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An Investment with Instant Dividends

While September has been relatively kind to us this year, with more days featuring open windows and balmy breezes than the need to curl up in a warm blanket, October is usually our warning call: Winter’s coming – and Malcarne Contracting’s ready to help you be prepared for future frosty weather.

Now is the time to check on your heating equipment, before waking up to ice on your lawn. It’s critical to maintain your heating system – to have it serviced regularly and change filters – to keep it running at its best. Wondering if your equipment needs a tune up? One call to Malcarne can have you ready to fight back when those glacial temperatures finally arrive.

Investing in something new

But what if a tune up’s not going to cut it this year?

This fall, you may find yourself in the place where your heating system is ready to call it quits, whether it’s at the end of its life or simply is costing you more to run than to replace. In this case, your old system may be doing you a favor: Malcarne Contracting can connect your home with equipment that costs you less to operate.

Bottom line? Your investment in a new heating system can actually pay for itself with the money you save in monthly heating costs. It’s a purchase that literally puts cash back in your pocket.

A financial opportunity – and more

It’s also a prospect that can affect more than just your home. Choosing to switch from a fossil-fuel-burning heating system to a cleaner earth-friendly system is also an investment in the health of our planet.

Yes, bottom line, stepping away from fossil fuels will save you money, but there’s also a bigger profit margin on this one. By choosing another heating option, we also get to be shareholders in the future of our planet. We’ve only got one – let’s not experiment with it too much.

It’s truly a win-win-win: We’re taking care of our resources, our futures and our wallets, all with one phone call to Malcarne.

Seasonal surplus specials

When you’re talking about a yield this good, there’s no time like the present to dive in. In fact, Malcarne’s offering seasonal specials for our customers to get you comfortable and prepared for what’s right around the corner. Curious about what it would mean for you to step away from fossil fuels? We’d love to walk you through the process to making your house cleaner and more energy efficient – and working harder to stack up the savings.

Before fall’s cold fingers wrap around your home – and have you reaching for blankets number two and three – give us a call.

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Worn-out roof? Now’s the time to replace it – for less!

You’ve bought extra charcoal, mowed the lawn, and are currently waiting for that garden to finally grow to fruition. It’s officially summer: Time to plan those vacations, and, this year, you may not even cringe as much as you fill up your car’s tank to prepare for a much-needed getaway.

But that good old gas tank may also provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on one of the most important pieces of your house: the roof.

Like that annual summer retreat is to our mental health, current lower-than-average gas prices have given our wallets a much-needed respite, and that’s means great news for anyone in the market for a new roof. Simply put, since roof shingles are mostly composed of asphalt, a petroleum product, they’re currently less expensive – making now the perfect time to upgrade. As oil prices shift, so do the cost of those all-important shingles.

The good news? Summer and its sunny, long days are finally here – and oil prices are down just in time to plan for a new roof, a project that’s a painless two- to three-day task, done right the first time by Malcarne professionals. The bad news? Yes, oil prices are down – but they’re also rising again: Just use your next few car fill-ups as your barometer. But that means there’s no better time than now to cross this project off your list, and to save that spending money for your next long weekend away.

Curious as to how much time you have left with what’s currently overhead? Three-tab shingles are rated for 15 to 25 years, while architectural shingles last about 30-50 years. If you’ve got 10 years or less left on either, now’s the perfect time to call in Malcarne’s experts. And while a leaky roof is a definite sign to trade old shingles for new ones, kick the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage to the curb: The ideal time to replace a roof is when it’s not broken – not when you have a puddle in your living room.

While there, Malcarne professionals can also make your home more energy-efficient, adding insulation, sealing out the weather, and keeping your heat or air conditioning from escaping your home year-round. Plus, it’s easy to add style and design with shingles’ array of shades and colors – it’s an automatic curb-appeal facelift for your home.

Whether your roof is currently leaking, drafty or needing some love, or you’ve got a decade left on its 30-year lifetime, there’s no better time than now to take the plunge on this all-important project. It’s a guarantee that oil – and shingle – prices will rise in the next several years, meaning, like perfect summer weather, low costs for roofing materials will also be taking a vacation before we know it.

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Adding luxury – and equity – to your bathroom

For nearly every kid under the age of ten (and probably many teenage boys) a conversation revolving around the bathroom is likely met with a stern, “Let’s keep that kind of talk to a minimum.” But if you’ve ever tried to sell a house, or are shopping for one, “bathroom” just may be the most important word in your vocabulary.

