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Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value from $100

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Home Improvements: Under $100

Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro.
Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.

Tip 2: Inspect it.
Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don’t normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home’s value. Small problems (such as a hidden water leak) can become big, expensive problems quickly; the longer you put off repairs, the more expensive those repairs will be.

Tip 3: Paint, paint, paint.
One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value. When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes. So buy a few gallons and get busy!

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Tip 4: Find inspiration.
An alternative to hiring a designer is to search for remodeling and decorating inspiration in design-oriented magazines, books, TV shows and websites. Simply tear out or print off the ideas you want to try and start your to-do list. Keep it simple — when remodeling on a tight budget, do-it-yourself projects are best.

Tip 5: Cut energy costs.
The amount of money you spend each month on energy costs may seem like a fixed amount, but many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. They can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home will save you money now, which can be applied to other updates, and is a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.

Home Improvements: $100-$200

Tip 1: Plant a tree.
If you aren’t planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Plant shade trees — not only will mature trees make your home more desirable but a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping is also good for the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.

Tip 2: Low-maintenance landscaping saves you money now, adds value when you sell.
No question that shrubs and colorful plants will add curb appeal to any home, but when shopping at your local garden center, make sure that you “think green.” Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant; these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you and more green in your wallet.

Tip 3: Add a money-saving luxury.
Speaking of water, here’s another way to tap into extra savings; install a water filtration system in your kitchen. Not only do these systems purify your water, they will also lower your grocery bills — no more bottled water. A water filtration system is an inexpensive addition, but it’s the sort of small luxury that homebuyers love.

Tip 4: Improve the air quality inside your home.
Air quality isn’t just about the conditions outdoors. If you have older carpets in your home, they might be hiding contaminants and allergens. The first step to determine if these need replacing is to hire a professional company to test your indoor air quality. If the results prove that your carpets should be replaced, choose environmentally friendly natural products like tile or laminate floors. Hard-surface floors are much easier to keep clean, don’t hold odors, give your home an updated look and, in general, are more appealing to buyers.

Tip 5: Save the popcorn for the movies.
Finally, what’s on your ceiling? Few structural elements date a house more than popcorn ceilings. So dedicate a weekend to ditching the dated look and adding dollar signs to the value of your home. This is a project you can tackle yourself. First, visit your local hardware store for a solution to soften the texture, then simply scrape the popcorn away. Removing a popcorn ceiling may not seem like a big change but one of the keys for adding value to your home is to repair, replace or remove anything that could turn buyers away.

Home Improvements: $200-$400

Tip 1: A messy lawn creates a bad first impression.
Overgrown or patchy lawns and outsized bushes will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. The good news is that taming your jungle is an easy fix. For a few hundred dollars, hire a lawn service company to trim your lawn and shape your hedges. Your curb appeal will go from messy to maintained without blowing your budget.

Tip 2: Cleanliness counts.
The old adage that you only get one shot at a first impression is true. So, make the interior of you home shine from the moment someone walks through the door. For less than $400, hire a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing. Even if you clean your home regularly, there are nooks and crannies that you may miss or overlook. Let a cleaning service do the dirty work to really make your home sparkle.

Tip 3: Visually increase your home’s square footage.
The size of your home dramatically affects the value, but square footage isn’t the only space that counts. Visual space or how large a home feels also counts. The key is to make each room in your house feel larger. Replace heavy closed draperies with vertical blinds or shutters to let light in — a sunny room feels larger and more open. Also, try adding a single large mirror to a room to visually double the space. Finally, clear the clutter. The more clutter, furniture and plain old stuff you have in a room, the more cramped it will feel. For less than $400, add an attractive shelving unit to an underused space and store your clutter out of sight.

Tip 4: Small bathroom updates equal a big return.
Bathroom updates are always a smart move. Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes such as replacing dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish and replacing old lighting will update the room without denting your wallet.

Tip 5: Add new energy-efficient fixtures.
A functional, decorative ceiling fan is a beautiful thing. It provides necessary light and, in warm months, creates a soft breeze reducing the need for expensive air conditioning. But, an outdated, wobbly, loud or broken ceiling fan is a useless eyesore. Replace old fixtures with new ones to make your home more enjoyable for you now and to increase the bottom line should you decide to sell.

Home Improvements: $400-$750

Tip 1: Even small changes in the bathroom equal a big return.
A great room to update for less than $750 is the bathroom. The two rooms that benefit most from even small renovations are the kitchen and bathroom. One cost-effective change — like replacing an outdated vanity, old plumbing and lighting fixtures or adding a new tile floor — will guarantee a lot of bang for your buck and give your bath an updated, modern look.

