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Don't Do It Yourself: Why You Should Hire a Private Contractor

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 11, 2019 2:00:00 PM

From remodeling your bathroom to adding a new edition, home renovation is enticing. But the prospect of the work involved can be daunting. For the average person, home improvement can often seem like an impossible challenge. Yet there are many who take this Herculean task on. These DIY renovations can often end in failed marriages or dangerous not-to-code 'improvements.'

So what's the solution? Hire a private contractor. The average person will often shy away from this concept. Yet when it comes to designing and renovating a bathroom, many people aren't able to finish them. Here are all the reasons why you should hire a private contractor.

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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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Repairs vs Improvements: Tax Deductions for Land Lord

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

The question of whether a physical rental structural adjustment should be taxed as an improvement or a repair has been the subject of huge debates within the tax community over decades. In an effort to resolve the various issues, Congress instituted recent changes to the tax code that supposedly settled the various issues in the Updated LBI Directive. These changes were made after intense deliberation and study. 

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