We keep buildings maintained during Boston winter seasons

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Boston Christmas lights are truly very special EVERY year!..

Buildings protect us from the elements but, like people, are not immune to seasonal change. Good property managers and home owners take action to help protect commercial and residential buildings from the effects of transitioning to winter. Your efforts will keep your family and customers comfortable.

Do you have someone reliable you can call for property maintenance? Boston’s Handy Giant property and repair services is here to help. To set up your account please email us.

 

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Simple New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Security

#1 Beef Up Your Wooden Garage Entry Door

 

Beef Up Your Wooden Garage Entry Door

A wooden garage entry door has weak center panels that can easily be kicked in Adding a dead bolt won’t solve that problem. A way to beef up the door is to add a 1/2-in. plywood reinforcement panel and then bar it with 2x4s placed in bar-holder brackets.

How to do it: Cut the plywood to fit over the door’s center section (make sure it covers the windows but doesn’t cover the door handle). Fasten it to the door with drywall screws.

Test-fit a bracket and 2×4 against the door. Measure how far the bracket is from the wall, then cut filler strips that distance and install them. Fasten the brackets in place by drilling 1/4-in. pilot holes and inserting 3/8 x 3-in. lag screws. Place the 2x4s in the brackets.

 

#2: Add Inexpensive Door and Window Alarms

Add Inexpensive Door and Window Alarms

Keeping doors and windows locked is your first line of defense. Make wireless alarms your second. Burglars hate noises, so even a small alarm usually sends them running. The alarms are available at home centers. The alarms don’t provide the same security as pro-installed monitored systems since the wireless devices are activated by doors or windows opening (not glass breaking). Use the alarms for doors and windows in “hidden” areas of the house where you don’t normally gather and that are often dark.

How to do it: Attach the alarm to the door or window (with a screw or double-sided tape) alongside the magnetic contact strip (they don’t have to be touching, but within 1/2 in.). When the door or window opens, breaking magnetic contact, the alarm shrieks (these little units have a piercing alarm). The door alarm has a delay feature, giving you time to set the alarm and leave, then open the door and deactivate the unit when you come home, without setting it off. The window unit has an on/off switch. The alarms will work on any door or window, and the batteries last two to three years.

#3: Install a Small Safe

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Most of us don’t need a big, heavy, expensive safe to secure our valuables. For $100, you can get a safe that will protect against thieves. Be sure to fasten it to the floor or wall so an intruder doesn’t walk off with it. Safes go up in price for options such as fire protection and digital or biometric (fingerprint-reading) opening systems.

How to do it: Install the wall safe or cylinder floor safe by bolting it to the floor (most safes have holes inside for just that purpose). Hide it in the corner of a closet or other inconspicuous area. Or mount the wall safe inside a wall and cover it with a picture. Or chip out a hole in your concrete slab and stick in the floor safe, then pour new concrete around it.

 

#4: Put Motion Detector Lighting Anywhere

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Put motion detector lighting anywhere. Motion detector lights are a proven crime deterrent, and standard hard-wired models cost as little as $15. If running a power supply would be difficult, buy ones that run on solar power. The downside is the cost.

If you need help with these any of your home projects, please just call Boston Handyman Services 617-651-2582 or email us to schedule.

 

 

2016 Home Design Trends

2016 Home Design Trends

2016 Home Design Trends by BostonHM | Boston Handyman

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Heated entryway floors. Sure, heated floors are popular in bathrooms, but if you live in a cold region, consider putting them in your entryway to help melt snow and dry boots.

Heated entryway floors. Heated floors are popular in the bathrooms all across the world, but if you live in New England putting them in the entry way helps melting the snow off, drying boots and warming up the feet.

 

4 Ways to Make Your Dorm Room or Small Apartment Happier and Homier

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Moving away from home can be one of the most exciting as well as one of the hardest things about college. While there are plenty of new faces and a long list of fun things to do, sometimes you can’t help but feel like you are a million miles away from home. However, have no fear! These 4 tips will help make the transition smooth, and transform your dorm into a happier and “homier” place to work, hang out and sleep.

