Moving or Remodeling?

By: Allison Guido We meet homeowners all the time who are debating moving or remodeling. Trying to decide if you should invest in your current home or look for a new home to buy is a big decision. The question that always comes up is if remodeling is "worth it?" Here are some of the questions we tell our homeowners to ask themselves... Are the bones of your house good?a. Is the … [Read more...]

Should Stay in my Home During a Remodel?

By: Nicole Patri Remodeling can be an emotional process, especially when deciding if you should stay in your home or live away while construction is taking place. In most cases, staying or leaving is a personal choice. However, some remodels will almost certainly have you looking for temporary housing. You should be sure to consider all the ups and downs that come with living on site while … [Read more...]

Understanding the Remodeling Roller Coaster

By: Nicole Patri Remodeling is exciting and nothing beats the feeling of a finished project. The remodeling process is also an emotional roller coaster. Our team hopes by detailing some of the feelings associated with parts of the process, you will feel more comfortable with the emotions that come up. Emotions can range from inconvenient to downright stressful depending on your … [Read more...]

How much of a contingency fund should I plan on?

If you have never done a remodeling project before you may not have figured a contingency fund into your budget yet. A contingency fund is an amount of money you set aside to cover any unexpected costs that can arise during the project. This money is on reserve and is not allocated to any specific area of work. It acts as your “insurance” in case anything unexpected comes up or you want to add or … [Read more...]

How do I Select My Remodeling Team?

Addition in Pembroke Ma While many of us are home bound, dealing with children, working from home and other family obligations, you may also be starting to think about improvements you want to be making at home to improve the comfort and functionality. But finding a remodeling professional in this climate might seem daunting. It doesn't have to be a difficult task, but it might be without the … [Read more...]

Hanover: Allison named to the SSWBN Board of Directors

The Almar Team is pleased to announce that our General Manager Allison Q Guido has been named to the 2018 Board of Directors for the South Shore Women’s Business Network. Founded over 26 years ago by six women whose needs were not being met by existing organizations, today’s SSWBN is a thriving network that strives to empower and support members seeking business and business resources; … [Read more...]

Hanover: Home Maintenance Tips for January

As any homeowner knows our house need constant love and attention. There are some basic maintenance items that we should be tackling each month. Even though January maybe coming to a close but there is still time to get started on some basic home maintenance items to keep things running smoothly this winter. Here are a few suggestions: Change Furnace Filters Change your air filter to extend … [Read more...]

Labor Shortage Challenges Contractors

2015 was a busy year in the Construction industry, according to an October 2015 Wall Street Journal Article: “U.S. residential conconstruction spending in August climbed above $36 billion, the highest monthly total since October 2007, according to government data. Yet there were 676,500 fewer workers in residential construction nationwide to handle the work this time around.” Here on the South … [Read more...]

Hingham: Kitchen Life is all about Family Life.

In many families, the kitchen becomes the heart of the home. Families gather in the kitchen in the morning to start their day; kids play or do homework in the kitchen while parent prepares dinner; and it always seems to be the place that people gather during parties and family events. Your kitchen ends up being more than just a functional room, it becomes a public place, and many kitchens are not … [Read more...]

Team Building 2015

It isn’t very often a small business can look at their team and honestly say that they have a remarkable group of people working for them, right now is one of these times. I want to say that we have always had great people working with us but for many years, Terry, Craig, Mark and I have been working to build an exceptional team. Not just our carpenters but with our subcontractors and suppliers as … [Read more...]