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How to Mix and Match Laminate Flooring (Without Overdoing It)

October 18th, 2021 |

So you’re thinking about installing laminate flooring but can’t settle on just one color. When you know how to mix and match laminate flooring, you can use multiple colors, shapes, and sizes with elegant results. Whether you choose laminate tile or wood laminate planks, now is the time to get creative. 

Complement Existing Flooring

All of those color choices are tempting, but you don’t want to end up with too much of a good thing. One way to avoid overdoing it is to install new flooring that complements existing flooring in your home. Do you plan to install new laminate planks next to an older wood laminate floor? A good strategy is to match the faded color of the older flooring. If you can’t find a match, you can install t-molding between the spaces to create a smooth transition. 

Experiment With Patterns

You can create a simple, pleasing pattern without getting too complicated. All it takes is a focal design in the center of the floor and a pattern in the remaining space. You can choose from a variety of classic patterns, such as herringbone.  

Start your design by dividing the floor into quarters and placing the first plank or tile on the center point where the four quarters meet. Experiment by arranging loose flooring around the center piece until you have a pattern that you like. Create a simple pattern for a small room and save the complex patterns for larger rooms. When you are satisfied with the pattern, install the laminate flooring with adhesives recommended by the manufacturer. 

Add a Border

A border is a great way to mix laminate flooring without looking too busy. If adjoining rooms have different color flooring, choose a trim that coordinates with both colors. For example, a dark brown border works well between rooms with light brown wood laminate flooring.  

With laminate tiles, you can get creative by using different colors or shapes in the border. A bold, contrasting color will work well if you limit it to the border. You can also lay the border tiles or planks in a different direction from those in the main floor.

Mix Colors Sparingly  

Before you buy your new flooring, test different color combinations. Look for colors that coordinate, and avoid colors that clash. A good rule of thumb is to use no more than three colors in one room. 

If you’re mixing laminate tiles, keep it subtle by adding a few different shades of the same color. Let’s say you are installing mostly light grey tiles. You can add interest and depth by randomly adding a few medium to dark grey tiles. 

Another way to use color is to install one color in the main floor and add a harmonizing color for the border. Limit bold or contrasting colors to a few accent tiles or trim. 

Is it time to install new laminate flooring? Have more questions about how to mix and match laminate flooring? At RH Blanchard, our general contracting professionals are ready to complete your Boston area flooring project. If you’d like a free quote, contact us today.

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6 Home Improvements That Build Equity

October 6th, 2021 |

Part of owning investment property is making necessary improvements. Exterior improvements make a positive first impression, while interior renovations help create a comfortable home. In the Boston area, there are many home improvements that build equity and bring a handsome return on investment (ROI).  Below you’ll find six remodel ideas for your investment property.

Garage Door Replacement

Leading the list of top home improvements for ROI is garage door replacement. Besides the obvious curb appeal, this renovation can improve security and energy efficiency. Garage doors are available in a variety of materials and styles, including:  

  • Contemporary glass and aluminum
  • Carriage house style
  • Raised panel
  • Steel

In the Boston area, a new garage door brings in an average of 106% ROI. That’s a home improvement worth considering! 

Landscaping

Landscaping is a relatively inexpensive way to improve the resale value of your property. For example, you can replace unsightly weeds and overgrown shrubs with colorful flowering perennials of varying heights. With an average cost of $3,500 for landscaping and $1,500 for 1,000 square feet of sod, the 100% ROI makes landscaping an attractive option. 

Siding Replacement  

Siding replacement can be pricey, but the 79-80% ROI certainly helps. Vinyl siding is easy to clean and maintain and is available in many styles, from clapboard to scalloped. Regular pressure washing will keep vinyl siding looking fresh for years.  

Durable and relatively maintenance-free, fiber cement siding is an attractive alternative to wood or stucco. You don’t have to worry about termites, moisture, or fire with this siding. Whether you chose vinyl or fiber cement siding, you will be adding curb appeal as well as resale value to your property. 

