Seasonal cottages take a little more effort but some of the below apply to year-round homes. Prepare a checklist! Here are a few basic items you want to look at.  

  1. Drain all the water pipes and add RV antifreeze: Including - dishwasher-washer - water heater - toilets - hot tub - well pump - filtration system
  2. Unplug all the appliances and open the refrigerator door.    
  3. Turn off all un-necessary breakers.
  4. Remove all food.
  5. Inspect the roof with some binoculars
  6. Close all gaps in the foundation, doors, windows, and siding.  Mice are crafty.
  7. Clean the gutters
  8. Winterize lawn mowers and outboards and put gas saver in any gas tanks.
  9. Your home needs to look lived in, have the driveway plowed and ask a neighbor to drive in and out of it giving it that lived in look.
  10. 10. Turned the heat down to 55 or 60
  11. 11. Double check to make sure all windows and doors are locked when exiting.
  12. 12. Put your cable/internet on vacation mode if possible. 
  13. 13.Don’t post your plans on social media or post while you are away! 
  14. 14. Don't forget to cover outdoor furniture and boats. 

If you have any interest in purchasing a New Hampshire lakefront home Lady of the Lake Realty has been in business since 1999 and we have exhaustive knowledge of the lakes.  

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550, e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com to begin your search

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Buying a Lake Home is a real challenge in 2018. 

Buying a Lake Home in New Hampshire is a real challenge in 2018. 

With a shortage of lakefront inventory, buyers are aggressively scrambling to view new listings as they come on the market.  In some cases making offers on homes sight unseen.  NH Lake Home on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro

Here is what you can expect as your search begins or continues.  A new listing hits the system with the criteria you are looking for. Sandy beach, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with 100 feet of shoreline on .7 acres. Last year you could schedule to view the home on the upcoming weekend and in most cases, the home was still available. Today, the morning the home hits the market you need to set an appointment to view it that same day and be ready to make an offer. ( have your pre-qualification letter in-hand ) You need to get in the car and go see the home right away.

Here is the most common scenario. You find that the home meeting your criteria and there are three others who also find that the home meets the lifestyle they are looking for too. If you like the home make an offer right away and put a deadline on your offer. Expect multiple offers so put your best offer forward. 

Try to leave your emotions at the door, this is a business transaction and the seller is in control.

For information on buying or selling lake, homes call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com.

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Dartmouth to Lead Study on Algae Blooms

Dartmouth to Lead Study on Algae Blooms also known at Blue Green Algae

Valley News Hanover NH 

Hanover — A Dartmouth College-led team of researchers wants to know why the Northeast’s lakes are experiencing more algae blooms, and what can be done to prevent them.

Over the next three years, the group of both earth and social scientists plan to use satellite images, drones and citizen volunteers to find out what’s changing in the region’s lakes.

“We’re at a critical stage where we can learn about what’s happening and hopefully do something about it,” said David Lutz, a research associate and lecturer at Dartmouth who is leading the team. “It’s too important to wait around on.”

Dartmouth scientists, along with those at the University of New Hampshire and New York-based Carry Institute of Ecosystem Studies, recently received a $1.47 million NASA grant to study water quality on about 2,000 lakes in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York.

Specifically, the team will try to answer why cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, has become so prevalent throughout the Northeast.


Every summer, state biologists issue advisories at beaches warning of the bacterial blooms, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild fever, skin rashes, eye and nose irritations and general malaise, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. But it hasn’t always been that way.

“I think one of the questions that folks across the Northeast are asking right now is ‘Why are we seeing cyanobacteria blooms where we haven’t seen them in recent historical memory?’ ” said Kathryn Cottingham, chairwoman of Dartmouth’s department of biological sciences and member of the research team.

Although cyanobacteria is naturally occurring, blooms are commonly the result of excess nutrients in the water, she said. Large blooms, like those in Lake Erie, are linked to fertilizer applied near wetlands, which is then carried downstream into lakes.

“But here in the Northeast, we don’t have a lot of that agricultural activity that’s driving the changes in the lakes, so we have to look for other issues, other potential drivers,” said Cottingham in an interview last week.

Aside from potential health risks, Lutz said, the increase of could also be detrimental to recreational actives around the lakes, which are traditionally lined with second homes and forests in New Hampshire.

“These are very important locations in our state in terms of having lots of amenities, people coming to recreate and visit from out-of-state,” Lutz said. “Our lakes regions are a big part of our local and regional economies.”

To tackle the problem, Lutz and Cottingham are working with an interdisciplinary team that includes not only environmental scientists, but also demographers and drone operators.