1)     Pictures, pictures, and more pictures!

Nothing is worse than staring at a bland and lifeless cinder-block wall in your room, but no fear, there is a simple solution! Print out photos of family, friends, pets, or your favorite place and put them everywhere. Photos will help remind you of home and keep the things you love visible.

2)     Make it comfortable.

Your bed is one of the only places at school that is truly your own. I love having a comfortable mattress topper, blankets and lots of pillows to make my space as inviting and as enjoyable as possible. It also helps to have a comfortable place that will transform your dorm into your home.

3)     Storage.

It may sound mundane, but clutter never makes for a happy space. Having a place to put your clothes, and all of your things will make it easier to enjoy yourself in the dorm and will help you focus on the things that are important.

4)     A few of your favorite things.

Its no secret that your dorm can feel very uninviting, especially when you first move in. Bringing your favorite things from home can help ease your transition to school, and also make your room a happier place.

 

Thanks so much for reading! And if you ever need help while you are in Boston – please just call us at 617-651-2582 or email: bostonhomemanagement@gmail.com

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CHEERS TO HAPPY, MORE ORGANIZED & PROSPEROUS 2016!

We are pleased to have you visit our web site and look forward to meeting you in person. Do you have a residential or commercial project in mind? Installations, carpentry, renovations and beyond – no job is too small and we are ready to help you. Why choose us: 1) Peace of mind as each and every project is covered by $1,000,000 property damage insurance; 2) BostonHM is a registered  contractor (HIC). 3) Warranty on work performed.

REVIEW OUR COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECT PORTFOLIO

 

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New move-in services. Just Moved? Congratulations! We’re here to help setting up your new home and you’ll be relaxing in the new space quickly and stress-free.

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Commercial and Residential Carpentry. If your project requires carpentry work done call us at (617) 651-2582. Our experienced carpenter will improve interior and exterior of your property, leaving it beautiful while also increasing the overall property value.

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Hanging Wall Decor? We are experts at that! From pictures to mirrors and shelves, we have you covered. Our team will always come prepared with all proper tools and hardware to get your job done right.

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Boston Home Services offer pro handyman quality at hanging wall decor.

Boston Furniture Assembly Let us assemble your furniture – we will save you tons of time and frustration! Setting up your IKEA? Awesome! We are superstars at IKEA furniture assembly and Office, Retail Store, Beauty Salon and Restaurant Furniture Specialists.

IKEA assembly superstars! Trust us with your ikea furniture assembly project in Boston. Our handyman and home services are insured and come with a 6 month warranty.

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Flat Screen TV Wall-Mounting. Book Boston Home Services to have your TV mounted. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about TV Wall Mounting service.

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Flat screen TV mounting at a flat rate. We cover Greater Boston area.

Moving Help.  We can help with the packing, lifting and loading. Just Moved? Get Help to Set Up Your New Home!

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Boston Home Services will help you with packing and loading.

Interior and Exterior Painting. From small touch ups to larger interior and exterior painting projects. Hire us when a large painting crew is not required.

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Hire Boston Home Services pro for your painting project.

Window Treatments. Experts at installing all types of window treatments, including blinds, curtains, shades and shutters.

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Window Treatments Installing? Boston Home Services has got your back!

Knobs & Locks. From doorknobs to chain locks, we have you covered.

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No job too small to Boston Home Services – call us today.

Drains and Toilets. Sometimes calling a licensed plumber is not necessary. We troubleshoot all sorts plumbing issues: sink, faucet, shower head installation, toilet seat part replacement.

Boston Home Services troubleshoot all sorts minor plumbing issues, replace your toilet with new and lower your expenses for plumbing jobs that do not require a licensed plumber by the Massachusetts Plumbing Code

Call Boston Home Services and Commercial Handyman when a licensed plumber is not necessary.

Light Fixtures.  When calling a licensed electrician is not necessary we can lower your expenses. We will replace hard to reach high ceiling lightbulbs, install prewired light fixtures, replace light covers and complete electrical jobs that do not require a licensed electrician by the Massachusetts Electrical Code. When your electrical project requires a licensed electrician we will help you find one. 

