Repair & Improvement...

Ideas. Tools. Financing.

To our past and potential clients, we'd love to be involved as you make plans and decisions about improvements to your home, to impart our knowledge on the future value of those improvements.

For referrals of contractors and other home service providers, contact Jill for the most current recommendations. My list is updated constantly. Please feel free to share your experiences.

Check out my facebook page for current information, tips, articles, design trends, etc.

Design & improvement recommendations...

Check out this great website sponsored by National Association of Realtors Information and tools that can help you make smart and timely decisions about your home. With content covering home improvement, maintenance, taxes, finance, insurance, and even ways you can get involved in and enrich your community, HouseLogic can help you increase and protect the value of your home by helping you make confident decisions.

Virtual Decorating - Play here!  Better Homes and Gardens Design Site, Flooring Planner, Sherwin-Williams Visualizer, Benjamin Moore Viewer, Behr Colorsmart

Financing your improvements

Financing Your Improvements - See Also Financing page.

Handicap Accessibility Money - The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation lend directly to homeowners loans from $1,000 and up to $30,000 for upgrading their house to make it handicapped accessible. The money would cover safety features such as a ramp, a lift, a new floor, lower countertops, etc. The interest rate is either 0% or 3% depending on income and family size. The 0% loan is deferred until the house is sold or transferred. The 3% loan is interest only or principal and interest for the 15 year term. Contact Mary Ann Walsh 508-202-5919.

Other repair issues

Lead Paint - Deleading Assistance

Mold - Brief EPA Guide, (.pdf)  The Facts About Mold AIHA (.pdf)

MWRA - Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Hiring Professionals

Choosing Home Improvement Contractors - Most Asked Questions of Home Improvement Contractors How To Select A Remodeling Professional (.pdf)

Checking on Businesses - Federal Citizens Information Page, Boston Better Business Bureau

See also - Inspections page.