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January
23

Pet Decor

When looking at Augusta homes for sale, you're not just thinking about yourself and your family but also your pets. It's important to find a place that's comfortable for them and has the space they need. Decorate your new home in a way that is cohesive for your whole family, pets included. Here are a few tips for pet-friendly decor.

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January
16

Move to Maine 2023

Is finding the perfect place to call home the most important task on your list of New Year's resolutions? Then there are many reasons that Maine should be at the top of your list. Our real estate agents have all of the details on why you'll love moving to Maine in 2023.

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January
9

Augusta Coffee Shops

Our real estate agents firmly believe that you don't need an excuse to reach for a cup of coffee. And with National Coffee Break Day coming right up on January 20, you might want to pour yourself a second cup!

Luckily, we have some truly excellent coffee shops here in the Augusta, Maine, area. Be sure to check out these Kennebec Valley coffee shops to get your caffeine fix this season!

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January
3

2023 Design Trends

With a new year comes a new set of interior design trends. Eager to get your home looking editorial-ready? Here are a few of the biggest trends that our real estate agents expect to see homeowners favoring during 2023.

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December
27

New Year's Eve Party

Once you've settled into your new home, what better way to celebrate than with a party? Ring in the New Year in your new house! Celebrate the new year in style with these tips for hosting a memorable New Year's Eve party.

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December
19

New Year

With 2023 almost here, it's time to think about your New Year's resolution. If your resolution is to become a homeowner in 2023, our real estate agents suggest getting an early start on your resolution by following these tips. 

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December
12

Augusta Snowshoeing

Due to Maine's ideal winter weather, amateur snowshoeing is quite popular around Augusta. Our real estate agents are pleased to report you will find many outdoor areas to practice snowshoeing, no matter your level of skill or experience.

Here are a few of the top places to have a snowshoeing adventure near Augusta homes for sale:

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December
5

ice skate augusta

Ice skating is an annual tradition for many families near Augusta homes for sale, and you have plenty of local options if it appeals to you. Many communities near Augusta host seasonal ice skating. Some rinks are in municipal facilities or set on outdoor lakes, while others are found in large event venues.

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November
28

Watervile Opera House

The Waterville Opera House is one of the most celebrated venues for the performing arts in Central Maine. Located near many of our Augusta homes for sale, this gorgeous building dates back to 1902 and has been carefully restored to allow for its continued use. Today, the building hosts a mixture of live and recorded performances that offer a little something for everyone. Let's take a look at a few of the shows they have in store for the community in the coming months.  

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November
21

Plants Indoors

While the chilly temperatures mean you'll have to forgo outdoor gardening for a few months, our real estate agents know that winter is an excellent time to start an indoor garden. An indoor garden can provide access to fresh produce and enhance your home's air quality. Here are a few plants to try growing indoors this winter. 

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November
14

Maine Markets

Between showings of the best Augusta homes for sale, our team knows that it's important to take time out for all the little things that make life special. The holidays are the season to get together with loved ones and celebrate what matters most. That also means it's time for the hectic fun of holiday shopping!

Even with the best of intentions, time can get away from you. Luckily, you have plenty of options when it comes to finding the perfect gift here in Maine. Plus, our real estate agents know of a few places where you could find something truly special.

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October
24

Laundry Room Upgrade

The laundry room is an often-overlooked space inside your home. You deserve to have a laundry room that is functional, organized, and enjoyable to spend time in. If the laundry room in your home is more like a messy closet than a clean oasis, then consider these laundry room makeover tips from our real estate agents.

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October
17

Lithgow Library

A public library is the cornerstone of every community. By promoting literacy, providing free access to information, and serving as a neighborhood gathering space, libraries play a big part in helping better the lives of everyone around. 

In Augusta, we're very lucky to have the Lithgow Public Library, which offers services residents of all ages can utilize. Our real estate agents are always talking about the library's wonderful features, which benefit adults, teens, and children. Here are several ways the library can benefit you: 

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October
10

Bond Brook

Fall is a beautiful season to head outdoors in search of adventure in Maine's Kennebec Valley. We're lucky to have some really amazing parks and trails surrounded by spectacular scenery, and Bond Book Recreation Area is one of our favorites. 

Located a stone's throw from Downtown Augusta, Bond Brook Recreation Area is known, first and foremost, for its mountain biking trails. But that's just one way to experience this wild place. Let our real estate agents be your guides to exploring Bond Brook Recreation Area!

