The Second Homeowner Landlord: Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Open

In this era of Airbnb and VRBO, the prospect of owning a second home that you rent out for at least part of the year seems more doable than ever.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Sep 18, 2018
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Put Your Home to Work!

Do you have high-interest credit cards you’d like to pay off? Or maybe you’re thinking of a series of home renovations? A home equity line of credit might be the perfect solution.

Posted by Mascoma Bank on Jun 26, 2018
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Basements: Turning Them into Living Space

Building a home in the northeast nearly always means the construction of a full basement as the home’s foundation. You need only recall what frost heaves do to country roads to imagine the sorry state of affairs that might be a New England house constructed on a slab foundation!

Posted by Jim Giller on Jul 11, 2017
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Water vs. Your Foundation

The foundation of your new home is a mighty thing. It has to carry an average load of 50 tons and disperse that weight into the ground surrounding the basement. But where foundations are concerned, there’s another, equally powerful element at play: water.

Posted by Jim Giller on Jul 6, 2017
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Thinking Deep About Foundation Facts

In the construction of a new home, virtually nothing is more important than the quality of the foundation upon which that house will be built. Not the walls. Not the roof. Certainly not the windows. The foundation is the key to the entire home.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Jun 29, 2017
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Foundations: Things That Can Go Wrong

You’re eager for home construction to get started. You want to see walls go up. You want to walk through the wooden skeleton of rooms as they appear where there used to be nothing but empty space.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Jun 27, 2017
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Building Green: Houses that are Healthy for You and Environment

You’d like to protect the environment and save money on energy costs at the same time. But you might not even be sure what “green” means these days. Let’s find out!

Posted by Sherry Noyes on Jun 13, 2017
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Trees: It's Not All About the Poetry

Few people recognize the name of poet Joyce Kilmer. But nearly everyone has heard the opening lines of what is arguably her most famous poem: I think that I shall never see, A poem lovely as a tree.

Posted by Sherry Noyes on May 16, 2017
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Strong Foundations: Understanding Site Work

Transforming a plot of untamed land into the site of an actual home is no small undertaking. It requires the use of a lot of heavy—and expensive—equipment and it always creates a certain amount of mess.


Posted by Sherry Noyes on May 11, 2017
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A Covered Front Porch: More Than Just a Lovely Place to Sit

For many homeowners, having a covered front porch might seem like a luxury. The added expense of a covered porch stretches the budget, whether you are building new or renovating—is it worth it?

Posted by Sherry Noyes on May 4, 2017
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