Remodeling Market Index (RMI)

National Association of Home Builders reported their Remodeling Market Index (RMI) posted a reading of 58 in the final quarter of 2015, one point above the previous quarter. This was consistent with similar results over the past year and a half, indicating sustained confidence in the market from remodelers.

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) is based on a quarterly survey of NAHB remodeler members that provides insight on current market conditions as well as future indicators for the remodeling market.

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An RMI orRemodeling Market Index above 50 indicates that more remodelers report market activity is higher (compared to the prior quarter) than report it is lower. The overall RMI averages ratings of current remodeling activity with indicators of future remodeling activity. Remodelers’ outlook on the market has been positive for the past three years and the confidence has been continuous over this period.

The consistency with the previous quarter extended to all regions of the country. From the third quarter of 2015 results, the RMI was up two points to 66 in the Northeast, unchanged at 58 in the Midwest, up one point to 57 in the South and up two points to 63 in the West. At 59, the RMI’s future market conditions index gained a point from the previous quarter. Among its four components, calls for bids and backlog of jobs each rose one point from the previous quarter–to 58 and 61, respectively.  Meanwhile, the amount of work committed and appointments for proposals each rose two points from the previous quarter’s readings–to 57 and 60, respectively.

The RMI’s current market conditions index stood at 56, unchanged from the previous quarter.  Among its components, major additions and alterations, the slowest-recovering component, rose to 54 from 52 in the previous quarter. The smaller remodeling projects decreased one point to 56 and the home maintenance and repair component of the RMI remained at 58.

About RMI Methodology used by National Association of Home Builders

The Remodeling Market Index (RMI) is based on a quarterly survey of NAHB remodeler members that provides insight on current market conditions as well as future indicators for the remodeling market.

The RMI survey asks remodelers to rate a variety of aspects of the remodeling market as ‘higher’ or ‘lower’ than three months earlier.  Each question in the RMI survey is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, where an index number of 50 indicates equal numbers of remodelers report activity ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ than the previous quarter.

When applicable, the survey asks remodelers to rate rental and owner-occupied housing separately.  According to the Census Bureau, between 1995 and 1999, 69 percent of remodeling activity was done on owner-occupied housing, and 31 percent on rental properties (this data series has been discontinued).  These shares are used to weight the index for each question.

The Current Market Index is a weighted composite of remodelers’ rating of market demand for three components of the remodeling market at the present time compared to 3 months earlier—major additions and alterations (jobs valued at $25,000 or more), minor additions and alterations (jobs valued at less than $25,000), and maintenance and repair.  According to the Census Bureau, 30 percent of remodeling activity was major additions and alterations, 40 percent minor additions and alterations, and 30 percent maintenance and repair.  These shares are assigned to each component when weighting the Current Market Index.

The Future Market Indicators Index is an average of four components—volume of calls for bids, the amount of work committed for the next three months, the backlog of remodeling jobs, and the number of proposal appointments at this time compared to three months earlier.

The Overall Remodeling Market Index is calculated by averaging the Current Marketing Index and the Future Market Indicators Index.  Any number over 50 indicates that more remodelers view remodeling market conditions as higher than the previous quarter. Results are seasonally adjusted.

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How To Create Your Dream Apartment Closet

You’ve heard about it, and you’ve seen it on Pinterest. But a dream closet only exists, well, in your dreams, right? Wrong! Creating a beautiful, stylish closet is totally possible—and in five easy steps. Have a look!

closetsteps1. Get organized. Stock up on stylish space savers like Wall Hooks for storage. Also consider something super functional, like Over-The-Door Shoe Storage to keep shoes in their place and not, you know, in a heap on the floor.

2. Make room. Does your closet fit about half your clothes? Consider a closet supplement that doubles as a style statement.

3. Get clever. Think of ways to make your life easier. Insert daily outfit closet organizers between your hangers to keep your outfits separated out—and to make getting ready a breeze.

4. Store it away. Stash seasonal items in clever storage bins, then swap ‘em out as the seasons change.

5. Get gorgeous. Wall decor isn’t limited to pictures and posters. Frame and display artsy shopping bags from your favorite stores for a fun display that shows your personality. Also, make your lighting fit in with your room’s overall design scheme—it doesn’t get more gorgeous than a fancy chandelier!

