Thursday, April 7, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Owning a home is a wonderful milestone and an investment in your future! Your home purchase is likely to be one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and just like any other investment, you must protect it. If you properly maintain your home, you may find you can live in it for several decades and still sell it for more than you originally paid! When you buy a new car, it will most likely depreciate the moment you drive it off the dealer's lot. On the flip side, when you purchase a new home, it will likely retain value for years if its condition is maintained. In this article, we will outline the best ways to protect your home, so you maximize the value of your investment in the future!
Make Preventative Maintenance a Priority
Owning a home means you are the "landlord", which comes with the responsibility of upkeep and maintaining the property. The first step towards keeping your home in tip-top shape is creating a maintenance schedule. Outline all the majo; ...
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 / by Jordan LaFond
Ahh, springtime in Vermont! The snow is melting, temperatures are warming up, the sun is shining more days than not, and Vermonters want to be outside! As a life-long Vermonter, Springtime means transitioning from riding my snowboard down mountains to climbing up them with my trusty hiking boots! In this blog, I will give you some tips on hiking in Vermont, and I will also share some of my favorite hiking routes across the state!
For those of you unfamiliar with Vermont's wacky weather patterns, you may be surprised to know that we have five seasons in our state. This yearly phenomenon is known in VT as our beloved mud season! Mud season starts as the ground begins to thaw and water is released up through the soil. If you choose to hike during mud season you will want to be prepared before you head out. Many trails, especially those in the state forests are closed during mud season to preserve the trails and vegetation. It's a huge bummer getting to a hiking spot only ...
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Buying your first or next home is a major step in life, and after you’ve closed on your new digs it may feel like you’ve finally won the race and can take a breather! While you may now be the proud owner of a new home, the process is not over quite yet. You still have a few more steps to go to get your home ready for living!
Put New Locks on Your Home
Changing the locks on your home may seem like an obvious step, but many new homeowners forget this stage. Since you do not know who has access to the house via the old locks, it is crucial to have your entrances re-keyed for safety and peace of mind. To exchange your locks, you can purchase DIY kits or call a locksmith to come out and replace your locks. For older homes, you may consider hiring a professional as the building standards for locks have changed, which can cause challenges during installation.
Hook Up All Utilities
When the homeowners leave the premises, they will shut off util; ...
Thursday, January 20, 2022 / by Brian Armstrong
Snow-blanketed landscapes and cold temperatures are the ultimate necessities for skiers and riders alike! Vermont is well known for its beautiful natural landscape, and when it comes to winter sports, ski areas are abundant for skiers and riders of all skill levels! Whether you enjoy backcountry glades or carving down wide-open trails, you can find everything you’re looking for in the Green Mountain State. Below are a few of our top picks for ski areas in Northern Vermont!
Smugglers Notch Resort
Located in the town of Cambridge, Vermont, Smugglers Notch Resort is an awesome easy-to-access mountain for the whole family. Just a quick drive off the highway, and you will find yourself immersed in the slopes in no time! Consisting of three peaks, Smugglers Notch aka, Smuggs is one of the top 3 largest mountains in the state! With trails ranging from Beginner to Triple Black Diamond (the only in the state), there is a trail to keep you entertained at any skill level!
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 / by Brian Armstrong
Vermont is well known for its Green Mountains, but when the cold hits, the mountainous landscape transforms into excellent skiing terrain. However, if you are not into the downhill thrill of skiing or riding, you may be asking yourself, “What else can I do to get out of the house and enjoy winter? Lucky for you, Vermont is a serene place during the winter, and there is much to offer even if you are not hitting the slopes! Make the most of the Vermont winter season with these fun activity ideas!
Slide into Winter Wonderland
If you enjoy the snow but are not a skier, you can still take advantage of other snow-related activities! Sledding or tubing is a great way to enjoy some snowy slopes without much skill! Hit the local park with a big hill and bring a sled or tube to have some fun this winter season. If you want something a little more robust, some local ski areas offer tubing areas that offer both straight and winding tracks. Check out Smuggler’s Notch in Jeffersonv ...