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Posted by Mark Warden on 11/15/2016

In New Hampshire, many homeowners desire adding a pellet stove or wood stove into their home to provide another source of heat. Below you'll find the pros & cons of each.

Pellet stoves are often cheaper than woodstoves, but this could become break even when considering fuel; pellet stoves run on pellets, while wood stoves run on chopped wood. It is sometimes easier to acquire chopped wood, especially if you cut it yourself from felled trees. Pellets can be a bit harder to find and are not as self-sufficient.

A downside to pellet stoves is that they are reliant on electricity, while wood stoves are not. If you lose power and donít have a generator, then your pellet stove would stop functioning. Wood stoves, on the other hand, are a bit more dangerous since you actually have to tend to the wood & add more in. With a pellet stove, the pellets feed in automatically and require no tending.

Which is best for you? It depends on your specific needs. Visiting a local store and speaking with the sales staff can help you determine that best fit for your home.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 11/2/2016

New Hampshire winters can be pretty harsh, especially to those who've not experienced a New England winter before. Following are some tips to help you prepare & stay safe:

1. During and after the first good storm, people will drive recklessly, so be sure to give yourself extra distance. Defensive driving is key.

2. While not necessary, a set of winter tires or studded snow tires can make driving during a storm a little safer. .

3. If you live outside of the city (or on the outskirts) you will lose power. Power will likely be restored within 12 hours. A generator is a good idea to have on-hand for times like these. Likewise, alternate heat sources (like wood stoves) will help heat your house during times like these.

4. If you own a house, you'll want to invest in a snow blower. It's also a good idea to mark your driveway with snow poles. Since you can't tell where your driveway ends when there's a lot of snow on it, the poles will help guide you when you snow blow.

5. Another essential if you own a house is a roof rake. Yes, people in New Hampshire rake their roofs. While it may sound funny, raking your roof will help to alleviate the snow load on your roof.†

6. Make sure you have warm gloves and good comfortable boots.

7. Buy a windshield scraper and car snow brush now while the selection is good.†

8. Buy a remote car starter. You will appreciate the convenience of not having to run out to start your car in single-digit temperatures.

9. Practice driving in the snow. If you can find a vacant parking lot, practicing how to get out of skids is a great idea.

10. Load your car with a winter safety kit. You never know if you'll be stranded because of weather or road closures, so it's smart to have blankets, water, emergency food and anything else to keep you warm and safe should you get stranded.

11. Finally go out and ENJOY the winter. Go skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing. Winter in New Hampshire is a beautiful time!

Thanks to Harrison & The Freecoasters for permission to edit & re-post this.

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Posted by Mark Warden on 10/31/2016

Many buyers new to New Hampshire are unfamiliar with the style of homes available. Below are some of the more common styles you'll see here:

Cape Cod - The traditional Cape Cod is characterized by its steeped, pitched roof and chimney. Itís typically a story and a half high, but some houses have converted the attic area into extra bedrooms. The history behind this house is that New England settlers wanted a wide chimney and low ceilings to keep in the warmth during winter, and they sloped the roof so as to minimize the snow buildup.

Georgian - The Georgian house is based on symmetry: the windows are aligned horizontally and vertically. Itís typically two rooms deep, and usually high ceilings. The style is based on architecture when King George was ruler; by the 1600s, it was a popular house for upper-class colonists to own.

Queen Anne - Queen Annes are everything that they sound: elegant and traditional. Typical features include bay windows, turrets and towers, irregular floor plans, and an wall textured with shingles. This home was originally British, but was brought to America with Elizabethan- and gothic-inspired additions.

Colonial - Colonial homes are very graceful with their elegant facade. These homes are usually pretty symmetrical with aligned windows and a door in the center of the house. They have hipped, gabled, or gambrel roofs, and some have masonry. Original colonials were typically built from wood, but a revitalization occurred in the late 19th century, and brick was mainly used after that.

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