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The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program Posted on Aug 19

The Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program promotes speedy, efficient, and fair resolutions to disputes between homeowners and registered contractors and/or subcontractors regarding home improvements. It is part of the Home Improvement Contractor Act, which became Massachusetts law in 1992. Is Arbitration Right for You? Ask   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move Posted on Jul 22

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

Moving to Massachusetts: Part 1 Planning Your Move Moving With Pets Moving Day Parking Restrictions Change of Address Establishing Residency Visas Part 2 Converting an Out-Of-State Driver’s License Converting a Driver’s License From a Foreign Country Changing a Massachusetts Driver’s License or ID Address Converting   …Continue Reading Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer Posted on Jul 3

Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer

It’s tempting to blast the air conditioner during the sweltering summer months, but high energy bills can put a financial strain on your budget. Reducing your electric bill while battling summer heat is a challenge many face during this time of year. However, it is   …Continue Reading Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts Posted on May 1

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts

Spring is a popular time for people to start thinking about purchasing a new home in Massachusetts and around the country. Alongside the anticipation that comes with this endeavor are many questions: Can I afford this? Am I really ready? How do I find and   …Continue Reading Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours Posted on Apr 17

Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours

If the Commonwealth or a private business owes you money and you do not claim it after three years, then it is considered to be unclaimed property. Currently, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Treasury is holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property. Unclaimed property can   …Continue Reading Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours

Massachusetts Lemon Laws Posted on Mar 4

Massachusetts Lemon Laws

Purchasing a car is an exciting thing to do, but sometimes your new vehicle doesn’t work as expected or meet inspection standards. That’s why Massachusetts has a set of Lemon Laws to protect and reimburse consumers. The New and Leased Car Lemon Law, Used Vehicle   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Lemon Laws

11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 18

11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts

Owning a business is the dream of many Americans and starting that business converts their dream into reality. While it requires patience and lots of hard work, most small business owners are exhilarated by the ability to work for themselves and do something they love.   …Continue Reading 11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts

Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless Posted on Feb 13

Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 610,000 Americans are homeless on any given night. Nearly 25 percent of homeless people are children, with a third of them living in unsheltered places like parks, cars, and abandoned buildings. Massachusetts saw   …Continue Reading Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts Posted on Jan 28

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts

Recent bitterly cold temperatures have made this a challenging winter for everyone, but it hits those in need hardest – rising energy costs can make it difficult for Massachusetts residents to get through the winter warmly. To offset this and ensure all citizens make it   …Continue Reading Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts