details about every step of the project, including the products and materials that a home improvement professional will use, proof of liability insurance and a payment schedule. Also, you should not sign this agreement unless you feel comfortable with all of its terms.

A clear agreement is paramount for both you and a home improvement contractor. And after you finalize this agreement, your contractor will be able to start working to repair your home and bolstering its quality immediately.

Use the aforementioned tips to take the guesswork out of finding a reliable contractor to complete a home improvement project. By doing so, you’ll be able to hire a great contractor who will help you improve your chances of maximizing the value of your residence.

No green thumb? No problem

Houseplants give any room a finishing touch and can even help purify the air in your home. Unfortunately, not everyone was blessed with a green thumb. Even if you’ve struggled to keep plants alive in the past armed with the tips below and some smart plant selections you too can have a home with a little greenery.

Consider the light: When you buy a plant it will come with a label telling you how much sunlight it will require. However, the problem many people face is that they don’t know how many hours per day areas of their home receive light. Never fear! There is actually an easy way to figure this out and all you will need is a general sense of direction and/or a compass. This is because depending on which direction your windows face you will instantly know how much light a room is taking in throughout the day. A south facing window receives the most light and is perfect for plants who require lots of sunlight or for any plant in the winter time. East and west facing windows are ideal for most plants as they receive lots of sun in the morning and a steady stream for the rest of the day. North windows receive little to no direct sunlight, but can have bright light for most of the day.

Choose wisely: Which plants you choose to bring home is just as important as how you will take care of them. Knowing the amount of light each room in your home receives ahead of time will allow you to find a plant that will thrive where you place it. You may also want to shop with a list of easiest plants to care for in mind. Some to consider are the: Spider plant, jade plant, snake plant, pothos, aloe, English ivy, succulents, and air plants

Maintain Moisture: One of the top reasons plants don’t live long is that they have been overwatered. When picking out a pot for your plant ensure that it comes with drainage holes and a tray to catch water. Placing stones at the bottom of the pot before adding soil will also help prevent your plant from becoming over watered. You can check if a plant needs to be watered by pushing your finger into the soil to test the moistness of it. If it is dry about an inch down in the soil it’s time to water your plant. After watering check back in around half an hour to empty any excess water in the tray so that your plant is not left soaking.

Extras for experts: Turn you plant every few weeks to encourage even growth and prevent a lopsided plant. Misting plant leaves every few days will help it stay green and fresh. If you want to move your plant to a different spot in a room avoid it going into shock by gradually moving it to the new location. When shopping for plants look for gardening soil that contains time released fertilizer and water retaining crystals to make plant care even easier.

Caring for plants can be intimidating, especially if you have had little success in the past. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve you can keep a collection of greenery thriving in your home. Before you know it you will be a plant growing connoisseur in no time!

Open house on 9/10/2017 at 79 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA 01821


Date: 09/10/2017 Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Well maintained, updated & spacious Cape with in-law potential, in-ground pool, nicely landscaped private backyard on a 34,000 sf lot. First floor has a kitchen with newer maple cabinets, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, Center Island & SS appliances. This is open to the living room with a wood fireplace and decorative mantel. There is also a den or office. There are 3 good size bedrooms upstairs with a full bath. The in-law potential setup, is on the first floor with cherry cabinet kitchen open to a living area, full bath, & bedroom. Layout is flexible with different options. Basement is party finished with large family room. The back yard is gorgeous with beautiful plantings, pool, screen house, patio, and two sheds. No need to go on vacation, it’s all here. Enclosed porch, fenced yard, all appliances stay and plenty of parking. There are solar panels on the roof which help to pay the electric cost. Showing through Showing Time. All offers to be review Wed at 10 am,

Single-Family – 79 Baldwin Rd Billerica, MA 01821 is now back on the market!

Well maintained, updated & spacious Cape with in-law potential, in-ground pool, nicely landscaped private backyard on a 34,000 sf lot. First floor has a kitchen with newer maple cabinets, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, Center Island & SS appliances. This is open to the living room with a wood fireplace and decorative mantel. There is also a den or office. There are 3 good size bedrooms upstairs with a full bath. The in-law potential setup, is on the first floor with cherry cabinet kitchen open to a living area, full bath, & bedroom. Layout is flexible with different options. Basement is party finished with large family room. The back yard is gorgeous with beautiful plantings, pool, screen house, patio, and two sheds. No need to go on vacation, it’s all here. Enclosed porch, fenced yard, all appliances stay and plenty of parking. There are solar panels on the roof which help to pay the electric cost. Showing through Showing Time. All offers to be review Wed at 10 am,

This is a Cape style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 4 bedrooms, 0.78 Acres, and is currently available for $499,900.

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4 Tips For The Perfect Beach Day

Having the perfect beach day starts at home— especially if you are taking kids along. Even if you are just going for the day, there is some preplanning that needs to take place. Take a look at the tips below to make sure you have the most successful beach day trip.

  1. Make a checklist: Write out everything that you need to take with you and as your packing it into your beach bag or cooler, check it off of your list. This way you will ensure that you won’t forget anything. This might include things like cash, sunscreen, sunglasses, towels, beach chairs, water, snacks, a change of clothes, etc.
  2. Choose a beach: If you live in New England, it’s likely that you have multiple beaches to choose from. And you might be looking for a different beach experience than the one you always go to. Maybe you usually take your day trip to a popular beach, but you know that it is going to be crowded and full of life. But this time you’re looking for a quieter day, so you might want to visit a private or town beach that doesn’t have a boardwalk and hundreds of people around.
  3. Pack the night before: Along with packing from your checklist, it’s best to pack everything up the night before. And if you are ambitious, pack the car the night before as well (everything but the drinks and refrigerated food).
  4. Set a plan for the day: Make sure all parties involved know how the day will pan out. Do you plan on leaving town at 7am or 9am? Do you plan on packing a lunch or grabbing something at the boardwalk? Do you plan on staying at the beach until 2pm or 5pm? These are all very important things to consider beforehand and to include everyone in on the decision.

Hope that these tips help you hit the road sooner and without a worry— except for where you’re going to set up at the beach.