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October
3

Creamery Day

With nearly 200 farms that generate upwards of $570 million in annual sales, the dairy industry is a vital part of Maine's economy and culture. Join our real estate agents in supporting these hard-working farmers on Maine Open Creamery Day

About Maine Open Creamery Day

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Maine Open Creamery Day, a popular event where the public gets a chance to learn first-hand about the tradition of cheese-making. Here are some of the participating creameries that will be opening their facilities from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.

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September
26

fall home tips

With the fall season here, it's a terrific time to give your home a seasonal makeover. Our real estate agents suggest following these tips to update your home for the autumn months. 

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September
12

Monmouth Museums

Are you planning a visit to Augusta — perhaps to look at Augusta homes for sale? While you're in the area, we highly recommend checking out some local museums and attractions. One of the best ones to visit is the Monmouth Museum, which houses displays related to early life in Maine. Visiting this museum will give you a better understanding of the region's history, and it will also feel like a peek back in time. Here are the key things you need to know prior to your visit.

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September
6

Merrymeeting Bay

Maine is filled with unique places, but even in a state as wild and beautiful as ours, Merrymeeting Bay stands out. A freshwater tidal estuary located where the Kennebec River meets the Gulf of Maine, it's a body of water unlike any other. 

It's also a perfect place for a wild outdoor adventure. Our real estate agents are eager to share their favorite locations for fishing and boating on and around Merrymeeting Bay!

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August
15

Yard Sale Planning

Summer is yard sale season! Having a yard sale gives you an opportunity to declutter while bringing in a little extra money. If you're planning on having a yard sale this year, here are a few tips from our real estate agents for making sure it runs smoothly.

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August
8

Augusta Hiking

There's no better way to start your day than a brisk sunrise hike! Here in Maine's Kennebec Valley, we're lucky to find ourselves surrounded by splendid scenery and countless miles of hiking trails. 

If you're looking for a place to greet the sunrise on an open trail, then you're in luck. Our real estate agents are here to share their favorite spots for a morning hike in the Augusta area!

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August
1

Windsor Fair

Who says goodbyes have to be hard? Bid summer farewell with a bang at the Windsor Fair, the annual showcase event near Augusta homes for sale. Plan this year's visit with a little help from our real estate agents, who share a sneak preview of what to expect.

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July
25

Taste of Waterville

Maine's Kennebec Valley really comes to life in summertime, with a wide range of fairs, festivals, and events. Many of them, including the much-anticipated Taste of Waterville Festival, are just minutes from these Hallowell homes for sale.

Highlighting all the unique flavors of Maine's diverse culinary landscape, Taste of Waterville is now in its 30th year. As we get ready for one of our favorite summertime festivals in Maine, our real estate agents are excited to share more information about Taste of Waterville.

About Taste of Waterville

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July
18

brewfest

No matter if you choose Hallowell homes for sale or Augusta homes for sale, you can count on many exciting amenities in your new neighborhood. Our real estate agents know that choosing a new home isn't just about the property itself but also about the community you decide to become a part of.

The Kennebec Valley area is well known for its natural beauty as well as its strong local economy. One of the most enticing parts of living in the region is getting to see the development of small businesses that give our towns and cities a unique flair – and craft breweries are at the forefront of it all.

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July
11

Window Box Planters

Window boxes are a great way to brighten up your home's exterior. Hang them on porch or deck railings or underneath windows, and their foliage and flowers create a lively burst of color. With just a little time, effort, and expense, you'll have window boxes that make your home look more inviting and improve your view.

Our real estate agents often suggest window boxes as an easy improvement for Augusta homes for sale, and they're attractive additions even if you plan on staying in your home for a while.

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July
5

Furniture Tips

When faced with an empty room, arranging furniture can feel like a daunting hit-or-miss task. Over the years, our real estate agents have picked up some practical tips and easy-to-apply principles from interior designers that take the guesswork out of arranging any room in the house.

Whether you're planning a move to Augusta homes for sale or just revitalizing a dull room, taking a practical approach to furniture arranging is important. Here are some tips from the design pros that will ensure a comfortable, inviting room with maximum design appeal.

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June
27

Kennebec River

Running from Moosehead Lake to the Atlantic Ocean, the Kennebec River is one of Maine's most prominent bodies of water. It passes right through Augusta, and there are plenty of areas where you can enjoy a stunning view of this waterway. Our real estate agents recommend dining at one of these restaurants on the banks of the Kennebec.

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June
13

Housewarming Tips

Moving is more than just a logistical challenge: it can also set the stage for an unforgettable social event. Many of the people who have recently purchased a property from our Augusta homes for sale have gone on to host housewarming parties for their friends, family, and new neighbors.