Window Replacement  

New windows are a great way to update and refresh a home’s exterior and exterior appearance. Vinyl or wood replacement windows can add value to a home in several ways: 

  • Curb appeal
  • Energy efficiency 
  • Reduced carbon footprint 

For Boston-area property investors, vinyl replacement windows provide a 78% ROI. Wood replacement windows typically bring in 71% ROI

Minor Kitchen Remodel 

If you’re happy with your property’s curb appeal, you may want to opt for a kitchen renovation. After all, the kitchen is a central part of home life. Could your cabinets use a touch-up? A minor kitchen remodel can result in a 67% ROI in the Boston area. Examples of minor renovations include

  • New cabinets
  • Painted cabinets 
  • Granite, stone or glass countertops
  • Recessed lighting 
  • New backsplash 
  • New faucets 

Minor Bathroom Remodel

A bathroom can be a calming personal oasis, so it deserves attention. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a new tub, a minor bathroom remodel can provide a 60% ROI. The smallest touches can make a big difference in a bathroom. Examples include 

  • Tub replacement 
  • Reglazed tub
  • Painted walls
  • Tile surround
  • Shower doors
  • Updated Fixtures 

Talk to a General Contractor 

At R.H. Blanchard we’re happy to help with exterior and interior home improvements that build equity. Ask us for a free consultation, and find out about our 15-plus years of general contracting experience.

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5 Rental Property Investment Opportunities in Massachusetts

September 21st, 2021 |

Whether you’re a novice property investor or a veteran, you’ll find plenty of rental property investment opportunities in Massachusetts. Below are five communities with healthy housing and rental markets.

Quincy

Rich in American history as well as home values, Quincy is another Boston suburb with a booming housing market. Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were born there, resulting in the nickname “City of Presidents.” In July 2021, the average home sale price rose to $570,000 — an increase of 7.8 percent over the previous year. Houses are on the market for an average of 20 days.

The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment rose 2 percent to $2,000, while the average four-bedroom jumped a whopping 37 percent to $4,450. This is a market worthy of a property investor’s attention! 

Lynn

Lynn is another city that enjoys job growth and high demand for homes. The city’s rapidly developing economy includes companies such as Walsh Oil and Bent Water Brewing Company. The average home sale price jumped 19.8 percent to $385,000 from 2020 to 2021. Homes average 20 days on the market as of August 2021. Similarly, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment rose 18 percent to $1775. The average two-bedroom rent rose 8 percent to $2,000. 

Worcester 

Located 40 miles west of Boston, Worcester enjoys a robust housing and rental market. Locals call the city “the heart of Massachusetts,” and the investment picture will surely capture your heart as well. In July 2021, Worcester’s home prices had increased 30.3 percent, with a median sale price of $367,500. Properties spent an average of 19 days on the market. You won’t have to wait long to benefit from the average $1,505 rent per two-bedroom.  

Taunton

For investment property opportunities, you’ll want to check out the city of Taunton. Located 40 miles south of Boston, Taunton boasts a healthy investment climate. According to TurboTenant, the city boasts a 0.6 percent population growth and 1.1 percent employment growth as of 2019. Home prices have risen 25.6 percent in 2021, with a median sale price of $418,000. And those properties sell fast, with an average of 20 days on the market. 

Although the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment has flattened, Taunton continues to have a healthy market. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment rose by 5 percent to $1,600 between July and August 2021.

Newton 

A suburb of Boston, Newton has all the ingredients for a robust rental market. As of 2019, its population was 89,000, and people continue to move to this city to take advantage of its job growth. As people move to Newton, the city’s demand for houses and apartments continues to increase. The median home value is $1,390,000 and rising. From July to August 2021, the median two-bedroom apartment rent increased by 1 percent to $2,525. 

General Contracting for Rental Properties

Once you’ve found the ideal rental property, you may want to do some remodeling. RH Blanchard will put its 10-plus years of general contracting experience to work for you. Contact us when you’re ready for a free consultation.