Tip 2: Any kitchen update equals added value.
The same rule applies in the kitchen. You don’t have to start from scratch to create a winning recipe. For maximizing your home’s value, kitchen updates are key. Start by swapping out just one item, such as a stained sink or ancient microwave for shiny new stainless models. Even small kitchen updates will add big value to your home.

Tip 3: Replace any worn carpets or area rugs.
Take a look at your home’s soft flooring. Are your carpets and area rugs stained or worn? Nothing turns buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a home. Ideally, you may want to replace them all, but if a limited budget puts a snag in that plan, start by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear and replace the others as your finances allow.

Tip 4: Keep up with regular maintenance and repairs.
Walk around your home and make a list of all the little things that are broken or in need of repair. Individually, small repairs might not seem important, but if every room has just one thing wrong, those small things will add up to create the impression that your home has been neglected. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling the repairs yourself, hire a handyman for a day and watch your “to do” list disappear. Staying on top of maintenance today eliminates problems down the road should you decide to sell.

Tip 5: Get help with getting organized.
Hire a professional organizer for a day. They will show you how to organize various rooms in your home and teach you tricks for keeping it organized. How does this increase your home’s value? Simple — a clutter-free home appears cleaner and larger, which is more attractive to homebuyers and therefore more valuable.

Home Improvements: $750-$1,000

Tip 1: Go tankless.
Upgrade your standard water heater for a tankless model. Most old-fashioned water heaters keep 50 or so gallons of water hot, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, whether you use the water or not. Tankless water heaters heat only the water you need as you need it. Not only will they save you money now, but they’re an eco-friendly and cost-effective update that today’s homebuyers are looking for.

Tip 2: Upgrade your appliances.
Eighty-six the old-school appliances for sleek new energy-efficient ones. An appliance with an Energy Star label has been certified by the government to use 10-50 percent less energy and water than conventional appliances. Matching stainless appliances will not only look great now, but will make your home shine brighter than the competition should you decide to sell.

Tip 3: Go for the green.
Everyone loves a yard with thick, green grass. For less than $1000, in a weekend’s time, you can replace your existing patchy mix of weeds and grass with fresh new sod. You’ll be amazed at the difference this one change will make in your home’s curb appeal and value.

Home Improvements: $1,000-$1,500

Tip 1: Spruce up your ceilings.
One of a room’s most neglected spaces, the ceiling, makes up one-sixth of a room’s total area. Updating your home’s ceilings will net a lot of bang for the buck while adding architectural interest. First, if you still have popcorn ceilings, hire a contractor to scrape them smooth. To add a sophisticated custom look to a smooth ceiling, install crown molding or box beams for a coffered look. Ceiling millwork, an attractive feature prevalent in older homes, is rarely found in newer construction. Adding small touches like these will help your home stand out from the pack.

Tip 2: Update your home’s entrance.
The look of your front door and entrance play heavily into the overall curb appeal of your home. As visitors enter, the front door serves as the transition into your home and is part of their first impression. Entry doors are architectural components that should complement your home’s overall design, not detract from it. If your existing front door isn’t up to par, head down to your local home improvement store for a more energy-efficient and attractive replacement. Whether you choose a solid wood door or one with decorative stained or cut glass panels, a welcoming entrance will definitely increase your home’s bottom line.

Tip 3: Consult a design pro.
If you’re unsure of which design style or paint color to use, hire a designer. They’ll use discriminating taste and a trained eye to help with making the big decisions. Also, remodeling your home with a cohesive plan in mind makes all of your choices easier and ensures a pulled-together finished look. So, when you get the right mix of time or money, you’ll know exactly which project to take on next.

Home Improvements: $1,500-$2,000

Tip 1: Save on air conditioning costs.
Consider installing a whole-house fan. They’re a great alternative to air conditioning because they use only one-tenth the electricity of air conditioners, saving you money. Whole-house fans are considered a “green” home improvement, which is a popular selling feature with today’s homebuyers. As the cost of electricity continues to skyrocket, green energy alternatives will only gain in popularity.

Tip 2: Brighten up.
A “bright” way to increase the value of your home is to lighten up. Adequate lighting in a home makes a big difference. Not only does a bright, well-lit room feel more cheerful but it also makes spaces feel larger and cleaner. A well-lit room also shows that you have nothing to hide, so should you decide to sell, prospective buyers will feel at ease when touring your home. Hire an electrician to add recessed lights to a dim kitchen or family room or to brighten up a formal dining or living room with elegant sconces. You’ll enjoy the bright effect now and your home will feel warmer and more welcoming to homebuyers.