The goal, they said, is to look at human-related sources of the cyanobacteria blooms, as well as the ecological.

“This is a very different way to do this kind of science and we’re really optimistic that we’ll get further than we can get with any of our individual approaches by themselves,” Cottingham said.

Work will primarily involve comparing historic satellite images from NASA with those from today, Lutz said. Access to those photos will give researchers the ability to see where water quality changes and in what context, he said.

“You can see blooms from space, you can detect generally how much activity there is in terms of plants and algae,” Lutz said.

The team also intends to monitor and fly drones over three “focal lakes:” Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire and lakes Auburn and Great Pond in Maine.

The lakes were chosen because each is the subject of active research, and Cottingham herself has participated in a long-term project on Sunapee. They’ll be used to test ideas and provide benchmarks for satellite findings,” Lutz said.

“It’s really nice when you’re doing work like this to have a known system that you understand what’s been going on and you can calibrate everything to,” he said.

The team began its work in August and expects to start drone work sometime in the spring, Lutz said. Initial findings will likely be released in a year, with work ongoing for all three years, he said.

Tim Camerato can be reached at tcamerato@vnews.com or 603-727-3223. 

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Selling Your NH Lakefront Home Lady of the Lake gets the job done!

Just listed and went under contract in the first weekend of showings on Silver Lake in Tilton. Lady of the Lake Realty is your connection to quality lakefront homes in the NH Lakes Region. 

We handle all price point listings from a landmark property sold for over $3 million on Lake Winnipesaukee to seasonal cottages on smaller lakes. Call or e-mail us for an immediate response to assist you in listing your lakefront home to helping buyers find the perfect dream vacation lake home in the greater lakes region. 

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NH Lakefront Homes! Which Lake is Right for Your Family

Any thoughts on which New Hampshire lake is might work for your family?  Part 1.

With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices could be endless. Let us look at a region of the state and slowly work across the state. The eastern part of the state which is accessed by Route 16 might be a logical start.

If you have a favorite lake send me a note and I will research it for you. My favorite medium size lake in this corridor is Pine River Pond in Wakefield. The lake is 570 acres located in a rural wooded area with sandy bottom and sandy beaches. The town is quaint with some great restaurants, hardware stores, and an efficient grocery store. Golf is close by along with a King Pine a family ski area. If you are interested in nightlife Wolfeboro is a short drive. Prices range $370,000 up and Wakefield has 6 other lakes in town and is one of the low tax towns in NH.

Next stop is Lake Ossipee. In my opinion, Ossipee has some of the best lake home values. The lake is 3000 acres with four interconnecting bays. If you are looking for the best views in NH don't go any further. The views of Mount Washington and Mt Chocorua are breathtaking. To top all this off the lake has a sandy bottom, sandy beaches and some of the best boating around.
Shopping is close by and a golf course almost touches the lake. Nightlife and ski areas are 35 minutes away in the North Conway a tourist mecca. Prices start in the $375,000 range and if you find a home in Freedom you will also have low property taxes.

Up the road a few miles, Silver Lake in Madison is a hidden gem. Most people drive by and never know that this 950-acre glacial lake is even there. Just a few miles off Route 16 on 41 you will find this wonderful spring fed lake with crystal clear water. The shoreline is rocky or sandy and the lake is deep with an average depth of 47 feet with a maximum depth of 167 feet. The lake is spectacular but the location is remote. If you are looking for a location to get away and spend time with the family you found it here. You can find all your essentials locally but for a night out on the town or a rainy day you will have to travel 30 minutes up the road to North Conway. Homes are priced $470,000 up.

Information on lake homes in New Hamshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website www.nhlakesrealty.com

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Squam Boathouses have new owners for the 2017 Squam Boating Season

Boathouses 92 and 94 have new owners for the upcoming Squam Lake Boating season.

The two enclosed boathouses are located Squam River Landing Boat Club within the Riveredge Marina. They are Ideal to protect your boat all year long, the boat can be lifted out of the water and stays in the boat house through the winter. There is interior lighting and electrical. An interior ladder leads to storage above for your boating accessories. Amenities at the marina include a clubhouse with an outer patio deck, storage, picnic areas, a bath house, a ship store and service year around. Beach is a short walk from the marina. Connected to Riveredge Marina is Squam River Landing, a Sustainable Community that offers energy efficient lake view homes woven into the Squam Lake watershed.

Currently we have Squam boathouse 91 available and several boat slips available for the 2017 season on Squam.

Riversedge Marina is conveniently located on Little Squam with direct access to Big Squam.

Call 888-737-5550 

For additional information on Squam docks or homes call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire.  www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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Top 10 Most Expensive Mistakes You're Making on Your Home

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.

