faq

What Areas Do You Serve?

As one of the premier remodeling contractors in Massachusetts, we frequently get calls for remodeling requests from as far West as Worcester, as far North as Methuen, as far East as Boston, or as far South as Norwood. While we may accept these jobs (depending on the size), most of our projects are completed in the Merrimack Valley. Below is a detailed list of towns we regularly serve. If you do not see your town on this list, please contact us and we'll be happy to discuss the possibilities.

  • Acton

  • Arlington

  • Bedford

  • Belmont

  • Billerica

  • Burlington

  • Carlisle

  • Chelmsford

  • Concord

  • Lexington
  • Lincoln

 

  • Littleton

  • Medford

  • Melrose

  • Needham

  • Newton

  • North Reading

  • Reading

  • Stoneham

  • Sudbury
  • Tewksbury
  • Wakefield

 

  • Waltham

  • Watertown

  • Wayland

  • Wellesley

  • Westford

  • Weston

  • Wilmington

  • Winchester

  • Woburn

 

What Brand(s) of Product to do you use?

Harrington Construction uses an array of products (brands) to complete each project. We recommend only the best products from companies like:

 

Why do I need to hire a general contractor (GC) for my remodeling project?

Hiring a qualified GC will bring their expertise into the preparation, building, quality control, and completion of your project. It is the best way to ensure your project will proceed in a timely fashion, and with the fewest possible "surprises". Homeowners that run their own jobs tend to not get the same attention and service from subcontractors and suppliers that the qualified GC will get. Remember, the homeowner represents only one job for the subcontractor or supplier, while the GC represents many jobs. While you may save a little money trying to GC your own job, it will be an enormous amount of work, and will most definitely take longer to complete the project.

 

What are the advantages of a design/build remodeling company like Harrington Construction?

From a homeowner perspective, a design/build general contractor (GC) provides you, the client, a single source of responsibility, authority and cost control for your remodeling project, from start to finish. With the traditional design/bid/build process, each critical phase typically involves different responsible and vested parties. This approach could lead you, as a homeowner, to:

 

1. Pay for a design which cannot realistically be built within your overall budget;
2. Deal with multiple and often mutually exclusive parties to resolve discrepancies between the design and the plan/build specifications; and/or
3. Be subject to schedule delays and/or cost overruns if issues cannot be resolved quickly between all vested parties.

 

Do I need a permit for my project and how long does it take?

In most home remodel / addition projects, the answer is, "Yes". However, every building department is different and has their own building guidelines (this varies by town). Every property has a set of zoning requirements that is defined at your local building department. Many of the requirements can be found online or by calling or visiting your city or county building department. We can help you after scheduling a free "in-home estimate" and/or "design consultation". The length of time it takes to "pull a permit" ultimately depends on your town. Most single story additions can be permitted in one to two weeks. Second story additions will often take 2 or more months.

 

Should I get my own plans?

Our advice is, "No". Do not get your own plans, and there are a couple reasons why;

 

1. Homeowners who get their own plans are often surprised by the project cost over run during the building of their project. As a result, their project must be put on hold.

2. During the building process, there are often changes that need to be made to the plans. This puts the responsibility back on the homeowner, which adds additional costs, as well as puts the job on hold.

3. A design-build contractor working with the homeowner during the design and planning stage will foresee and prevent most larger obstacles down the road. As a result, there will be fewer plan changes, less future costs, and fewer project delays.

 

Is Harrington Construction licensed and insured?

Yes. We are Licensed and Registered to do home improvement projects in the state of Massachusetts. We are fully insured and carry workman's compensation and liability insurance for all of our employees. Our license number and information is located on the about us page.

 

Do you have full-time employees?

Yes. Harrington Construction employs a team of professionals who have been with us for many years. We never pick up "day workers". We generally perform all demolition, carpentry and cleanup with our own workforce. We have established relationships with stable and quality service-minded specialty subcontractors that we work with on an ongoing basis. They understand our high expectations already and are ready to provide superior service. We also supervise and monitor each project thoroughly to ensure a positive outcome for all parties involved.

If you have more questions, please contact us:

E-mail: customerservice@harringtonconstruction.us