• 30 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803
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Fresh Start Staff Trained in Mass RRP LEAD Certification

At Fresh Start Contracting, we believe strongly in the safety and care of our crews as well as our clients homes we work in. Our staff and crews have participated in hundreds of hours of training in LEAD certification so that they learn the proper methods of renovating a safe space.

Federal law requires all renovation, repair, and painting firms (including sole proprietorship’s) working in housing, or facilities where children are routinely present, built before 1978, to be certified in LEAD safety training. Federal law also requires that a “Certified Renovator” be assigned to each job, and that all involved individuals are trained in the use of lead-safe work practices and must provide lead-safe work practices training to all non-certified renovation workers on a job site.

Contractors working in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin are authorized to administer their own RRP programs in lieu of the federal program. The Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule establishes requirements for firms and individuals performing renovations to help prevent lead exposure.

To become a Certified Renovator, a person must complete a renovator training course accredited by EPA or an EPA authorized program which will teach you how to work lead safe.

According to the EPA, the LEAD Safety Training focuses the following points:

  • Set up the job site safely
  • Minimize dust on the job
  • Clean up carefully and completely

In addition, the EPA provides a Small Entity Compliance Guide to on “How to Renovate Right” that includes:

  • The certified firm must assign a Certified Renovator to each renovation job it performs.
    • The firm must notify the homeowner or tenants about lead hazards. Download EPA’s lead hazard information pamphlet Renovate Right: Important Lead Hazard Information for Families, Child Care Providers, and Schools (PDF) | en español (PDF) .
      • The firm must document compliance with this requirement; EPA’s pre-renovation disclosure form (PDF)  may be used for this purpose.
    • The certified renovator must perform or direct certain key tasks during the renovation and be present on-site during those key tasks, including while:
      • Signs are being posted before the job;
      • The work area is being contained; and
      • The work area is being cleaned post-renovation.
    • The certified renovator must perform cleaning verification after the job is finished.
  • The certified firm and renovator must make sure that other workers on the renovation job follow lead-safe work practices.
  • The certified firm and renovator must prepare and maintain records.

By following lead-safe work practices, our crews at Fresh Start Contracting are best prepared to prevent lead hazards in client homes.

Give us a call today at 617-833-9202 and let’s talk today about your next home project

 

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Our Newest Ad in Scout Magazine

We’ve placed our newest add in Scout Magazine, a local lifestyle magazine delivered to over 80,000 homes in Cambridge and Somerville. Keep a look out for the next edition in Cambridge and Somerville mailboxes.

Scout Magazines are also available at select bins, for free, in Cambridge and Somerville neighborhoods.

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Best of Houzz 2016: Fresh Start Contracting

Fresh Start Contracting of Belmont, MA Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Belmont, MA, January 13, 2016 – Fresh Start Contracting of Belmont, MA has won “Best Of Design and Customer Service,” on Houzz ®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 20+ staff contracting business founded by childhood friends Ben O’Sullivan Pierce and Nick Stamos was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“This award reflects the time and energy we’ve committed to satisfying our clients with great service and quality work over the last 10 years in business” said Ben O’Sullivan Pierce, Co-owner of Fresh Start Contracting.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Fresh Start Contracting, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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Project Preview: Busch Renovation

For the Busch Renovation, the client went for a modernized kitchen look with the addition of shaker cabinets, stainless steel finishes and an island centerpiece that brings all the family together. We also redesigned the bathroom with a stand up shower with multiple shower heads, and an aged wood finish.  You can see the project on our portfolio page.

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Project Preview: Sherman Renovation

For the Sherman Renovation, the client went for a rustic yet contemporary look for their kitchen and living room split. We also redesigned the bathoom with a custom sink, stand alone bathtub and a stone wall.  You can see the project on our portfolio page.

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A Fresh Start to Our Website

We recently enlisted a web designer from Clearwater Branding  to redesign our existing website. Our focus with the redesign was to highlight the wonderful work we do for our clients while creating an online platform for visitors that is easy to navigate on all devices: desktop, mobile and tablets.

The outcome speaks to the quality standards we impart on our selves and we’re happy to share it with you today.

 

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You’re already here. Navigate through our project portfolios and other work examples to see all the great work we do. Email us with any questions.

Enjoy!

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Project Preview: Ash Renovation

For this project, we used the couples’ silk rugs, some of which were acquired on a shopping trip in Turkey, as a starting point for the color palette in each room. Pops of blue and interesting geometric shapes appear around the house, giving each room a unique personality.

See the entire project on our portfolio page here.

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Project Preview: Trowbridge Renovation

For the Trowbridge Renvation, the client went for a gut remodel of their aging kitchen.  The customer had custom cabinets built, new Carrera Marble countertops and a full tile backsplash installed. You can see the project on our portfolio page here.

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See our most recent Ad in Scout Magazine

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Living in the Cambridge or Somerville area? Keep a look out for our most recent ad in this months bi-monthly edition of Scout Magazine delivered to Cambridge and Somerville homes and businesses.

 

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Angie’s List Awards Fresh Start with 2014 Super Service Award

Angie’s List awarded us with the 2014 Super Service award, reflecting our exemplary year of service provided to site members and consumer reviews.

Roughly 5% of residential contracting companies in Greater Boston perform consistently to earn the Super Service Award. According to Angie’s List CEO, this is a really high standard. Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating overall.

We’re extremely excited and humbled by this honor and have been fortunate to have worked with some great home owners over the years. It makes our job enjoyable that we are able to improve people’s homes year after year!

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