Tip 3: Add the right landscaping and watch your home’s value grow.
For less than $2,000, hire a landscape designer to create a plan that will make your home’s exterior really shine. For maximum impact, plant mature trees or fast growing varieties; these can be pricy but they will instantly make your home feel more established. As your landscaping grows, so will your home’s curb appeal and value.

Home Improvements: $2,000-$3,000

Tip 1: Kitchen or bath remodels are always a safe bet.
Improving your home is a solid investment at any level — but if you have up to three thousand dollars to spend, a great place to start is by upgrading either the kitchen or bath. Either room is a good choice and you don’t have to do a complete floor-to-ceiling remodel to reap financial benefits. In fact, modest kitchen or bath updates can be your best bet for a big return, netting, on average, an 80-85 percent return.

Tip 2: Protect your investment.
For most people, their home is their single largest investment, so treat it that way. Hire a financial planner to work out a strategy for protecting your investment by analyzing all of the financing options that are available. A financial whiz can tell you if you should refinance to lower your monthly payments or pull out some equity to pay for value-adding improvements.

Tip 3: Bring the outdoors in.
Consider turning two standard windows into an opening for beautiful French or sliding glass doors. Full-view glass doors really brighten up the space and a light and airy room is always more attractive. Also, with a view of the outdoors, the room will feel much larger. Another bonus is that modern doors are energy-efficient, cutting down on heating and cooling costs. That means more cash in your pocket now and a financial bonus should you decide to sell.

Home Improvements: $3,000-$5,000

Tip 1: Add closet or garage storage.
Realtors agree that top on most homeownes’ list of wants is ample storage space. For less than $5,000, consider upgrading your home’s storage by adding custom shelving systems to a closet or garage. The first step to really getting organized is de-cluttering. Start by sorting your belongings, then stash them away in your new organized closet or garage to really maximize your home’s value.

Tip 2: Green flooring choices equal more green in your wallet.
Worn, tired carpet will not only turn off homebuyers, but it can make you feel worn and tired too. Replace it with the hottest trend in flooring: renewable, environmentally friendly bamboo. Solid-surface floors are easy to keep clean and give your home an upscale look and feel. Green flooring choices, like bamboo, minimally impact the environment and are a big selling point to today’s environmentally conscious homebuyers.

Tip 3: Resurface concrete.
Replacing the cracked concrete surfaces around your home can cost a small fortune. But for a fraction of that cost, concrete can be resurfaced in a multitude of colors and finishes. Consider adding a cobblestone finish to your driveway, a brick look to an old walkway or a slate finish around the pool or patio. Whichever texture you choose, it will be a huge improvement over standard concrete and potential homebuyers will really take notice.

Home Improvements: $5,000 and up

Tip 1: Refresh the exterior paint.
The condition of your home’s exterior is key to the overall curb appeal, so refresh that facade with a coat of paint. Fresh exterior paint will not only preserve and protect your home’s exterior siding — the right paint color can make a dull home dazzling. By the same token, a house painted with an overly bright or overly bland color will make a house less appealing and hurt the value, so choose your colors wisely. Should you decide to put your house on the market and the exterior paint looks bad, a buyer will assume that the interior of the home has been neglected too and drive right past.

Tip 2: Go solar to save some green.
Save energy bill greenbacks by going green with a solar water heater. The installed price can cost up to $5,000, but these systems can slash your hot water bills by as much as 80 percent and attract energy-conscious homebuyers should you decide to sell. Install a solar water heater where there’s unobstructed southern exposure and you’ll have savings made in the shade.

Tip 3: Kitchen remodels are king.
Hands down, one of the biggest returns on investment comes from a kitchen remodel. Most experts agree that if you plan on updating only one room in your home, it should be the kitchen. Large, open kitchens have become the social hub of the modern home. High-end touches like granite countertops, richly stained custom cabinets and energy-efficient stainless appliances are the gold standard in modern kitchens. Experts agree that kitchen remodels return an average of 80 to 85 percent of every dollar spent. You can expect an even higher return if you are remodeling a really outdated kitchen.

 

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Effectively completed renovations add to overall property value

Renovations Remodeling Boston Massachusetts transform your home

Effectively completed renovations and remodeling will improve the quality of the home and add to the overall property value. A successful project requires great design, quality materials, an organized schedule, knowledgeable and attentive supervision, plus skilled, reliable craftsmen. We’ll implement our systematic project management system to effectively coordinate and complete your project properly.

