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The Joppa Group Construction Management – Premier Newburyport Craftsmen

The Joppa Group, a local Newburyport custom home builder with a strong reputation for building customized homes and managing complex home renovations, brings unmatched service, knowledge, and experience to the area. If you have a vision, this premier construction company has the ability to make it a reality. How does the Joppa Group differentiate itself from other builders? It starts with their commitment to providing exceptional service. The Joppa Group service standards were developed utilizing customer specific input, with a strong focus on clear communications, attention to detail, innovative solutions—and of course—top quality finish work.

In an industry where home builders often over promise and under deliver, The Joppa Group’s renovations team makes customer communication a strong priority. They invest time prior to the start of construction in order to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction. The Joppa Group works hard to gain a clear understanding of customer requirements, clarify project details, offer alternative solutions for consideration, and document the project plan in order to ensure that the execution is aligned with the customer’s vision. The Joppa Group knows first-hand that to be a top custom home builder takes considerable time investment, therefore they are selective with their work and careful to avoid taking on more construction projects than they can manage. They prioritize each customer and dedicate the time and resources necessary to ensure top notch craftsmanship. The Joppa Group strives to exceed customer expectations.

As an experienced builder of custom homes, the Joppa Group realizes that even with a clearly defined plan, there are often variables that may cause the original project scope to change. Understanding the nature of home renovations, the Joppa Group team is able to quickly adapt and always ready to explain options and offer creative solutions that often provide potential to enhance the original plan. While The Joppa Group works on a broad range of construction projects, they have a passion for renovating older homes and the experience essential to anticipate challenges and overcome common obstacles. As a premier custom home builder, they understand how to preserve the integrity, charm, and character of old homes while integrating modern conveniences, upgraded amenities, and maximizing the use of space. The Joppa Group has tremendous experience navigating the zoning and permit requirements that a construction company must manage to successfully renovate Newburyport’s historic homes. They also make safety a top priority, inspecting job sites daily to ensure the safety of customers and the Joppa team.

The Joppa Group was founded in 2016 by owner and Newburyport native Blake Wilcox. Blake enlists a team of equally skilled craftsmen that bring specialized expertise to each home renovation project. Blake’s background as a real estate developer strengthens his position as a top residential and commercial builder. He is used to managing projects with tight deadlines and effectively managing a budget. In addition, he has strong relationships with his sub-contractors and exceptional communication and project management skills. Blake’s background combined with his experienced team of craftsmen and relentless determination to produce top quality projects is why the Joppa Group is able to exceed customer expectations.

Whether you’re considering a home renovation, a custom build, or designing a commercial space, The Joppa Group is ready to bring your vision to life.

Joppa Group

By Blake Wilcox , Newburyport.com Correspondent
Owner, and Newburyport native, Blake founded The Joppa Group in 2016, enlisting a team of highly skilled craftsmen that bring specialized expertise and detailed project management to each home renovation project. Blake's background as a real estate developer has strengthened his position as a top residential and commercial builder. Blake brings tremendous experience managing relationships with sub-contractors as well as meeting tight deadlines, and adhering to a strict budget. His relentless determination to deliver exceptional results, is why the Joppa Group is able to exceed customer expectations.

New Construction Meets Historic Homes of Newburyport

Historic Homes of Newburyport, new construction

At The Joppa Group, we have specialized custom craftsmen to usher Newburyport’s historic homes into the 21st century, combining a blend of interior new construction layouts and designs while protecting and preserving the historic facade and charm of our homes. Redesigning historic homes for today’s uses requires a complex and time tested process of careful planning and intelligent craftsmanship. Open concept layouts and vaulted ceilings are not what post and beam homes were designed for and often are not what they are even capable of structurally without significant repair.

It all starts with a vision of how the space will be used for today’s needs, recognizing limitations of the space and developing clever designs that often blend the character of a historic home into a modern layout.  Our process often demands that we quite literally build a new construction home inside the existing historic home. We do this in such a way, that if you were to remove the original historic structure there would still be a new home standing there. Our goal is always to maintain unique attributes of historic homes, especially if they add to the structural integrity such as chimneys or wooden support beams constructed from ships. Other features that clients frequently want to maintain are built-in china cabinets, fireplaces, elaborate ceiling moldings, mantles, and other class wood carvings.

As an experienced custom home builder, this is the level of care and attention we put into the basic framing. Our true passion comes to life when we wrap the kitchen in custom cabinetry and tile work worthy of a magazine cover.  Our vision transforms into reality everywhere as we layer in thousands of feet of custom trim work through bedrooms, hallways, living rooms, and mudrooms.  The final image is accented by custom lighting and splashes of texture. Whether it’s a bold doorknob made of glass or a glass door entering a custom built pantry, our spaces are meant to pull the dreams from inside your imagination and lay them out for the world to see and experience.

Blue Ribbon Water Purification Provides a Whole House Water Filtration Solution

Great Tasting, Healthy Water From Every Faucet in Your Home

If you’ve ever had a glass of water that just tasted really exceptional, there’s a good chance it came through a water purification and water filtration system. Local Newburyport company, Blue Ribbon Water, does just that—delivering healthy, great-tasting water to every faucet in your home. What makes their product truly stand out from an ordinary water purifier is that they install their system at the entry point of your home. This allows all of the water that flows into your house to be filtered—providing the purest H2o for drinking, bathing, laundry, and more.

So is it really important to install a water filtration system? As Blue Ribbon Water points out, municipal water facilities adhere to EPA requirements to keep your water microbe and bacteria-free and safe to drink—but safe does not necessarily equal healthy. Being a local Newburyport company, Blue Ribbon Water has spent ample time researching the area’s H2o to best understand the most common municipal water problems. Residents that install a water purification system with them will be given a filter selected to address the problems they discovered in their research—trihalomethanes, silt, sediment, chlorine, and other VOC’s. Blue Ribbon Water also continuously monitors the municipal water in the area and can adapt your water filtration system if new threats emerge.

