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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 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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5 Situations Where You Should Hire a Property Management Company

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Oct 11, 2017 2:10:46 PM

When you are thinking about converting a house you own into a rental property, there are plenty of things to mull over. Do any renovations need to be done? Will my property be profitable to rent? One question that should seriously be considered, especially if you own multiple rental properties already, is whether or not to hire a property management company. Here is a list of five situations where hiring a property management company is a good idea for you.

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Top 3 Most Effective Places to List Your Boston Rental Property

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Sep 14, 2017 7:39:38 AM

You have a potentially profitable rental property, and you're looking for tenants. The age of newspaper advertisements and flyers is over - so where on the internet should you post your listing? There are dozens of places to list rental properties and hitting them all would be a full-time job in and of itself!  But fear not; we've compiled a list of the easiest and most effective places to list your Boston rental property.

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How to Find a Good General Contractor

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Sep 5, 2017 6:32:58 AM

A good general contractor can be hard to find, whether you're looking to do a small bathroom remodel or an entire home renovation. When it comes time for work to be done on your house you want to make sure you are hiring the best contractor for the job, but how do you figure that out? And how can you weed out the bad seeds before you sign a contract?

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How to Deal with Difficult Tenants in 5 Common Situations

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Aug 15, 2017 7:27:07 AM

Landlords have the tough job of dealing with difficult tenants. If your tenants are consistently displaying one of these five detrimental behaviors, it's time for a change. Keep reading to find out the best ways to ensure that your tenants follow all of your rules and, most importantly, what to do if they don't.

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From Daunting to Doable: Where to Start When Remodeling a Kitchen

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 25, 2017 5:14:23 AM

The counters are outdated. The oven heats up at a snail's pace. The cupboards are old-fashioned. You know your kitchen is ready for a remodel, but you're not sure where to start.

A remodel of any kind is a sizable endeavor, and kitchens are no exception. But fear not, home renovator; we've got a simple guide on where to start when remodeling a kitchen.

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The Top 5 Small Bathroom Redesign Tips for Your Metro Boston Digs

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 12, 2017 6:00:34 AM

Small bathrooms can be a real challenge when you consider the number of practical things that need to be close at hand in a room you use to shower, shave, apply makeup in, etc...

  • towels
  • toiletries
  • supplies (e.g., toilet paper, cleaners and tools for cleaning, grooming tools like a hairdryer, electric razor, and toothbrushes)

If you're fed up with your small bathroom and looking for ways to make it more functional, we've gathered some inspiration to help you out. Here are the top 5 small bathroom redesign tips from design pros who've worked miracles in some of the smallest Boston metro bathrooms imaginable ...

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What Makes Rental Properties Profitable?

Posted by R.H. Blanchard Contract Design on Jul 6, 2017 6:35:37 AM

Owning a rental property (or two) can generate significant income. In fact, a report from ATTOM Data Solutions puts the average annual gross rental yield on single-family homes in 375 U.S. counties at 9% for 2017. Of course, there's no guarantee your real estate will turn a profit. But there is one universal quality that will ensure your success in a rental market; desirability to renters, of course!

Owning a place that people actually want to live in is important in acquiring reliable tenants. Desirability can sometimes seem like a tough quality to judge, but there are a few universal qualities that are sure to have renters flocking to your property.

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