SAMPLE PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS AND PRICING

Minor kitchen renovation + remodel

In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install midpriced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.

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Bird’s Eye View of Kitchen Remodel and Renovation Completion

Major kitchen renovation + remodel

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.

Existing Kitchen (before)Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets
Existing Kitchen (before)Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets
Midrange Major Kitchen Remodel + Renovation (After)

Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets

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Bird’s Eye View

Major Kitchen Renovation + Remodel
Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass -tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built-in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting including low-voltage undercabinet lights. Install cork flooring, cherry trim.
Existing Kitchen (Before)Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass -tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built-in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system.
Existing Kitchen (Before)Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass -tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built-in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system.
Upscale Major Kitchen Renovation + Remodel (After)Update outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom cherry cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories. Include stone countertops with imported ceramic- or glass -tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, cooktop, and 36-inch commercial grade range and vent hood; built-in warming drawer, trash compactor, and built-in combination microwave and convection oven. Install high-end undermount sink with designer faucets and built-in water filtration system.
Upscale Major Kitchen Renovation + Remodel (After)

Bird’s Eye View

Bathroom Renovation + Remodel
Update an existing 5-by-7-foot bathroom. Replace all fixtures to include 30-by-60-inch porcelain-on-steel tub with 4-by-4-inch ceramic tile surround; new single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced shower control; standard white toilet; solid-surface vanity counter with integral sink; recessed medicine cabinet with light; ceramic tile floor; vinyl wallpaper or freshly applied high quality paint.
 

Bathroom Remodeling and Renovations by BHM Builders and Construction Company

Bathroom Remodel + Renovation (After)

Bathroom Renovation + Remodel
Expand an existing 35-square-foot bathroom to 100 square feet within existing house footprint. Relocate all fixtures. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a customized whirlpool tub; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-floor heating and heated towel bars.
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Bathroom Addition

Add a full 6-by-8-foot bathroom over a crawlspace with poured concrete walls. Include cultured-marble vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30-by-60-inch white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced faucet; white low-profile toilet; general and spot lighting; electrical wiring to code; mirrored medicine cabinet; linen storage closet or cabinet; vinyl wallpaper; painted trim; and ceramic tile floor.

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Bathroom Addition
Add a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace. Include 42-by-42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls with accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Include a customized whirlpool tub; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Use all color fixtures. Use larger matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on the diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Add general and spot lighting including waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry shall include a custom drawer base and wall cabinets for a built-in look. Extend HVAC system, and include electric in-floor heating and heated towel bars.
Upscale Bathroom Addition – BeforeAdd a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace.
Upscale Bathroom Exterior – AfterAdd a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace.
Upscale Bathroom Addition InteriorAdd a new 100-square-foot master bathroom to existing master bedroom over a crawlspace.
Upscale Bathroom Addition Bird’s Eye ViewAddition of the Bathroom to the existing house structure

Family Room Addition

In a style appropriate to the existing house, add a 16-by-25-foot room on a crawlspace foundation with vinyl siding and fiberglass shingle roof. Include drywall interior with fiberglass insulation, pre-finished hardwood floor, and 180 square feet of glazing including windows, atrium-style exterior doors, and two operable skylights. Tie into existing HVAC. Add electrical system to code, including 12 recessed ceiling lights.

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Family Room Addition
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Family Room Addition
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Family Room Addition

Family Room Addition

Master Suite Addition

Add a 24-by-16-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace. Include walk-in closet/dressing area, whirlpool tub in ceramic tile platform, separate 3-by-4-foot ceramic tile shower, and double-bowl vanity with solid-surface countertop. Bedroom floor is carpet; bathroom floor is ceramic tile. Painted walls, ceiling, and trim. General and spot lighting, exhaust fan; electrical wiring.

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Master Suite Addition Exterior (After)Effectively completed renovations and remodeling will improve the quality of the home and add to the overall property value
A successful project requires great design, quality materials, an organized schedule, knowledgeable and attentive supervision, plus skilled, reliable craftsmen
BHM Builders. Renovation + Remodel Contractors of Greater Boston

Master Suite Addition

Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace.
Bedroom: Add a spacious sleeping area with lounging/sitting area adjacent to large master bathroom. Include custom bookcases and built-in storage with millwork details; high-end gas fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantle; and large walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light, mirrors, and linen storage. Add French doors to exterior.