These occasions are great for breaking the ice and helping you get settled into your new community. If you're interested in hosting one yourself, our list of tips will help you prepare. 

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June
6

Farmhouse Decor

For most homeowners, the term "farmhouse decor" conjures up images of an interior with rustic features that reflect a casual, rural lifestyle on a farm. However, in today's homes, our real estate agents are seeing a much more modern version of the farmhouse style that combines rustic appeal with sleek, modern design elements.

In many Augusta homes for sale, the appeal of cozy farmhouse living is combined with contemporary architectural features that bring old and new together. Take a look at some great farmhouse touches that can quickly give your home an updated, eclectic style.

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May
23

Kennebec Valley Lobster

Lobster is to Maine what BBQ is to Texas. Enjoy the king of fresh Maine seafood at these wonderful Kennebec Valley restaurants favored by our real estate agents

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May
16

Staging Tips

If you want to generate more buyer interest in your home, staging your home's rooms will help you accomplish this goal. While many home sellers focus on a home's primary spaces, like the kitchen and living room, our real estate agents know that it's important to stage every space in your home. Here are a few tips to follow. 

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May
2

Butterfly Garden

Did you know that there are thousands of different species of butterflies? Species commonly seen in Maine include the Red Admiral, Monarch, Mourning Cloak, and White Admiral.

If you'd like to see more of these lovely creatures, consider creating a butterfly garden in your own backyard. Our real estate agents have seen a few of these gardens, and they can be truly magnificent. Here are the basic steps to follow to create your own on your property.

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April
25

Tree Planting

A single shade tree in your yard provides extra comfort during the summer heat while also reducing your energy consumption and carbon footprint.

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April
11

Kennebec River

Where there is a river, there is usually a valley, and our real estate agents want to introduce you to our favorite: The Kennebec Valley. You may already have had a chance to visit Augusta homes for sale, but there's more to see if you choose to journey into Kennebec's riverside towns.

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April
4

Kennebec Valley Nature Preserves

The Kennebec Valley area is acclaimed for natural beauty, attracting visitors – and future residents – from far and wide. No matter what your favorite outdoor activities are, our tens of thousands of acres of pristine public land host them all.

Looking for a National Wildlife Week adventure not far from Augusta homes for sale?

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March
28

Augusta Farmers Markets

Augusta homes for sale are located right in the midst of one of Maine's most desirable communities. Nature's bounty is all around, and our real estate agents know there are plenty of different ways to enjoy it all – from exploring it to, well, eating it!

Whether living right in Augusta or in one of the surrounding towns, you'll find yourself at the crossroads of plenty of local farmers markets. While many farmers markets are seasonal, there's such a selection in the local area that you're bound to find one ready for your visit at any time of year.

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March
21

Kennebec Furniture

At Sprague & Curtis, our real estate agents know the magnificent natural beauty of the Kennebec Valley is only the start. Augusta homes for sale are nestled within beautiful surroundings, but local charm and culture are just as important.

One thing many newcomers are surprised to discover is the busy antiquing scene. The Kennebec Valley is dotted with an eclectic assortment of antique shops full of vintage furniture and other precious items.

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March
14

Maine Maple Sunday

Maine proudly stands out as the #3 producer of maple syrup in the country. Yes, it's true we're not that far from Canada, but maple syrup from The Pine Tree State is in a class by itself. 

Whether you slather it on pancakes or slip it in your coffee, our real estate agents know that maple syrup is a local tradition. When you choose Augusta homes for sale, you will have the opportunity to partake in it with some of the freshest maple syrup you can find in the United States.

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March
7

Kennebec Historical Society

It's hard to imagine a place with a deeper and more unique history than Maine's Kennebec Valley. Our real estate agents never tire of delving into the past of Augusta and the surrounding areas. 

For history buffs, the Kennebec Historical Society is an incredible asset. Offering a wealth of educational resources and programs, the Kennebec Historical Society should be your first stop if you want to learn more about Maine history. 

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February
21

Old Fort Western

Our real estate agents know the Kennebec Valley region is full of surprises. If you're exploring it for the first time, it's tough to even know where to begin! History, culture, and natural beauty all combine to create a uniquely enticing environment where you'll find great Augusta homes for sale.

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February
15

Moving Tips

If you're a collector, you're probably passionate about your hobbies, going to lengths over the years to find just the right comics, vintage glassware, coins, dolls, or other items. After going through all this effort, you not only have time and money invested but probably also have an emotional attachment in your collections. That's why when it's time to move, you'll want to make sure your treasured items arrive at your new home safely.

