As we put away all of the Halloween lights and goulish lawn ornaments, witches, spider webs, headstones and Jack-O-Lantern decorations for this 2018 season, here are some thoughts as to some soon must-do’s and seasonal should-do’s.
Before the white stuff really starts to fly, do you want to have – or do you already have – a “plow guy” for big storms? Now is the best time to confirm things, or, to ask around for those providing residential plowing service this season. The worst time to need assistance getting plowed-out is when that unexpected first snow happens to be a 24” to 36” event, and you then need to scramble to find someone to help you – when everyone needs help! So discuss your needs, plan expectations, and you can avoid unexpected difficulties!
If you have not yet cleaned your furnace, get it done, and you will maximize your fuel efficiency by making sure all is running in top shape. It is also the best time to fuel up. Typically, once the first cold snap happens, we see a rush to demand and a rise in home heating fuel pricing. The average price of home heating oil right now is in the $2.80-$2.90 range here regionally this first week of November, 2018. No one expects those prices to drop any time soon.
Words of Safety: Look carefully at the exhaust of your heating units. Should they exit via the wall of your home as many do today, is there anything located outside underneath that vent, that would allow for the snow to quickly build-up and then cover up your vent? Have any creatures like birds, mice or squirrels built any nests where you might not expect? Now is the time to look carefully for safety reasons. And along with safety, as we change the clocks and ‘Fall Back’ 1 hour, it is prudent to change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at this time. We want a very safe and enjoyable upcoming winter season for everyone here in our great Maine Sebago Lakes Region.
Make it a great week!
It is that time of year again when everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice – located in the heart of the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region – we know how important it is to remind everyone that this coming Wednesday it will be very, very important to drive very safely in the late afternoon and after-dark early evening hours, as Halloween is celebrated. We all want only a very safe and delightful day in our region for all during this year’s celebration. As always on this Holiday there will be many excited children in costume Trick-or-Treating in the dark that is now our late afternoon, again this year during a regular weekday commute home from work. Driving extra attentively is imperative as you approach and enter any neighborhoods on the 31st late afternoon and early evening. There are few holidays that children look forward to more than Halloween and we want to remind you that excited young children often act impulsively without understanding the potential danger of how their actions – which can be the opposite of a pleading parent – could get them in swift danger and in harms way in our many neighborhoods. On Wednesday it will be a best practice to expect the unexpected when driving in the afternoon and evening. No one wants any reports of any difficulties, especially here in the great Maine Lakes Region where there are many neighborhoods that are traditionally very safe locations for our trick or treaters of all ages, who look to spread the joy on this ghoulishly fun 2018 evening. The weather is predicted to be cloudy and in the in low 50 degree range dropping into the upper 40’s this coming Wednesday. Thank you for making sure that you spread the word and remind everyone you know that is driving on Wednesday, to be extra careful and expect, the unexpected! Thank you again this year! And as always, make it a great week!
With the end of Fair Season here in the great Sebago Lakes region of Maine, we usually are looking at vest, flannel shirt, and hat weather as we transition into full fall season, but not so fast! We certainly have some Indian summer hanging tough here,
going into the second full week of October, temperatures many days this week coming are predicted to be in the 70’s and even the low 80°’s! And a reminder: Trick or Treaters will be out at the end of this month and there are bulk deals on candy available still now while it is warm and the demand is not yet peak. And though daylight savings time usually takes place in late October, this year it is a bit later and is still almost a month away, with the clocks not falling back until November 4th this year. Our Maine Sebago Lakes Region is beginning to enjoying almost peak foliage with the higher elevations to our west and north now reaching peak colors with our weather still not giving us any sign of a hard frost yet overnight in sight. Home heating oil prices have gone up 10 to 15 cents, to an average around $2.80 per gallon as we all should check our fuel gages and plan accordingly. This is also a great time to come and see us so you can visit the camp and the Lakefront properties we have to offer while it is still easy to get to all properties, before the snow does fly this fall, and so that we can show you the many value-packed opportunities we have to offer throughout our great Maine Sebago Lakes Region.
We offer a full assortment of real estate services including the sale and purchase of residential property, land, vacation, lakefront and waterfront homes, fixer-uppers, commercial, new construction packages. Our experience in the region is unmatched! Call us today. You will be glad that you did!
Make it a great week!