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Investment Properties 101: High-End Bathroom Remodel Cost

September 8th, 2021 |

A bathroom remodel is a sure way to add pizzazz to your Boston-area investment property. Creating a luxurious, relaxing oasis requires specialized work, such as plumbing and electrical. Of course, the necessary skilled labor and quality materials add up to higher costs. Below are some average prices to help you understand a high-end bathroom remodel cost.

Average High-End Bathroom Remodel Cost 

The total price for a bathroom remodel depends on size, materials, type of work, and other factors. Complex work such as relocating fixtures or increasing the bathroom’s footprint can increase the price. The average high-end bathroom remodel costs run from $50,000 to $65,000, with labor accounting for 60 to 70 percent of the final price. The good news is that your return on investment can be as high as 70 percent upon resale of your property.

Fixtures

Any bathroom remodel is bound to include fixtures. Whether it’s a double sink or a walk-in shower with multiple rain shower heads, new fixtures can update the look and functionality of a bathroom. For a high-end bathroom remodel, fixtures are a significant part of the cost.

  • Bathtub — $6,000 to $8,000
  • Shower — $6,000 to $8,000
  • Toilet — $550 to $780
  • Sink — $3,500 to $5,500

Flooring and Walls

Updated walls or flooring can add drama and transform a bathroom’s appearance. You can choose from a variety of tiles and hardwoods to create the luxury look you want. Radiant floor heating is a welcome addition on those cold winter mornings. Here are some examples of flooring costs including labor: 

  • Porcelain floor or wall tile — $12 to $19 per square foot
  • Natural stone floor tile — $13 to $20 per square foot 
  • Hardwood flooring— $6 to $12 per square foot
  • Radiant floor heat — $6 to $16 per square foot

Custom Vanity

Custom cabinets add quality craftsmanship that you won’t find in pre-made cabinets. Are you considering traditional style, or do you prefer a distressed, rustic vibe? A skilled cabinetmaker can create the look you want. Luxury custom cabinets can cost up to $8,000 to $13,000, depending on the size, materials and work involved: 

A stunning countertop makes a high-end bathroom remodel complete. From water-resistant quartz to durable concrete, a wide range of luxury countertop materials are available: 

  • Granite slab — $40 to $60 per square foot
  • Quartz — $75 per square foot
  • Cultured marble — $65 per square foot
  • Concrete — $65 to $135 per square foot
  • Composite stone — $75 to $120

How Long Will the Remodel Take?

Before construction begins, you’ll meet with the general contractor to discuss your design ideas, budget and schedule. From design to completion, a high-end bathroom remodel can take weeks or months. The actual timeframe varies according to the scope and complexity of the work. 

  • Design — 1 to 4 weeks
  • Gathering and ordering materials — 1 to 8 weeks
  • Construction and cleanup — 2 to 5 weeks

Call the Experts

A high-end bathroom remodel demands the highest skill and best quality materials. How do 10-plus years of experience sound? Contact RH Blanchard for a free quote, and find out why Boston-area investment property owners choose us!

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The Importance of Curb Appeal for Split-Level Investment Properties

August 25th, 2021 |

When it comes to curb appeal, split-level properties can be challenging. Sloping yards and multiple levels require specialized landscaping techniques. As an investment property owner, you want to maximize your ROI. From erosion control to strategic plantings, implementing the right split-level home landscaping ideas can make your property more marketable and improve ROI.

Erosion Control and Slope Stabilization

It may not sound glamorous, but erosion control should be your first priority. Split-level homes often have sloping yards that need stabilization. Rainwater flows down the slopes and can result in soil erosion, foundation damage, wet basement and other problems. Plants with deep, extensive root systems slow the speed of flowing water and help prevent erosion. Choose stabilizing grasses, ground covers and low-growing shrubs such as

  • Fescue
  • Muhly grass
  • Creeping juniper
  • Creeping phlox
  • Cotoneaster

Slopes that are greater than 3:1 will need more than plants for stabilization. If the slope is steep enough, you may need to install some hardscape, such as

  • Retaining walls
  • Drainpipe 
  • Boulders
  • Stairs

Erosion control takes time and effort. However, it can save you money in the long run by preventing water damage to your investment property. 