Our real estate agents recommend the following ways to help safely move your collectibles:

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February
7

Ice Fishing Kennebec Valley

Here in the Kennebec Valley, when the snow flies, ice fishing season has just begun!

Just like many local anglers, our real estate agents always look forward to the start of the ice fishing season. The city of Augusta is less than an hour's drive from dozens of lakes and ponds, including some exciting fishing destinations. These are the best ice fishing spots near Augusta homes for sale.

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January
10

Winter Hiking

With its snowy hills, lofty pines, and tumbling waters, it's hard to imagine a better place for a winter hike than the Kennebec Valley. Still, winter hikes require some caution, and our real estate agents want to make sure you head to the trails well-prepared. 

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January
3

Cleaning Schedule

If it feels like your chore list is neverending or that there are some cleaning tasks that you never get to, it's time to rethink how you clean your home. 

Our real estate agents suggest creating a cleaning schedule for your home. A cleaning schedule basically states when you'll complete certain tasks (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). 

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December
27

Move to Augusta

Thinking about relocating next year? You'll want to make sure Augusta, Maine, is on the top of your list. Whether you're looking to begin a career, raise a family, or retire -- Augusta is the perfect place for any stage of life. Our real estate agents love telling clients all the great things about living in Augusta. Here are our top reasons why this beautiful city should be at the top of your list if you're planning a move in 2022:

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December
6

Kennebec Valley Shopping

Our real estate agents are often out and about showing the best Augusta homes for sale to customers like you. But it's important to take time out to do holiday shopping for all those you know and love! Luckily, there are countless options for gifts you can pick up right here in our local area.

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November
29

Competitive Market Tips

You're ready to purchase a home, but every home you're interested in sells before you even have a chance to look at it. Or, maybe you're finding yourself in a bidding war with other potential homebuyers.

Buying a home can be a stressful experience, but this stress is often amplified when you're dealing with a competitive market. Our real estate agents suggest taking the following steps when buying a home in a competitive market. 

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November
22

Kennebec River Rail Trail

If you've been busy exploring Augusta homes for sale, you already know there's a lot to love about living in this area. From the beautiful homes to the wide array of historic sites and outdoor activities, there truly is something here for everyone. 

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November
8

Sustainable Homes

Living a sustainable life starts in your home. November 15 is National Recycling Day – a day to celebrate the importance of preserving our precious resources and putting the planet first. Make a commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle more this year. Then, take the right steps to build a green, energy-efficient home. Here are simple ways to make your home more sustainable.

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November
1

Craft Shows Augusta

Trying to squeeze in some holiday shopping while you're busy touring Augusta homes for sale? Take in the local ambiance and pick up one-of-a-kind gifts at these craft shows and markets recommended by our real estate agents.

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October
25

Neighborhood Tips

Adjusting to life in a new place is never easy. Our real estate agents know this better than most. We've helped many families with their home searches and know all about getting settled into a new neighborhood. Here are our team's top five tips for adjusting to life in your new town. 

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October
18

Home DecorYour home is a place that should make you feel comfortable and happy, so we always recommend adding a touch of your personality to your decor. Personalizing a space is truly the best way to create an atmosphere that brings you joy. If you're in the market for one of these Augusta homes for sale, it's not too early to start thinking about how you can add a personal touch to the interior of your new home. 

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October
11

Nature in Augusta

The Kennebec Valley is a beautiful place in any season, but it's at its most striking in autumn. When the brilliant fall foliage makes its return to the Augusta area, it's time to get outside and enjoy it! Check out our real estate agents' favorite places to experience nature in the fall.

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October
4

Millennial Homebuyers

Millennial homebuyers make up a large percentage of today's buyers in the real estate market. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 92 million millennials between their late 20s to late 40s in age. In the 30-plus segment, 35% earn more than $125,000 per year and 51% earn between $55,000 and $124,000 per year. On average, this group is purchasing homes priced between $300,000 and $400,000. These millennial homebuyers are looking for homes with at least 1,800 square feet, 3-4 bedrooms, and 2-3 bathrooms for growing families.

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September
27

Kennebec Valley Fishing

Fall isn't just about the beautiful scenery in the Kennebec Valley. It's also one of the best times to go trout fishing, and it's a season our real estate agents look forward to every year. 

If you're in the Augusta, Maine area this fall, be sure to wet a line in these great local rivers, lakes, and streams. There's nothing like trout fishing on a crisp fall morning in Maine. 

