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.


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.



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


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
• 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.

September Home Maintenance Tips by Boston Home Services

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Fall September Home Maintenance advice by Boston Home Services.

By following these steps you’ll avoid expensive repairs later and keep your home safe & efficient.

• Check Outdoor Paint for Peeling, Cracking & Proper Coverage – Peeling & cracking can allow moisture to get behind the paint and cause rotting and possible interior leaks. Caulk, prime, and re-paint before it gets cold in the winter.

• Inspect Attic for Insulation and Leak Stains – Insulation should be at least R-19 and you need to look for stains to determine leaks. Water will stain the insulation and since insulation can hold 30 times its weight and still feel dry to the touch, testing by touching it doesn’t work. Make sure insulation is not covering any soffit vents and add an exhaust fan if ventilation is inadequate. To check for leak sources, check during the day without any lights on. Any areas where light shines through are places where water can come through too and needs to be repaired.

• Inspect Caulking, Weather Stripping, Door Transitions, Exterior Trim, Gutters & Downspouts – If you can see outside or feel air coming in thru these areas, stopping the air flow will keep the heat inside your home in the winter and reduce your heating bills. Gutters can be cleaned with the high-pressure nozzle of a garden hose after any debris is removed. Remember any roofing nails or shingle pieces in the gutters mean you should inspect the roof as well.

• Go Through the Garage/Sheds and Move Temperature Sensitive Products to a Warmer Area – Any water-based products like latex paint will be damaged by freezing.

• Change Furnace Air Filters – Filter out allergens and keep your furnace running efficiently by changing your air filters. We recommend microbial type filters. Change monthly or as recommended by manufacturer.

• Check and Change Light bulbs as Needed

• Test All Smoke or Carbon Monoxide Detectors – push the button on the unit to check it – a few minutes doing this each month could save your family’s life in a fire

9 Quick Home Maintenance Tips

Home maintenance isn’t restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks–when performed regularly–may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and it’s inevitable that they do), we have some backup plans that you can try before you grab the phone to call for pro. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but they also often can be the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.

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9 Quick Home Maintenance Tips


The quickest fix is to not have the problem in the first place. Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.

1. Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.

2. Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it (it’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.

4. Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.

5. Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.

6. Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping yearly.

9. Replace the batteries in smoke detectors yearly. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, do so.

How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes

A 1/8-inch crack can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, structural damage and the immediate potential for mold.

How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes advice by Boston Home Services

How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes? Advice by Boston Home Services.

Why Frozen Pipes Are a Problem

Water expands as it freezes. This expansion puts extreme pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor water faucets, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Also, pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.

In the US, frozen pipes cause significant damage every year, but they often can be prevented. Taking a few simple steps, even now, may save you the aggravation and expense.


There are three common causes of frozen pipes:

1. Quick drops in temperature

2. Poor insulation

3. Thermostats set too low

There are a number of preventative steps you can take to keep your pipes from freezing:

  • Check the insulation of pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing.
  • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Be sure to use products approved by an independent testing organization, such as Underwriters Laboratories Inc., and only for the use intended (exterior or interior). Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
  • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
  • Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
  • A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

If Your Pipes Do Freeze…

Don’t panic. Just because they’re frozen doesn’t mean they’ve already burst. Here’s what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If your house or basement is flooding, turn off the water valve and immediately call 911.
  • Do not touch or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water due to electrocution concerns.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. Every year, many building fires are caused by people trying to thaw frozen pipes. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with the warm air from a hair dryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Again, if your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house; leave the water faucets turned on and call 911. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. Likely places for the water turn-off valve include internal pipes running against exterior walls or where water service enters a home through the foundation.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

Find the original article How to Prevent and Deal With Frozen Pipes here.

Childproofing Your Home

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These days homes seem to have a great many potential dangers for young children. Follow these simple steps to ensure your child’s safety by childproofing your home. This list is not final and additional items vary by home.

1. Tall lamps or anything taller than your child that can be pulled over should be taken out of the child’s environment or be blocked off with furniture so that your child cannot get into it.

2. Poisons should not be kept under the sink, regardless of whether or not the cabinet is childproofed. Poisons should always be kept in upper cabinets, out of your child’s reach.

3. Magnets on refrigerators are not a good idea. If they fall on the floor, your child could put it in his or her mouth and choke on it.

4. When cooking, all pot handles should be turned in so your baby does not reach up and pull the handle. If possible, use your back burners first.

5. Hanging cords from answering machines, phones, lamps, and appliances should be out of your child’s reach.

6. Always keep the DVD player out of reach so your child cannot put his or her hands into the mouth of the tape opening.

7. Wall hangings should never be put over the crib. If your child pulls it down, nails could come loose and fall into the crib, not to mention having the glass break in the crib.

8. Cords to blinds should be lifted high out of reach of your child. Children can pull the cords and could be accidentally strangled.

