Best of Boston Home 2013

Every year we consult with dozens of local experts, then hit the pavement ourselves to create a list of talented, trustworthy pros ready to make your dream project a reality. Happy nesting!



Photograph courtesy of CHRISSIS & COMPANY INTERIORS

Home Staging

Too often staging jobs end up looking like a study in mediocre interior design, but Julie Chrissis’s work is the exception. A former Rhode Island School of Design faculty member, Chrissis creates rooms with enough elegance and energy to motivate buyers to make an offer. Careful, though. Once Chrissis is done staging your home, you may fall in love with it all over again.



Need to be in two places at once? Call on one of Fini Concierge’s highly organized staffers to wait at your home for the cable guy, shop for a special gift, organize a party, plan your next vacation, or close your summer home down for the season. Someone can even water your thirsty ferns when you’re away.

877 Beacon St., Boston, 617-247-0043,


Paul and Gail Nelson began operating Marathon Moving out of their garage in 2000, and since then countless satisfied clients have given the company an A-plus BBB rating, not to mention a Super Service Award from Angie’s List, no small feat for a moving company. Marathon also maintains a 23,000-square-foot temperature-controlled storage facility, so if the move requires a temporary layover, your belongings will remain packed safely away until you’re ready for them.

129 York Ave., Randolph, 877-424-1976,


Sometimes it’s the small jobs—fixing a porch, regrouting a tub—that are the toughest to schedule with a contractor. That’s where Henry Scopa comes in. His crew of builders will respond quickly, then get to work tackling any project you throw at them efficiently and professionally.

16 Shetland St., Boston, 617-921-2127,


Photograph by Greg Prembu

Sustainable Builder

When Tom Grant founded his construction company in 1991, few homeowners were looking for eco-friendly building solutions. Undeterred, Grant kept up with the latest trends in insulation, glazing, and systems technology. Now that just about everyone is looking to save energy, he’s able to take advantage of that knowledge, constructing extraordinarily weather-tight homes with exquisite details.

Norfolk, 508-541-4108,

Professional Organizer

The adage “tidy house, tidy mind” might sound old-fashioned, but given the speed at which life moves these days, it’s never been more true. Trained as a social worker, Debby Fenn of Away It Goes has the knowledge and experience to help you through a major move or a minor home-office decluttering. She works quickly, leaving a bevy of happy clients in her orderly wake.

Belmont, 617-913-0734,

Cleaning Service

Your family deserves better than a home cleaned with toxic chemicals. Thankfully, this Cambridge-based team of grime-busters will arrive at your abode armed with all-natural cleaning solutions; HEPA-filter vacuums; and environmentally friendly microfiber towels, then get to work scrubbing germy sinks and dirty floors till they sparkle.

Cambridge, 617-981-9294,

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