While your health is obviously the greatest benefit of water purification, there are also many additional perks to having a system in your home. These include a longer life span for appliances and your water heater with reduced sediment buildup, more vibrant skin and hair, brighter laundry, and even healthier pets. You are also reducing your plastic consumption and helping the environment with bottled quality water flowing from your faucets, removing the need to purchase your drinking H2o.

Blue Ribbon Water makes the entire process of installing and maintaining a whole house water filtration easy. They literally do everything! Your quoted price includes local licensed plumbers that will come to your home to put in your system. Blue Ribbon Water will then maintain your filtration system by changing out your filters when needed. So all you have to do is kick back and pour yourself a nice clean glass of water and enjoy. Ready to install your new water filtration system? Contact Blue Ribbon Water today and you can be up and running in just a few weeks!

Blue Ribbon Water

By Bill Cooper , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
As President & Co-Founder of Blue Ribbon Water, Bill Cooper utilizes his extensive sales and marketing experience combined with strong knowledge of local municipal water challenges to create an environmentally conscious company that delivers whole house water filtration systems. Blue Ribbon Water’s focus is to deliver “Cleaner, Healthier, Great Tasting Water” (sm) throughout the entire home, restaurant, or business. The company was founded on three simple principles: 1) Be the expert on the water in each town we do business, so our solutions is the best possible. 2) Deliver superior full customer service including installation and scheduled filter changes. 3) Be honest and don’t sell customers what they don’t need. Other water filter companies, or plumbers who do water filters ‘on the side’, lack in all these areas. For instance, many residents are told they need an expensive water softener when they do not. City water rarely needs a water softener. Other companies leave it up to the customer to remember to have their filter changed. Blue Ribbon Water keeps a database of filter changes and automatically alerts the customer. Bill has lived in Newbury with his wife Debra for over 30 years. They raised their two boys here, and Bill was on the Newbury Finance Committee.

How to Prepare for Hydrant Flushing – Scheduling & Tips

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Hydrant flushing typically occurs twice a year—in the spring and fall. Newburyport is currently in the middle of hydrant flushing which started Monday, September 20th and is expected to run through the month of October. Why does the city do it? Hydrant flushing is beneficial for the city street water pipes and ensures the safe operation of hydrants. However, the process dislodges buildup in the street pipes that then travel to your home. It’s key to know when your street is being flushed so you can take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your home.

When your street is being flushed, your water turns brown, and particles can become lodged in shower heads and faucets and settle in the bottom of water heaters. If your street is currently flushing, you should avoid drinking water from your faucet—this includes water for your pets. Along with clogging water filters and temporarily contaminating your drinking water, hydrant flushing can also discolor clothing if the water is used to do laundry.

When it’s your streets turn to be flushed, I recommend that all of my Blue Ribbon Water customers change their water filter to bypass mode. If you have a water filter, all of that ‘muck’ will be filtered out, which is good. But filters have tiny, tiny pores that can become clogged as the water passes through it, lowering your water pressure and shortening the life of your filter. We alert all of our Blue Ribbon Water customers when it’s time to change their filter settings to preserve its longevity and to give our customers an advanced warning to plan around hydrant flushing schedules.

So how should you plan for hydrant flushing? The City of Newburyport recommends a few steps that apply to both those with and without a filter.

  • Keep your eye on the city website for what day your neighborhood is being flushed.
  • On that day, limit the use of water and delay doing laundry.
  • Avoid drinking water from a faucet.
  • Do not use hot water, as particles can settle in the bottom, and take longer to clear.
  • We recommend to our customers with filters to put it in ‘bypass’ mode, if available.
  • At the end of flushing, run an outside faucet, or utility sink until the water clears up.
  • Put your water filter back in operation mode.

Newburyport provides a list of streets every morning on their homepage. They do not publish streets in advance, so you do need to check every day.

Newburyport Architects Transform Your Vision into Stunning Architectural Designs

MPG Home Design Architects Strive to Exceed Customer Expectations  

Are you in need of a an experienced architect, dedicated to providing customized design solutions at an affordable cost? MPG Home Design is a full service Architectural Design studio serving the Greater Newburyport area since 2008 with a broad offering of services including: architectural design, design consultation, and project management for any sized project.

Whether it’s new construction, home addition, kitchen, bathroom or basement remodeling, MPG architects provide sensible design solutions at an affordable price. Think of them as your “design concierge” – working hand-in-hand with clients to make the architectural design process seamless and stress free – for architectural components inside, outside and all around the home.

MPG Home Design is different than most architects. Their fee structure is easy to understand. Their process is straightforward and agile. And their goal is to demystify architectural design so clients have clarity on what they’re getting and paying for.

Clients come to MPG Home Design architects for a wide variety of deliverables including:

  • Schematic architectural design concepts to express their vision
  • Documentation and plans to secure a building permit
  • 3D modeling so they can see what a new space will look like
  • Construction details to ensure more accurate contractor estimates

The “MPG” design philosophy is all about being modern, practical and green.  They like to mash up styles – modern with traditional, soulful with functional, old with new architecture. And they always strive for cost-effective, eco-friendly solutions.

While their architects specialize in home design they also bring a similar approach to retail, commercial, corporate and hospitality projects. No matter what your architectural design needs, MPG Home Design wants every client to have an enjoyable experience. That’s why they focus on…

  • Deliberate Design: They listen and learn about the way you live so they can create design that’s both functional and aesthetic.
  • Responsiveness: They never leave you hanging. Their architects return calls, provide status reports and are always there to help. They run a tight ship!
  • A Simplified Process: They make the architectural design steps accessible and understandable by speaking like a human and avoiding archi-babble. They also offer tutorials and worksheets to educate their clients.
  • Considerations for Cost: They use a “minimum viable planning” methodology so clients don’t have to buy the whole enchilada.

