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Have a residential or commercial project in mind? Installations, carpentry, renovations and beyond – no job too small and BostonHM is ready to help you.Why choose BostonHM: 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.

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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 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.

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

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20 Ideas For Small Living Spaces

You know an amazing small space when you see it. We love them because they force us to edit, organize, and reduce our accumulation of stuff. But most of all we love them because they can be so cool!

Trust us, we do this for a living: a well-done small space can be turned into something beautiful and functional! Here team at BostonHM.com has put together 20 ideas we can help you with.

1. Don’t be afraid of drama. Going bold in a small room (a bathroom, for example) gives the eye something else to focus on. Think rich paint colors, or floor to ceiling artwork.

2. Use every nook and cranny. The corner space you see above by the stairs could have been left to the radiator that was its only occupant. But instead, the owner turned it into a mini landing strip, with a floating shelf, large picture, and ottoman.

Kitchen Open Shelving Storage

3. A place for everything and everything in its place. This kitchen set-up kind of blew my mind the first time I saw it. Yes, it’s a bit OCD, but it’s so functional! This photo is actually a four-punch small space strategy: open shelving, vertical storage, complete organization, and the ability to assess immediately what you don’t need or don’t have space for.

4. Get off the ground. Every piece of furniture in the photo above has legs that lift it off the ground. This idea works particularly well in small spaces because air (or negative space) provides the visual illusion of spaciousness.

5. Install hooks. Hooks are inexpensive, take up no space, and keep things off tables, counters, and floors. Hang them anywhere.

6. Install wall-mounted shelves above other furniture, and shelves or above doorways. Almost all successful small spaces we’ve seen have at least one wall-mounted shelf, which frees up floor space and makes use of vertical wall space.

7. Bring in as much natural light as possible. Don’t weigh small space windows down with heavy curtains. Let the light in. It does more for brightening and enlarging a space than almost anything else.

8. Use multi-functional furniture. The best way to maximize a small amount of space usually involves making one thing serve two or three purposes. This is not only small design, but it’s sustainable design. The more multi-functional a piece is, the less you’ll have to buy or bring in to your home. Be smart and simple— a storage bed, a dining table/office desk, a sleeper sofa.

9. If you don’t love it or need it, get rid of it.

10. Buy a bed with storage capabilities, either drawers underneath or a one you can jack up or loft.

11. Hang cup hooks of different sizes everywhere. They’re inexpensive, don’t take up a ton of space, and keep things off the counters and floor.

12. Install vertical storage and built-ins.

13. If a particular spot seems to attract clutter, devise a shelving or other type storage solution to contain it.

14. Buy multi-functional furniture, like an ottoman with storage inside the base.

15. Put anything you don’t use daily in a storage container.

16. Use the corners. Don’t let the precious space go to waste.

17. Use mirrors or any reflective surfaces to give the illusion of added space.

18. You’d be amazed at how much wasted space lies underneath a staircase. Make the most of it with these pull-out closets.

 

19. No extra room for an office? No problem. Turn a closet into an office.

 

 

20. You can’t really hide it away, but you might not know it’s there unless you look up!

 

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

4 Ways to Make Your Boston 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

How To Create Your Dream Boston 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 Boston 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 inBoston – 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

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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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How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet
How to Replace a Kitchen Faucet

The toughest part of replacing a kitchen faucet is removing the old one. Unexpected problems always pop up—corroded pipes, difficult-to-reach nuts and poor access to fittings. Otherwise, installing a new kitchen faucet isn’t tough at all. Actually, the directions that come with your new faucet are probably all you’ll need to do that part of the job. Barring unforeseen problems, you could be washing up under the faucet in an hour or so. In this article walk you through a basic replacement process and tell you how to get through those tough parts.

Disconnect the drain lines and P-traps if they block your access to the faucet and water supply pipes. (Place a bucket or coffee can under the P-trap to dump residual water after you pull it free.)

Chances are, you’ll need to make more than one trip to the hardware store for parts, but to give yourself a fighting shot at completing the job with one-stop shopping, consult this list.