Ask any home expert: Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, regardless of the number of bedrooms, the size of the backyard, or even a home’s square footage. And for Malcarne Contracting, this past year pointed straight to the all-important restroom: Our most-requested work order was to overhaul our customers’ baths. In fact, even at the Hudson Valley’s most recent home show, the loo also tied with kitchens for first-place among homeowners as the most popular place to revamp – after all, everyone’s got to use it.

Thankfully, Malcarne’s experience allows you to get more than just a pretty privy. If an update’s on your to-do list, refreshing your bathroom may be as simple as installing new fixtures like a soothing rain showerhead or that trendy glass vessel sink. If your commode is stuck in the ’70s thanks to floral printed tile, boasts a leaky shower, or is – gasp! – carpeted, it may be time for a complete overhaul. A full gut allows you to choose a better layout for your bathroom, to install floor-to-ceiling tile in the shower, or to finally expand your formerly crowded vanity from one to two sinks.

And while a day at a pricy spa may be a splurge that’s just not worth busting the budget for, many homeowners get the same look and feel in their own homes – and they get to have it every day with a chic master bathroom. Malcarne can trade out that boring bathtub for the claw-foot or deep, jetted variety, give you more storage in your vanity, or even add a chandelier or frameless glass shower doors for both elegance and function.

Still, your lavatory may feel more like a latrine thanks to a small footprint – or perhaps your home lacks a master bathroom altogether. Investing in this addition adds serious home value, and Malcarne has the options and know-how to make it a reality. Whether it’s by expanding your home’s current walls, combining the current bath with a close-by closet, or even transforming a small bedroom into a bath, putting effort into an ensuite not only adds luxury, but equity as well.

Whether you’re hoping to move on to a new address or want to make your current one more comfortable, upgrading your bathrooms – from refreshing the look to a complete gut or even to an expansion of the room itself – makes both dollars and sense every time.

And that’s “potty talk” even Mom would approve of.

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Plan for home projects and renovations – and for spring – now!

For once, that silly groundhog was right.

When good old Punxsutawney Phil made his appearance back at the beginning of February, the majority of his followers likely laughed at the prospect of an early spring. But here we are in March, with Easter, gardening and vacations right around the corner, and Old Man Winter really didn’t put up much of a fuss this year.

And now that his reign is just weeks away from officially ending, it’s the perfect time to plan for those big home projects – maybe an addition, a deck perfect for outdoor entertaining, a kitchen renovation, or other major remodeling – that require a length of snow-free weather to complete.

 Also, spring’s a great time to take a home inventory: Maybe you noticed the drafts leaking in through your basement or windows. Or, you’ve decided to make those eco-friendly, energy-smart upgrades to your home, such as solar heating, after your utility bills were through the roof, even during a mild season.

If you’re considering a revamp such as these, planning time is crucial: It takes up to two to three months to meet with the experts at Malcarne, to get a game plan in place, and to put your ideas and home needs on paper. In addition, there’s often building permits to consider, which also can take time to obtain – and all of this is before the project even starts in your house.

If you’re hoping for that ensuite bathroom so you don’t have to share with the in-laws during their annual fall visit, or want to cook out on a new deck this Fourth of July, don’t let another lukewarm winter day pass by: Now’s the time to get that project in the works. Getting the ball in motion now means your house can blossom into your dream home this year, instead of waiting until spring rolls around yet again.

Sure, the winter of 2015-2016 didn’t leave the Hudson Valley rattled with Nor’easters this time – but don’t expect that to be the rule: Next year isn’t likely to do us the same favor. So rather than ignore these mild, well-above-freezing days, maybe they’re just the perfect reminder to focus on that season that inspires us to clean, turn over a new leaf, and to plan those home projects that have been wishful thinking for so long – just like a favorable prediction from fluffy old Phil.

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The Benefits Of Hiring A Contractor

If you’ve ever taken a car in for a routine oil change and come out with a bill for a thousand dollars, you can understand the frustration of not really knowing whether your mechanic is fixing a legitimate problem, or getting himself an early Christmas bonus. The headaches are even bigger when it comes to your house: Unless you’re experienced in electric, plumbing and a menagerie of other trades, a complicated job such as a home addition can be downright scary.

Enter the contractor: With years of training and a network of resources, a contractor – like the experienced professionals at Malcarne Contracting – can make sense financially as well as save you time and trouble.

Although some homeowners decide against contractors for their “extra cost,” in reality, a contractor can save you money. Unlike a single tradesperson, who may have to raise a quote when something unexpected surfaces, contractors typically stick to a fixed-price offer – and will likely get better pricing with the tradespeople they hire because of the repeat business they give. Typically, at the end of a job, a homeowner is likely to pay 10 to 20 percent more without a contractor.