Balance the Levels

One way to add curb appeal is to balance the appearance of the different levels. Consider planting a 20- to 30-foot tree behind the shorter section of the home or at each corner of the home. You can choose from many trees that thrive in the Boston area, such as 

  • Paperbark maple
  • American hornbeam
  • Kousa dogwood
  • American smoketree

A specimen plant can add a balancing focal point to the end of the driveway. Attractive shrubs that add texture and color to the landscape include

  • Panicle hydrangea 
  • Beautybush
  • Smoke bush
  • Purple beautyberry  

Spruce Up the Front Entry

With creative use of space and plantings, you can transform the front entry from flat and boring to intimate and inviting. Many shrubs and hedges make excellent privacy screens, while a trellis can hold flowering vines. Plants that can spruce up the front entry include 

  • Boxwood shrubs
  • Privet hedges
  • Clematis vine
  • Climbing rose

Add a couple of chairs and you have a tranquil space that looks charming from the street. 

Smooth Transition Between Levels

You can add curb appeal by smoothing out the transition between levels. For example, a retaining wall can look harsh or abrupt. You can soften that look by planting cascading vines in beds on top of the walls. Great choices include 

  • Sweet potato vine
  • English ivy
  • Wave petunia
  • Trailing lobelia

Yard Maintenance

You can’t beat good old-fashioned yard maintenance for improving curb appeal. Picture your split-level property through the eyes of a potential buyer or renter. Nothing makes a better statement than a neat, cared-for yard and entry. The following tasks should be done on a regular basis:

  • Rake leaves
  • Remove dead plant debris
  • Prune shrubs and trees
  • Mow lawn
  • Weed planting beds

Experienced General Contractors  

For over a decade, investment property owners in the Boston area have relied on RH Blanchard for general contracting services. We combine the skills and experience needed to manage large and small projects alike. To learn more about split-level home landscaping ideas and other tips for investment properties, contact us today for a free consultation.

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What to Look for in Your General Contractor Agreement

August 11th, 2021 |

When it’s time to begin a construction project, you don’t want to leave anything to chance. From payments to materials, it’s best to get the general contracting details in writing. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what to look for in a general contractor agreement.

Types of Contracts

The format of your contract will depend on personal preference and project details. There are four types of construction contracts:

  • Fixed-price or lump sum for the entire project 
  • Cost-plus, which includes cost of materials plus labor
  • Time and material, with an hourly or daily fee
  • Unit-pricing, often used for bidding on government projects

Clear Language  

A contract may be a legal document, but it need not contain complex legal jargon. The language should be clear and easy to read. The only requirement is that you and the general contractor understand and agree on the expectations that are set out in the agreement. 

Licensing and Insurance

Each state has certain licensing requirements for general contractors. For specialized work, such as plumbing, additional requirements may apply. Make sure that your agreement includes contractor license numbers. In the Boston area, you can verify a contractor’s license with the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulation and Standards.  

A reputable general contractor will carry liability and workman’s compensation insurance to cover injury and property damage. A general contractor agreement should provide detailed information about insurance policies. 

Project Description and Timeframe

Whether it’s a complex remodel or a straightforward kitchen counter replacement, you’ll want to get every step in writing. Details should include  

  • Removals and demolitions
  • Installations
  • Finishing work
  • Cost and quantity of materials 
  • Additional cost coverage for mistakes by subcontractors
  • Worker access to bathrooms, refrigerator and other facilities 
  • How and when workers will clean up the project site

You and your contractor must also agree on the timeframe of the project. The start date and estimated length of time for the project should be in writing to keep the contractors accountable to you. 

