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What You Need to Know: Septic Systems
Posted on 02/20/2020
What You Need to Know: Septic Systems
Are you thinking of buying a home with a septic system? Septic systems are common in the suburbs and more rural areas where municipal sewers are not available. So what is a septic system? It is a self-contained, underground waste water treatment system. It consists of a septic tank and a drainage system. The septic tank is a large,...
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Do I Need a Home Inspection?
Posted on 02/20/2020
Do I Need a Home Inspection?
When you are buying a home the costs really add up and you may start thinking about where you can save money. One expense that buyers may be tempted to skip is the home inspection. But, take it from us, a home inspection has saved many buyers money in the long-run. How? Well, a home inspection is an...
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Should You File a Property Tax Abatement Application?
Posted on 02/20/2020
Should You File a Property Tax Abatement Application?
Should You File a Property Tax Abatement Application? While nobody likes paying property taxes, there’s no way around it for homeowners. In New Hampshire, there is a process by which you can challenge your property tax assessment, known as the “abatement” process.The tax abatement application must be submitted to your town/city by March 1st. If you think your...
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Now is a Great Time to Invest in a Rental Property
Posted on 02/20/2020
Now is a Great Time to Invest in a Rental Property
With low home prices and low interest rates, now is a great time to consider investing in real estate. An investment purchase is different than your typical single family home purchase. Here are some tips if you're considering making the move to real estate investor: Have a strategy. What kind of investor do you want to be? Do...
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Home styles in New Hampshire
Posted on 02/20/2020
Home styles in New Hampshire
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. It’s typically a story and a half high, but some houses have converted the attic area into...
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 Weathering Your First New Hampshire Winter
Posted on 02/20/2020
Weathering Your First New Hampshire Winter
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: During and after the first good storm, people will drive recklessly, so be sure to give yourself extra distance. Defensive driving is key. While not necessary, a set of...
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Pellet Stoves vs Wood Stoves
Posted on 02/20/2020
Pellet Stoves vs Wood Stoves
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...
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Driveways - Gravel vs Asphalt
Posted on 02/20/2020
Driveways - Gravel vs Asphalt
Two of the most common driveway types in New Hampshire are gravel & asphalt. What's the difference? - Lifespan - Asphalt will last long over twelve years, while gravel will last about ten years if maintained well. - Maintenance - Asphalt requires maintenance, and it is recommended that a seal coating be applied every two years to ensure...
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Vegetable Gardening in New Hampshire
Posted on 02/20/2020
Vegetable Gardening in New Hampshire
If you want to live off-the-grid, or just would like some fresh vegetables, it’s important to know what types of crop grow well in New Hampshire, the best plants for starting to garden, and when the growing season is for the crops you do plant. Most of New Hampshire’s soil is rocky and acidic, so before you start...
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Options for Commuting to Boston
Posted on 02/20/2020
Options for Commuting to Boston
Many Granite Staters travel down to Boston each day as part of their daily commute, for a daytrip, or for a weekend getaway. Below are some options for planning your trip: Driving: Driving down to Boston from southern NH could take upwards of an hour depending on traffic Bus: The Boston Express bus can be an efficient way...
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Winter Tires in New Hampshire
Posted on 02/20/2020
Winter Tires in New Hampshire
Especially during winter, having the right tires is very important in New Hampshire. If you live or travel on a road not frequently plowed or a dirt road, tires that won’t slip is a must. There are plenty of options for winter tires, from studded to chained to winter to all season: - Studded tires have actual metal...
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Creating a Winter Emergency Kit
Posted on 02/19/2020
Creating a Winter Emergency Kit
Winter in New Hampshire can be brutal and it's best to be prepared should you get stranded in your car during the winter months. Your kit should contain blankets and warm clothes in case you need to wait for help or a tow truck to arrive. There should also be non-perishable food (granola bars, for example) and bottled...
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