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September
20

Open House Prep

If you're planning to sell your home, hosting an open house may attract interested buyers, but it may also be a stressful event for you. Our real estate agents can help with tips on getting organized and prepared for the big day, so you can reap maximum rewards for your efforts.

Buyers looking for Augusta homes for sale will come to your open house with high expectations. These days, homebuyers expect to see homes with clean, organized spaces, stylish furnishings, interior upgrades, and inviting outdoor areas. Here's how to set yourself up for success.

Clean and Declutter

Once you decide to hold an open house, the first step is cleaning and decluttering. The entire house will need to be deep cleaned from top to bottom:

  • Sweep, vacuum, mop, and polish floors and carpets
  • Wash dishes and put them away in cabinets
  • Clean up spills on floors and countertops
  • Dust furniture, blinds, and curtains
  • Remove stains on carpets and upholstery
  • Wash mirrors and windows

After you finish cleaning, it's time to declutter. Although household items may be essentials for you, potential homebuyers may see them as clutter. Gather some boxes and fill them with unused clothes, extra household items, and cleaning supplies, then store the boxes in the garage or a rental storage unit until the open house is over.

Remove Personal Items and Heirlooms

Displaying personal items such as family photos, personal knickknacks, and monogrammed items can distract buyers. It's common for homebuyers to look at personal items in a home to identify who lives there, but some people form strong opinions or judgments that may impact the sale. Before your open house, remove personalized items that can be distracting, as well as valuable family heirlooms that can be stolen.

Freshen Up Paint

If you've lived in your home for a while, your home's interior and exterior may need new paint. Check interior walls, doors, and cabinets for fingerprints, scuff marks, dents, and holes. Invest in a can or two of spackling paste and touch-up paint and fix the damages. To add curb appeal, clean out your gutters, paint exterior trim, give your front door an eye-popping new color, buy a new welcome mat, and replace old, faded house numbers.

Evaluate Your Furnishings

Although it's impossible to anticipate a buyer's style, you can evaluate your own to make sure it's not outdated or too over-the-top. Over-sized furniture, outdated window treatments, ornate accessories, and worn upholstery will not appeal to most homebuyers. Items that look like they don't belong in the house will disconnect buyers because they can't see themselves living in the home.

Don't Forget the Yard

In today's market, buyers pay close attention to outdoor spaces. They're looking for well-maintained yards with inviting areas to spend time outdoors. Before your open house, plan to mow the grass, trim the hedges, get rid of weeds and debris, and plant seasonal flowers for lovely pops of color.

Optimize Your Date

Avoid planning an open house during holidays and major sports events when people are preoccupied. Your real estate agent will likely take charge of marketing your open house with flyers, neighbor signs, and local multiple listing services that attract buyers.

If you're thinking about selling your home in the Augusta area, contact us for more information on planning a successful open house that will attract homebuyers.

September
13

Augusta Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is nearly upon us, and the outstanding breweries of the Kennebec Valley are gearing up for a full month of local fun! Oktoberfest originated in Germany as the largest beer festival in the world, with food, beer, amusements, and attractions lasting from late September through early October. Whether you're looking for a big social event or an inviting, quiet taproom to sample the best local brews for Oktoberfest, you're sure to find it at your favorite Kennebec Valley brewery. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on 6 of the best Kennebec Valley breweries where you can celebrate Oktoberfest in style this year.

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August
23

Kennebec Farms

The end of summer doesn't mean the end of amazing fruits and vegetables. Our real estate agents will be picking up delicious local foods and seeing a farm animal or two at these great Kennebec Valley farms.

Plan ahead for the seasons changing, with this list of Kennebec Valley Farms to visit this fall. Plus, they are all just a short drive from Augusta homes for sale.

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August
16

Maine Antiquing

Antiquing can be a lot of fun, but one of the hardest parts is sorting the trash from the treasure. When you discover that perfect find, there's no feeling quite like it! Our real estate agents happen to know some of the best places in Maine to find genuine treasures. 

If you're on the hunt for an Augusta home for sale (and some great antique furniture to fill it with) then you might want to check out some of these amazing antique stores and markets in the Kennebec Valley! 

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August
9

Maine home improvement

If you're ready to sell your home, it's important to ensure that your house is in the best possible condition. Our real estate agents know that a property that appears well-maintained typically commands a higher asking price.

When you have a whole list of home improvement projects, it's hard to know where to start. Here are some guidelines to help you prioritize your home improvement projects.

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July
26

Kennebec Valley Chicken Wings

Fittingly, National Chicken Wing Day was established in 1977 in Buffalo, NY, the birthplace of the iconic American snack. Our real estate agents will be celebrating on Thursday, July 29th, with a pile of hot wings at one of these popular restaurants in the Kennebec Valley.

