Spring Cleaning the Inside of Your Home

Spring has arrived and a deep spring clean-up is a must after a long winter when our homes have been completely closed up. Beyond the obvious regular cleaning tasks, here are a few hacks to use for a deep cleaning.

Use lemon to remove wet stains; rub one half of a lemon stains. The citric acid helps remove hard water marks. Remove water stains with lemon for a natural faucet fix.

Equity Builder Program = Down Payment Assistance

Three local New Hampshire banks have once again been selected to participate in the 2019 Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s (FHLBB) Equity Builder Program (EBP); Bank of New Hampshire, Franklin Savings Bank and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank. This program offers members grants to provide down-payment, closing-cost, and rehabilitation assistance and homebuyer counseling to households with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income.

Living In the White Mountains of New Hampshire

You’ll never quite get over just how beautiful the White Mountains of New Hampshire are.  The changes in the landscape in a true four-season environment are nothing short of magical, the views will literally make you weep. It is a true outdoor wonderland, and even if you’re not into outdoor activities, the scenery you take in on a daily basis is reason enough to want to call this area home.

Dealing with Bugs in Your Rental Unit

So here’s something no one wants to talk about, - ever. Not in Property Management, not at a family dinner, and definitely not on a first date. Creepy crawlers in the night that bite!

It’s a common trait to itch with all bugs and mites. Some leave rashes. Most are very common; I remember getting lice in 5th grade from my cousin at our family camp because we used the same pillows and didn’t wash the pillow cases between stays. Most bugs and mites need a human host to survive and only live 36-72 hours on their own.

Requirements of a Landlord

Several Months ago a young man came into our office looking for a new rental. He said the place he was renting had given him a rash and bed bugs were found in the mattress and room. After he told the Landlord he was given an alcohol spray bottle. This is an inadequate move as a Property Manager as It is our responsibility to provide a clean and habitable place as a dwelling. In New Hampshire (and every other state) we have the Law of Warranty of Habitability. This means the Landlord/Owner/Property Manager must provide the following:

Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

Whether you're considering listing your home for sale or plan to hold on to it through your retirement years; keeping your home maintained and updated will increase its value. The best plan of action is to focus your time and resources on one room at a time.  Begin by making a list of all the things in each room you want to fix or upgrade and calculate the hard costs plus your time for each project. Knowing these two things will help you plan which room to begin with.  In addition to having a plan for each room, you should equally put together a plan for the exterior of your home. 

Homebuyer Education - Don't Skip It!

You learn an awful lot in high school and even more if you go on to college or a trade school; all this knowledge is important and will help you get a job and begin life as an adult. But, during all those years of education did anyone ever teach you how to create a household budget, manage your money and establish credit? Some folks are lucky enough to have parents that taught them these skills, but most people simply learn as they go – and make mistakes. Now imagine the time has come to purchase your first home – who taught you how that process works or even where to begin?  Jumping into the process by looking at homes first is usually the first move, but a wrong one.

Preparing Your Home to Sell

If you want to sell your home in the least amount of time and at the best possible price, work your way through this checklist to make sure you are presenting your home in its best possible light.  A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favorable impression on potential buyers - and perhaps cinching a deal. A clean, well-maintaintained home will always sell faster and for more money.