Milton: How much to be considering when creating a Renovation Budget.

Remodeling can be a large undertaking. There are a lot of decisions and money that goes into your project. Our team will only recommend material that we know will give reliable service. Please know, we will never recommend poor quality materials simply to get your business. Our highly trained and supervised crews deliver the craftsmanship you expect. In remodeling, prices can vary greatly on a … [Read more...]

Hanover: Combating “Buy Now” Pressures

I was recently tagged in a Facebook post to see if I could give some advice to a woman to posted the following: “Have any of you used XXXXX exteriors for windows/doors? I went to the xxx fair and they had a booth (we just bought a new house and need to replace the front bay window) got a call after signing up for the free replacement windows and was asked to come out to do a free quote... well … [Read more...]

Hingham: Why the details matter!!!

Did you know that 1 out 5 contractors are out of business in 5 years? Do you know why that is? Many carpenters are great at building things but not at budgeting and creating scopes of work. So, I’m always surprised when we find someone has decided to trust their house and tens of thousands of dollars to someone who does bother or can’t lay out the details. It’s always nice when someone comes … [Read more...]

Hanover: Questions to Ask a Contractor Before You Consider Doing Business

Earlier this week a friend reached out to me to ask my opinion on quote she got from a contractor for her kitchen renovation. She lives here in Massachusetts but not in Almar’s territory. She was concerned that the price seemed awfully high. But after looking at the scope of work involved I told her it was right in line with the budget range we would have given her. And encouraged her to check out … [Read more...]

Hanson: Allison named as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017.

On behalf of the Almar team, I am pleased to announce that our General Manager Allison Q Guido is being honored by Professional Remodeler Magazine as one of the Nation’s top 40 Under 40 Remodelers for 2017. Allison joined our team full time in May of 2002, after graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She handles all of the office communications, as well as some of our sales. She was … [Read more...]

Hyde Park: Cedar Impressions Siding Renovations

The team recently finished residing a home in Hyde Park with Cedar Impressions by Certainteed. The house, built in the early 1900’s had both cedar shingles and clap boards to start with, and in some spots several layers. The homeowners were looking for a consistent look around the house and something that was less maintenance. Cedar Impressions were a good option for this home, because they … [Read more...]

Whitman: Mark Celebrates 25 years with Almar

In Remodeling the survival rate is tough. 40% of contractors will fail the first year; 70% by the fifth year, and only 6% survive to reach their 10th anniversary. So to be able to mark an occasion where a single employee reaches a major milestone with a small business is important. This month Almar Building and Remodeling is proud to announce and celebrate Mark Caruso’s 25th Anniversary with … [Read more...]

How to determine your Remodeling Budget

How to determine what your budget should be for a remodeling project is always a tricky subject. I’m always curious how as to how people come up with there initial budget when they call us to talk about their remodeling project. Sometimes people’s numbers are realistic and sometimes people are so far off the mark I couldn’t buy the materials for what they think the whole project should cost. So … [Read more...]

Hanover: Farmer’s Almanac: Planning for Winter

So have you seen everyone starting to repost the Farmer’s Almanac reports on facebook lately? Apparently “The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts it will be super cold with a slew of snow for much of the country, even in places that don't usually see too much of it,” Now I know it’s been in the Ninety’s here in the Boston Area recently. Believe me I know. Our amazing crews have been out working … [Read more...]

Progress Payment Schedules

Many years ago thru an educational training for contractors we were introduced to the system of using a Progress Payment Schedule (or Milestone Payments) instead of the more commonly know 1/3, 1/3 and 1/3 method. So for almost the last 30 years on 90% of our projects that is how Almar has built our payment schedules. At first the idea of seeing something out of “the norm” (or what they think … [Read more...]