What Almar is Looking Forward to in the New Year

By: Nicole Patri Almar is looking to have another great year and we're so excited to share some amazing improvements with you all. In 2021 and so far in 2022, we've seen supply chain delays and price increases. These increases and delays do not look like they're improving. The good news is, we've put in place better systems to inform you about these delays and increases. We're aware of what … [Read more...]

What Should I Expect Once I Sign my Remodeling Contract?

By: Allison Guido There are a lot of highs and lows in remodeling. Sometimes, uncertainty can lead to some of the lows. We often talk about the remodeling emotional roller coaster which can help you predict how you may feel during certain parts of the remodeling process. Homeowners want to know what happens once they sign their contracts and what to expect. I'll dive into this more in this … [Read more...]

Planning Your Remodel in the New Year

By: Nicole Patri Set a Budget ( & Contingency) Your first step to planning a remodel is to come up with a rough estimate of how much you can spend on your remodel. To understand industry trends and to see if your budget is realistic, we recommend getting estimates from a few different contractors. Check out this blog where we explain how to pick a general contractor. When … [Read more...]

How Perspective Can Change Your View

By: Nicole Patri When remodeling we always mention the Remodeling Emotional Rollercoaster. This diagram explains the many different emotions that will come up when remodeling. We want you to know that we understand this rollercoaster. We are prepared to support you and are empathetic to the emotions that come with remodeling. Huge changes are always jarring, but your perspective could help … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Planning a Remodeling Project

By: Nicole Patri The task of taking on a remodeling project can feel daunting. Breaking up the planning process into steps is something you can do to save a lot of time and energy. Figure out what you want your remodeled space to look like.Something that we love to recommend is to have a rough idea of what the finished project will look like. Sometimes browsing Houzz or creating a Pinterest … [Read more...]

All About Allison

By: Nicole Patri Allison officially joined the Almar team in 2002, but she's been a part of Almar for much longer. Growing up, her dad, Former Almar President, Terrance Quinn, would take her and her sister around neighborhoods on the South Shore. They would go door to door delivering flyers and really spreading the word. You could find Allison in the field working and learning about home … [Read more...]

Lumber Prices! As Scary as it Seems?

By: Allison Guido Have you seen reports on the soaring prices of lumber? Are you seeing people freak out and say no one should be doing any work? That it is crazy? Gouging? I've seen plenty of alarmist comments and it's both scary and frustrating! I think that if you are concerned about lumber, there is no reason to be. Honestly, the market is so crazy in many instances, your contractor is … [Read more...]

How do payments work?

Living room Remodel Most people assume that when they work with a contractor, they will need to make payment by the 1/3, 1/3 and 1/3 method.  And many companies use this method. Unless we are doing a small project Almar does not use this method.Instead we use a Progress Payment Schedule (or Milestone Payments). At first the idea of seeing something out of “the norm” (or what they think they … [Read more...]

Great Home Apps

There are so many great apps available now to help you with everything. So I thought it would be great to share a few that can help make your home more stylish and efficient. Home Design 3D Free: While not nearly as comprehensive as our Chief Architect. This Home Design 3D Free (iOS only) can help you layout your room. Just Input a room’s dimensions and floor plan, select furniture icons to … [Read more...]