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Home Renovation Projects: To DIY or not to DIY?

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Dec 13, 2018 12:53:11 PM

Your home will always need work performed to maintain or improve your quality of life. Many people are looking for a cost-effective solution when it comes to home remodeling, repair, or general upkeep of their property. One question for homeowners facing their property needs that comes up often is "when is it appropriate to DIY or when should I hire a contractor?" 

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10 Ways to Prep Your New England Rental Properties For Winter

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Nov 15, 2018 11:48:03 AM

Before the winter weather becomes "oh so frightful" (and the fire so delightful), it's a great time for landlords to look at their current preparedness for the winter weather that is headed their way in a matter of a few short weeks. Before the first significant snowfalls fall, it's a great time to stop and ensure that the rental properties you have are ready to keep the tenants residing inside safe, warm, and healthy throughout the frigid months ahead.

The following are 10 steps that you can take to make sure that your rentals are winter-ready before the significant snowfalls and cold temperatures of winter actually hit the greater New England Area.

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How to Find (and Keep) Great Tenants

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Oct 9, 2018 2:16:55 PM

Finding and keeping top-quality tenants is not an easy task for any landlord. These are the landlord's "dream" tenants. The ones that pay their rent on time, follow the rules and are not a "noise complaint" for neighbors. They are the ones that make the landlord's life and job much easier.

However, it's no secret that not every tenant is a "dream" tenant. When a landlord finds these tenants that are among the cream-of-the-crop, keeping them is the next important step.

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Top 10 Interior Trends for Fall 2018

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Sep 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Fall redecoration season is slowly falling upon us like autumn leaves themselves. The 2018 fall interior design seasons will be dominated by color optimization, vintage accessories, and furniture that looks like it wouldn't be out of place at an 80's business meeting. However, though seemingly focused on the designs of old, the current fall decor trends offer a unique opportunity for self-expression through utilization of classic effects, accessories, and furniture. Below we'll take a look at the top ten interior trends to expect this fall:

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5 Up-And-Coming Boston Area Neighborhoods

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Sep 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Boston is known as one of the oldest cities in the United States, but that doesn't mean that there aren't up-and-coming neighborhoods that have people clamoring to find their perfect home and move on in. While virtually all of the locals know about living in Fenway or Back Bay, many are looking for a new living experience that fits their unique lifestyle. Whether you are in the market for a retirement community, a great place to raise a family, or just buy your first home, Boston offers something for everyone.

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5 Benefits of Houseplants - And Why Every City Apartment Should Have at Least a Few

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Aug 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Houseplants are a great way to add warmth and texture to any apartment, but there's a lot more to be said for the wisdom of adding indoor plants than just the fact that they make good design sense. Houseplants actually offer health benefits that are particularly beneficial to those living in a city environment where, thanks to traffic and industry, pollution levels tend to be on the high side of the spectrum.

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Remodeling Your Rental? 3 Valuable Projects for Increased ROI

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Aug 16, 2018 2:30:00 PM
Individuals in the real estate business enjoy high returns when they open the doors to their new rental units, but after some time, their ROI dips below their property maintenance costs. Remodeling your rental houses after a particular period to increase ROI is necessary. The critical thing to note is that some renovation projects are not valuable, which you should avoid as a landlord who is looking to increase ROI after remodeling your rental units.

Here are 3 of the best remodeling projects to consider to help increase the returns from your rental property. Read More

3 Essential Factors That Make An Awesome Tenant

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

It's no secret that landlords will end up hosting all kinds of tenants in their days as a property owner. One thing landlords definitely appreciate are awesome tenants who don't cause them any grief.

Simply put, these tenants are the ones who do exactly as they are supposed to do and live their lives without making the landlord's job more difficult than it has to be.

The question is: What makes an great tenant? The following are 3 essential factors to look for in your future renters that makes leasing to them a pleasure rather than a pain:

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The 10 Most Sought-After Features of Boston Apartments

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM
Tenants who are moving to the Boston area are those who are looking to live life near quite a large city. Along with that comes a list of things that these tenants are looking for when they rent an apartment in the Boston area. Rentals that offer what people are looking for in the Boston area will be able to get premium prices for their rental properties and attract quality clients.

The following are 10 things that renters look for in an apartment in the Boston. Read More

5 Most Expensive Homes in Boston

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jun 25, 2018 1:15:00 PM

Every large city has its massive homes, with costs running well into the millions, and to that end Boston is no exception! The following are the 5 most expensive (and stunning) homes in Boston.

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