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Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving with a pet can be stressful for you, and for your four-legged friend. There are plenty of things you can do, though, that will make things a little bit easier for your pet. That’s true whether you’re moving down the street or across the country. If you choose a place like Maine and you’re coming from a warm climate, you’ll also have to get your pet used to the different weather. It’s often best to plan your move when the weather is mild, but you may not always have that choice. READ MORE

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How to prepare for an appraisal

If you’re about to put your Maine home on the market, you’ll want to take some time to prepare for listing it. Through the process of selling the home, you’ll generally need to have an inspection and an appraisal. While that’s not the case in all sales, it’s the “norm,” and very common. Many people get ready for the inspection as much as they can, but few people give any thought to the appraisal. Rather than ignore it and just hope it works out okay, though, there are some things you should consider and you will also want to make sure it is “show” ready for the day that the appraiser comes by. READ MORE

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Fair Housing and Real Estate

In real estate dealings, it’s very important that everyone is fair to everyone else. Sellers want to get the most they can for their home, and buyers want to pay as little as possible. That’s completely understandable, and something worth carefully considering, but there are also laws that have to be followed with real estate transactions. Many of these regulations are based on fair housing laws, which are designed to ensure that people who work in real estate don’t allow discrimination in the purchase and sale of housing. This is also true with landlords, as they must rent fairly and without discriminating. READ MORE

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What to do about mold – is it really a problem?

When you’re getting your house ready to sell or looking at other houses to buy, one of the things you really don’t want to see are mold problems. With the cold Maine winters you might think mold can’t survive, but that’s not entirely true. There’s still plenty of moisture in the air throughout most of the year, and the interior of a house can stay warm and damp, even if it’s cold and dry outdoors. Mold cleanup can also be expensive, so it’s something most people want to avoid. If you find mold and you’re not sure how serious the problem is, consider these mold and health myths facts. READ MORE

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Staging a lake house – How to prepare a lakefront home for sale

If you’re planning on selling your beautiful home on Sebago Lake, you’ll want to engage the services of a good Realtor. Of course, you still want to do your part to make sure you can sell quickly and for a good price. One of the best ways you can do that is through properly staging your home. If it’s a lakefront house, there are two important parts to staging. You want the home to be warm and welcoming all on its own, but you also want to take advantage of the beautiful views and easy water access you have with a home that’s right on the lake. READ MORE

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Keeping Sebago Lake Healthy & the Dangers of Milfoil

Sebago Lake is a beautiful place to spend time, and a top Maine vacation destination. It’s an excellent choice for a place to buy real estate, as well, since there are excellent vacation homes available there. If you see a home for sale in the area, you’ll want to talk with Veronica Schneider, a local Realtor in order to find out more about it. If you have a home for sale in the area, you’ll need to consider what you should do to get the very best price. One of the things you can do is to help keep the lake healthy, and that means reducing milfoil. READ MORE

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Top Things You Can Do Before Listing Your Southern Maine Home for Sale

Here’s a checklist of things that you should do before you ever list your home on the  market:

Beautify your home. The cleaner, prettier, and larger your home looks, the higher the offer price will be. So give your home a makeover by doing such things as trimming your front hedges, cleaning out the gutters, mowing the lawn, and giving the exterior/interior a fresh coat of paint. READ MORE