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

What does your dream closet look like? Share your ideas in the comments!

4 Tips for a More Organized Dorm Room

1. Divide and conquer

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Messy desk, no more! Keep your workspace organized (and cute) with a pencil holder, magazine stand and tray.

2. Store smartly

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Maximize your (likely minimal) closet space with Hanging Closet Storage, which spins 360 degrees for easy access to sweaters, shoes, scarves and more.

3. Hang in there

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This one’s for all you night owls: keep books, magazines and headphones close by with a storage solution that you can hang on your bed. You won’t even miss your nightstand!

4. Bag it

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Make lugging laundry less of a chore! A bag with a handle is perfect for hanging inside your closet door, so dirty clothes stay neatly tucked away (and off the ground!).

 

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

 

How do you keep your dorm room organized? Share with us in the comments!

Boston Carpenter Services. Carpentry

Greater Boston Premiere Residential and Commercial Carpentry Services

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Carpenter services include:

 

  • Kitchen Remodeling
  • Bath Remodeling
  • Professional and friendly installers
  • Committed to finishing each project on time and on budget
  • Customer satisfaction guaranteed
  • Modern and reliable equipment
  • Pride in craftsmanship
  • Attention to detail

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Boston Handyman Services is one of the Best of in Massachusetts for small scale carpentry and painting, serving Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, We have a great carpenter, installer, painter. Boston handyman pro is a licensed and insured Massachusetts contractor (HIC).

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Choose Boston Home Services for your customized carpentry projects. From repairing interior or exterior trim to crown molding installation, our professional carpenter has experience with it all.

We complete finish carpentry projects at residential and commercial locations. From new custom cabinetry that provides a personalized storage solution to bookcases and handrails, we can help add valuable storage and display space to your home.  In addition to the carpentry services, other skills include furniture assembly and getting your “To-Do” list taken care of, so you don’t have to.

If you need carpentry work done call Boston Home Services at (617) 651-2582. Our quality, hand-crafted carpentry services will leave any room of your home looking beautiful while increasing the overall value of your property.  And we’ll save you time looking for someone to keep those beautiful wood surfaces repaired and looking brand new.  Explore what the professional carpenter from Boston Home Services can offer you.

Greater Boston Home Services actively covers these areas and beyond!

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.

Just Moved? Get Help to Set Up Your New Home!

Just Moved? You’ll be relaxing in your new space in no time!

If you are reading this you have probably just moved into your new home. Congrats! But you must be really tired from moving and also a bit stressed.

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We specialize in new move-ins. Hire us to assemble your new furniture, connect your electronics or enlist our help with TV wall-mounting. We’ll get your home feeling like home smoothly!

We’ll hang your pictures and wall shelves, even set up your closet with more shelving to fit all your stuff!.. Need new window blinds installed? No problem!

Settle into your new home quickly  – call Boston Home Services at (617) 651-2582.

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.

How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV by Boston Home Services Team

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
Wall-Mounting a Flat Screen TV Mounting a flat panel TV to the wall removes clutter and frees up floor and table space. A typical wall mount kit comes with two mounting arms that attach to the back of your TV and a wide bracket plate, which attaches to your wall. The mounting arms lock onto the bracket plate, securing the TV to the wall.

For the simplest installation and the tightest fit, consider purchasing a wall mount kit made by the manufacturer of your television. You might also want to conceal the TV’s power cord, as well as the cables running between the TV and your home theater components. To learn more, refer to our Using Wiremold Cord Covers to Hide Audio and Video Cables Project Guide.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

TOOLS:

  • Power drill and bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Socket wrench
  • Pencil
  • Cable-wire tester

MATERIALS:

Step 1: Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television

Attach the mounting arms to the back of the TV 1. If there’s a stand on the TV’s frame, unbolt and remove it.
2. Locate the mounting holes on the back of your TV. If necessary, pry off the plastic
caps over the holes with a screwdriver.
3. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on your TV, using the bolts
provided with your mounting kit. Be careful not to over tighten, and do not use
a power drill. Make sure the two mounting brackets are level with each other.
4. Set the TV aside. Be sure to rest the TV so the screen is facing upward. Setting
the TV with the screen facing down can cause permanent damage.