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July
5

Maine Boating Tips

If you're considering purchasing one of the wonderful Augusta homes for sale, you're probably already aware of some of the recreational spots in the area. With 2,500 lakes and ponds, a 5,500-mile coastline, and 2,000 islands, Maine is a haven for boating enthusiasts. Before you head to the water, though, our real estate agents would like to remind you to stay safe by following these simple safety rules.

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June
21

Maine GetawaysOur real estate agents know many of our clients, friends, and neighbors are looking forward to the chance to enjoy a vacation. When it's finally time to get away, why not choose the Kennebec Valley as your destination?

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June
7

Maine Horseback Riding

Horseback riding delivers mental and physical health benefits as well as the deep satisfaction of interacting with animals. Our real estate agents love to destress with a ride at one of these top stables around Augusta.

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May
25

Kennebec Valley Disc Golf

Combining all the best parts of Frisbee and golf into one endlessly entertaining game, disc golf is the perfect way to enjoy sunny weather and some quality time with friends. These are our real estate agents' favorite disc golf courses in the Kennebec Valley. 

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May
17

Maine Houseplants

Houseplants offer so many benefits! Bringing a bit of nature into our home environments can help us feel calmer, more rested, and more at peace. Houseplants can also be used to accentuate or bring attention to the finer points of your decor. 

But which houseplants will work best? There are a good many to choose from, and some are more demanding when it comes to growing conditions.

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May
3

Maine Seafood

Maine is famous for seafood! If you've been looking at Augusta homes for sale, you'll want to know more about the local seafood culture. 

While the "seafood season" goes year-round here, it peaks in late summer. This is when both hard-shell and soft-sell lobsters (also called "shedders") are readily available.

There are still many reasons to order up a plate of local seafood, especially with National Shrimp Day coming up on May 9th

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April
19

Earth Day Augusta

Maine's Kennebec Valley is home to some of the most beautiful, pristine forests in the Northeast. It's truly a spectacular place to call home, and our real estate agents enjoy every moment they get to spend here in the great outdoors. And with Earth Day coming right up on April  22, we can't wait to get out and explore nature's wonders. 

More than 80% of Maine is forested. If you're new to the area, the sheer variety of plant and animal life can be almost shocking. We thought we'd help out by introducing you to some of the most common trees you'll see near these Augusta homes for sale!

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April
12

Organized Kitchen Tips

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, it needs to be clean and organized for the entire home to function well. 

Considering that all family members utilize the kitchen throughout the day, it's easy to understand how it can accumulate a lot of clutter. Taking the time to declutter will make it easy to maintain a clean, organized kitchen. Whether you're a talented home chef or mostly use your kitchen for heating up leftovers, follow these tips for an organized kitchen. 

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April
5

Augusta Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a great way to exercise while exploring a variety of outdoor settings. Luckily, the Augusta area has some amazing trails to provide a setting ranging from a relaxing ride to a vigorous cardio workout as you take in the area's natural beauty. Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced mountain biker, you'll be able to find an area trail that matches your abilities.

With warmer weather around the corner, our real estate agents recommend visiting the following mountain biking trails near Augusta:  

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March
22

Augusta Waffles

International Waffle Day is celebrated on March 25, so forget about skipping breakfast or settling for a routine bowl of cereal. Instead, head out to a Kennebec Valley restaurant to sample some local flavor and get your day started with a delicious waffle.
  
Our real estate agents suggest trying one of the following breakfast spots to satisfy your craving for waffles:

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March
15

Downtown Augusta Maine

No matter what you love to do, downtown Augusta has an attraction for you. Downtown Augusta is home to a truly eclectic collection of dining destinations, shopping spots, historic sites, performance venues, and beautiful outdoor spaces to explore. Residents of all ages love spending time in downtown Augusta, and our REALTORS® are certainly no exception! We know you'll feel the same way, and we've put together 6 things that you'll love about downtown Augusta.

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March
9

Maine Flowers

Spring planting in Augusta is tricky. Luckily, decades of experienced gardeners and farmers have determined the best guess for frost dates based on historical weather data. These dates offer a good guide for when to start seeds for particular crops, indoors or outdoors, or when to plant seedlings or transplants. One of the best methods for determining what vegetables to plant and when to plant them is The Old Farmer's Almanac.

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March
1

Book Display Ideas

If you're like most book lovers, you might find it hard to part with your favorite reads. This is one reason why many of us book lovers eventually turn into book hoarders. Keeping a collection of your favorite books isn't necessarily a bad thing, but books do take up a lot of space in your home. If your books are collecting dust in the corner or filling up space in your closet, you might want to consider transforming your collection into a stylish display.