It is officially Fall this next weekend starting on Saturday. A clearer sign for me, is the annual Cumberland Fair starting Sunday September 23rd for a week, immediately followed by the Fryeburg Fair starting Sunday September 30th. And for you fans of the Fryeberg Fair, this places Monday October 1st as Woodsman’s Day, a great annual event, here in the great Maine Lakes Region Of Maine. With two of our big area Agricultural Fairs rapidly approaching on the horizon, you can visit the official websites for entertainment and schedules of events at these URL’s / Links:
Welcome to the 147th Cumberland Fair
With our weather getting cooler at night and our daylight fading earlier and earlier each evening it seems, it is going to be increasingly important to consider preparations for our colder weather season, that is also not far over the horizon. It will soon be time to remove window air conditioning units to conserve heat, with furnace and heating units now starting-up as the daylight each day keeps shortening. Make sure that your oil burning furnaces, your wood stoves, your pellet stoves, and all of your heating units are safe and in good running condition. Cleaning them now will pay you measurable dividends in lower maintenance costs and fuel savings. If you have storm windows, it will soon be time for the glass to be in place instead of screens, and tighten-up any drafty areas such as doors, including your garage door if you have an attached garage. Soon the leaves that have started to turn will be falling from the trees. My personal wish is that we will not have to start doing our Fall season yard work clean-up, until after we’ve had a chance to get out and enjoy some time at the area Agricultural Fairs with family and friends. Be thankful that we have recently been spared some very difficult weather that has way too much of our friends in the mid-Atlantic Region now flooded due to Hurricane Florence. Let’s get out and enjoy our delightful Maine Sebago Lakes Region this late summer and Fall!
Whether you are preparing your home for sale, or you are out looking at new property with us or others, or, you are a property owner reading this that is also feeling the change in the season, it is time to prepare our properties for the upcoming season here in the great Sebago Lakes Region of Maine.
One of the most important annual, or at least every other seasonal events, is maintenance to your heating system. Furnaces should be cleaned, all furnace and fuel filters should be changed, and you should carefully inspect your exhaust path for any obstructions, birds or bees nests, making sure that your burned fuel efficiently and effectively exits your structure. These facts lead directly to protecting yourself and those you care about should anything malfunction in your heating systems. Any old smoke detector should be replaced with new detectors that will sound in the event of fire, or in the presence of any carbon monoxide, also making an alert noise when the primary or back-up battery is approaching its need to be replaced. Other efficient steps are to clean the sills in your home for effective shutting and locking of all of your windows and doors, significantly reducing drafts. If you do not have storm windows to put in place of your screens there are both indoor and outdoor kits available to install plastic vapor barriers to assist in lowering your heating cost and lowering additional chilly drafts during the upcoming heating season that typically runs into May each year. This gives us here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region a heating season from September through May of eight months annually on average, that will require heating at some times.
Taking care of the exterior and seasonal functions of your properties now in early September before much colder weather becomes the norm, will make your efforts both more effective, and more enjoyable, including garage door and all exterior door vapor barriers are easier to do when your fingers are not numb due to the cold.
Make it a great week!
Those of us blessed to work here at Maine Real Estate Choice know the value that comes with owning property here in the region. Whether you plan on living here full time year-round or if you are looking for that second home or camp for weekend or seasonal getaway fun, a huge blessing being located here in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region, includes the many activities available in this four seasons region where many of us are blessed to call home.
While we are on average a half hour to 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean to our east, we are only on average 45 minutes to an hour away from truly world class mountains located in both western Maine and eastern New Hampshire, especially in the White Mountains Nation onal Forest. The highest peak in the continental northeast, Mt. Washington, is clearly visible from the heart of our great Sebago Lakes Region, weather permitting, and the diversity this region offers our day-to-day options is the envy of many who have neither mountain activity nor ocean activity options available on any given day. And being here, now major city access is not only just a two hour drive to Boston, but if you so choose, the Amtrak Downeaster is now a seasoned option for hassle-free simple and fun options into North Station Boston Garden. Check out the Dome Car options coming up this month:
Whatever you might want to do, odds are very good that you can enjoy it here, or, nearby the great Sebago Lakes Maine Region.
Get out there, and make it a great week!
