BLDUP Newsletter

Property Owners HATE Headaches, but We LOVE Them 08/28/20

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There is no doubt that real estate is a strong asset class, even given today’s current climate. Across the city of Boston, new projects are being proposed while others move forward in construction at an accelerated pace. Property owners may also be able to take advantage of very low-interest rates and refinance existing assets in order to increase equity in their property and reduce property aging. However, while owning property is a solid investment - it does come with its fair share of headaches, some of which can be avoided. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common problems property owners and managers run into and explore how having the right team in place is key in mitigating issues. 

Historically Hard to Permit Properties

From Back Bay to Beacon Hill, Boston is brimming with historic charm, but when it’s time for an upgrade or even general maintenance - these properties require several levels of approval to begin work. Within Boston, the Landmarks Commission and its 9 historic district commissions oversee proposed changes that can include anything from window replacement, general repairs, painting, and masonry to new signage. 

Dealing with this level of detail and complex approval can certainly be a headache for a property owner - however, this process can be made less painless by hiring the right team. A skilled general contractor, like AAA Royal Construction, adept at handling historic renovations and heavy paperwork, will be ready to guide your project from approval to completion.

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Pictured: 56 St. Botolph Street. The property, former home of the Boston Musical Conservatory, required new windows. AAA supplied and installed historically approved Marvin windows throughout the building.

Putting off Exterior Repairs

As most renters or buyers aren’t super concerned with a building’s facade, property owners often prioritize interior upgrades over facade repair, roofing, or window replacement projects. However, this common pitfall can lead to more headaches in the long run. Window & building envelope problems can create unhappy tenants, run up utility costs, and in some cases lead to property damage from leaks. Having a facade inspection program in place can help in detecting any problems before they become major issues. But, if you’ve fallen into this trap, AAA Royal Construction can help. Their extensive experience in building envelope and window replacement across a wide range of property types provides the proper insight into the remaining lifespan of your exterior.

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Pictured: West Mill, North Andover, MA. Here AAA Royal retrofitted over 540 historical windows and also installed new panning and trim on the project. 

Given Boston’s size, there are a large number of contractor options available. However, many firms in hopes of winning a bid, may underprice the job, lack the experience needed for a complicated project, and fail to provide quality service and craftsmanship. This leaves you, the property owner, stuck with a new set of problems and potentially angry tenants.  In looking for a general contractor, the key is to find a firm that actually thrives on complex projects. 

Tight quarters, tough deadlines, unhappy tenants; it takes a certain skill set to be ready and willing to handle these types of projects. AAA Royal has that wealth of experience and provides the highest quality work for their clients.  This love of problem-solving may be why a common sentiment often heard around the AAA Royal offices is:  "property owners hate headaches, but we love them." 

For help alleviating your latest headache, email Greg Agnew or visit AAA Royal Construction’s Website.


Contributor Bio

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AAA Royal Construction was founded in 1991 as a window replacement company. Since our founding, we have expanded to offer complete property solutions and are able to meet all renovation, property management, and build/design needs. We provide a wide range of services for commercial applications, including work in:

- Commercial (Public/Private)
- Institutional/University
- Historic

For more than 28 years, commercial construction managers and architects across New England have relied on AAA Royal Construction to add value to their property, provide solutions to complex problems, and complete work on time during difficult conditions.

We have responded by providing outstanding and unmatched customer service, quality engineered products, and on-budget materials. As a result, we've gained a solid reputation for delivering a wide range of services and solutions that are unlike any other in New England.

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