And, when it comes to a project that means orchestrating a team of people, such as a home addition, the advantages go even deeper than just your bank account: First of all, it’s in a contractors’ best interest to get homeowners the best possible outcome on the job – that’s their number-one priority. Unlike a layperson, as a professional experienced in all stages of construction, the contractor can tell if, for example, a repair actually needs to take place, ensuring that the homeowner isn’t taken advantage of. Part of their job description is to find reliable, well-trained professionals who do quality work, on schedule, and in the correct order.

If something goes wrong and you’re working with one tradesperson, it probably won’t be difficult to assign responsibility for the problem. However, when your front door seems like it’s revolving from the amount of workers going in and out during a job such as an addition, if you aren’t well-versed in excavating, masonry, framing, insulation, carpentry, flooring and a host of other things, it may not be so easy. With his or her expertise, a general contractor’s job is to make any problems right – saving you aggravation as well as dollars.

At Malcarne Contracting, the convenience continues with one-stop shopping. You can work with one of our architects to get your vision on paper, continue the job with an experienced contractor, and use tradespeople that we’ve had many excellent experiences with. Since all contractors are not created equal, getting to know their previous experience, references and commitment to their work is key, and it’s crucial to interview them before you commit – something we do with each of our clients.

Like any good relationship, a contractor who you can trust and connect with, and who understands your vision, can mean happiness in the long run. It’s almost a guarantee that challenges will arise on the job, but Malcarne’s there around the clock to help work things out. After all, if you can’t approach your contractor with questions and concerns, chances are you won’t be happy with the final product.

Thankfully, once you have a rapport set up with your contractor, you’ve got an ally for any housing-project need. And, the professionals at Malcarne Contracting have the resources, knowledge of insurances and laws, and decades of experience to ensure that the job is done right – every time.

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Home Own/ Contractor Relationship

Whether you meet in a club, a church or a chat room, relationships – even good, long-lasting ones – can be complicated. And while you’re not likely to be annoyed with them for leaving dirty socks on the floor, your relationship with contractors can seem a bit like a marriage: feeling compatible is key. Still, with a solid foundation and a little understanding, committing to a contractor can turn out to be a match made in relationship heaven.

In today’s economy, the temptation when finding a contractor is to weigh your options by price alone. If one company offers to redo your kitchen for $2,000 less than a competitor, it must be the better option – right? This is where getting to know your craftsperson is critical. Yes, staying within a budget is important, but shop around for more than just price. In addition to cost, look for three or four qualified, capable contractors and build your decision around their talent and your shared vision. Look closely into that bottom-line quote: Is everything included? And, more importantly, how is the company’s reputation? Go with your gut feeling: Do you feel comfortable with them? If you don’t from the beginning, chances are it won’t get better as the relationship progresses.

Of course, good contractors have all the required certifications and insurances – and good track records. Interested in getting a bathroom remodeled? Find out whether bathrooms are a company specialty or if it’s their first time with this type of renovation. References are a must, so talk to someone who just had his or her washroom completed by the same contractor. Be sure to find out what happens when there are bumps in the road, too: Many larger renovations, such as kitchen and bathroom remodels or additions, present unforeseen challenges. It’s important to know how the contractor handles those trials throughout the project.

Like any relationship, the beginning stage may include a honeymoon period, where you’re willing to overlook the mud tracked into the house or a missed phone call. During the short, one-day jobs, such as new roofing or siding, this may never be a problem, but longer renovations can stretch a relationship, making it even more important to feel comfortable with your contractor. Knowing that he or she won’t sweep issues under the rug is critical.

While the interaction may seem a bit more one-sided than those on the dating scene, your contractor is actually interviewing you as well. At Malcarne Contracting, we want to be sure we’re able to provide the best possible service and experience – which means we need to know as much about your project goals as we can. You want your dream kitchen, bathroom or addition – and the feeling’s mutual on our end – but committing to a vision can be difficult, or challenging to explain. Before your first meeting with a contractor, look through home-improvement magazines and tear out examples of rooms you love. Grab a few paint samples that speak to your style. Do you dream of white kitchen cabinets for your renovation, or a more rustic wood stain? Love marble or gravitate toward granite? By having a clear understanding of what you want, we can more easily figure out how to bring those goals to life.

At Malcarne, we’re interested in a long-term connection: Our career is our passion, and we want you to love our work as well. Home is where your heart is – and that’s where ours is, too.

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