No dinner plans? Wondering what to do this evening? My suggestion, pack a picnic (or get take out from one on the many fabulous restaurants that line our Maine Street) and head to the Mall. Not the shopping mall, but the village green kind of mall. Under the gazebo, Jimmy Junkins and the Big Fat Cadillac Band will be playing from 6:00 to 8:00! Gather your chair or blanket, make yourself comfortable, and get ready to enjoy the band, the food and the weather!
If you’re looking for a few, easy things to do to increase your curb appeal before you go on the market or to jazz up some new photos if you’ve been trying to sell for awhile, adding a few simple touches to your front porch or deck is a great place to start. You can begin to show off your home before the Buyers even open the front door. And there are some really easy things that you can do this weekend!
You don’t need to be fancy, just a few simple touches will work. And don’t try to change your style, keep the front porch (or deck) just an exterior version of your interior style. Light and breezy inside? Don’t try to be dark and heavy outside!
Start by just painting your front door. A fresh coat of paint will never hurt you, as long as it’s a color that will appeal to most Buyers ~ your favorite fushia may not be the right color for this project! Add as much lighting as you can, ~ don’t forget that Buyers tend to drive by homes they are interested in at night checking out the neighborhood!
Add some comfortable furniture ~ let the Buyers stop and sit before they leave to get a feel for the home and surroundings.
You get the picture, right? And a picture is what we are trying to create here, that this is a home not just a house, both inside and out!
The new Mainebiz Fact Book 2015 just arrived, and what a great resource for information for anyone already living and working here, but also for anyone who is thinking about relocating home and/or business to our wonderful state! For a digital look at the Factbook, click on http://bit.ly/1fuxdQE.
I’ve been calling Maine home since 1987, and couldn’t be happier here. What about you, are you a native? A new resident? A visitor? What do you love about our Great State of Maine (and that reminds me of the air show coming up soon…more on that later!!
A functional and updated kitchen, an open and flowing floor plan, plenty of storage, and spacious master suite will help win your buyers’ hearts. But before they even enter your home to be wowed by these things, they need to be wowed by your landscaping, your curb appeal. Their first impressions. Some buyers will decide based on the look of the outside of your home whether they’ll even bother to come inside. Trust me, they do!
If your lawn isn’t mowed, the front yard is cluttered, or the house paint is faded or chipped, you may find that the For Sale sign in your yard won’t be enough to get those buyers out of the car and into your home.
It’s time for a Real Estate Face Lift!
Fortunately, you don’t have to hire a landscape company to come and redo your entire yard, there are a few things that you can do that are pretty simple and will make a big difference.
If you’ve still got last falls leaves, rake rake rake. Take out any dead or dying shrubs, plants or trees. A few colorful pots of annuals for a splash of color is a good substitute for dead and brown plants!
Take a walk around the outside of your home and note which areas need freshening up. If you have chipping paint, get it taken care of. Too much lawn furniture? Put some away. Kid’s toys scattered about? Store them in the garage when not in use.
Important to remember….your yard and home need to look great ALL the time, not just minutes before a scheduled showing. Most buyers are doing drive bys now….long before you and I know they may be interested in asking for a showing, they have cruised by the house and neighborhood….and what they see may turn them off from even getting
The time and money you put into cleaning up your front yard will help attract buyers and keep them from by-passing your home.
An early summer weekend activity starts Friday with the 42nd Annual Old Port Festival. With music, food, arts and crafts and more, it’s a not to miss this weekend. http://www.oldportfestival.net/
Not enough notice? Well, Boothbay Harbors’ 53rd Annual Windjammers Days starts on June 21st, plenty of time for planning for that week! http://www.windjammerdays.org/
Of course, the 4th of July wouldn’t be the same without the 42nd Annual Bath Heritage Days, with parades and fireworks! http://bathheritagedays.com/
That takes us into July with more festivals, fireworks, food and fun to follow all summer long!
Don’t want to wait for a weekend, check out these two sites for ongoing activities!
The top 30 things to do in Portland, including beer tours, food tours and boat tours http://bit.ly/1TbOcWS
The top 30 Things to do in Midcoast Maine, including lighthouses, beaches and wineries http://bit.ly/1BZhXzy
6.13.15 The 42nd Annual Old Port Festival Weekend
6.23.15 Windjammers Days Boothbay Harbor
7.2.15 The 42nd Annual Bath Heritage Days
7.17.15 The 50th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival
7.29.15 Maine Lobster Festival
Apparently not everyone has their own tiara, but if you do, like me, what better event could there be in Brunswick after a long, cold winter! Sign up early or show up night of ~ March 27th ~ and be pampered and entertained in style!
Click here for more info ~ hope to see you there! bit.ly/1Fr1OqT
How can you not love this sense of humor? Anything to get us through these next few weeks, right?!
So I don’t really think that chanting “snow snow go away come again another day” (someone other than me must remember shouting that as a kid when the rain just wouldn’t let up, right??) is going to work.
I’ve tried it. Didn’t work. And a curse to all of those folks who did snow dances at the beginning of the winter ~ next time get together and do just the ONE dance, not all of the assorted dances! Did you really want this much?
I’m starting to feel trapped, snowbound and mad. Not necessarily in that order either!
I don’t ski or skate, but as long as the wind isn’t whipping through my layers of sweaters and coats, browsing up and down the Main Streets of Bath and Brunswick can be a ton of fun…we have such great little shops with unique items and both towns. And LOTS of coffee shops to stop into to warm up, grab a latte and muffin and head back out. Bookstores are my favorite, and we have a new one on Front Street in Bath called the Mustard Seed…( http://bit.ly/1zimfQ2 ) that’s on my list for this weekend!
The Nest (http://www.mainenest.com/ ) and The Hatch on Maine Street in Brunswick are great for gifts, and not just for yourself!
So what do you like to do get through these next few (fingers crossed) weeks until spring? Please share!
Today marks the beginning of the year of the Goat…and the Chinese New Year!
This is a festival marking the start of the Chinese new year. The date changes every year as it begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Traditionally, preparations for today, which include a through cleaning of your home, should have begun Tuesday, as it’s considered bad luck to “sweep away good luck” on the first two days of the year.
Paper and lantern decorations are put up. People tend to sport new clothes and bring gifts for each other at huge dinners, usually attended by all members of the family.
Cash, known as “lucky money”, is given to children in red envelopes. Firework displays and colorful lion and dragon parades are set up in the streets, or transmitted through the television, for entertainment.
Tons of info on the year of the Goat ~http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/goat.asp
Yes, I know, this could be anywhere anytime….but it was taken today in MidCoast Maine, and we have another foot of snow coming, so don’t you think this is just another twist of the knife…like, sure, we can plant seeds……in July maybe!!