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May
2

Housewarming Gifts

If you have a friend or family member who has recently bought a home, giving them a gift is a lovely tradition that helps them celebrate their new residence. 

Our real estate agents suggest choosing from the following housewarming gift ideas that are sure to please new homeowners:

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February
28

Moving Tips for Collection

Moving is never an easy feat, but it becomes significantly more complicated when a collection is involved. Whether it's made up of stamps, action figures, or rare books, your collection is important to you, and so is getting it safely into your new home. From prep work to moving day, this list of tips from our real estate agents covers everything you need to know to successfully move your beloved treasures.  

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February
22

Visiting a New Town

With our identities and lifestyles closely tied to our hometowns, it creates one of our strongest relationships. If you're moving to a new city, will you be able to forge another bond that fits your wants and needs? Use these valuable tips from our real estate agents to determine if you and your new city are a match.

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February
7

Adopting a DogIf you've decided to adopt a dog, congratulations! You're about to embark on an exciting journey with your new best friend, who will shower you with unconditional love and affection.

A new pet often feels scared, anxious, excited, and inquisitive about a strange environment, so you need to prepare your home for your pet's arrival. To help your dog adjust, our real estate agents suggest that you pet-proof your home before your dog arrives. Here are eight tips to welcome your new fur baby to a safe, comfortable, happy home.

8 Tips for Adding a New Pet to Your Home

  1. Purchase Essential Pet Supplies
    Make a trip to the local pet store to gather essential supplies including dog food; tasty treats; food and water bowls; a dog collar and a leash; a comfortable dog bed; and a few toys. Dogs love to chew, so buy some milk bones, rawhide chews, and chew toys. If this is your first dog, talk to someone at the pet store or animal shelter about the best supplies for your dog's breed, size, and weight. You may need to make some adjustments in food and treats after you get to know your dog, but make sure you have the essentials ready for the new arrival.

  2. Find a Local Veterinarian
    Becoming a pet parent comes with responsibilities like regular visits to a veterinarian for health exams, vaccines and shots, dental cleanings, and medications. You need to find a veterinarian and a 24-hour emergency animal hospital that's in your area. Schedule an appointment for a checkup with the vet and keep the emergency numbers handy. If you adopt your dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization, try to get records of any shots and treatments the dog had while in their care. If the dog is not spayed, neutered, or micro-chipped, have those procedures done when you take your dog to the vet.

  3. Create a Space Specifically for Them
    To help your dog feel safe and comfortable in a new home, create a comfortable space where the dog can relax and sleep. Consider investing in a dog crate with a cozy bed inside where your dog can retreat when feeling anxious or fearful. Crate training provides a secure place for your dog when you're not at home. If you don't want a crate, set up a quiet space in the house with a dog bed, blankets, and a few familiar toys.

  4. Prepare for House Training
    While an older dog who lived with another family is likely house-trained, you will need to house-train a new puppy. Typically, puppies can control their bladder for one hour for every month of age. If your puppy is three months old, don't wait more than 3 hours between bathroom breaks outside and invest in puppy training pads for indoors.

  5. Plan for Walks and Exercise
    All dogs, big and small, love to go on long walks to see the sights, greet other dogs, and smell other scents around the neighborhood. If you're adopting a dog, it's important to make time for daily walks and regular exercise to keep your dog active, healthy, and fit. Larger, active breeds like border collies, huskies, labs, and German shepherds need to run and exercise, while small breeds like chihuahuas and terriers may be happy with a quick walk around the block.

  6. Secure Your Home and Yard
    Before you bring your dog home, secure your home and yard to minimize the chance of your dog getting injured or lost. You can also install a pet door that allows your dog to go outside when you're not at home. Keep in mind that some breeds like huskies are notorious escape artists, so your fence will need to be solid and at least 8 feet high.

  7. Make Family Ground Rules
    Before bringing your dog home, it's a good idea to make some family ground rules to ensure everyone is on the same page. Set rules about where the dog is and is not allowed to go if the dog's allowed on the furniture, and where the dog should sleep. Developing a chore list for family members makes everyone responsible for the dog's daily care and activities. Taking the dog for walks is a great task for older kids because it teaches them pet responsibilities.

