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.
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.
Let's visit with a few now:
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.
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.
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.
Natural light in your home is beneficial to your health, mood, and energy level. While dark, gloomy spaces can make you feel depressed and lethargic, spaces filled with sunshine will quickly brighten your day. Augusta buyers who work with our real estate agents want homes with lots of natural light and impressive outdoor views.
After looking at countless Augusta homes for sale, you've finally found your perfect house. The paperwork is all drawn up, and you're just about to close. But wait! First, you need to do your final walk-through. You've been through the house plenty of times, but the way it is right now is the way it will be when you buy it. It's important to make sure that everything is in order.
As you discuss with our real estate agents the best home improvements to undertake before adding your house to Augusta homes for sale, one likely topic will be curb appeal. After all, the house's exterior is the first thing everyone sees when driving by or even looking at a photograph online. The driveway is a significant part of this image. At the least, you'll want it to be clean and in good repair. Starting with that baseline, let's consider some additional options.
Our real estate agents know that when a homebuyer arrives to see a home, the property has a limited amount of time to create a positive first impression. Don't let dirty, clogged gutters keep your home from making a stellar first impression.
Along with historic museums and festive city events, Augusta is full of nature trails, beautiful gardens, and scenic landscapes. At Sprague & Curtis, our real estate agents work with many buyers who are drawn to Augusta for its natural beauty and charm.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
Our real estate agents prefer growing their own plants from seed. It gives gardeners more flexibility and control over the way the young plant is raised. Also, you have a much wider choice of varieties and can work within the planting dates that suit your area. Here's a step by step guide to help you grow your plants from seed with ease.
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.
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.