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Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan!

Opening your lake cottage for summer! - Putting together a plan! 

In about 2 months the snow will be melting and dreams of summer fun will be at your doorstep. Hopefully, you have a checklist from prior years you can follow to get the camp ready for Memorial Day opening weekend. If you don’t here are a a few helpful hints. 

  1. Bring your tool box - shovels - rakes - a saw.
  2. Verify that the electricity, phone, the internet is on and insurance is up to date. 
  3. Boat and Trailer registrations are current and have your boat and trailer serviced before you trailer up the road.  Spring cleaning your lake cottage
  4. Make sure you have all your keys! 
  5. Cleaning Supplies, towels, mops, brooms, leaf bags and a shop vac would always be helpful. 
  6. Bring some batteries and replenish the flashlights and smoke / carbon monoxide alarms. 
  7. Get the heat / ac checked out and clean the fireplace or wood stove flu’s prior to lighting your first fire of the season. Don’t forget to make sure a workable fire extinguisher is on hand. 
  8. Get the water running, look for leaks and let it run for an hour to get the system cleaned out then change the filters. Finally turn on the hot water. 
  9. Rake the lawn and clean the interior. Your almost ready to start enjoying lake life. 
  10. Get the dock ready for installation, check posts and decking then put it in the water and tie your boat up

That’s it! You’ve got, electricity, internet, water, hot water, clean home, boats on the dock, and the yard is picked up.  What else do you need? I would get the grill going for an evening meal. 

If you’re looking to sell or buy a lake home in NH give us a call?   

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

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Some NH 2018 Winter Events you don't want to miss!

 

Some Winter Events you don’t want to miss!   

( picture is just a teaser - summer is around the corner )

Winnipesaukee Pond Hockey Classic -  Meredith  Feb 2-4 2018

The first puck dropped for the New England Pond Hockey Classic in February of 2010. Since then the NEPHC has quickly become one of the most sought after Pond Hockey Tournaments in the country, with teams flying in to compete from all over North America. Situated in the resort town of Meredith, NH, the NEPHC offers participants a tournament experience unlike any other. 

Great Meredith Ice Fishing Derby - Feb 10-11  Details

Ice Car Racing - Feb 17 Don’t miss Ice Car Racing on Meredith Bay 

Sled Dog Racing  - Laconia - Feb 16-18  - Where to view   https://www.lrsdc.org/  

College Ski Racing Events  - 2018 

February includes the University of Vermont Carnival (Feb. 2-3), with alpine races at Stowe and Nordic competition at Trapp Family Lodge, followed by the Dartmouth College Carnival (Feb. 9-10) at Dartmouth Skiway (alpine) and the XC Ski Center (Nordic).

The 2018 EISA Championships/NCAA East Regional Championships will be hosted by Middlebury College on Feb. 23-24. The Middlebury Snow Bowl will be the site of the alpine championships, and the Nordic competition will take place at Rikert Nordic Center.

The University of Colorado will serve as the host school for the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10 at Steamboat Springs and the Howelsen Ski Area.

New London Winter Carnival - Feb 1-3,  2018 

Mount Washington Valley Ice Fest - Feb 2-4 , 2018 

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Increase Your Home Resale Value with Maintenance and Improvements

While we often think of a house as one of our biggest investments, the truth is most real estate and financial experts do not see it that way. Since the 2008 housing crash, many advisors see that as a “1990s mentality.” They advise that you look at your house as simply your home, a place you begin and end each day in and where your family makes its memories. Finding something simple that works with your family’s budget is a better way to approach house buying. By doing that, you can take any extra money you have and put it towards actual working investments. 

But while you should not look at your house as an investment, that doesn’t mean you should let it grow in disarray without ever thinking of its resale value. Most people eventually end up selling their homes at some point for reasons such as a having to move for a job, downsizing when the kids move out, or any other of the myriad of big changes life throws our way. Because of this, you want to make sure to maintain your house’s function and appearance in case the day comes where you need to put it on the market. 

Here are some of the most common home improvement projects homeowners should do to increase their house’s resale value. 

Roof Maintenance and Repairslake winnipesaukee home for sale

The roof is the ultimate barrier between the weather and elements and your house. As hard as it works, it eventually starts to show wear and tear. Moisture leads to mold and algae that causes your roof to darken, makes it harder for your house to cool, and can even worsen allergies for your family. Rain, sleet, and snow damage shingles and can lead to leaks or worse. 

The best way to prevent a roof catastrophe is through regular maintenance. To remove mold and algae, hire a professional cleaner who will gently power wash the debris away without damaging your roof. Additionally, throughout the year, check your roof for broken shingles and fix them as you go. This is especially important to do if your area experiences a harsh storm that results in hail or falling tree branches. 

Older houses may eventually need a new roof altogether. If your home needs a roof replacement, look for a contractor who specializes in cool roofs that can lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable in hot weather. Also be sure to look for contractors with good reputations. Unfortunately, roof repair scams are pretty common. Watch out for contractors who chase storms and show up at your door using high-pressure sales tactics. These people are more likely to display questionable, shady behaviors like asking for down payments before work even begins or changing up their prices in the middle of a project. 

Energy Efficiency Increases Resale Value

It is not just cool roofs that can help your home’s resale value. Any time you update your home-- for instance, buying new appliances-- keep energy efficiency in mind. The more energy efficient your home is, the more modern and appealing it is to potential buyers. Your utility company probably offers free energy audits where they can point out ways to maximize your house’s efficiency for lower bills now and a better sale price later. 

A Fresh Coat of Paint

If it is time to sell, you can add thousands of dollars to your property’s value with a project that costs pennies. A fresh coat of paint breathes new life into a home and makes it more appealing to potential buyers. Many real estate experts suggest painting in neutral tones, but analysis shows that redoing your bathroom and kitchen in a light blue can add up to $5,440 to your final selling price on average. 

While you shouldn’t look at your home as an investment, you still need to protect its resale value in case the day comes when you need to put it on the market. The roof is the part of the house that is most likely to be damaged by outside forces. Regular maintenance can help keep its value while improving your home’s look and feel. When making updates, always keep energy efficiency in mind. An energy efficient house is a modern house. Finally, if it is time to put your house on the market, update it with a fresh coat of paint to make it more appealing to potential buyers. 

If you are looking to buy a lakefront home in New Hampshire Lady of the Lake can help you. We have comprehensive knowledge of the lakes sizes, water quality, amenities around the lake and even what kind of fish are in the lake. Yes, we can also sell your lake house for you to a new family looking to build new memories. 

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 

Contact Carl Sack or Paula Hinckley #nhlakesrealty

Article Credit: Seth Murphy