Blog :: 09-2015

Going On a Trip? House Check!

You have your passport, your luggage organized, your plug adapters, your tickets. You have notified your credit card companies, your bank and your cell phone provider that you will be travelling. What about your house?

One very IMPORTANT and simple thing to do is to turn off your water, especially in winter. Turning off the water behind the washer/dryer is wise to do any time you leave the house for a few days or more. One of my clients had an old washer hose give out when they were gone and do serious water damage to their home. 

If you have an alarm, set it. If not, at least some lights on timers are a good idea. Stop mail delivery if you will be gone a long time. For watering houseplants, I saw a great idea recently. Fill an empty wine bottle with water (drink the wine first – it will make this more fun), put a cork in it and make a hole in the cork using a nail. Then turn it upside down in the plant and it will keep your plant moist for a week!

Now go have a great worry-free trip!

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    Dirty Windows May Keep Buyers Away

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    One small but crucial step in preparing a home for sale is checking your home’s windows. No matter how clean your house is, dirty windows can make any space feel dingy which detracts from your home’s best attributes and turns off buyers - even before they walk through the door. Clean windows are most important in the fall and summer when the light is brightest and the difference between clean and not clean is dramatic. 

    If you tackle the project yourself, avoid cleaning windows on a hot, sunny day when everything dries faster and streaks. Mix up a solution of warm water with a squirt of dish soap - just a drop or two per gallon of water. 

    For grimy windows, add vinegar or ammonia to the solution. If your windows are exceptionally grimy, vinegar will cut through the grease and grime. Another suggestion is to use an automotive glass cleaner – these products get high marks from window washers.

    Too many windows to tackle yourself? Call a professional.

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      Heritage Walks This Fall

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      The Upper Housatonic National Heritage Area is again sponsoring Heritage Walks on three fall weekends: September 19-20, September 26-27, and October 3-4. It's a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the wonders of our extended area from Kent, CT to Lanesborough, MA. There are detailed brochures available in all Heritage area towns.

      Historian, naturalists and other experts will be available at each site to provide information as one explores the many locations. There are Appalachian Trail walks in several areas, Music Mountain with piano demonstration, a bicycle tour beginning in Great Barrington, and in Lenox, you can tour the Church On The Hill Cemetery with its fascinating history of Revolutionary War heroes and other notable characters.

      Look for a brochure in your town hall, historical society, library or other public location; better yet, stop in at our Best & Cavallaro Real Estate office (across from Salisbury Town Hall) for your brochure. The Heritage Area has planned an extraordinary variety of programs at some absolutely marvelous sites--a very worthwhile time of learning and exploring for all ages.

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        Staying Fit...At Hotchkiss!

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        Living in Salisbury and Sharon, CT, we are incredibly fortunate to have the use of The Hotchkiss School Athletic Facilities for a number of activities and at a nominal cost.

        The Hotchkiss Golf Course - this 9-hole course, ranked 10th in Goldweek Magazine’s “Best Places You Can Play” in 2015, is open to the public for daily play and yearly memberships. 

        The Hixon Pool - located in the Mars Athletic Center, the 10-lane pool is open for Salisbury and Sharon Town Recreation swim times. For information, go to the Town of Salisbury website. Sharon residents may call the Recreation Director at 860-364-1400. Programs include an AquaLogix class (water work-out for men and women of all fitness levels with equipment provided) and an adult lap swim program.

        Indoor Track - open to the public several mornings per week for walking and jogging - check the schedule on the town website.

        Ice skating - public skating is available on a regularly scheduled basis – the schedule can be found on the Town of Salisbury website.

        So grab your bathing suit, walking shoes, golf clubs, and ice skates – no excuses!

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