Want to learn more? Give them a call about your next renovation project and they will gladly share real life experiences from over 280 projects.

Call MPG Home Design at 978-255-1515.

MPG Home Design

By Mindi Poston Gay , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Mindi is Principal Architectural Designer, Assoc. AIA (American Institute of Architects) and has been practicing architecture and interior design for over 25 years. She’s a graduate of the Boston Architectural College (BAC) with a degree in Architecture and has worked in renowned architectural firms including Payette Associates, EGA Architects, Carpenter & MacNeille Architects, Essex, MA, and TMS Architects. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Design New England Magazine, New England Home Design Magazine, North Shore Magazine, Newburyport Magazine, The Boston Globe, USA Today Home Magazine, as well as Apartment Therapy, Discovery Channel and Planet Green Channel.

Architectural Styles of Newburyport Meet Reimagined Interiors

Architectural Styles, Newburyport, MA

Architectural styles abound in Newburyport. As you drive down High Street you’ll see examples of Cape, Mission, Bungalow, Modern Farm House, Federalist, Mansard, Greek Rival, Mid-Century, Ranch, Colonial and many more. Each style represents a different part of history and design theory.

The diversity of architectural forms is what makes this town so interesting. From timeless to trendy, Newburyport’s charm is linked to the co-existence of architectural styles. Amidst the variety, big changes are afoot. You’ll see changes happening on the outside with new porticos, garage additions, modern window replacements and material/color updates. But even more is happening behind closed doors.

Long ago, rooms were smaller and heavily divided by function. It was common to have separate parlors, dining rooms, and serving quarters – Each space designed for a singular purpose. Today’s family craves more open and flexible living. To achieve this goal, the layout of the inside of a house needs to be reimagined yet still harmonize with the exterior architectural style. Thanks to technology, structural engineering and great architectural design, most homes can be dramatically transformed to better serve a modern lifestyle.

Over the last year, we’ve noticed a common theme in renovation requests. Home owners have consistently asked, “How can I…”

  • Open up the dining or living room space for better flow with the kitchen
  • Improve overall kitchen functionality – get a bigger island, more storage, open shelving
  • Blend indoor with outdoor living – get more windows, views, and light
  • Replace dated trim and molding detail with more modern, simple lines
  • Convert a tired, cluttered bathroom to a more refreshing, spa-like refuge

No matter what the architectural style of your exterior, there are endless possibilities for interior transformations. It’s fun to explore all your options. That’s why we’re fans of dreaming big and then designing across a spectrum of change, from mild to magnificent.

In most cases, the process starts by documenting the existing conditions. Using the latest 3D camera technology, we can capture hundreds of views of an existing floor plan and stitch together a “doll-house” visual model. All key dimensions are then imported into CAD to create a baseline for new designs.

From there the architectural styles are incorporated into multiple schematic designs are developed in both Floor Plan and Elevation views. Computer modeling allows us to depict the design dimensionally to bring it visually to life. Sometimes a single design rises to the surface as the winner. Other times, a mash-up of several designs becomes the new hybrid solution. The selected architectural plan is vetted for feasibility and submitted to contractors for initial bids. When done efficiently, the Schematic Design process can take less than 8 weeks.

Whether it’s an antique Sea Captain’s home, or a conventional ranch, interior home transformations can have a huge impact on day-to-day living without noticeable change to the exterior. Of course, the exterior can be transformed as well, but we’ll save that for another blog!

The result is a better use of space, increased flow, improved views, more storage, less clutter, cleaner lines, and more environmentally friendly materials… Not to mention increased home value in a rising market!

No matter what type of house you live in, there’s a way to adapt the floor plan, wall position, entry ways, staircases and any other structural or non-structural component to improve your lifestyle.  Having an architectural strategy and an architectural plan are the keys to unlocking your home’s true potential.

Want to see the possibilities? We’d be happy to show you how our experienced Newburyport architects can take your home to the next level.

Newburyport's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Experts

Optimized plumbing, heating and cooling are things that many folks take for granted until they experience an issue.  Your home should be a place where you find comfort and if you’re a business owner you want to ensure that you provide a positive experience for your customers.  The experts at Caswell Mechanical have over 18 years of experience servicing both commercial and residential customers in the greater Newburyport community and beyond.

They have knowledge with all types of heating systems including older units in historic homes and buildings as well as brand new systems installed with smart technology.  Whether you are a residential, commercial or industrial customer, you can rely on the Caswell Team.

Do you need assistance with a small plumbing project or a major renovation?  Caswell has extensive experience working with contractors and directly with home owners on new construction projects as well as home renovations.  They have the experience to handle the big jobs and are happy to assist with small projects as well.

Caswell has built their reputation on providing high-level customer service. Whether you need routine maintenance or have an emergency service call, the Caswell team can assist.  In fact, we highly recommend establishing a long-term relationship and considering a maintenance contract in order to minimize the emergency calls.  If you’re looking for a company with reliable, knowledgeable technicians, we recommend a call to Caswell Mechanical.

Caswell Mechanical

By Laura Bentley , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner of Newburyport.Com, Laura manages Business Development, Fundraising, the VIP Program, Blogging and the Events Calendar.

5 Smart-Money Reasons to Buy an HVAC Maintenance Contract

Caswell HVAC Maintenance Contract, Newburyport

Do you regularly change the oil in your car? More than likely you do, because a poorly serviced engine runs less efficiently and can create serious – and costly – problems down the road. Heating and cooling (HVAC) systems in the home work much the same way: Service them regularly and you’ll maintain efficiency and even spot small problems before they develop into expensive emergency repairs. Here are five time- and money-saving reasons why Caswell recommends that homeowners purchase an annual HVAC Maintenance Contract.