Payment Schedule

To avoid billing disputes, make sure that the payment schedule is clearly outlined in the agreement. Some contractors ask for half the total payment before the start date. Others tie the payment schedule to project milestones. Never make a payment in full before project completion. 

Lien Waivers and Warranties

To ensure that you make payments on time, a contractor may place a builder’s lien on your property at the start of the project. As each subcontractor completes their work, they should give you a signed waiver releasing their claim on your property. Your agreement should include a provision for obtaining these lien waivers. 

A general contractor should offer a warranty that covers certain defects in completed work. Make sure that the agreement explains which defects are covered and how long they are covered. 

Hire Experienced Professionals

For more than a decade, RH Blanchard has provided general contracting services to Boston-area property owners. Our priority is to complete your project on time and on budget. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

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Eucalyptus Flooring: Pros and Cons

July 22nd, 2021 |

Eucalyptus is an exotic and economical flooring option for investment property. There are three types of eucalyptus flooring: engineered, solid plank, and strand-woven, which is the toughest. Strand woven boards are made from woven strips of eucalyptus that are compressed under heat and high pressure. Available in a wide range of styles and colors, eucalyptus flooring is an attractive choice. 

Pros

A eucalyptus floor has many advantages, from durability to easy care. 

Durable and Moisture Tolerant

If a floor takes a beating from foot traffic or kids and pets at play, consider installing eucalyptus. Strand-woven is exceptionally durable, rating 3,000 to 5,000 on the Janka hardness scale. Red oak rates only 1,200 and hickory rates 1,800. Eucalyptus trees grow in humid regions and tolerate moisture very well. Eucalyptus is an excellent choice for flooring in humid and rainy locations. 

Affordable 

Eucalyptus flooring costs about half as much as most hardwood varieties. It can be harvested within 3 to 10 years, compared with 20 to 50 years for many hardwoods. Its fast growth rate makes eucalyptus a highly renewable resource and helps keep prices down. Available at $5 to $7 per square foot, this alternative flooring will help your bottom line.  

Easy Installation and Care

This type of flooring is relatively easy to install. Traditional and strand-woven planks are both available in tongue-and-groove form; strand-woven is also available in click-and-lock form. Both forms can be installed using the float, nail down or glue down methods. 

With its durability and moisture tolerance, eucalyptus requires little maintenance. A weekly sweep or vacuum usually does the job. For occasional deeper cleaning, use a damp mop with a hardwood floor cleaning product. 

Sustainable  

Another advantage to eucalyptus is its sustainability. With responsible planting and harvesting, eucalyptus forests continually replenish themselves. The trees also tolerate drought, reducing their impact on the water supply. 

The eucalyptus tree is well-known as the main food source for Australian koalas. Most flooring boards, however, are produced from eucalyptus forests in Asia and South America. You can purchase eucalyptus flooring without worrying about these furry friends. 

The only environmental concern associated with this type of flooring is VOC emissions from adhesives and coatings. Look for a low VOC rating, which should be displayed on the brand.

Cons

When shopping for this type of flooring, keep some considerations in mind. 

Not Widely Available

It’s not easy to find eucalyptus flooring, in spite of all its advantages. You may have to purchase it from an online specialty store instead of your local home improvement center. You’ll also want to research brands extensively since eucalyptus flooring reviews are few and far between.

Costs More than Bamboo

Although eucalyptus costs less than traditional hardwoods, it still can’t beat bamboo for low prices. Bamboo flooring usually sells for $3 to $5 per square foot, making it 20% cheaper than eucalyptus. You can even find some cork and laminate flooring for a lower price than eucalyptus. 

Experienced Professionals and Quality Workmanship  

When it comes to floor installation, you want the best for your Boston-area investment property. At RH Blanchard, our highly experienced team has been providing remodeling services for over a decade. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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How to Complete a Low End Bathroom Remodel (That Still Looks Amazing!)