Our real estate agents are big readers, and they compiled a list of their favorite, most creative ways to show off their book collections.

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February
22

Why Move to Maine

With many companies shifting to a remote work model last year, thousands of Americans are enjoying the fact that their jobs are no longer location-dependent. As a result, it's no surprise that thousands of people are relocating to their favorite destinations. According to a 2020 Atlas Van Lines study, the state of Maine saw the third-highest percentage of inbound moves last year. Our real estate agents really weren't surprised. With beautiful scenery and great culture, Maine is consistently considered one of the best places to live in the United States.

Below are several reasons why thousands of Americans are choosing to call Maine their new home:

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February
8

Augusta Flower Shops

Our real estate agents want to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in style this February.

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to make lasting memories with the one you love. Even with travel restrictions and other public health precautions still in place, you can find ways to make a big impression this year through the many local florists in and around Augusta.

Augusta homes for sale are convenient to many trusted florists, including locally owned and operated businesses that have been around for years. Fresh flowers in handcrafted arrangements give you a classic and tasteful way to proclaim your love on one of the most romantic days of the year.

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February
1

Augusta Pizza

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it's either amore or time for National Pizza Day. Our real estate agents are excited to celebrate! On Tuesday, February 9, celebrate with an order of delicious pizza from one of these great Kennebec Valley restaurants.

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January
25

Carpet vs Hardwood

If it's time to replace the flooring in your home, two of the top options are carpet and hardwood floors. While both options can look lovely in your home, the best selection will depend on your specific circumstances. Our real estate agents know that buyer preferences will vary. Here are some things to keep in mind as you make your decision. 

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January
18

Augusta Winter Outdoors

The winter season is upon us so let's waste no time enjoying the snow-filled fun. Our real estate agents are bundled up and ready to slide into as many winter activities around Augusta as we can. From ice skating and skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, here are five fun outdoor activities around the Kennebec Valley that you can do this winter.

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January
11

Augusta Dining

Are you someone who loves to eat healthy, hearty food but would rather not spend the time and energy prepping these fresh foods? Our real estate agents know how you feel. Instead of washing spinach and dicing up tomatoes, we head to these Kennebec Valley restaurants when we're in the mood for the best healthy dining options available.

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January
4

Colors of the Year 2021Riding the waves of the real estate market can sometimes feel like trying to predict the future. Our real estate agents get it right often, but there's always an element of surprise. Interior design trends are closely linked to real estate trends, and as we look forward to a new year, we're keeping an eye on both.

These are the paint colors we expect to play a big role in 2021. Whether you're making some improvements before listing your Augusta home for sale, or you simply want to revive your living space, be sure to consider these unique shades!

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December
28

Augusta Fireplace Maintenance

Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but sitting at home by the fire sure is delightful this time of the year. Our real estate agents love warming up by the fireplace with our loved ones and watching the snowfall outside. Though fireplaces are rightfully loved for their warmth in both function and appearance, homeowners must not forget that these appliances are inherently dangerous. We recommend that all homeowners with a working fireplace follow these maintenance and safety tips — even if you don't use the fireplace often.

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December
21

Augusta Cafes

A wise but anonymous person once described hot chocolate as "a hug from the inside." During a cold Maine winter, that couldn't be more true! When our real estate agents feel a need for the warm embrace of cocoa, they head to these great restaurants and coffee shops near Augusta homes for sale

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December
14

Heating Bill Augusta

As winter approaches, every homeowners' goal is to keep their home comfy and cozy warm while not spending too much money to do so. The good news is that by taking a few easy steps, you can ensure your home stays warmer while still reducing your energy bill.
  
Our real estate agents recommend the following tips for cooling down your heating bill this winter:

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November
16

Holiday Wreaths

Making your own wreath is a fun and simple way to spruce up your home for the holidays. Since decorations can be overpriced this time of year, our real estate agents came up with five inexpensive ways to make your own holiday wreath.

Before you get started, you'll want to head over to your local craft store and pick-up a few supplies. In addition to the base material you select (more on that below), it's usually a good idea to have an abundance of twine, pins, glue, and floral tape on hand. 

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November
9

Kennebec Valley Pies

The Kennebec Valley is home to various great bakeries, diners, and restaurants, including quite a few that offer a selection of amazing baked goods to take home. Start your holiday shopping by ordering a fresh-made pie that all of your guests will love. Our REALTORS® have the delectable details on 5 places to order your holiday pies in the Kennebec Valley.

