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Tips for Selling Your Portland Home!


Protect Yourself and Your Home and Get Multiple Bids from Roofers Before you Put on Your New Roof!

I tell my clients repeatedly, “please get multiple bids when you go to replace that roof.”  Only to find out that they went with a friend’s husband because they just wanted it to be completed and felt like that was a safe bet.  Wrong!  You will be kicking yourself when your brand new $8000 (that’s […]

Betsy’s Tips and Tricks for Those Little Problems Around the House!

1. Removing wax from candle the base of candlestick or from carpet! If you use candlesticks or some sort of candle holder, you’ve no doubt encountered the globs of wax the pile up after burning your candle. Try pointing a blow-dryer set to low at the wax for about a minute or until the wax […]

Easy Fix for Squeaky Floors!

Our squeaky floor in our kitchen has been driving me nuts lately! I noticed it the most when we had a house guest and I was trying to be quiet in the morning as I was making breakfast and the guest was still sleeping. But I failed miserably because almost every step I take in […]

Questions to Ask before Buying a Foreclosure in Portland!

You know that whole saying, “If it seems too good to be true than it probably is.”  Well that is definitely applicable to foreclosures, particularly ones that have been abandoned.  I often encounter new buyers who are excited about the prospect of buying a foreclosure because of the great price they may get.   And […]

Sewer Monsters and the Importance of Sewer Scopes!

Unless you already own a home you probably don’t often think about the sewer lines that carry the “waste” from where you live to the sewer lines in the street. Any time you buy a house you need to have those lines inspected. It’s not required but strongly recommended. Sometimes the repair is minor or […]

Portland Fix it Fair in Portsmouth Neighborhood Jan. 21, 2012! Check it out!

by Betsy Ballantyne

Need your house to be more energy efficient? Here’s a coupon!

As I watch the rain blow sideways today, it makes me think, “Did I ever caulk that one spot on the patio?” It’s always after the bad weather begins that we are acutely aware of any repairs we should have made. Along with providing you with a great article about “9 ways to keep the […]

Fall Home Checklist

When any of my clients buy a home, I always try to stress how important it is to keep up with the basics of home maintenance. You will be so happy you did when you go to sell and when you avoid costly issues because of your regular maintenance. So as winter nears, it’s time […]