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New Year, New Home projects. When you start the process of making renovations, make sure you ask the right questions. Many people fall victim to the bid quote they get from general contractors to renovate their homes. Our goal is to help you stay on budget! No one should pay more than they have to for any service.

Let us use the renovation quotes we often get for a kitchen remodel… many bids are likely to only cover about 33-50% of the total cost depending on the contractor.
The question then becomes, how do YOU the consumer protect yourself from predatory contractors who quote one thing and the final cost is dramatically different?
Ask the right questions upfront.
While the majority of general contractors include demolition, disposal and installation in their bids, many omit the cost of supplies/materials/hardware. If you are dealing with a novice contractor, they do not know the cost of  materials so they wait to price everything based on your specifications. The cost of materials varies tremendously by region, store, and your personal preference. For example, backsplash tiles can run from $7 to $90, a square foot.
ALWAYS ask the contractor what is included in the bid, then use those numbers to estimate further cost. Of course these tend to be ballpark figures but I would prefer to be in the same ballpark as my contractor than be rudely surprised.
A good rule of thumb is to research your potential contractor:
Speak with past clients
See their portfolio of work
Ask what is their statistics on quotes to actual final cost (you want to see if they have a history of underbidding to only cost more in the end or if they are always in the ballpark)
Research them on yelp, google+, Angie’s list (You want to learn everything about this person before you entrust them with thousands of dollars worth of work)
Other Good questions for the general contractor (unless they come highly recommended, I suggest you interview a couple):
How many years have you been in business? (You do not need 50 years of experience to do great work, focus more on quality than quantity. I know several contractors who have been in business for over 10 years but I would not trust them to do any work on my home)
Do you get supplies from a wholesaler (cheaper in bulk) or from Home Depot? If you value neighborhood stores, this is a great way to support local businesses.
What does your bid include? Is this a set price? If you go over budget, will you be responsible for the additional cost/ take it as a loss? (This is important to know upfront and GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING)
Obtain an itemized Quote and Contract and factor in 5% for miscellaneous overages but a good contractor should stay within budget unless they discover issues when walls are opened.
If your contractor does not want to provide a contract in writing with the breakdown of cost…RUN!!

Email us contact@mandrellco.com for recommendations of some of our trusted contractors or general questions.

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Single Family Flip Opportunity – Norwood, MA

Are you looking for your next flip? This may be one you’ve been waiting for!

420 Prospect st Norwood, Ma – 

This is a single family condo attach.  The unit consist with 3 beds and 1.5 bath, living room and dinning room and a full enclosed attic that can be use as a bedroom, plus a basement. Wholesale price $ 280k … Comps in the area around $385k to $400k.. This property is located within minutes to Westwood neighborhood and major highways. Great location!!!

Photos can be seen with the following link

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0D59UlCqJsWVJp

For more information contact Julio Evangelista at 407-914-5344 or Julio@ComEquityFunding.com

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You hear people talk about flipping homes with no money out of pocket, but how exactly are they doing it? This FREE seminar is going to show you how to use private funds to buy, fix and sell property for a profit! The event topics will include:

· Private money – What it is, and why you need it to fund your deals

· How to find and sell yourself to private money lenders

· How to structure deals and make your private lenders feel comfortable

· Evaluating potential rehabs and crunching the numbers

· What to watch out for and trouble areas to avoid

This 1.5 hour seminar will be presented by Andrew Schena of Capital Equity Partners. Capital Equity has purchased and sold 10 of millions in Boston real estate since 2009 when established. https://www.facebook.com/CapitalEquityPartners

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – to Boston Marriott Quincy – 1000 Marriot Dr, Quincy, MA

Join Boston Wealth Builders and RSVP to the event! Membership is FREE  – www.BostonWealthBuilders.com

This educational seminar will take place on the same day and in the same location as the MA RE Investor Trade Show. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to save your spot. Only members of the group will be allowed to RSVP.    www.BostonWealthBuilders.com

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Attention Boston Real Estate Investors:

The Mandrell Co office has an off market FLIP opportunity in Weymouth, MA. It’s a 1450 square foot home with 3 bedrooms, 1.5 Bath home sitting on an 1 acre lot. The house is located at 641 Pleasant Street. The seller looking for cash offers and a quick closing. The home needs some work but has a ton of charm and character. Comparable sales in area say $400’s and none of the them are sitting on such a large lot.

Seller asking $259,000. Buyers to do own due diligence. Pending tax liens will be paid by seller at closing. Contact Willie Mandrell at 617-297-8641 or Willie@MandrellCo.com for more information and to schedule a showing.

Looking for other investment opportunities? Join Boston Wealth Builders! Membership is free and takes 2 mins to sign up. Join the group at http://www.BostonWealthBuilders.com

 

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One of the best things you can do as a new real estate investor in walk up and down the aisles of home supply stores like Home Depot & Lowes. Not that you want to be swinging a hammer on a job site, but there’s simply no better way to educated yourself on the cost for home repairs and upgrades. The knowledge you gain from this task will help you understand:

  1. The cost of construction materials and how easy or difficult a particular job may be. This will allows you to be better equipped you are when evaluating a particular property purchase. 
  2. How to negotiate with contractors for a particular job. For example, I know that if a contractor is quoting me $500 to replace a standard vinyl window, his labor must be between $250 – $300. I know this because and I can buy a standard vinyl window at HD for $200-$250. Now I can decide whether my contractors labor is worth what he’s asking, negotiate his price or gather other contractor quotes.
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The Mandrell Company works with many real estate investors & developers in and around the Boston area. We assist our investor clients in finding properties that need rehab as well as opportunities for development. If you’re looking to sell a property that needs minor or significant repairs, please give us a call. Almost all of our clients are cash buyers and can often close on your property with 2-4 weeks. Don’t waste your time with a realtor placing a sign in the yard and marketing your problem property with traditional sale methods. Our investor clients buy properties in “as is” condition, which mean they will not be asking you to make any repairs. They also purchase properties in difficult situations such as; pre-forclosure, non-paying tenants, or tax and other liens.

Let us help you move on and get this headache out of your life. Our clients are experts in renovating junk & ugly homes and can rid you of your problem house. They are also improving local Massachusetts neighborhoods with each home they complete!

Do you know of a property in your neighborhood you would like to see fixed up? Pass our information along to the owner and we’ll see what we can do!  617-297-8641 Call today!

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Attention contractors and investors. Great rehab opportunity. Legal 3 family being used as single. 2 studio lofts and one 3 bedroom apartment. Exposed brick & beautiful wood work throughout. One working furnace. Bus stop out front. Great buy and hold investment property or good for owner occupant. Roof replaced last year. May not qualify for conventional financing. Seller motivated. Bring offers!

Call us for more information! 617-297-8641

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