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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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Your Insider Guide to Using Real Estate As Passive Income

May 20th, 2021 |

Passive income is an excellent way of building wealth, saving up for large future investments, or just creating a nice nest egg for the retirement years. Real estate as passive income makes sense because it does not need a lot of hands-on attention. In fact, if you set yourself up for success in the beginning, you may have to do very little toward the end.

Choose a Property

Real estate in the Boston area is a good option. Select properties that appeal to your targeted demographic. For example, homes in an area with good schools are desirable for families. If you cater to the singles market, buy closer to the North End. Keep it near major transportation arteries but not so close that tenants can see or hear them.

Now is an excellent time to work with an agent to run an investment property analysis. This step lets you understand how much you would be able to charge for rent. The analysis shows you whether you break even after purchase costs and monthly expenses or show a profit.

Buy Low and Plan on Making Minor to Moderate Improvements

Create a working relationship with an outstanding general contractor who specializes in preparing a property for the rental market. Doing so lets you buy fixer-uppers, foreclosures, and outdated estate properties.

Of course, no matter what type of property you buy, be certain to get an inspection. Pay close attention to code violations, foundation issues, and water damage.

Once you decide on the best place, the contractor can do minor repairs, cosmetic improvements, and update fixtures. Kitchen remodels for the rental market include cabinets and countertops that are specifically for the builder market. They are less expensive and wear well.

Choose Your Involvement Level as Landlord

Rental properties generate monthly income. If you really want to be completely hands-off, consider working with a property agent who manages the day-to-day tasks. This company would collect rent, screen prospective tenants, handle lease agreements, and send out contractors if there is a middle-of-the-night plumbing emergency. While it does affect your bottom-line slightly, it is a worthwhile investment for a hands-off experience.

Are You Ready to Explore Real Estate as Passive Income?

Boston offers attractively priced single-family units, duplexes, and apartment buildings. Mixed-use properties are among the real estate options that are generating the most interest. Of course, no matter what type of property you choose, contact R.H. Blanchard today to handle the construction details.

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What’s the Difference Between General Contractors and Subcontractors?

May 6th, 2021 |

There is dilemma in every construction project on whether to hire a general contractor or a subcontractor. They both help in resource coordination and communication, both of which are vital to a project’s success. Yet, there are differences in the roles that they play in a project. Here are some insights to help you understand the difference between general contractors and subcontractors, so you can make an informed decision for your project.

Who is a General Contractor?

A general contractor, also known as a prime contractor or an Original Contractor, is a group, corporation, or individual who conducts work under a contract and has a direct agreement with the home or property owner. In most construction contracts, we refer to them as the contractor. A contractor will employ subcontractors to complete particular subtasks and hire suppliers to provide building materials.

Who is a Subcontractor?

A subcontractor is a company or a person who provides services that do not have a direct contract with the home or property owner. 

Carpenters, plumbers, and electricians are typical subcontractors on residential construction projects. They are frequently self-employed or small business owners who specialize in a specific construction niche. In construction, they are called “subs”.

They contribute to the overall project by doing a portion of the work. As a result, subs also help reduce project risks by bringing onboard skills that the general contractor may lack.

Difference Between General Contractors and Subcontractors

  • General contractors are employed directly by the property owner. As for subcontractors, another party may hire them instead of the property owner. 
  • The prime contractor often employs subcontractors, but a subcontractor may also hire another subcontractor.
  • A general contractor’s main job is to find and have the requisite coordination and supervision tasks to ensure that the project progresses according to budget and schedule. A subcontractor’s job is to execute the smaller goals for the larger scale design.
  • General contractors handle day-to-day oversight; organize suppliers and subcontractors, while subcontractors’ job is more narrowly oriented since they are professionals qualified in a particular trade such as roofing and plumbing.
  • Because of their experience, subcontractors are consistently good at product and service delivery, so they know what products they need and where to get them, which helps general contractors minimize risks and lower project costs.

The construction industry is becoming more specialized with time. Back then, a single contractor would handle a wide range of tasks and manage the whole project from start to finish. Today, these contractors are more likely to employ someone to do specialized work for them, and this is where subcontractors come in. Feel free to contact us at R.H. Blanchard for more support from our experts.

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A Complete Guide to Your Split Level Home Remodel

April 20th, 2021 |

Split level homes, an icon of the 1960s, are making a comeback among investment property owners. A licensed general contractor is your best resource for updating and remodeling your split level property. Whether it’s new siding or interior lighting, a skilled professional will do the job right the first time for your split level home remodel. 

1. Update the exterior 

Now is the time to replace that outdated stucco or faux brick exterior. A general contractor can help you jazz up a split level exterior in several ways. 

  • Replace the siding on the taller part of the house with vertical siding, architectural panels or other new materials. 
  • Re-side the lower façade with stone or other updated materials.
  • Repaint the garage doors in a bold color or replace them with doors made of natural wood or sleek metal and glass. 
  • Replace the roof with a color that contrasts with the rest of the exterior. 
  • Paint the soffits to contrast with the exterior color of the house.