We will replace hard to reach high ceiling lightbulbs, install prewired light fixtures, replace light covers and complete electrical jobs that do not require a licensed electrician by the Massachusetts Electrical Code

To lower your expenses hire Boston’s best handyman team when a licensed electrician is not necessary.

Power Washing. Oily driveways, mud-caked semi trucks, or barnacle-ridden boats . . . You name it, we’re equipped with specialized power-washing equipment can clean it. Call is for spotless results!

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Power washing / pressure washing is part of what Boston Home Services offer.

Air Conditioner. Save yourself from the summer heat and let our professional handyman install your window AC.

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Hire a Boston handyman to install or remove your window unit!

Do not see your project listed above? Please call for a consultation #617-651-2582 or Send us an Email.

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Commercial Handyman Services for Businesses

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WE WILL PARTNER WITH YOUR BOSTON BUSINESS TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGE AND WORK TO SOLVE IT ON YOUR SCHEDULE.

Hiring a commercial handyman simple: when your Boston business needs someone to assembly new office furniture, replace high ceiling light bulbs, complete an eraser board installation or a carpentry related repair BHM commercial services offers all in one solution. We understand that sometimes your regular business hours are not the best time for project completions and that’s why we will work with you to minimize the impact on your business and customers.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES, RESTAURANTS, PROFESSIONAL OFFICES, RETAIL STORES, BEAUTICIAN SALONS, HOTELS, REAL ESTATE OFFICES, MEDICAL AND DENTAL BUSINESSES, APARTMENT BUILDINGS, TENANT SERVICES

Do you manage an apartment building? Select BostonHM as your preferred provider and offer the tenants value-added home set up services such as furniture assembly and TV wall mounting.

IKEA Furniture Assembly Superstars!

We are IKEA superstars! Trust us with your ikea furniture assembly project in Boston. Our handyman and home services are insured and come with a 6 month warranty.

We are IKEA superstars! Seriously. Trust us with your IKEA furniture assembly project in Boston. Our handyman and home services are insured and come with a 6 month warranty.

Ikea Furniture Assembly is a big part of what we do – and we do it well. Simply let us know which items you’d like assembled and we’ll provide you with a flat price quote. Our assembly quote includes the unpacking and assembly of your furniture plus clearing away and helping to dispose of all packaging to your recyclable bin.

Making IKEA more convenient: This is our aim. We know that not everyone has the time or inclination to assemble the sometimes complicated flat-packs that make up much of IKEA‘s product line, and that’s where our assembly service comes in. From beds and wardrobes to TV cabinets and even whole kitchens – we have the expertise to make your IKEA furniture experience more enjoyable.

Assembly of Products From IKEA You may not want to take on that IKEA® project yourself. Boston Home Services specializes in assembling furniture from IKEA

You may not want to take on that IKEA project yourself. We specialize in assembling furniture from IKEA.

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14 Tips for Assembling IKEA Furniture

Boston Home Services are the pros in IKEA, but just in case you opt in to assemble your IKEA furniture yourself rather than hire a company or service professional we have compiled these tips to help you put together near-perfect IKEA furniture on your own:

1. Beforehand, determine where in your home you want to place your IKEA furniture. Assemble your IKEA item in or near that area to avoid having to move (and thus risk damaging!) your assembled IKEA furniture.

2. Be sure to clear plenty of working space for the IKEA furniture assembly.

3. Unpack the boxes, inventory and organize all parts and hardware, then throw away the boxes and debris. Maintain a neat and orderly work area throughout the IKEA furniture assembly to make the assembly go smoothly and to help keep you from feeling frustrated or overwhelmed.

4. Read through the IKEA assembly instructions BEFORE beginning the assembly. This will give you a sense of how your item is constructed overall, which in turn will assist you in spotting and resolving any issues that may arise during the IKEA furniture assembly.

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You may not want to take on that IKEA project yourself. We specialize in assembling furniture from IKEA.

5. Think critically about the various pictograms used (instead of words!) throughout the IKEA furniture assembly instructions.