July 8th, 2021 |

You’re thinking about a bathroom remodel for your investment property, but you’d like to keep costs down. Fortunately, there are plenty of attractive options for a low end bathroom remodel. Whether you’re refinishing your existing bathtub or working with repurposed materials, your property can have a sparkling bathroom without breaking the bank. 

Choose Budget-Friendly Copycat Materials

Many popular bathroom trends come with a hefty price tag. A new stone countertop or real wood floor looks impressive, but the cost can be pretty steep. Fortunately, there are less expensive alternatives for a low end bathroom remodel that can still add an elegant flair: 

  • Luxury vinyl flooring or plank vinyl instead of real wood 
  • Laminate countertops instead of granite
  • Ceramic and porcelain imitation marble for backsplashes

If you have your heart set on the real thing, look in a store that sells repurposed building materials. The prices are lower and the proceeds often help a charitable cause. 

Paint the Existing Floor

Is your wood or linoleum bathroom floor looking dingy or simply outdated? The good news is that you don’t have to rip out and replace an already existing floor. You can save tons of money by painting the floor instead of replacing it. Plus, you’ll be adding some pizzazz to your bathroom décor. Here are some creative options:

  • Paint existing wood floor with protective enamel
  • Refresh linoleum with chalk paint and polyurethane sealer
  • Paint stenciled designs on the flooring 
  • Choose a paint color for the floor that contrasts with fixture colors

Repair and Refinish Fixtures

Before you remove an old bathtub or fixtures, consider repairing or refinishing them instead. Why pay more to replace a yellowed or peeling tub or shower when you can refinish it for less? You can even update the color of the surrounding tile with tub and tile refinishing products. These products usually work well on ceramic, fiberglass and porcelain tubs.

An acrylic bathtub liner is more costly than refinishing but less expensive than installing a new tub. Unlike removing and replacing a tub, a liner installation does not require the removal of the adjacent flooring. You can even include a new surround if you are not happy with the existing wall. A liner cannot be installed, however, on an acrylic, fiberglass or freestanding tub. 

Update Hardware

A simple change in hardware can make a big difference in your bathroom’s appearance. New towel racks, robe hooks or cabinet knobs can update the whole room quickly and inexpensively. For example, you can refresh an outdated bathroom by replacing an old brass faucet with a chrome faucet and crystal knobs. 

Try looking in thrift stores or antique shops for your bathroom hardware. A unique vintage or statement piece can add a creative touch.

Bathroom hardware is available in a variety of materials: 

  • Glass
  • Crystal
  • Brass
  • Oil-rubbed bronze
  • Wood 

Hire a Professional Contractor

For more than a decade, Boston-area investment property owners have relied on RH Blanchard for remodels and renovations. Our experienced professionals provide top-quality service for large and small projects. When you’re ready to begin your bathroom remodel, contact us for a free quote.

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How to Choose the Best Contractors for Home Renovations

June 23rd, 2021 |

You’re ready to remodel your investment property. But how do you find the best contractors for home renovation projects? Follow these steps to choose the right contractor for your project.

1. Ask for Recommendations

Make a list of 10-15 potential contractors. Ask friends and fellow property investors who have recently had a positive experience with renovations. Other good sources include building inspectors, home improvement stores and online review sites.

2. Look at Home Renovation Portfolios

Now that you’ve made a preliminary list, it’s time to look at each contractor’s portfolio. Many contractors post portfolios on their company website. Find examples of the type of work you need. If you plan to upgrade a kitchen, for example, pictures of living room remodels won’t help you. 

For each portfolio, check at least 10 projects that were completed within the past year. Look for clear images from before and after the project. Remove from your list anyone who does not specialize in your type of project or who is reluctant to share their portfolio. 

3. Check Credentials and Insurance Coverage

Ask your state licensing board about their licensing requirements for contractors. The Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards requires specific licenses for each specialization. For example, a masonry contractor must have a specialty masonry license. 

Ask each contractor for up-to-date proof of liability insurance and workman’s compensation coverage. Cross off names of contractors who lack required licenses or insurance coverage.

