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7 Steps to Buying Your Home

Define your needs. Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new home! Before you go house hunting, it’s a good idea to define what kind of home and neighborhood would best suit your desires and needs – make a wish list. Share this list with me. The finer the details, the more effective your home search will be. To further define your needs, you may want to divide your lists into negotiable and non-negotiable items, so I can operate with some flexibility when scouting for homes on your behalf. Get prequalified or preapproved. Now that you know what you want...
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Tips on starting a new home improvement project

Have you found yourself longingly peering into the yard next door to check out their new water feature only to start drawing up the blueprints for your own a week later? If you answered yes, turns out you’re just one of the many who experience jealousy—and a little competitive drive—over others’ home improvement projects. In fact, a recent survey from The Home Depot conducted by Wakefield Research not only revealed what home improvement projects are most popular, but the motivation behind the projects, as well. Here are some of the findings: More than half of respondents feel the urge to...
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Deciding on a “best selling price” for...

  Setting the list price for your home involves evaluating various market conditions and financial factors. During this phase of the home selling process, I will help you set your list price based on: pricing considerations comparable sales market conditions offering incentives estimated net proceeds Pricing Considerations – Find a Balance Between Too High and Too Low When setting a list price for your home, you should be aware of a buyer’s frame of mind. Consider the following pricing factors: If you set the price too high, your house won’t be picked for viewing, even though it may be much nicer...
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How to Cut your Fuel Costs During this Cold Maine ...

How to Inspect Windows, Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks Big picture inspection: A home air pressure test , available from businesses like Eco-Analysts, Inc (207-386-0450) in Woolwich, Me,  sucks air into the house to reveal air leaks that increase your energy bills. To inspect windows and other openings: Seal the house by locking all doors, windows, skylights, and shutting all vents. Close all dampers and vents. Turn on all kitchen and bath exhaust fans. Pass a burning incense stick along all openings–windows, doors, fireplaces, outlets–to pinpoint air rushing in from the outside. Windows and the outside world: Air and...
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