Step 2: Identify TV placement

Use the wall mount as a template to mark the wall Determine the best wall location for mounting the television.

• Look for a location with no glare, and good visibility from all sitting areas in the
room.
• For maximum viewing comfort, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that
corresponds to the viewer’s eye level when seated—typically, with the center of
the screen located 40–45 in. off the floor.
• Choose a location close to an electrical outlet. Measure the length of the TV’s
power cord to be sure it will reach.

Step 3: Attach the TV wall mount bracket to the wall

Use a level to ensure the mount is level NOTE: Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they cannot support TV wall mounts.

1. Use a stud finder to locate the two studs in your wall that will support your TV.
2. Mark the location of each stud’s center with a pencil. Use a nail to confirm a stud
has been located.
3. Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting
arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes.
Use a level to ensure the mounting holes for each arm are even.
4. Use a power drill to drill pilot holes for the wall bracket screws or bolts.
5. Attach the wall bracket plate to the wall using the screws or bolts provided with the
wall mount kit. If the kit uses lag bolts, drive them in with a socket wrench.

Step 4: Connect the cables

Connect the Cables NOTE: If you’re attaching your TV flat to the wall to a fixed wall mount, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching it to the wall bracket.

1. Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.

2. Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the
audio and video cables to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.

Step 5: Hang the TV

Hang the TV DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE. Have one person interlock the brackets while one or two others lift the TV.

1. Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s
instructions to secure the connections.
2. Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your
installation with a few light tugs.
3. Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work.
Make adjustments as necessary. Be sure to get help if you need to remove the
TV from the wall.

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How to wall-mount your flat-panel TV

A step-by-step DIY guide

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVEasy-to-install cable management raceways hide the cables that run between your TV and an A/V cabinet below.

Safety tips

  • Before you get started make sure that you understand local building and fire codes. If you’re routing cables inside your walls, use models that are rated for in-wall installations.
  • Don’t route your TV’s power cable through your wall — it’s not rated for safe in-wall installation. If you want to keep that cable hidden, you’ll need to hire an electrician to install a recessed AC outlet on the wall behind your TV.
  • Make sure the area behind your wall is clear before cutting.
  • If you drill through a fire block, patch it with comparable material. If you drill holes between floors, seal them with fire-resistant caulk per National Electric Code standards.
  • Turn off the power in areas you’ll be drilling or cutting to avoid electric shock.
  • Before you connect your A/V cables to your TV, make sure both your TV and the source components are unplugged.

Choosing a mounting bracket
If you haven’t already purchased your wall-mounting bracket, read the tips below or use our mount finderapplication:

  • Check your TV’s owner’s manual for mounting guidelines. Most TVs are compatible with brackets that follow VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) standards. You’ll see the word “VESA” followed by a number, which tells you how far apart the holes on the bracket or TV are in millimeters. For example, VESA 75 means that there are 4 holes in a square, and each side of the square is 75mm long. VESA 100/200 means that the holes are in a rectangle, with two sides measuring 100mm and two sides measuring 200mm. You should be able to find that information in the owner’s manual, or you can measure the holes yourself to determine which VESA standard fits your TV. Many mounting brackets are compatible with more than one VESA standard, so finding one to fit your TV won’t be difficult.
  • Always check the screen sizes that the bracket says it can hold, and stay within the appropriate range. You should also to check the maximum weight a bracket can hold and make sure that it can support your TV.
  • Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do. Do you want to be able to swivel the TV left and right to avoid glare, or get a better view from different seats? Do you want to be able to nudge your TV up and down in case you don’t get the bracket exactly where you want it the first time? There are lots of options out there, so keep such conveniences in mind.

Where to mount your TV

Ideally, the middle of your TV screen needs to be at about eye level while you’re seated. You’ll want to be comfortable while watching TV, and mounting it too high can result in neck strain. Plus, you’ll probably see the best-looking picture when you view your TV head-on, rather than at an angle. If you opt for a higher placement, consider using a tilting wall mount to angle the TV down.

