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Should you hire a handyman?
While you may be able to do some or all of the small jobs that need doing in your home, you just may not have the time or desire to tackle them yourself. It may make more sense to hire a handyman. Here are some tips on when to hire someone, and things to keep in mind when doing so.
- Do you need to do chores such as mounting a tv on the wall, adding weather-stripping or cleaning gutters?
- Do you need to replace a fan, a light fixture or switch, a door lock or door?
- Do you need to repair drywall or patch and paint holes?
- Do you need to repair a table leg, cabinet door or repaint furniture?
- Do you need to replace the “guts” in your toilet, or replace the toilet itself? Do you want to swap out your old faucets for new?
These are definitely easy jobs for a handyman to address. And if you have him take them on all at once, you may be able to work a better deal on the cost.
Before you agree to start any project, confirm with the handyman that he has liability insurance and get all estimates in writing. And be sure to check to see if any of the items you’re replacing or repairing are under warranty. You don’t want to risk voiding a warranty by using someone not authorized to do the work. You also don’t want to pay for a new item if your warranty will provide a new one for free!
34 Argilla Rd, Andover, MA 01810
287 N Main St, Andover, MA 01810
Finally – the Weekend!
The holiday decorations are already out in stores. Here’s your chance to get ahead of the game, at the 24thAnnual New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair. It takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds, where you’ll find over 200 of the regions finest Craftspeople selling their American made arts and crafts, including Folk Art, Engraving, Floral Arrangements, Tapestry Bags, Quilts, Paper Crafts, Toys, Aroma Therapy, Personal Care, Pet Treats & Accessories and so so so much more! An added plus: there will be a "food sampling" extravaganza with such gourmet delights as Soup Mixes, Hot Sauces, Jams and Jellies, Italian Pasta Sauce, Pastries, Wine Slushy Mixes, Herbal Dips, Greek Olive Oils, Roasted Nuts, Balsamic Vinegars, Honey, Gluten Free Cupcakes, Maple Syrup and a plethora of other deliciousness – all in one spot! www.castleberryfairs.com
Let your little one be a princess or prince for the day, enjoy a tasty brunch, and rock the dance floor at the Royal Ball and Brunch! There’s still seating available at the Royal Ball and Brunch at Salvatore’s Restaurant in Lawrence on Sunday. In addition to a delicious brunch buffet, there will be a pancake decorating station, lots of singing and dancing, meet & greets with the princesses, a craft to take home and more fun stuff! http://bit.ly/34UgBLA
Have you been to the charming Wenham Museum? On Saturday you can shop a wonderful assortment of hand-made artisan goods for everyone on your list at the annual Sleigh Bell Artisan Fair! The fair benefits the Wenham Museum - Artisans generously donate 20% of their sales to benefit the museum's exhibits and programs. In addition to the wares for sale, local author and illustrator Matt Tavares will be signing his new holiday book, Dasher, and True North Ale Co. Pop-Up Tavern will be located in the museum's historic house. You can also have a scrumptious lunch in the Wenham Tea House and let the kids have a ball at the Wenham Children’s Museum. https://www.wenhammuseum.org/
North Andover Shop Local Weekend is back! Patronize the local merchants impacted by the Columbia Gas disaster and you’ll not only help our local business owners recover, but will also receive a gift card to use at a later time. For a list of merchants and rules for participation in the gift card giveaway, please visit http://bit.ly/2qUaqIu
Check out the wine tasting at Pamplemousse in Reading on Saturday from 4-7 pm. Not only will you be able to sample some fantastic wines, but you can pick up some local and imported artisan cheeses and gourmet treats, stock up on some fun kitchen gadgets or buy some seasonal décor. http://www.pmousse.com/
Visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers on Saturday between 10 and 4 for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration with re-enactors from different time periods, and hearth cooking demonstrations. Have a cup of mulled cider while you stroll the property listening to music and warming up by the roaring fire. Or visit the dress up booth or make a pomander at our craft table. There will be Holiday Trivia at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and the North Shore Players will present a preview of their show called "Christmas in Times of Conflict" at 1:00 pm. http://www.rebeccanurse.org/
Glassblowing is fascinating. Now you can try it yourself! The Bubble Factory in Essex is holding a beginner glassblowing class on Saturday from 9-10 where you can learn the basic skills of manipulating molten glass in the hotshop. All students will make and ornament and can purchase items on display in the showroom. The cost includes glass, safety glasses and color. https://www.bubblefactoryma.com/
There’s Friday Night Lights and then there’s Friday Night Flights! Friday from 4-7 pm guests at the Privateer Rum tasting room in Ipswich will sample four different seasonally themed cocktails custom selected by Privateer’s very own Kevin Martin and Bob McCoy. You'll be able to enjoy a seasonal flight made with Privateer’s world-class rums, and go home with a recipe card so you can recreate the cocktails at home. All Privateer rums included in the cocktail flights will also be available to purchase.
Calling all Disco lovers! Breakaway in Danvers presents “Dancin’ Machine”, re-creating the experience of a 1970's Discotheque. The band is comprised of 11 musicians, with 4 great vocalists, a burning horn section and lots of groovin’ percussion, to recapture the authentic look and sound of the original artists without the use of tracks, sequencers or any other electronic device that plays back music. Saturday from 8:30 pm – 1:00 am.
Introduction to Mountain Biking Class, Sunday in Andover. Knowledgeable instructors will help you learn and practice various riding techniques on a beginner-friendly trail, including body and pedal position, shifting, braking, climbing, descending and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. They will also discuss important communication skills and mountain biking trail etiquette with the aim of keeping multi-use trails open and safe for everyone.! If you don’t have a bike, students will be provided one no additional charge. Recommended for those 14 and older; those under 18 must be accompanied by parent or responsible adult. This class is for those who are already comfortable riding a bike on flat and even terrain. http://bit.ly/2qUHf8c
Restaurant Weeks! Newburyport’s Restaurant Week winds down this weekend, but if you missed it you have a second chance with Restaurant Week Portsmouth & The Seacoast! Over 40 restaurants are offering special three course prix fixe menus: $19.95 for lunch or $34.95 for dinner, per person. Some restaurants extend the $19.95 value price to dinner as well! Just be sure to make a reservation when you can, as space fills up quickly during the Seacoast’s 10-day culinary event of the season. You can also find local special offers from area hotels, shops, and attractions nearby! For participating restaurants, menus and drink specials go to www.RestaurantWeekPortsmouth.com
Open Houses! Please contact a member of The Carroll Group for a list of this weekend’s Open Houses, or to schedule a private showing of any property on the market.
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