2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet

A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Some of us live in areas where water is plentiful, but for those of us in areas plagued with drought, this could be costing you a fortune. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.

3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size

We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won't regret it.

4. Not Customizing Temperature

Invest in a customizable thermostat. If you're away at the office all day, you can program your heater to shift down a few degrees while you're gone and then shift back up shortly before you return home. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.

5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly

Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.

6.Over Watering Lawn

Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you're never around to see what you're actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.

7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High

Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.

8. Leaky Windows and Doors

Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.

9. Paying a Handyman

Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.

10. Ignoring Curled Shingles

It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.

Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.

By Cary Teller, Housecall


Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016

Luxury Winnipesaukee Home we sold fall of 2016


For additional information on lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

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Meredith Home Available in Prestigious Grouse Point Community

As close to  waterfront as you can get in Grouse Point on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. This front row home has a lovely open layout with tons of natural light and a large deck to enjoy your waterfront privacy. Look out across Meredith Bay and south towards Governor's Island and the Belknap Mountain Range from the large deck set just off the main living area. The well appointed and updated kitchen with 250 bottle wine cellar flows nicely for entertaining guests. The grand master suite sits upstairs with tons of closet space with two separate spaces great for an office, den or craft room. The finished lower level has two additional bedrooms, a full bath, tv room and covered porch great for all seasons. Grouse Point boasts the most beautiful sugar sand beaches, marina, and the recently renovated clubhouse with entertaining space, fitness center and indoor pool. This gated community is just minutes to downtown Meredith or the Weirs Beach attractions.  Golf - Skiing - Hiking - Snowmobiling - Shopping - Attractions are all close by.  One Hour to Manchester Airport or less than 2 hours to Boston Logan.   Listed by Ashley Davis of Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty.  


Lake Winnipesaukee Grouse Point

Gated Community front row priced at $895,000


For additional information on lake homes call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty


Building Continues at Squam River Landing Energy Star Community


squam homes for sale

Squam River Landing Model Home


The Energy Star Model home is ready to view,  2 foundations are ready to go and 2 homes are nearing completion. 

If you are not familiar with this exciting new Squam Lake Community you are missing out.  The community balances environmental, economic and social considerations in its development. Homesites overlooking and part of the Squam Watershed will preserve the beauty of the area while minimally impacting the land. Some lots are wooded and provide privacy and abut 900 acres of conservation land; others are built on the ridge line offering outstanding lake and/or mountain views.

2015-05-12 23.16.59The community is a fully recreational winter/summer fantasyland with snowmobile and snowshoeing/ hiking trails throughout the acreage. The homes have access to Squam Lake through the affiliate-owned Riveredge Marina. The marina offers day docking, boat slips, boathouses, and a valet rack service with dry berths.  You can spend the morning fishing for Landlock Salmon and the afternoon water skiing or at the beach. Don't forget my favorite attraction, Squam Lakes Science Center.   


Almost Complete with Mountain Views

Almost Complete with Mountain Views


Surrounding the community you will find Hiking trails - Golf Courses - Major Ski Resorts - Shopping - Restaurants by boat or car - Tennis - Holderness School and Plymouth State University - Hospital -  Boston Airport is less than 2 hours - These features round out the perfect setting for a vacation or retirement home. 

For additional information on Squam lake Real Estate call 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view Squam River Landing opportunities  www.nhlakesrealty.com.


Home should be complete shortly

Home should be complete shortly


Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty

Ossipee Lakefront Home For Sale in Low Tax Freedom


Over 2300 square feet with garage for $549,000

Over 2300 square feet with garage for $549,000


Ossipee Lake year round open concept waterfront home located on quiet Berry Bay in low tax town of Freedom featuring 202 feet of lakefront, aluminum dock. Boating, fishing and fun beaches are all on the lake. 1 hour to the seacoast and 1/2 hour to N. Conway This spacious home offers, 2 plus bedroom , 3 baths, 2x6 wall construction, Andersen sliders and windows, 6 zone hot water heat, central a/c, vinyl siding, custom awnings. 3 decks, concrete patio, sun room, screened in porch, Napoleon 110c wood stove in living room. Finished waterfront walk out basement with great room, office, utility room, 2nd kitchen, guest room, full bath with shower and whirlpool tub. Large 1 car attached garage. 6x6 utility shed, 10x20 shed for boat or small vehicle and an earthern boat ramp.  Listed by Costantino Real Estate LLC, Gerard Costantino.


ossipee lake real estate

Open Water Views


For additional information on lake homes call  1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com  or visit our websites to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley   #nhlakesrealty