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October
26

Augusta Lake House

As the days get shorter, it's important to make sure your lake house is properly winterized. Closing up your house correctly can protect it from potential problems and make things a lot easier when it's time to open back up in the spring. Our real estate agents understand what's involved in the proper care and maintenance of a lake house – they provide some tips that can help keep your house in tip-top shape, even when you're not around in the winter.  

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October
19

DIY Project Tools

As a homeowner, you'll find yourself working on numerous DIY projects over the years. These can range from taking care of simple repairs to making important improvements to your home and yard, and you'll need to have some basic tools to help you tackle these projects. 

Our real estate agents suggest investing in the following tools before you start on a DIY project:

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October
12

Timeless Kitchen Updates

Kitchen renovations can be expensive, so wise homeowners who are thinking about selling their homes someday choose upgrades that will stay in style for a reasonable number of years, rather than trendier changes that will look dated too soon. When you list your house among Augusta homes for sale, you are more likely to get a positive reaction from potential homebuyers if you keep renovations simple and understated.

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October
5

Augusta Seafood

Are you ready to celebrate one of the most delicious months of the year? Maine has long been a national leader in fresh-caught seafood, and the Augusta area is the perfect place to celebrate National Seafood Month. Every October, National Seafood Month shines a light on all of the delicious seafood available in local communities around the country, so this is a great time to see what your local seafood shops have to offer. Our REALTORS® have all the delicious details on where you can find fresh, local ingredients for National Seafood Month in the Augusta area.

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September
21

Fall in Augusta

Fall foliage season is always a highlight of the year for outdoor lovers around Maine, and now is the perfect time to plan for peeping the leaves this year. Whether in your car, hiking along a scenic trail, or enjoying a stroll along the waterfront, there are many ways to experience the spectacular cascade of colors that comes to the Augusta area every autumn. Our real estate agents have all of the delightful details on where you can enjoy the best fall foliage around Augusta this year.

  1. The Old Canada Road – US Route 201

    Running for 78 miles through the Kennebec and Moose River Valley, the Old Canada Road is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the area's beautiful fall foliage from the comfort of their car. It's one of four designated Scenic Byways located in Maine, marking a historic trade route between the United States and Canada that is still in use today. Along the Old Canada Road, you'll find a wide variety of historic Maine towns that tell the story of the state. Of course, there will be spectacular natural scenery along every mile of this road, which looks even better during fall foliage season. It's a bit of a drive, but it's easy to make stops along the way to turn your trip into a full-day adventure.

  2. Kennebec River Rail Trail – Entry Points at Water St. and Gage St., Augusta, ME 04330

    If you're searching for a quicker fall foliage trip that's also located closer to home, the Kennebec River Rail Trail is a perfect choice. This scenic trail runs along the waterfront, with entry points that are easy to reach from Augusta homes for sale. The 10-foot wide trail is paved, making it easy to explore on foot, bike, or rollerblades. It's also dog-friendly, so your four-legged friend can make the trip to enjoy the foliage by your side! Enjoy a brisk stroll by the water while you soak in the fall colors all around you.

  3. Androscoggin Riverlands State Park – Center Bridge Rd., Turner, ME 04282

    A short drive southwest from Augusta will take you to Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, where you will find more than 2,500 acres of natural beauty to explore. The park features more than 12 miles of river frontage and includes vast forests that ring out with color during the fall foliage season. The trails here are perfect for hiking during fall while remaining popular among skiers and snowmobile riders during winter.

  4. Maine State House – Corner of Capitol & State Streets, Augusta, ME 04330

    The Maine State House overlooks the Kennebec River and is surrounded by natural beauty, making it an especially pleasant place to visit during the fall. Construction began on the State House in 1829, so the building has been standing for nearly 200 years. Stop by when the foliage is in full swing to see this historic structure from a totally new perspective.

Still searching for the perfect home among the vast natural beauty of Maine? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Augusta, ME area.

August
10

Kennebec Valley Campgrounds

The Kennebec Valley is known far and wide for its natural beauty. Augusta homes for sale put you right in the midst of it all, with many of Maine's top camping spots within a short drive.

Our REALTORS® work with many outdoor enthusiasts. With our help, you'll feel right at home – both on your new property and out there in the great outdoors.

Camping is becoming more popular as people look for safe and enjoyable ways to get out of the house for a while. Mild summer weather and warming temperatures have many hearing the call of the wild. But, with so many spaces to explore, there's plenty of room for everyone. You've never seen Maine's lake country like this!

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