Screen glare
Sit in your favorite TV-watching spot and look at the place on the wall where you plan to mount your TV. Is there light reflecting off that area? If so, is it something fixable (by closing the curtains, or by moving a lamp)? Screen glare can be distracting, and detract from an otherwise beautiful picture, so be aware of potential sources of glare. A tilting or swiveling mount can also help you cut down on glare, by allowing you to angle the TV’s screen away from the light source.

See our article on TV placement for more tips on placing your TV for optimum viewing.

Where you’re going to run the wires

There are a number of ways to conceal your power and A/V cables — from quick and simple cover-ups to more labor-intensive in-wall options. It’s a good idea to figure out how you’d like to manage your wires before deciding where to mount your TV, since some spots may be more conducive to your preferred method than others.

  • If you’d like to run your wires on the outside of your wall, you can use paintable cable management raceways to hide your TV’s A/V and power cables.
  • If you need to run cables further than just straight down to your A/V cabinet, check out our article on managing your A/V cables for some simple options, like running wire behind your baseboard or crown molding. By running your cables in places that won’t require drywall repair, you’ll save yourself lots of time and effort.

If you want a really clean, professional look, and you feel comfortable with the tasks described at the beginning of this guide, running wires inside your wall may be the option for you. There are some important things to consider before going that route:

  • Try to avoid mounting your TV on an exterior wall, since these walls have extra bracing and insulation that can make running wire difficult.
  • Follow your local building and fire codes. In many cases, this means you’ll need to get UL-rated A/V cable labeled CL2 or CL3.
  • See our comprehensive guide to in-wall wiring for more info.

Making sure you have enough wire
After planning where you’re going to route your wire, calculate how much you’ll need. Remember that it’s better to have a bit too much than too little. Allow ample lengths to run cable:

  • From the receiver to the wall
  • Inside the wall to the TV location
  • From the wall to the TV, with some slack

Attaching the TV portion of the bracket

Wall mounts are generally composed of two pieces — one that you’ll attach to the TV, and another that you’ll mount to the wall. The portion on the TV then attaches to the piece on the wall, and voilà, you’ve got a wall-mounted TV. Your first step will be to attach the TV portion of the mount to the back of your TV.

  • Most flat-panel TVs don’t have their mounting holes exposed — they’ll be covered by a plastic cap. Just use a screwdriver to pry them off.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVLike most flat-panel TVs, the one pictured above has four plastic caps over the holes used for wall-mounting. You can use a screwdriver to pry them off.

  • If you place the TV face down on the glass to attach the bracket, lay it on a soft blanket, and keep it well out of the way of foot traffic.
  • The TV portion of the bracket often comes in two pieces. Make sure that you line up the screw holes on each side, so that the mount is level.
  • If you’re using a tilting or swiveling mount, make sure the screws attaching the mount to the TV won’t impede the mount’s movement. If they do, don’t worry — wall mounts typically have multiple sets of screw holes to choose from, and you can simply use another set.

Measuring for your TV

Follow the steps below to figure out how high to mount your bracket on the wall. Or, better yet, use our height finder application. Also check the owner’s manual for additional tips.

  • Start by attaching the wall portion of the bracket to the TV portion of the bracket already on your TV.
  • Next, measure the distance from the bottom of the panel to the bottom of the wall portion of the bracket. Since the bottom edge of the TV probably isn’t on the same plane as the bracket, you can use a level to ensure you get an accurate measurement.
  • Measure the height of your panel, and use a pencil or masking tape to mark this measurement on your wall. Make sure the middle of the TV screen will be at around seated eye level, and that the screen will cover up any power or A/V outlets you’re planning to install behind your set. It might take a couple of tries to figure out exactly where you want your TV screen.
  • Once you’ve figured out where the bottom of your screen should be, use your previous measurement to determine where the bottom of the bracket should be. Mark that spot.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVTo figure out how high to mount the bracket: (1) Measure the distance from the bottom of the wall bracket (A) to the bottom of the panel (B). (2) Make a mark on the wall where you want the bottom of the TV to be. (3) Using your measurement from (1), mark the wall where the bottom of the bracket should be.