  1. An HVAC Maintenance Contract can’t eliminate all issues, but preventative maintenance can help detect a mechanical problem before it turns into an emergency situation. Pay a service fee up-front to avoid a much larger future repair bill.
  2. Annual maintenance enables our technicians to develop a long-range view of your HVAC service system. A service technician that is familiar with your system is far more likely to spot a small problem and fix it before it turns into a major malfunction.
  3. When your heating system breaks in the dead of winter, who do you call? More importantly, who calls you back? Caswell customers with an HVAC Maintenance Contract get top priority in cases of a heating or cooling system malfunction.
  4. Annual servicing helps prolong the health and efficiency of your HVAC system, and that means lower monthly energy bills for you – a significant cost savings over time.
  5. Typically customers with an HVAC Maintenance Contract get top priority with service scheduling. In fact, Caswell will contact you with a reminder to schedule your next maintenance appointment.

No one wants to pay higher energy bills and deal with emergency repairs. With an HVAC Maintenance Contract from Caswell Mechanical, it’s far less likely that you’ll have to.

Heating and Air Conditioning Experts Newburyport

A Leader in Bioheat Fuel Delivery Lombardi Oil & Gas

Experience worry free fuel delivery and home-comfort with heating and air conditioning services from Lombardi Oil & Gas!

Lombardi Oil & Gas is a service-oriented home heating/AC repair, service, installation and Bioheat fuel delivery company, located in Newburyport, MA. Lombardi Oil & Gas has been servicing the greater Newburyport community since 1958, offering professional and quality service. Their service area includes the communities of Newburyport, Newbury, Byfield, Salisbury, West Newbury, Plum Island, Merrimac, Amesbury and Seabrook.

Lombardi Oil & Gas has built their business on customer loyalty, referrals and by providing unparalleled and quality customer services. Over the past 60 years they have established deep community roots and continued support of local organizations and businesses.

Lombardi Oil & Gas invests in knowledge and training & consistently explores new heating and air conditioning technologies to promote energy conservation and environmental awareness. These include: Bioheat clean energy fuel delivery, high efficiency gas or oil heating systems, on-demand hot water weaters, ductless AC & heat pump heating / hot water systems and smart thermostats.

They provide reliable Bioheat Fuel delivery, prompt, safe and dependable heating and air-conditioning service and repair and safe and efficient installation of upgraded equipment. They respect your loyalty by offering competitive and fair pricing, and providing honest and reliable recommendations that bring true value.

Additionally, Lombardi Oil & Gas offers automatic Bioheat fuel delivery, payment plan & fixed price delivery options, multiple service plan options for both oil and gas heating, AC and hot water systems, including oil tank insurance and Annual maintenance tune-up on your gas/oil heat, AC or hot water systems.

Lombardi Oil & Gas is available to its regular accounts for emergency service 24/7, ensuring comfort, convenience, safety and peace of mind 365 days of the year.

Homeowners Choose Lombardi Oil & Gas for their delivery of safe, reliable, quality and forward thinking services.

 

Lombardi Oil & Gas

By Charity Lombardi-Simard , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Charity is president of Lombardi Oil & Gas. She is second generation in the family business that was started by her father in the 1950’s. Her interest in the industry is the continued evolution and fast-paced movement into cleaner and more efficient energy. Her vision for the business is to maintain a personal culture with the community and to provide options and service to those that heat with fuel – with focus on hi-efficiency equipment, use of new technologies and Biofuel delivery. In her personal time, Charity is active in the Icelandic Horse Community, with 2 of her own. She travels regularly to Iceland to train and supports promotion of the breed in the US.

Providing Cool Air Conditioning Comfort to our Community!

Air Conditioning, Newburyport MA

Air Conditioning used to be a luxury, but modernized homeowners are more reliant on cooler drier air. Higher efficiency options allow for comfort with less operational costs as well as creative solutions for style and decor. Lombardi Oil & Gas has been installing and servicing air conditioning system for residential customers in Newburyport and the surrounding area for many years giving us the knowledge and experience to help customers understand that In addition to making everyday life more comfortable, air conditioning does much more for homeowners.

 

 

  • Air Conditioning continuously filters and circulates indoor air, removing airborne allergens, pet dander, pollen, pollutants and more. For those with respiratory conditions or sensitive allergies, HEPA filters and air purification systems work alongside cooling units to bring needed relief.
  • Air conditioning dehumidifies the air as it cools. This is important because humidity inhibits the ability of our bodies to self-regulate temperature, and it makes cooled indoor spaces feel clammy and smell musty.
  • Many modern air conditioning offers multiple fan settings, making it possible to filter and circulate indoor air even when the Air Conditioning isn’t actively cooling helping homeowners strike a balance between cleaner air quality and lower energy bills.
  • Smart Thermostats, the latest in thermostat technology, make it easier than ever to control energy use. These thermostats can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone, and they provide the most user-friendly interface for setting up detailed cooling schedules that will save you money.
  • As an alternative to central air systems, DUCTLESS Air Conditioning & HEAT PUMP units are Great for older homes, renovated spaces and targeted cooling and heating needs – and can provide added value with savings up to 30% in heating costs.
    • Whisper Quiet
    • Quick & Easy Install
    • Year-round efficiency
    • Wi-Fi compatible
    • Wall, ceiling or floor mounted
    • Aggressive rebates available for new installations

Suggestions to keep your Air Conditioning system running at peak performance:

Keep your outdoor condenser free from leaves and brush. Sometimes you may want to hide the outdoor unit, however, please make sure to leave sufficient room around the whole unit, for proper air circulation on top and sides.

