Eliza McCabe

Is It Time for a Septic Inspection?

If you haven’t had your septic inspected in the past three years, give your local sanitation company a call and they’ll be happy to come out and check on it.

Regular maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in repairs if an issue arises. Typically, an inspector will check the sludge levels to determine if the tank needs to be pumped, as well as the components that prevent wastewater and scum to be released in the drainage fields. These components protect the absorptive quality of the soil and prolong the life of the septic system.

Sanitation professionals will also give you maintenance tips on how to care for your septic. One easy tip to follow is to avoid as much water waste as possible. Efficient water use improves the operation of a septic system and reduces the risk of failure.

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    Holidays in the Northwest Corner

    December flies by so quickly for most of us, especially if you have little ones or are entertaining family from out of town for the holiday season. The Northwest Corner oers an abundance of activities to keep spirits high during the holidays.

    Throughout the month, one can find holiday markets which feature local artisans, wreath-making workshops, musical events at our local theatres, tree lightings, and parades, along with botanical gardens illuminated for festivities such as Santa visits and much more. You can also visit your local library for special events including author lectures, story time, and holiday movies for children.

    For more specific information about your town’s tree lighting and festivities, check out Compass (Lakeville Journal/Millerton News) for the most up-to-date listings and enjoy the season!

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      Being Festive!

      Halloween is a perfect time to practice your arts and crafts skills. Whether it is making costumes for the kids or creating a graveyard in your front yard, everyone appreciates your efforts, especially if you let the kids join in.

      Don’t let the pressure of making something perfect stop you because, unless you’re a pro, nothing will be. The heads will be misshapen on your ghosts, the jack-o-lantern may not illuminate the way you saw in Southern Living magazine, and the monster claws you YouTubed and tried to recreate may end up with two right hands. That’s all part of the process and the fun!

      Decorating for the holidays can spread as much revelry as a smile spreads joy. So head out to the nursery and get some mums and cabbage for an autumnal front porch display or to Goodwill for ghost-making materials and let the season inspire you.

      And be sure to take a stroll through the festive towns of Salisbury and Lakeville to view all the scarecrows the businesses have created for some inspiration!

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        Northwest Corner and Tourism

        On my family getaway this past summer, we visited several small fishing towns on the Maine coast. Each town busier than the last, tourists from all over were sightseeing, shopping, and filling themselves with all the deliciousness Maine oceans have to offer.

        I started thinking about home and comparing Maine to our little corner as a getaway for vacationers. We may not have lobster rolls on the menu, but our restaurants can hold their own with any in Maine. And sightseeing? Our NW corner is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Between the mountains, lakes, and incredible sunsets, it’s a nature enthusiast’s dream come true.

        Which brings me to my next point--shopping. You may have heard that online shopping is going to put retail shops out of business, but I don’t think retail shops will become obsolete. Why? Because shopping is America’s favorite pastime. Show your support to our local shops because we have so many talented owners/buyers running them -- and go shopping!

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          Landscaping -- Added Value To Your Home?

          Does a landscaped yard add value to your home? The short answer is, it may… I’ll explain. Done correctly, a properly installed landscape can add up to 15% to your home’s value—some sources claim even more.

          Our local area has an impressive selection of landscape companies whose services range from design to maintenance to installation and everything in between. And just like most home improvement companies, you’re going to get what you pay for.

          Great selling features of a property are sophisticated and mature plantings with an outdoor space to enjoy them. A negative would be a poorly planned design and unnatural appearing garden beds.

          If you want to try your hand at landscape design, I would suggest keeping plantings basic using green shrubs, low maintenance perennials, and simple ground covers. Regardless of whether or not you’re adding value to your home, enjoy the process and the beautiful abundance of nature we live in!

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            Getting Your House Ready To Sell

            Getting ready to put your house on the market?

            Here are some tips:

            First, find a real estate agent who is best suited to your needs. Most agents will have testimonials and biographies on their website or professional platforms. You will be working closely with this person, so choose someone that you feel is a good match to your needs and desired outcomes.

            Next, declutter your house, removing all personal items, creating a space that is neutral, clean and bright. Consider hiring a home stager if you don’t have a knack for home decorating.

            Repair anything broken, take care of scuffed paint, and consider updating any faded/outdated colors, keeping colors neutral to allow potential buyers to envision their own decor.

            To avoid delays when you have an interested buyer, make sure the house is inspection ready.         

            Make the outside of your home look welcoming—first impressions are everything! Adding a little color with annuals or holiday decor goes a long way. 

            And did I mention you should clean your house? If this isn’t your strength, call in a professional. It will be worth it in the long run.

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