6. Assemble your item according to the sequence laid out in the assembly instructions. It is very important that you go in order of the IKEA furniture assembly instructions!

7. Be patient and focus on working steadily and methodically, not fast. Focus on the process and not the end result. The more you focus on the end result (being done assembling your IKEA furniture), the more likely you are to rush and make a mistake. The more you focus on the process (correctly going through the assembly steps), the more likely you are to complete the job successfully and efficiently.

8. Attach parts such that they are flush, level and/or square as appropriate as you go through the IKEA furniture assembly process. Doing so will help ensure your final product is perfectly put together IKEA furniture.

9. Give the IKEA assembly instructions the benefit of the doubt. IKEA puts a lot of resources into developing their furniture and furniture assembly instructions, so, chances are, if during the assembly parts do not fit together, appear improperly oriented, or seem flat-out wrong, there is a strong chance you made some mistake at a previous step in the IKEA furniture assembly. Backtrack your steps, find your mistake, correct your mistake, then move on. If you can’t identify your mistake, disassemble the whole thing and start over!

10. If you need additional guidance putting together your IKEA furniture, look for an online video demonstration of the assembly of your IKEA furniture. It would even be helpful to pause and play the video on your smartphone throughout the IKEA assembly.

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11. If you want to give your final IKEA furniture some extra stability, throughout the assembly process, add wood glue to each end of every wooden dowel used to assemble your IKEA furniture.

12. Beware using a drill. Using a drill to insert screws, bolts and cams often results in the damage or distortion of the parts (and of the pre-drilled holes in those parts) used in IKEA furniture. Such damage and/or distortion ultimately can prevent the assembly of your IKEA furniture.

13. Use only as many nails as necessary to attach the backing onto IKEA bookcases, dressers, entertainment centers, etc. such that the backing is flush with the IKEA product. IKEA’s furniture assembly instructions tend to call for the use of two to three times more nails than actually needed; and since most people are unable to nail each nail in perfectly straight, and thus risk nailing nails in at a slight angle such that nails protrude through the side of the unit, we suggest only using as many nails are necessary to attach the backing onto your IKEA furniture.

Home Furniture Assembly You can hire us to assemble all types of home furniture. We have assembled for our customers thousands of bookcases, desks, beds, dressers, tables, and so much more

You can hire us to assemble all types of home furniture. We have assembled hundreds of bookcases, desks, beds, dressers, tables, and so much more for our customers all around Boston.

14. If you need help finishing your IKEA furniture assembly, give Boston Home Services team a call. We promise we will be very helpful!

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Pressure Washing for a Deep Clean – Power Washing advice by Boston Home Services

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Pressure Washing (Power Washing) For a Deep Clean – Handyman advice by Boston Home Services

Common Pressure Washing Situations

You may have seen professionals pressure washing, or maybe even done it yourself. For handling enormous cleaning tasks like buildings, walls, parking areas, heavy equipment, or even statues, a pressure washer is often the right tool for the job. Pressure washing is the preferred cleaning method for removing pollution and fuel emission residue on structures in urban areas. It is also an excellent method of removing mineral, lime, and hard water deposits. Homeowners, especially those who like to work on their own cars, will find that pressure washing is great for grease and oil stains in the garage or driveway; it can even remove graffiti!

DIY vs. Professional Pressure Washing
There is most likely a home improvement center or hardware store in you area that will rent you a pressure washer (or at least point you in the right direction to find someone who will). Make sure that you talk to the people you rent the machine from about the task you plan to use the power washer for to see if they have any advice about technique or particular cleaning solutions you can add to make the operation go smoother.

In professional hands, this is an efficient, effective cleaning alternative that will often save money over more labor-intensive methods. If you’ve never used a pressure washer before and are unsure of how they work, you may consider hiring a professional for the job. Because of the amount of power involved in pressure washing, an inexperienced user can unintentionally cause a great deal of damage. Situations like cleaning windows or siding with a power-washer require a delicate and skilled hand, so even if you are confident in cleaning stains from concrete in your driveway, you might consider hiring someone for these kinds of jobs as the cost far outweighs the risk of injury or damage to your home.