Change the filter regularly. Your air conditioner breathes through its filter, and when that filter becomes clogged, your AC unit struggles. A dirty filter can cause your fan to wear out prematurely and can sharply increase your energy use. Make a habit of replacing these on time!

Tune up your AC unit annually. Annual maintenance from a licensed technician is the only way to get your system ready for the cooling season. You’ll experience fewer breakdowns, lower energy bills and a longer life for your air conditioner.

Consider an Air Conditioning maintenance plan. The plan will cover an annual tune-up – and give you 15% off any parts and labor.

If you experience any disruptions in your cooling system, or have interested in upgrading to high efficiency or ductless, we are happy to help!

Customer satisfaction is important to us. We will offer the best value, with reliable, quality Air Conditioning service and installation and top of line expertise, to increase your comfort, convenience and safety. Call Lombardi Oil & Gas anytime to see how we can help you 978-465-7200 * Lombardioil.com!

Top Newburyport Movers Ferrick Bros. Moving Company & Storage Services

Let Ferrick Bros. Do the Heavy Lifting!

Ferrick Bros. Moving Company is a family-owned regional moving company serving commercial, residential, and industrial customers in the Newburyport area and beyond. If you’re looking for movers with a proven track record Ferrick Bros. is an excellent choice, with a long history of highly satisfied customers who have taken the time to write testimonials sharing their experiences. Whether you need movers to assist you with a same-city “mini-move” or a long-distance relocation, Ferrick Bros. provides a comprehensive scope of moving services:

Relocating your business office and equipment. Ferrick Bros. are the small-business specialists, offering appliance removal and disposal to smooth your transition.

Moving into a new house or apartment. No residential move is too small or too large.

Transporting your specialty items with care. Ferrick Bros. white-glove service will help ensure safe delivery of your valuables, from fragile antiques to grand pianos.

Let Ferrick Bros. take care of all the details! They are full-service movers providing packing, unpacking, and pad-wrap services, and free boxes and other packing supplies are available upon request. They also understand that some moves require storage options as well. Ferrick Bros. offers furniture storage and portable storage facilities to fit any storage need. If your considering a move, check out these very useful moving tips!

And the best part? As a locally owned and operated moving company, Ferrick Bros. offers highly competitive pricing compared to national chains. Their strong reputation in the Newburyport area reflects their emphasis on best value and excellent customer service.

Be sure to get your FREE Moving Estimate as soon as you begin the moving process – you could save up to 50% on the total cost of moving! Visit the Ferrick Bros. website for a same-day online estimate or, for best accuracy, they will come to you to provide a free in-house estimate. Call anytime 24/7 at 1-978-476-4229 for additional cost-saving moving and storage tips. Same-day service available.

Choose Greater Newburyport’s top movers and let Ferrick Bros. Moving Company do your heavy lifting!

Ferrick Brothers Moving Company

By Heather McDonald , Newburyport.com Correspondent
Heather is the Office Manager for Ferrick Bros. Moving Company. From start to finish Heather gathers all important details about client moving needs, she sends quotes and executes contracts. She helps coordinate move logistics and convey important client needs to the folks facilitating the moves. Heather is there to help answer questions, confirm critical details and she is there in the end to follow up with clients and gather feedback about their moving experience.

How to Compare Moving Companies – Moving Tips

Comparing Moving Companies, Moving Tips Newburyport

Moving is already a challenging task, so make your big day go as smoothly as possible and compare moving companies before selecting one. While cost is always an important factor, sometimes the “best deal” ends up with a u-haul pulling up on moving day, three hours late, with a rag tag crew handling your goods. Inastead, follow these simple moving tips to make sure you get the services you should not only expect, but deserve.

 

  • Moving Tip #1: A real moving company never minds coming out to do an onsite estimate, this will be one of your most important moving tips. Although some jobs are very easy to quote on the phone, you as the customer, deserve an onsite estimate if you desire it.
  • Moving Tip #2: Ask for certificates of insurance. One of the most important certificates is Workers’ Comp, a perfect example of why you should compare moving companies. Many companies who expect cash payment for services rendered do not have Workers’ Comp. If one of their workers get injured on the job, you could be on the hook.
  • Moving Tip #3: Always make sure the company has their own vehicles. The best way to do this is to check to see if they have a certificate proving an auto insurance policy. Ask the company to cc’ you an email with their insurance company who should be able to answer questions and provide you with the certificate.
  • Moving Tip #4: Make sure to sign a contract and put a deposit down for the services you are expecting on moving day. One of our top red flag moving tips, no contract means no commitment on your moving company’s part. Giving a deposit via check or credit card is your best assurance that you have chosen a company who is committed to getting your move done.
  • Moving Tip #5: Last but not least, one of the best ways to compare moving companies is to do a quick Google search with the owner’s name and the company name in the search bar. Check reviews to see how customers fared with the company, the good and the bad!

 

Follow these simple moving tips to compare moving companies and you’ll be home sweet home without the headaches on your next move!

If you’re planning an upcoming move please consider giving a call to Ferrick Bros. Moving Company, the earlier the better. We are able to provide our most competitive pricing when customers contact us early in the moving process.  We welcome the opportunity to give you peace of mind about your upcoming move and work very hard to ensure a very positive experience on moving day.


Full-Service Florist, Greenhouse & Garden Center

Nunan’s Florist & Greenhouses
Throughout the Years

Nunan’s Florist, Greenhouse & Garden Center is located at 269 Central Street in Georgetown, Massachusetts. Nunan’s is the North Shore’s premier floral designer for weddings and events.  We also provide exemplary residential and corporate landscaping services, and interior plantscaping design/implementation. Regularly, Nunan’s offers a variety of classes on floral design and hosts seasonal events throughout the year, which are open to the public.