4. Interview Contractors by Phone

Call each remaining contractor and ask questions about their experience and reliability, such as 

  • Do you have experience with this size or type of project?
  • Will you apply for the necessary permits?
  • Do you have a dispute resolution procedure?
  • Do you work with an established network of subcontractors?
  • Can you provide a list of clients and suppliers as references?

5. Interview Contractors Face-to-Face

After the phone interviews, meet with each of the top three or four prospects in person. This is your chance to find out how comfortable you are with each contractor. They should answer your questions clearly and thoroughly, with no hesitation.

6. Check References

Call the references for each remaining contractor on your list. Good questions include 

  • Was the project completed on time and did it meet your expectations?
  • Did the contractor promptly return phone calls and reply to emails?
  • Did the contractor provide progress reports during the renovation?
  • Did the workers clean up the job site?
  • Would you hire the contractor again?

If possible, visit one completed project from each contractor to verify the quality of their work. 

7. Ask for Bids 

It’s time to discuss your plans and accept bids. Bids should clearly list expenses such as materials, labor and profit margin. The lowest bid may not be the best choice. A higher bid may mean better quality materials and workmanship. 

8. Hire a Contractor 

You’ve accepted a bid, and are ready to hire your contractor. The last step is to sign a contract that includes a timetable, materials, payment schedule, dispute resolution clause and other relevant information. Now your project can begin! 

Boston Contractors for Home Renovation Projects

Since 2007, Boston-area property investors have relied on RH Blanchard as contractors for home renovation projects. Contact us for a free quote!

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Construction Management 101: A Complete Guide

June 9th, 2021 |

You’re ready to begin a construction project, and you’re probably wondering how much it will cost and how long it will take. A construction management professional will handle those details and more. They will be in your corner during the entire project, whether it’s a bathroom remodel in your home or extensive upgrades to your rental property. 

Hiring and Coordinating Contractors and Subcontractors 

Construction projects involve multiple contractors and subcontractors, from architect to plumbers. Hiring and scheduling these professionals takes knowledge and experience — not to mention time! You can rely on your construction manager to hire and coordinate skilled professionals.

Communication  

With so many contractors and subcontractors working on your project, someone has to keep track of all those phone messages and emails. A construction manager coordinates communication among the owner, professionals and specialists during a project. All stakeholders receive updates on cost, quality and timelines, as well as any unexpected issues.

Contract Compliance 

When you sign that project contract, you expect compliance with all provisions. Contracts cover a variety of matters, including design, materials procurement and project duration. A construction management professional will ensure that the project meets all contract provisions. 

Budget and Timetable Management 

All construction projects involve extensive number crunching and scheduling. A construction manager has the necessary training and experience for setting a budget and timetable. They will consult with you, the architect and contractors to develop a detailed budget and schedule. The construction manager’s job is to keep the project on budget and on time. 

Quality Control

When you hire a construction manager, they’ll make sure that all work meets the highest standards. Best of all, you won’t have to spend hours at the project site monitoring specialists and contractors. You’ll rest easy, knowing that workers are fulfilling your contract without cutting corners. 

Safety Management  

Every construction project should make safety a priority. The last thing you want is a preventable accident or injury at the project site. With a construction manager on the job, you don’t have to research safety codes or best practices. This knowledgeable professional will make sure that workers are meeting safety standards.  

Hire a Qualified Construction Manager

You’re ready to move forward with that remodel, but how do you find a qualified construction manager? Many states, including Massachusetts, require construction managers to possess a professional license. A license confirms that an individual has the necessary knowledge and experience for the job.

In Massachusetts, an individual must obtain a construction supervisor’s license (CSL) before they can work as a construction manager. Before they can take the licensing exam, they must be at least 18 years old and have three years of industry work experience. After they obtain their license, they must take continuing education courses in order to renew their license every two years. 

RH Blanchard has been providing quality remodeling and renovation services in the Boston area since 2007. Our construction management professionals ensure that the client always comes first. Contact us today for a free quote.

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