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...]

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 I Choose Prefinished or Unfinished Flooring?

By: Nicole Patri Prefinished Fast Installation Prefinished hardwood flooring is good for the homeowner that isn't undergoing a whole house remodel. It's also good if the homeowner wants the process and to be done as quickly as possible. Prefinished hardwood floors simplify the installation, color application, and sealing into one step. Usually, prefinished hardwood flooring can be … [Read more...]

Q&A with C&A

Craig & Allison have had such a great time working with the Almar team. We would love for you to get to know them a little more. Allison Quinn Guido is a Licensed Construction Supervisor who has been with the Almar Team full time since 2002. Being a female owner of a remodeling company does have some challenges, but Allison enjoys working with the team and helping create a better remodeling … [Read more...]

Why do I need to replace or upgrade my Smoke Detectors?

Having working smoke detectors in your home is not only important for your safety, but also is required by Massachusetts codes.   While having smoke detectors has been code for your home for a long time and it is most likely you already have them in your home, in the recent past there have been some important changes to the code requirements. One of the changes is the requirement for smoke … [Read more...]

There is an App for that.

BuilderTrend Logo The Almar team is always excited to work hard to bring our clients the best experience with remodeling.   As you know, your home is your biggest asset and making sure you can connect with the person/company you are entrusting that asset to is important.  Our team is always working and trying to find new ways to connect with our clients. We have always … [Read more...]

Why Do I Need A Plot Plan?

When you receive a project scope from Almar you will see a line that says, “Owner to provide Almar with Certified Plot Plan to submit with Building Permit Application” and often get asked as why this is on there.   Even if it might not be obviously needed for your particular project having the plan may help with laying out a plan of entry, dumpster or stock location, and even let us … [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...]