Attaching the wall portion of the bracket

  • To safely and securely mount your TV to the wall, you’ll need to drill the bracket into wooden studs. After you’ve chosen your ideal TV mount location, use a stud finder to locate nearby studs.Mark each stud with a pencil or masking tape.
  • Verify that the mounting holes in the bracket line up with the center of the studs.
  • Always use a level to verify that the bracket is level before securing it to the wall. Follow the mounting directions in the owner’s manual. Have your helper keep it stable while you screw it into the wall to make sure it stays level. After securing the bracket to the wall, check the level again. It’s much easier to make changes now than after the TV’s on the wall.
  • Note: Brick, solid concrete, and concrete block mounting — Not all brackets are mountable on concrete or brick, and only some will include the appropriate hardware. You may need to order additional materials from the manufacturer or purchase some supplies from your local hardware store, such as concrete wall anchors. Be sure to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual.

Routing cables for your TVBelow, we’ll cover some basic things to keep in mind when running the power and A/V cables for your TV. You can find complete details on concealing wire outside your walls and routing wire inside your walls in our wiring guides.

  • If you route your cables along the outside of your wall, you’ll want to keep the power and A/V cables separate to avoid interference. Don’t bundle them together, and try to keep a couple of inches of distance between them throughout the run. Some cable management raceways include two separate wiring channels for this purpose.
  • If you’re going to run the A/V cables inside the wall:
    • Shut off the power to the area you’re working in.
    • You’ll need to cut holes for the A/V cables to enter and exit the wall. Use your stud finder to check for obstacles behind the wall. Then drill a pilot hole. This is a small exploratory hole, drilled in the center of the space. Use caution when drilling pilot holes, so you don’t plunge your bit into a pipe or electrical conduit. Next, insert a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) into the pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. You should also explore nearby crawlspaces or review your electrical and plumbing plans (available from your builder) to make sure you know what’s behind the drywall before you cut. Don’t cut unless you know that the area behind the wall is clear.
    • When cutting drywall, use a hand-held drywall saw (not an electric one) and cut slowly. Cut the drywall in one piece, on an inward slant, so that it’s easier to patch later if necessary.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVUse a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) to explore your pilot holes. Be sure that the space behind the wall is clear before cutting.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVMany brackets have pre-existing holes for A/V cables. Trace the one that’s closest to the A/V connectors on your TV. Drill a pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. Once you know that area is clear, cut the hole in one piece using a drywall saw.

Hanging the TV on the wall

  • Do not attempt to do this part on your own. Ask a helper to assist you in lifting the TV and securing it to the bracket..
  • If your bracket allows for tilting or swiveling, make those adjustments.
  • Finally, connect the A/V and power cables to your TV.

Wall-mounting your flat-panel TVWhen you attach the bracket on the back of the TV to the bracket on the wall, have your helper assist you in lifting the TV, lining up the bracket, and keeping it steady. If you have an adjustable bracket, use a level to position the screen.

Boston Handyman suggestions to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier

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Don’t stress – Boston Handyman can help you with your IKEA furniture assembly project!

IKEA furniture may be less expensive, but it sure takes effort to put it all together. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way around it. Here’s what Boston Handyman suggests to make your IKEA furniture assembly easier:

  • Measure your space. Make sure the items will fit where you want them before you buy them. If the items don’t fit, you risk damaging your home…
  • Look through the entire manual before starting assembly. Decide if it is a one or two-person job. Don’t risk injuring yourself.
  • Prep, plan and clear your space. Don’t make it easy for tools, screws and instruction manuals to get lost.
  • Make sure you have the right tools. Most IKEA boxes include an Allen wrench or screwdriver, which is usually enough to get the job done. However, some furniture assembly requires your own tools, such as a hammer or screwdriver. It is also a good idea to get a power drill to speed things up.
  • Separate and count your pieces. Taking the time to organize your materials will help the process go a lot quicker. Plus, you won’t be stuck with a half-assembled piece of furniture when you realize something is missing.
  • Exercise Patience (easier said than done…) Realize that IKEA furniture takes time to assemble. Don’t rush. You’ll only get stressed and increase your chances of making a mistake. If you need to, take a break.
  • Check all fittings when complete. Make sure everything is screwed in tightly and securely. You don’t want any gaps or wobbly pieces.
  • Easiest way to get your IKEA furniture assembled? Yup, you were right if you knew we will say this at the end of this article – just call Boston Handyman at 617-651-2582. We are here to de-stress your IKEA experience.