  • Shutoff valves: Before you shop for your new faucet (see “Selecting a Faucet” at the end of this article), take a look under the sink and make sure that there are shutoff valves feeding the faucet. If you don’t have shutoff valves, add them. If you have them, confirm that they’re in working order by turning on the hot and cold water at the faucet and shutting off the valves. If the faucet still drips, install new ones. Most likely you have 1/2-in. copper supply pipes. If so, add easy-to-install solderless “compression fitting” valves to your shopping list. But if not, buy whichever valve type is compatible with your pipes.
  • Supply tubes: Next, measure the existing supply tubes and buy new stainless steel–sleeved supply tubes. They’re designed to give rupture-free service for years and can be routed around obstacles without kinking.
  • Basin wrench: Also buy a basin wrench. This weird little wrench is made specifically for removing and installing those hard-to-reach fasteners that clamp older faucet assemblies to the sink. (Newer faucets have plastic Wing-Nuts that can usually be loosened and tightened by hand.) A basin wrench’s spring-loaded jaws pivot so you can either loosen or tighten nuts in tight spaces.

If you need to remove drain lines to access the faucet, get a pipe wrench or slip-joint pliers. For cutting copper tubes, buy a conventional tubing cutter. But if your copper supply lines are within a few inches of the back of the cabinet, buy a special mini tube cutter. You’ll also need a set of open-end wrenches for disconnecting and hooking up the water lines.

Before disconnecting the drain lines, take a Polaroid snapshot or make a sketch of the layout to help you put it all back together.

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Plan on replacing your faucet during store hours. Chances are better than 50/50 you’ll need at least one more part.

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Prop up a scrap of plywood on some 1-qt. paint cans in front of the cabinet. You’ll be much more comfortable lying under the sink. Otherwise, the edge of the cabinet would be digging into your back

After you pull out all of the cleansers, buckets and old vases from under the sink, go ahead and lie under there and see if you can easily access the faucet. If so, go right to Photo 3. If not, it’s time to start dismantling the things blocking your path.Most likely, the main obstacles will be the pipes and P-traps that drain the sinks. Don’t be afraid to pull them out, but more important, don’t be afraid to replace them with new ones. If you have older, chrome-plated drain lines, the pipe walls may be so corroded that they’ll crush in the jaws of a pipe wrench or slip-joint pliers. After you remove them, throw all the parts in a box for matching them exactly at the store later. If you have plastic drain parts, be careful during removal—you’ll probably be able to reuse them.The first step in removing the old faucet is to disconnect the water supply lines. If there are no shutoff valves and the water pipes are hooked up directly to the faucet supply lines, or if you’re replacing defective valves, turn off the main water supply valve to the house and cut off the pipes below the connections with a hacksaw or tube cutter.Make sure new valves are closed before turning the water back on to the house. Once the water lines are disconnected, use the basin wrench to loosen the old faucet and remove it.Sometimes, in spite of all your best efforts, it’s simply impossible to loosen the old faucet nuts. Try soaking the threads with penetrating oil and try again. If that doesn’t do it, it’s time to pull out all the stops and pull the sink so you can get at the nuts. It’s not that tough to do. Loosen the screws on the bottom of the sink rim for a clamp-down sink, or cut the caulk between a drop-in sink and countertop with a utility knife and lift out the sink. Then you’ll be able to go after those nuts with a locking pliers or a pipe wrench to free the old faucet.
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If you’re replacing the kitchen sink along with a new faucet, install the faucet before setting the sink into the countertop.

Follow any manufacturer’s preassembly instructions and place the optional flange over the faucet opening. Finger-tighten the flange nuts underneath the sink and check the alignment of the flange, faucet and sink hole from above.

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With most faucets, only three of the four holes are covered, so you’ll either need to get a blank insert or use the extra hole for a liquid soap or instant hot water dispenser. Plan to do the installation while you’re under the sink with everything torn apart.

Selecting a faucet

When you’re buying a faucet (as with most other things), you get what you pay for. Faucets that cost less than $100 may be made of chrome-plated plastic arts with seals and valves that wear. They’re okay for light-duty use but won’t stand up long in a frequently used kitchen sink. Faucets that cost more than $100 generally have solid brass bodies with durable plating and washerless controls that’ll give leak-free service for many, many years. Some even come with a lifetime warranty. Quality continues to improve up to about $200. Spend more than $200 and you’re mostly paying for style and finish. Stick with brand name projects so replacement parts will be easier to find—in the unlikely event you’ll ever need them.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Handsaw
  • Pipe wrench
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Tube cutter
  • Wrench set

Carpentry Services by Experienced Carpenter. Residential and Commercial. Greater Boston.

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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!

Commercial Handyman Services for Boston 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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