  8. Establish a Routine
    Pets function best on a routine schedule for meals, walks, playtime, and sleep. Determine your dog care regimen with family members as soon as you bring the dog home. Most dogs are fed twice a day at regular times, so make sure someone is responsible for daily feedings. Establish routines for daily walks, trips to the dog park, playtime, doggie daycare, and sleep schedules. A routine will make your dog feel more secure and less anxious.

Adding a pet to your household is one of the many perks of homeownership. If you're considering buying a home that is more pet-friendly, contact us for information and prices on available properties that meet your needs.

    September
    20

    Moving Tips

    It's no secret that moving can be stressful! When you're packing up your entire life and relocating across the country, it's important to make sure you're prepared. Spending some time planning your move will help ensure everything goes off without a hitch. 

    Not sure where to start? You're in luck! Our real estate agents often work with clients from out of state and have created a helpful guide to help with planning cross-country moves. Here are a few of the most important tips. 

    Cross-Country Moving Tips

    • Start by Decluttering
      There's no sense paying someone to move stuff you don't really want or need. You'll save yourself money if you declutter before you move. Even better, you may be able to make some extra money by having a yard sale, working with a consignment store, or selling items online. You can also donate gently-used items to local nonprofits.
    • Ask for Help
      There's nothing worse than trying to handle a cross-country move by yourself. Don't hesitate to ask for help with certain tasks. Even school-age kids can pack up boxes of non-essentials if they're shown the proper way to do it. There's also nothing wrong with asking family and friends to come over and lend you a hand. 
    • Book Travel Arrangements Early
      You don't want to scramble to figure out your travel arrangements at the last minute. Having the right airline and hotel reservations can make or break your move, so make sure you spend some time doing your research and start booking your reservations at least a month in advance. 
    • Get Quotes from Multiple Movers
      A cross-country move can be expensive, so it pays to get estimates from at least three or four different moving companies before making your final decision. Make sure each company you're considering is licensed and insured. Be careful not to make your decision solely on price. It's also important to consider their anticipated delivery time, the services included, and whether you feel comfortable with the company's reputation. Many of the best moving companies book up quickly, so it's important to get started on this as soon as possible. 
    • Take Photos or Videos of Your Items
      When packing up valuable items, it's a great idea to take photos or videos to document their condition. This way, if they arrive damaged, you'll be able to easily show proof to the moving company. 
    • Get the Driver's Contact Number
      When you're moving cross-country, you can sometimes wait a week or longer for your items to arrive. Getting a contact number for the driver can help give you some extra peace of mind. 
    • Consider Moving Insurance
      Most moving companies offer a free moving policy, but these typically only cover the bare minimum. When booking your move, consider whether you need Full Value Protection. This will hold the mover accountable for covering the actual cash value of your items. You'll also have to weigh the pros and cons of choosing a policy from your mover versus getting one from a third-party insurance company. 
    • Bring Valuables and Important Paperwork
      Make sure to protect your valuables and important paperwork by keeping them with you instead of sending them with the movers. Some of the items you'll want to keep with you include jewelry, heirlooms, your birth certificate, and your marriage license. 
    • Pack a Bag of Essentials
      As you're packing up your belongings, make sure to keep a separate bag or a suitcase for your essentials. This should include everything you need for moving day and the first few days after you arrive. Make sure you have at least a few changes of clothing, all your necessary toiletries, medications, and items like towels, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, pet food, child necessities. 
    • Examine Your Items Carefully
      When the movers arrive with your items, make sure you inspect them thoroughly. This is particularly important for large items, like furniture and anything valuable. If you notice any damage, take photos and contact the movers right away. 
    • Update Your Information
      Thanks to modern technology, it's now super easy to change your address. You can just visit USPS.com and select the date you want the post office to start forwarding your mail. You'll also need to change your address with your bank and credit card companies and change over your new utilities. 
    • Get a New Driver's License
      If you're living in a new state, you'll need to get a new driver's license. To do this, make an appointment at your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and bring all the necessary paperwork so they can issue you a new license. 
    • Explore Your Neighborhood
      Now that all the hard stuff is done, it's time to settle into your new home and get comfortable in your new neighborhood. This means getting outside and saying hello to your new neighbors. This is also a good time to start exploring local parks, restaurants, and retail shops. You may also want to check out your local Nextdoor.com group. 

    Are you planning to relocate soon? Our agents would love to help you find your dream home! Contact us today. 

    September
    13

    Bar Hartbor Living
    Our real estate agents
    think Bar Harbor is an incredible town to live in, but you don't have to take our word for it. Let us share some facts, figures, and general information showing why Bar Harbor makes a great place to call home for all ages and lifestyles.