Albert D. Nunan started Nunan Florist & Greenhouses as a florist shop in Saugus, Massachusetts in 1917.  Later, he relocated to Georgetown, Massachusetts. After a long and successful career, Albert passed the business down to his son Ken, who owned and managed Nunan’s for many years. In 1985, Ken was ready to retire and found two people who were eager to purchase the business.

Steve Flynn Sr. was born and raised in Middleton with 7 other siblings. During the summers and after school Steve and most of his siblings worked at Middleton Greenhouses located right down the street from their family home. During his high school years Steve knew he wanted to have a career in the agricultural world. A few years later, having a family of his own and pouring all his time into his work, Steve wanted a business of his own. Bill Guerrini was the grower there and a best friend to Steve who also lived in Middleton. Bill had the same passion for the agricultural world as Steve and spent most of his days on site taking care of all the crops. The two together decided that purchasing a place of their own was the best decision for them and their families. So, after meeting with Ken Nunan, a deal was made, a partnership was formed and an old business took on a new life.

Respectfully keeping Ken’s family name on the business, Steve and Bill grew Nunan’s into a larger and more diversified business. Over the last 30 years, Steve and Bill turned Nunan’s into what is today a full service florist, greenhouse & garden center while incorporating landscaping, plant rentals and interior plantscaping into the business. Bill is semi-retired now but comes in several times a month to help with all the crops in the greenhouses. Steve’s sister Maureen followed Steve and Bill from the beginning and is the Manager of the Garden Center area where you can find all your indoor plants. Steve’s sister Maryanne is the Office Manager, his wife Christine works in the office, his son Stephen Jr. now has the role of Owner/General Manager and his other son Brody is a full time employee. Stephen Jr.’s son Jordan, now 3rd generation, is working full time on the property. Steve Sr.’s 3 daughters, his other siblings as well as grandchildren, nieces and nephews are always eager to lend a helpful hand during the busy spring, the holidays, or any special events when needed.

Next Generation, New Ideas

Stephen Jr. resides in Georgetown right next to Nunan’s. He has 4 children and has followed in his father’s footsteps. You will always see him on the property 7 days a week. Growing up in the family business Stephen Jr. has learned a great deal about the business, the agricultural industry and the need to stay diversified due to the slow seasons. Today we see and hear about Agritourism which involves any agriculturally based operation that brings visitors to a farm, such as the corn mazes and pick-your-own pumpkins. Going with this thought and doing a lot of research, Stephen Jr. proposed the idea of adding a mini golf course to the business and calling it Nunan’s Garden Golf. How does a mini golf course relate you might ask? Well, Nunan’s mini golf course is a very well designed garden atmosphere with no structures such as dinosaurs and windmills. It is a peaceful walk through beautiful gardens as you enjoy your game of mini golf. They planted their own greenhouse grown crops of annuals, perennials as well as nursery stock they carry yearly in their nursery. Many of the unique material is labeled so if you come across something you like, just flip over your score card and write down the plants you like on the “plant wish list” so you can return at your convenience and find them in their nursery or plant area.

 If you have an appreciation for exceptional design, top quality products and friendly attentive service, a visit to Nunan’s Florist, Greenhouse & Garden Center is a must.

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 Residential & Commercial Interior Design Top Newburyport Interior Designer

Greater Newburyport’s Design Experts

Are you in need of a top North Shore Interior Designer? Worthington Interior Design serves Newburyport and the surrounding areas, offering complete residential and commercial design services for the discerning client. They welcome the opportunity to work with you creating well-functioning and distinctive spaces that are both comfortable and enjoyable.

It is important to choose an interior designer with broad project experience including: refreshes of current décor: nurseries/children’s bedrooms, master bedrooms/suites, playrooms and beyond. Worthington Interior Design can assist with renovations of family rooms, dining rooms to kitchens and baths; along with new construction projects working with Architects to bring your vision to life.

Whether it’s selecting a color palate, lighting, furnishings, window treatments or accessories, clients appreciate the Worthington experience and the strong ability to mesh with each clients unique sense of style. Choose an interior designer who can manage the details of project, budgeting and scheduling, schematic layouts/floor plans, custom millwork, detailed construction drawings, along with coordination and procurement of products and seamlessly managing installations.

Enjoy shopping and sourcing your new fabrics and furnishings with an experienced interior designer who can help save you money on products due to extensive vendor relationships. Whether shopping at the Boston Design Center or procuring through other channels, working with an experienced designer makes for sensational results. Did you know hiring a professional saves you money? You make fewer errors when it comes to furniture, fabric, accessories and art work, plus paint colors are exactly what you’re expecting the first time around!

Are you opening a new restaurant, needing a more efficient office or planning to relocate your company?  Worthington Interior Design will develop test-fits/redesign of your existing space to maximize utilization. Let the local design experts manage the details of your design project so that you can stay focused on running your business.

Whether your thinking about redesigning and decorating room by room or embarking on a major home or commercial renovation; contact Worthington Interior Design to schedule a consultation meeting.

Worthington Interior Design

By Debra Worthington , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
"Southern comfort meets New England proper" Debra Worthington, a well-seasoned professional Interior Designer, merges her southern upbringing and values with her New England traditions to assess your lifestyle. For your home or commercial space we design spaces with timeless beauty. Worthington Interior Design is located in Newburyport. Whether you're a traditionalist or modernist; we work in all genres- " antiques can always be infused with a bit of of playful urban-mix."

How about a Refreshing HOME-Over?

Home-Over, Newburyport MA

How about a refreshing HOME-Over, as the chill of winter slowly gives way to spring, chances are you’re taking stock of your home and finding little things that have been nagging at you. Although the idea of “spring cleaning” seems a little cliché, there is no better time to refresh your home with a Home-Over! Re-creating your space so that it’s healthier, more accommodating, and more livable for your family can be done on just about any budget.