2. Replace or add windows 

Does your split-level property have small windows or windowless walls? New or additional windows can update the look of the home.

  • Upgrade to larger windows or install windows in blank walls to add exterior style and interior light.
  • Replace old windows with double-glass panes or insulated glass units (IGUs). This type of window helps stabilize indoor temperatures and reduce noise.

3. Change or move the front door

An entrance to a split-level home can feel cramped or look dark or flat. A few remodeling tricks can dramatically improve the appearance of the front entrance of a split level home.

  • Replace the original door with a glass door to let in more light. 
  • Replace the street-facing door with a window, and move the original door to face the driveway.
  • Match the front door with the new garage doors to create a unified exterior.
  • Add a portico, porch or entrance cover to make a flat front door more attractive and easier to find.

4. Tear down walls

Open floor plans continue to be a popular trend. Many older split level homes, however, have small rooms that feel outdated. Want to create a spacious, airy environment? A general contractor can help by tearing down interior walls. For example, you can knock down part of a kitchen wall to open the kitchen to the living area. The result will be a larger space that is perfect for socializing.  

Some walls should are important for the structure of the building and should remain in place. An experienced professional will know how to avoid structural damage when removing walls.

5. Update interior lighting 

Interior lighting is an important ingredient in setting the mood and comfort level. A brighter interior is an effective way to modernize a split-level home.

  • Add recessed lighting in the kitchen for a clean, well-defined look.
  • Install a skylight in the living area for natural light and reduced electric light usage.
  • Paint the interior in light colors to make small rooms appear larger and brighter. 

6. Upgrade the HVAC system

A remodel should make a split level home more comfortable as well as more attractive. Older split-level homes can have uneven temperatures from room to room. An HVAC upgrade can get rid of those annoying cold spots. One option is to upgrade to a multi-zone system with a thermostat for each zone.  

7. Hire a general contractor  

A licensed general contractor has the necessary skills and experience for your split level remodel. For more than 15 years, Boston-area investment property owners have relied on R.H. Blanchard for their remodeling projects. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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6 Advantages for Contracting Out Remodeling Services

April 6th, 2021 |

Remodeling projects are a fact of life when you own investment property. Your first step? Call a general contractor who offers remodeling services. While it’s tempting to do the work yourself, you’ll save time and enjoy peace of mind when you hire a qualified professional. Keep reading to learn about 6 advantages of hiring out contractor remodeling services.

1. License and Qualifications 

A licensed general contractor will provide high quality remodeling services. A contractor must have certain training, skills and experience to obtain a state license. They will be familiar with building codes, permit processes and inspections. You may even be able to get better building loan terms when you hire a licensed contractor.

2. Project Management Services  

A remodel involves calling multiple subcontractors and filling out endless paperwork.  As an investment property owner, you already have enough on your plate – you don’t need that hassle. A general contractor is the only contact you’ll need for your remodeling project. They will obtain permits, arrange schedules and communicate with suppliers and designers. They know how and when to complete each part of a job, from updating light fixtures to adding a new room.

3. Design Experience  

You have certain goals for your investment property. During your first consultation, you’ll tell the general contractor about your vision. The contractor has the professional experience necessary for putting your vision into action. They know which design elements to combine and how to safely complete each part of the job. Whether it’s a new wood floor or replumbing a kitchen, a contractor will make sure the project is up to code.  

4. Insurance Coverage 

Every remodeling project has risks that can bring headaches. Injuries, equipment malfunction or property damage can occur on the safest job site. If you do the work yourself, you will have to pay for any problems that come up. If you hire multiple subcontractors, you’ll have to keep track of their separate insurers. 

A licensed general contractor, however, will carry liability insurance. Their insurance will cover injuries or accidents that occur during the remodel. If something goes wrong, it’s your contractor’s job to deal with the insurance company.

5. Remodel Completed Efficiently and Safely

DIY projects almost always involve hours of research, mistakes and false starts. The learning curve alone can slow your progress and add costs. Where can you buy that specialized tool? What type of glue should you use and how long should it dry? Add your own daily work schedule and family needs, and you have a recipe for stress and frustration.  

A professional contractor can anticipate the length of each stage of the project. They will know which subcontractors to hire and when to schedule them for each task. They’ve learned which materials to use and which suppliers are the most reliable. This knowledge and experience will help the project run smoothly and efficiently.

Safety is another concern during a remodeling project. Updates like electrical work, structural changes and plumbing can be dangerous. Licensed professionals are trained to complete high-risk tasks. You’ll rest easy knowing that all aspects of your project are in skilled hands.

6. Better Return on Investment

What about the return on Investment (ROI) from your remodel? A professional contractor will give you better value for your money than if you do the work yourself. Your newly remodeled property will provide opportunities for increased ROI. For example, you can recoup your costs by charging higher rents or selling the property at a higher price. 

Hire an Experienced General Contractor 

At R.H. Blanchard, we’ve been providing contractor remodeling services in the Boston area for more than 15 years. Is it time to replace that dated linoleum floor? Do you need to enlarge a room or add storage space? Contact R.H. Blanchard for a free initial consultation.

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