Blog :: 04-2016

Protecting Our Environment

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April seems like March as I write this, so what will May bring? It is a wait-and-see game with Mother Nature. With spring on the calendar, it is time to begin various building projects.

A time to be particularly cognizant of the importance of preservation of our watercourses and the wetland soils. Both are indispensable and irreplaceable but fragile natural resources. Streams, lakes, ponds, swamps, vernal pools are among the areas to be protected and, of course, rivers. There are ample resources available including soil maps, libraries, and environmental agencies. It is incumbent on all of us realtors, builders, and homeowners to focus on where soils and wetlands are present. Our local conservation commissions or wetlands commissions are charged with protecting those vital resources and they too are valuable resources to contact.

The Salisbury Association has funded environmental programs at Salisbury Central School for 15 years — an exciting learning experience in nature’s habitat. Thank you, teachers, for providing this important opportunity in environmental education.

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    Happy to be Home

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    Last night, we returned from vacation and I was (once again) struck by our unusually high quality of life in the tri-state area: Northern Litchfield, Southern Berkshire, and Northern Dutchess Counties.

    Starting with our arrival at Bradley Airport, the drive home is easy and scenic. Although the darkness at night is startling, particularly if one is returning from a brightly lighted urban area, I quickly readjust to the country roads. Somehow keeping an eye out for deer is a little easier than watching for tourists darting across busy city streets.

    We were particularly charmed by the picturesque villages of Norfolk and Salisbury with their village greens, lighted church steeples, and historic homes. We were happy to arrive home to our own Village of Millerton, which sparkles at night. Even though we stayed with family and friends in their beautiful homes, we were glad to step into our quirky old house. Of course, the very best part is climbing into one’s own bed!

    No matter how much fun the trip was, I am always happy to be home.

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      A Guide to Renting Your House

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      Enlist Best & Cavallaro. We will photograph your property, list it on our website, act as a liaison between you and the renters, and provide a rental agreement.

      Keep your rental current. Vacationers want bright, roomy spaces with clean stylish furniture and good lighting.

      Hire a cleaning service and let us include a condition of lease that your cleaner be allowed weekly or bi-weekly cleaning.

      Internet is a must as well as cable, at least, one TV and DVD player.

      Have a well-stocked kitchen with ample pots, pans, plates, serving and prep bowls and all one needs to prepare wonderful meals.

      Keep a couple of flashlights in case of unexpected power outage.

      In bedrooms, offer plenty of storage space, hangers, empty dressers, bedside tables, and lamps. Bedding should look new and clean; have extra pillows and blankets for cooler nights.

      Provide an informational packet, including hospitals, pharmacies, groceries, farm markets, libraries, museums, attractions, etc, and information regarding garbage collection and recycling. Finally, be sure to include your contact information for questions or problems that might arise.

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        Curb Appeal Matters

        If you are thinking about putting your house on the market this spring, aside from calling us at Best & Cavallaro to list it, you should also be thinking about maximizing your curb appeal. Studies show that curb appeal can boost a home’s value by as much as 17%. 

        The most effective improvements?

        1) Upgrade your garage doors if they are visible and dated. A nice carriage house style door can do wonders for the look of your home.

        2) Paint your front door a contrasting fresh color and perhaps get a nice new doorknob.

        3) Trim your bushes and trees; weed, edge and mulch your gardens, and make sure your grass is well maintained.

        4) Set the stage. Welcome buyers with rockers on the front porch or some outdoor furniture and pots of flowers on the patio.

        Here in our beautiful towns of Salisbury, Lakeville, Sharon, Falls Village, Cornwall, and all the surrounding areas of the Tri-State area, we are blessed with stunning natural landscapes. Make your home fit into this beautiful setting.

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