Top-to-Bottom Clean

Go through your house, open the windows, and clean everything from top to bottom. Look through drawers, closets, and pantries and donate, recycle, give away, or pitch anything you no longer want or need. From a health perspective, it’s time to get rid of old makeup, shampoo, and lotion. Wash dog bedding and toys and flip mattresses.

Shake out your rugs and give carpet and tile a good deep steam cleaning. Wash walls and drapery and even scrub countertops and appliances to get an in-depth clean. Cleaning and decluttering are a major step in ridding your home of negativity. While you can do a lot of this on your own, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional cleaning team to come in and handle the details on your behalf.

Rearrange Your Space

Ever wondered how that favorite armchair would look in another corner of your living room? Or how your Ficus tree would fare in the entryway instead of the guest room? Now is the perfect time to reconfigure your rooms and even re-decorate with your own things. According to Cosmopolitan, changing up how a room is situated can give you a literal and figurative new outlook. Create conversation areas, reading nooks, or change up lighting and knickknacks in different rooms for a fresh feel.

You can use an online room configuration tool to help. Again, while this is something you can probably do yourself if you’re moving heavy items or delicate pieces up and down stairs or in or out of storage, you’ll want to have professional assistance.

Make Use of All Spaces

For many people, a basement is just a damp storage area, but it’s actually a great amount of real estate if it’s refinished. Consider turning your basement into a meditation studio or a home gym, a media and entertainment room or guest quarters. You could potentially do this yourself but working with a seasoned Interior Designer and Contractor reduces headaches and ensures the project is done correctly.

Another idea is to convert your basement into your ideal home office. One of the key considerations in a basement office is having sufficient lighting.

Costs will vary based on where you live, the type of materials being used, and the specific improvements you’re looking for, working with a seasoned professional you will avoid costly mistakes.

If you need help bringing the vision of your space to life, contact Worthington Interior Design to create the home office of your dreams.

Find the Right Contractor

Whether you’re hiring a professional trade to come in and help with a minor project or you are doing a full-scale renovation, it’s important that the professionals you bring into your home are licensed, bonded, insured, and reliable. Always get written estimates and check your area contracting authority to ensure any company you employ is in good standing. Ask for testimonials and portfolio reviews of different work projects so you have a good idea about the type of work you’ll be receiving. Also, ask for timelines for completion.

Making renovations to your home space can boost the appraised value of the house as well as increase your enjoyment of the property while you’re living in it. Make honest assessments of what you can do yourself, versus what it makes sense to have a professional handle.

Founded by Interior Designer, Debra Worthington in 2003, Worthington Interior Design and Worthington Home has been born out of working with some of the nation’s top 10 architectural/interior design firms. To work with us, please contact us today!

Home Staging & Redesign - Prepare Your Home for Sale

Get Top Price for Your Home with Minimal Investment

When preparing your home for sale, Relux Decor is the premier home staging company on the North Shore to provide you with services and tips to get top dollar. Whether you want basic advice on how to prepare your home for sale or more detailed help on projects to improve your value, Founder Ashley O’Shea and her expert team offer a wide variety of services to fit every homeowner’s needs.

While many homeowners may think that bringing in a home stager is only done for a massive home redesign, Ashley assures her clients this is not the case. Relux Decor is all about providing information. In many cases, the homeowner can spend little to no money making enhancements that will earn them a higher price in the end. The goal of Relux Decor’s home staging service is to create an emotional attachment for potential buyers. When preparing your home for sale, Ashley and her team work to make sure that everything from your listing pictures and beyond grab people’s attention and make your home stand out from the competition.

A consultation with Relux Decor begins with Ashley walking the space to identify areas that could use improvement. Clients receive a list of suggestions to help get the best price for their home. These can be as basic as decluttering to larger projects like interior styling and redesign. Ashley helps her clients prioritize their task lists and determine the most valuable investments to get their home ready for sale.

From there, Relux Design takes a non-pushy approach. Clients can opt to make home improvements themselves or work further with Relux Decor on an a la carte basis. Ashley can also connect her clients with the right vendors to get individual projects accomplished.

Relux Decor is flexible and always evolving. From paint consultations to continuing to work with homeowners post-purchase on redesigns, Ashley and her team are open to providing any service to help the realtor or client.

Ashley entered the world of home staging six years ago. Using skills from her previous career in visual merchandising for name brands like Crate and Barrel and Banana Republic, Ashley took on her first home staging project back in 2014—a condo in Charlestown. When this project was picked up by Boston Magazine, it was clear she had an eye for redesign. From there, her career took off, now frequently the first phone call for top real estate agents in the North Shore area when seeking home sale preparation assistance.

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, call Relux Decor to set up a consultation so you can feel confident your home will sell for the best possible price.

Relux Decor

By Ashley O'Shea , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Owner & Principal, Ashley is a RESA Certified Home Stager located north of Boston, whose work has been featured on Chronicle and “Top 5 Most Stunning Houses to See this Weekend” by Boston Magazine. Most recent projects include a full interior design on a 3,200 square ft. luxury condominium in the Four Seasons Residence, One Dalton, Boston. Specializing in Luxury Home Shopping and Home Staging, Ashley is fiercely committed to creating beautiful homes, and providing the highest level of service with every project. She believes in being a part of the complete process, whether you’re preparing your home for sale, or creating the home of your dreams, Ashley provides fresh ideas and designs for your home. As the founder of Relux Decor, Ashley applies her extensive customer service and educational background in her every day potential from every home. This honest, passionate, outside of the box, design approach is what allows Ashley to excel at highlighting your home’s value, as well as, help you to transition through what can be an overwhelming process. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her son, Elliot, or traveling.