9. Turn your hot water down below 120 degrees to prevent scalding.

10. Pet doors should be blocked off so your baby does not go through the door. Babies tend to follow animals outdoors.

11. Tablecloths hanging over the edges of the tables can be pulled down and everything on top can fall on your child.

14. A baby must never be left unattended-even for just 30 seconds-outside or in a bathtub.

15. Your garage must be off limits to children.

16. Do not use tacks or staples to secure electrical cords to walls. They can fall or be pulled out and swallowed.

17. Securely install stair safety gates, hallway and room dividers.

If you need assistance childproofing your home, please call us here at BostonHM and we will send a handyman to help you. We will install stair safety gates, secure fall objects and help you remove and store other fall-risk items.

– by Boston Handyman and Greater Boston Property Management Team at BostonHM.

Why Delaying Simple Home Repairs May Lead to Expensive Projects

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Many homeowners are well aware that there are a few small things wrong in one area of the house or another, but are reluctant to fix these things themselves or pay a large amount of money to hire a professional. This is why many small home repairs are ignored, and eventually lead to much larger, more costly repairs down the road. Even if that dripping faucet or misaligned door doesn’t seem like a pressing problem, as with most home repairs, it is unlikely that it will get better on its own, and in some cases, it may already be costing you money.

Inexpensive Small Home Repairs
If you’re worried about paying a lot of money for what may just be a simple repair, it’s best to talk to contractors who specialize in that repair. As often as not, a professional plumber, electrician, or other specialist (or even their knowledgeable staff who answer the phones) will be more than willing to suggest some simple things over the phone for the consumer to try before scheduling a service call. This is because they know how frustrating it is to pay $85+ to have them come for just a few minutes. It also creates goodwill because you will probably call them back if you can’t fix it yourself, and will be inclined to call them for all your future needs, as well as recommend them to others.

However, it is important to remember that professionals have invested in a lot of special training, tools (and usually carry plenty of special parts on their trucks) and have acquired the experience that allows them to recognize symptoms and fix things quickly. So it is usually more efficient, and often even cheaper, to pay a contractor his minimum fee for a few minutes of work to get the job done right, rather than go through the process of elimination yourself, running to the hardware store a couple times, etc.

Hire a Handyman Service For Simple Home Maintenance
Another tactic that’s likely to get the job done right, that is often even less expensive, is to hire a handyman service. In most cases, handyman services are a good option as long as you have enough work to keep a professional busy for several hours. They’ll probably cost not as much as hiring a plumber or other specialist for a single job and the nice thing about a handyman service is that they will have the knowledge to do several different types of jobs on the same visit.

By bundling many simple home maintenance tasks together, you’ll have the benefit of getting all of your small home repairs done on the same day by the same person. This not only gets your home in better working order faster than hiring multiple companies to do each task, but it will also reduce costs on repairs that don’t take too long since you won’t have to pay more than one minimum fee.

List Your Minor Home Repairs Before You Call
If hiring a handyman service sounds like the way to go in your situation, make sure to have a list of the things you want done before you call. Though most simple home maintenance is likely to require only basic tools, some of these smaller projects will require a specific tool or piece of hardware that isn’t kept in the work van. Letting the company know the specific repairs you want done beforehand will assure the fastest and most efficient service possible by eliminating any trips back to home base or the hardware store.

Small Home Repairs Not Covered By Handyman Services
Just about any simple home maintenance project can be handled by a handyman service, but there are a few tasks that a handyman might not be able to tackle during a quick visit. Generally, painting, staining, or refinishing wood furniture, cabinetry, or flooring is a task that is better left to a painting company or a carpenter.

Landscaping is another area where handyman companies around Boston may not offer the service, however here at BHM of Boston we do. We certainly have knowledge in dealing with landscaping – our handymen have focus on the house itself as well as the grounds around it due to our full home and property management program.

Make a list of all the simple home maintenance you expect your handyman to perform and relay that list to the company when you are calling for service; handymen services tend to be flexible, and if there are enough small maintenance tasks on your list, they may be able to slip in one or two little projects that they don’t advertise service for in order to get your business!

Boston Handyman Services for Homes and Businesses

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Here are just a few of many ideas how Boston Home Services can help you.

Just moved? Congrats! You’ll be relaxing in your new space in no time as we get your home feeling like home smoothly and quickly.

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Boston Home Services specializes in helping new move-ins to settle in quickly.

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. Seriously. Trust us with yourIKEA furniture assembly project in Boston. Our handyman and home services are insured and come with a 6 month warranty.

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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Boston Handyman offers IKEA Furniture Assembly Service.

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!

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 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. When your plumbing project requires a licensed plumber we will help you find one.

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 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. 

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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!

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Our technical background is a combination of experience in construction, home repairs and mechanical systems. Our property care services are used by tenants, homeowners and businesses in Boston, Metro Boston, Greater Boston and we are committed to earn your trust.

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Boston Home Services services: Handyman, IKEA Furniture Assembly, Painting, Flat Screen TV Wall Mounting, Property Management, Cleaning, Gardening, Landscaping, Carpentry and more!


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