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September 2013

Seasons are changing!

Well it’s been a fantastic summer, the New England area could not have asked for better weather allowing us to spend lots of time outdoors! Sadly all good things must come to an end and believe it or not we will all be spending more time inside our homes very soon and if you’re not happy with the current condition of your home it’s going to be another long winter.  Dare I ask if you’re you ready for the holiday season and all the family and friends you will be hosting?  Do you need another room? Does your kitchen or bath need updating? Or would you really love to have some extra space and remodel your basement?  No worries C.C.M.S can help you do this all and in a shorter time frame than you may think!

Some other concerns you may have is preparing the outside of your home for the harsh New England weather ahead of us. David would be happy to come out and discuss any repairs or new additions you may be thinking  about;  i.e. windows, doors, roof repair or replacement.

Here is our tip of the month!

Do you know what a weep hole is?

A weep hole is two or more small holes in your storm windows that allow water to escape and not sit on your windowsills. When working properly they will prevent the build-up of water on your sills. These weep holes can be blocked by paint or over time debris and dust. The easy fix is to check each window inside or out for their location and with a small knife or sharp tool clear the holes. This is an easy prevention for what can be a very costly repair.

Hope to hear from you soon!

 

June 2013

Permits!

The best advice we can give is to get the proper permits! Always check with your local building department before making any changes to your home or property.  Permitting will be quicker when a contractor requests the permits needed and will save you time and money. A contractor knows the process and will have the correct answers to questions a building department will ask.

Occasionally we see a homeowner’s project completed without the proper permits only to learn it is not in adherence to the local laws. Unfortunately this can be heartbreaking and often results in having to remove the work that was done. In addition, if proper permitting is not on record and the home should go to sale this may hurt the resale value. Also unpermitted projects are subject to not being covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy.

 Projects that may require a building permit in your town or city:

  • Attached storage shed
  • Awnings
  • Carports
  • Deck installation
  • Demolition project, interior or exterior
  • Fireplace addition
  • Garage conversion
  • Handicap ramp
  • Handicap restroom
  • Patio enclosure
  • Patio installation
  • Porch
  • Retaining walls
  • Roof change (i.e. flat roof to sloped roof)
  • Roof replacement
  • Room addition
  • Room remodel
  • Siding
  • Sliding glass door (if area is increased)
  • Skylight
  • Spa or hot tub installation
  • Windows, new or replacement (if area is increased)

C.C.M.S. is licensed and insured in the state of Massachusetts and guarantees all our work.

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