A Staging Consultation Helps Sell Fast and Get Top Price for Your Home

Relux Decor Staging Consultation North Shore, Newburyport MA

What is a Home Staging Consultation and Why Should You Have One?

A staging consultation is the first step to giving your home that special “wow” factor that buyers are looking for. Here at Relux Decor we understand that selling your home is a huge endeavor. Our job as part of your home selling team, is to minimize the time your home spends on the market.

What to Expect From a Staging Consultation:

Relux Decor will work with you to determine the best time to visit your home for your staging consultation. We are friendly and professional and always have your best interests in mind. At the time of your home staging consultation, we will provide you with the most effective recommendations to promote a quick and profitable sale. Relux Decor will provide a full evaluation of your home, room by room and make recommendations for updates and repairs. We will work with you and your current furniture to create a basic staging plan in order to best prepare your home for real estate listing pictures. If need be, we can bring in items such as accent furniture, art, accessories, bedding, pillows and lighting to enhance your space.

Why is Home Staging Important?

Here at Relux Decor, we understand that your real estate listing photos are the first impression a buyer will have of your home. We strategically use a buyer’s perspective, so that your property stands out from the competition. We also understand that home staging is about emotion. It’s how a house makes us feel. It’s more than just cleaning, decluttering and decorating. It’s about creating emotional connections that will ultimately bring in that top dollar offer. Here at Relux Decor, we love what we do for our clients – and we are confident that you will too! If you have any questions or would like to schedule your north shore home staging consultation, please reach out.

Homes for Sale in Newburyport MA, The North Shore, Southern NH and Boston Metro

Local Real Estate Experts

How can you be immediately in the know about Newburyport homes for sale? Contact one of the many exceptional real estate agents from BENTLEY’S Greater Newburyport, check new listings on the the Search Real Estate tab of Newburyport.com and sign up to receive alerts about new homes for sale in Newburyport. The BENTLEY’S Greater Newburyport Real Estate Team is an independent brokerage providing extensive experience helping clients buy and sell homes on the North Shore, Southern New Hampshire and down to Boston. BENTLEY’S has been the top producing real estate team in Essex Country for the the past four years and has a very strong reputation in the Greater Newburyport community.

For most people, a home purchase or sale is the largest financial transaction they will make in their lifetime.  It is critical to work with a real estate agent and company with a proven track record.  The BENTLEY’S Greater Newburyport team has sold more homes then any other real estate team on the North Shore so they offer tremendous experience as they are familiar with every possible scenario and can recommend optimal solutions.  There are so many homes for sale. When you find the one you love you need an agent who can negotiate on your behalf and ensure that they help secure your dream home. If you are selling you are looking for someone who can help position the unique attributes of your property and help get you the highest possible price point.

Team Leader Robert Bentley is Greater Newburyport’s No. 1 Real Estate Agent for six consecutive years (2011-2016), and a Power Player for REAL Estate Talk Boston on Boston.com. Follow his team as they provide real estate reviews and share with you amazing luxury listings for sale in the Newburyport area. You can also search all MLS listings here for free, or receive an online estimate of your property with BENTLEY’S exclusive Bestimate tool.

Bentley's Real Estate

By Robert Bentley , Newburyport.Com Correspondent
CEO/Owner & Residential/Commercial Sales Specialist for Bentley's, Robert has been the #1 agent in the Greater Newburyport market since 2011 per MLSPIN.com and Bentley's Sales Records. Robert's success is due to his dominance with on-line real estate marketing, strong negotiation skills, and good old fashioned work ethic. Robert has a strong sales, marketing, and finance background and always does what is necessary to get the deal done, and make his clients happy. Experience and proven reputation are key when you are making the largest financial transaction of a life time. Call or text 781-858-5115.

Final Hines Way Townhomes Hit Market this Spring

Hines Way, Robert Bentley, Newburyport

Newburyport’s new development, Hines Way, stands out from many other projects in the port city with one-of-a-kind style and amenities. This well sought-after community, which has been built and sold in three phases so far, will bring the final phase of condos to market this spring. For buyers hoping to become part of the Hines Way neighborhood—phase 4 promises some of the development’s best properties yet with excellent locations and views. 

What makes Hines Way stand out? The condos have a coastal craftsman style that is different from any of the competition. Each townhome has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, along with the main floor set up to entertain with an open concept, high-end finishes, and a deck. The outdoor space continues with a private patio off the downstairs bonus room.

Along with beautiful interiors and private outdoor space, Hines Way continues to deliver with stunning outdoor common space. The condos line a beautiful street with expert landscaping, cobblestone walks, gorgeous granite walls, and even a pond. At the end of the street is a cul de sac featuring a flag pole with a soaring American flag, a nod to the street name itself. Hines way is named after First Lieutenant Derek Hines, a Newburyport native killed overseas while serving in Afghanistan. The flag is dedicated to Hines and his family as a thank you for his service.

While the amenities and attention to detail inside and out of the properties make these townhomes extremely desirable, what puts them over the top is the location. As all current and aspiring Newburyport residences know, location is key in this super walkable city. Hines Way gives residents access to Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail—the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful walk or bike ride and also a direct connection to downtown and the waterfront. For home buyers commuting to Boston, Hines Way is also a very quick walk or ride to the MBTA. Despite the walkability that Hines Way offers, having a car is also no problem for residences as each condo boasts a private oversized one-car garage—an extremely rare amenity in Newburyport.  

With phase 4 of this project set to come to market soon, there is still one last opportunity to call Hines Way home—don’t miss out!  The Hines Way development is being exclusively handled by Bentley Real Estate. For more information or to schedule a tour, reach out to Robert Bentley at 781.858.5115.

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