Bathroom: Include a large walk-in shower with dual-shower system, stone shower walls and floor, and custom frameless glass enclosure. Add corner-design whirlpool tub bordered on two sides by windows and built into granite or marble platform with custom cabinet front. Include two sinks in separate custom vanities with stone countertops and large mirrors. Create partitioned area for luxury one-piece toilet.

General: Add 5-foot-long hospitality center with bar sink, undercounter refrigerator, custom cabinetry, granite or marble countertop, and microwave. Include soundproofing, in-floor heating, custom wall finishes and hardware, general and spot lighting, and lighting controls.

Master Suite Addition Exterior (Before)Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace.
Master Suite Addition Exterior (Before)Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace.
Master Suite Addition Exterior (After)

Add a 32-by-20-foot master bedroom suite over a crawlspace.

We primarily serve Boston, Cambridge, Winchester, and the Metro West including: Wellesley, Weston, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Natick, Needham, Westwood, Wayland, Brookline, Lexington.

Master Suite Addition Exterior (After)We primarily serve Boston, Cambridge, Winchester, and the Metro West including: Wellesley, Weston, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Natick, Needham, Westwood, Wayland, Brookline, Lexington.
We primarily serve Boston, Cambridge, Winchester, and the Metro West including: Wellesley, Weston, Dover, Sherborn, Lincoln, Newton, Chestnut Hill, Natick, Needham, Westwood, Wayland, Brookline, Lexington.
We are a full-service design+build firm specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, and whole-house renovations. If you can dream it, we can build it!
We are a full-service design+build firm specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, and whole-house renovations. If you can dream it, we can build it!
We all have a room in our house that could use a refresh. Maybe you purchased your home before you had children and now need a family or play room.
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Perhaps the laundry room has become a catch-all for your storage needs and threatens to overflow.

 

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is only a partial list of sample projects BHM Builders and Contractors could help you with. Please email us to discuss the possibilities and receive a detailed quote.

 

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2016 home improvement projects

If you resolve to improve your home improvement efforts in the New Year, here are a few ideas on how to get a positive outcome and ROI on the Home Improvement and Remodeling projects in 2016.

Home Improvement Massachusetts

Home Improvement Massachusetts

Bold Accent Walls

Move over paint and wallpaper. The new way to pop an accent wall in any room of the house is with tile or stone. Unique materials, including reclaimed barn wood and metallic tiles, will be boldly applied in 2016, piggybacking on the creative vertical, ledge stone and herringbone-pattern installs we saw last year. Partial horizontal backsplashes will continue to be replaced by full walls of tile in the kitchen and bath. Full wall fireplace surrounds – in stone, masonry or tile – will run floor to ceiling and serve as major design focal points in living rooms, bedrooms and other nontraditional rooms.

Colors of the Year

Every year, industry experts Pantone and Benjamin Moore announce special color picks that reflect the mood and attitudes they “see taking place in our culture.” These select colors often guide fashion and interior design trends. Pantone announced its two-color winner for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pale pink and periwinkle blue combo that is stirring much debate. Benjamin Moore left many scratching their heads, and others jumping for joy, when the company announced Simply White as its top go-to color for 2016 and these colors will pop up in paint selections this year.

Open Layouts

Homeowners will continue to embrace open floor plans in 2016, and the kitchen will remain the primary anchor of these spaces. Homeowners are making better use of their existing square footage by safely opening up walls, and designing more functional layouts, to create a larger common gathering place and living area.

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We talk to more and more homeowners who want to care for elderly parents at home rather than send them to costly care-giving facilities. The projects range from wheelchair accessibility and safety upgrades, to building private mother-in-law suites.

 

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 (in the picture 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 is mind blowing and 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. And Boston Handyman can build this shelving at your home.

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.

Stock shelves or custom built shelves – call Boston Handyman and our team will build and install them

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 and we can help you custom building that.

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. We can turn your 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

Residential and Commercial Handyman: Repairs, Carpentry, Renovations, Installations, Furniture Assembly, TV Wall Mounting and More!

Residential and Commercial Handyman: Repairs, Carpentry, Renovations, Installations, Furniture Assembly, TV Wall Mounting and More!

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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Boston Home Services and Commercial Handyman will help you settle in stress-free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Boston Home Services will help you with packing and loading.

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

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Hire Boston Home Services pro for your painting project.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Property Management, Handyman, Repair, Cleaning Services and much more by BHM of Boston!

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14 Tips for Assembling IKEA Furniture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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