It is mid-July here in the Maine Sebago Lakes region, and it’s important to remember – especially for those of us blessed to live hear full time – that well within a one hour drive, the ocean and some of the finest mountains anywhere on earth, are right here. And in-between: you can enjoy dozens and dozens of lakes, ponds, and hiking or you can climb aboard the Amtrack Downeaster train in Portland for Boston, or north to stops in Freeport and Brunswick.. and soon beyond. Your love of trains can take you west to North Conway to the scenic ride station in the middle of downtown, and the cog railway to the highest point in the Northeast, up the west side of Mount Washington. If you prefer you can drive to the summit up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the summit, always a memorable experience. And while we are talking about driving, here is a worthwhile area tip to remember: if you can avoid driving west on Route 302 during the weekly peak: which happens Friday starting early to mid-afternoons into the early evening, you will be glad that you did, the northbound Maine Turnpike peak each week. Also avoiding traveling eastbound on route 302 mid-to-late afternoons Sunday’s is recommended, as is an early Sunday arrival onto the Maine Turnpike southbound. Enjoyment of what you want to do here in peak summer season is often about ‘the early bird getting the worm.’ Early arrivals are a must at lake beaches such as TassleTop in Raymond and Sebago Lake State Park in Naples if you are expecting a place to park or entrance at these and the many other beaches here in the region on the busiest days. And one last reminder for this peak summer 2018 season: everyone wants your summer fun to be without incidents so make sure that you and your family members wear sunscreen, drive safety, and do not let anyone drink and drive!
Make it a great week from all of us here at Maine Real Estate Choice!
With this weekend ending the Fourth of July festivities, I suggest we can expect this Monday early morning work commute to be back to a more normal flow, with many individuals taking four vacation days around the Independence Day Holiday this year.
Everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice hopes you have all enjoyed the holiday this year, and we could not be more thrilled about many things here these days: who can complain about the great weather, and the wonder and the joy that is the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region, especially at this time of year. One thing that we all want you to be aware of, is that there has never been a better time to look into what your property is really worth, in today’s market. Even if you are only remotely considering selling or relocating of possibly upgrading your home, or downsizing and simplifying is what may be best for you and your family, please give us a call. We can not emphasize enough that you may have the ability to afford a lot more than you may think, based on the fact that almost every property that does go to market at this time, is receiving unprecedented attention and value. We are more than pleased to sit down and talk with you about your short term goals and we want to fully understand your long term goals as well, to give you the best possible advice so that our valuable team members experience can help you as it has helped so many here in the Maine Sebago Lakes Region. We are pleased to supply references because we pride ourselves on our client relationships and our work ethic to do our very best to meet and exceed your needs. It has never been more important to have a Real Estate Agent at your side – and please ask us why if you are not sure why this is true in today’s marketplace – and we strongly suggest it has never been more important to have the right Real Estate Agent, at your side. Calling us today, is a great way to accomplish this! We look forward to hearing from you!
With weekend activities in full swing this first week of June, and the increase in vehicle traffic here in the great Maine Sebago Lakes Region, we can already remind you to head west early on Route 302 any Friday from now until the Fall, and start heading east early on any Sunday – if you want to maximize and be most efficient on how much time you’ll need to spend in your car in the area! It does seem like summer already with the marina slips full of boats and lake and nearby ocean moorings reaching capacity, even though technically it is not summer until the week after next. Does anyone else still find it odd, each year, that on the very first official day of summer, the days actually peak in length and then start to get shorter? It just simply feels wrong, for the last day of Spring to be the longest day and shortest night, of the year. Already here in the Sebago Lakes Region of Maine you can still see light in the sky and the last parts of a good sunset as late as nine-thirty in the evening, and that will extend to almost ten p.m. here in the area, as we approach the official Calendar start of summer 2018. Per the title of this blog, there is more excellent weather predicted for the next week and the immediate beyond, leading up to the first official day of summer. It is a very exciting time here in the region, with one of our major area events taking place next week – and always, on Fathers Day Weekend. We hope that you might visit us at our office here in Naples Maine sometime on Father’s Day Weekend, as here in Naples, the Maine Blues Festival that starts on Friday evening and runs through Sunday evening on several outdoor stages and within many Naples, Maine establishments during Father’s Day Weekend, is happening this next weekend, with Father’s day falling on the 17th of June this year. If you have never come to the Maine Blues Festival, it is almost impossible to have anything other than a delightful time. Please take a look at his year’s schedule of events, and everyone here at Maine Real Estate Choice hopes that we will see you here in town, next weekend!