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    July
    5

    New Neighbors

    When you move, you're not just getting a new house. You're getting a new community. Your new neighbors can help you with everything from showing you where the best grocery store in the area is, to loaning you a leaf blower when it's time for yard work, to calling the authorities if they notice something wrong while you're not there. They can also turn into lifelong friends. First, however, you need to meet and get to know them. Here are a few ways to do that.

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    October
    5

    Move to New England

    Buying a home is quite an undertaking, even when you're just moving across the neighborhood. Relocating to a different state presents even more challenges. With so many individuals moving to a different climate, relocating for work, or simply packing up and heading to a city that suits their evolving lifestyle, buying a home in a different state is becoming increasingly common.

    Zoom Towns are also driving out of state relocation. Zoom Towns are towns that are seeing an increase in residents, specifically professionals who desire a remote workplace in an area that offers more space and solitude than larger urban settings. For instance, the Zoom Towns are popping up throughout New England as professionals from the greater NYC and Boston areas seek out work-from-home opportunities.

    If you're considering buying a home in a different state, here are a few things that you should know.

    1. Do Plenty of Research
      If you think you've done enough research on your desired location, do some more! There are many aspects of your new area that will impact your life, such as new residential or commercial developments, new roadway construction, and school rezoning. Learn as much as possible about the area you desire so you can feel fully informed when you arrive.

    2. Create a Moving Checklist
      While a moving checklist is helpful for all moves, it's especially vital when relocating to a new state. For instance, many homeowners forget to change their address for delivery services such as Amazon. By creating a to-do list that addresses all aspects of your previous home life, you can ensure that you have everything transitioned to your new home as smoothly as possible.

    3. Try to Visit the Area 
      It may be difficult to travel to another state every weekend, but you should try to visit the area a few times before your move. Spend a night or two near where your new home is and live life like a local. Go for a drive during peak traffic hours. Discover where your favorite stores are located. Find a few hidden gems. The more frequently you visit, the more like home it will feel.

    4. Understand the Other Costs of Living 
      Unfortunately, home values are not the same across the country. Not only do you need to understand how much home you can afford via the mortgage, but you also much take note of the cost of living in your new area. For instance, you may not pay a state income tax in Florida, but you will in Pennsylvania. Also, moving from Florida to Pennsylvania may decrease your air conditioning usage, but your electric bill may still rise as you use your furnace more often. Make a spreadsheet of your current yearly living expenses and try to find data from your new location to help you compare costs.

    5. Ask "Stupid" Questions
      Buying a home is one of the largest financial purchases you'll ever make, so you should ask as many questions as you have. When it comes to real estate transactions, there are no stupid questions. Your agent will be happy to answer and address every concern you have, so you feel comfortable and confident in your purchase.

    Moving to a new state doesn't need to be overly complicated. Whether you're headed to a Zoom Town for work or relocating for family, following these tips will help make the process as swift, smooth, and stress-free as possible. And you don't have to go through this process alone! Our expert agents and our extended network of real estate professionals across the country are here to assist. Contact us today to get started. 

    September
    14

    Packing Tips

    You've bought your dream house. You're ready to move in. Now comes the really stressful part: packing and moving. Remember that the key to a smooth move is good organization. Even if you're hiring professional movers to take some of the load off you, it's still wise to have a plan when you move.

    Take a look at these tips and live by them as you organize and pack. You'll be glad you did.

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    August
    25

    New England dominated this year's hottest ZIP codes by zipcode. Realtor.com released its hottest ZIP codes of 2020 report on Tuesday, which revealed that more towns in the Northeast made the list than last year.

    "The hottest zip codes have bucked the national trend of a housing market slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic," Danielle Hale, realtor.com's chief economist said in the report.

    "Even during the pandemic, homes in the hottest markets were selling at a blistering pace, with the median days on market in all of the top neighborhoods being under a month," Hale said. "Likewise, all of the hottest zip codes saw demand increase, with rising views per property on realtor.com compared to last year."

    Hottest New England ZIP Codes:

    #4 | Melrose, MA - 02176

    #5 | South Portland, ME - 04106

    #7 | Hudson, NH - 03051

    #8 | Worcester, MA - 01602

    top cities by zip code 2020

    Are you ready to start your home search now? Explore New England!

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