Spring Cleaning Tips!


Now that we are officially in spring and the weather is warming,

it’s a great time to spruce up the home inside and out. 

Since outside is not an option quite yet, here are some ideas

to get your home looking great inside. 


· Make inside repairs:  Perform any necessary minor repairs and touch-ups to walls, windows, fixtures, etc.  Oil squeaky doors and hinges.  Replace all burned out bulbs.

· Freshen up walls:  Brighten interiors with fresh, light-toned paint.  If the walls are neutral and in pretty good condition, just give a good wash and touch up any nicks or scrapes.

· Replace outlet and light switch covers:  Sometimes after years of use covers get worn and dirty.  Replacing is quick, easy and inexpensive and gives that like new look.

· Update outdated or unsightly fixtures:  You can update your homes look relatively inexpensively by putting in a few new faucets, light fixtures or other accessories, such as door hardware.

· Replace or clean flooring:  If you have older carpeting that’s threadbare you might consider replacing it. If the carpet is newer you might want to just get it cleaned to remove any stains. Clean and wax all hard flooring.

· Freshen bathrooms:  If needed, put fresh caulk around shower, tubs and sinks.


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    Homestead Declaration Filing

    Homestead Declaration Filing Deadline is April 17

    By Vermont law, property owners whose homes meet the definition of a VT homestead must file a Homestead Declaration annually by the April filing deadline.  A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile.

    All property is considered nonresidential, unless it is declared as a homestead. The education property tax rate levied on nonresidential property differs from the rate levied on homestead property. It is your responsibility to claim the property as a homestead if you meet, or expect to meet, the following requirements: You are a VT resident and You own and occupy a homestead as your domicile as of April 1, 2018.  Many people file their Homestead Declarations at the same time they file their VT income tax returns. However, if you apply to extend the time to file your income tax return, the declaration must still be filed by the April filing deadline. Even if a person is not required to file a VT Income Tax Return, the declaration must be filed by the deadline.              

    Buying Property On or Before April 1: If you buy the property that you will use as your principal home, you are responsible for filing a homestead declaration on this property by the due date.

    Selling Property On or Before April 1: If you filed Form HS-122, but sell the property on or before April 1, you are responsible for withdrawing the homestead declaration and property tax adjustment claim. You will be responsible for repayment of a property tax adjustment if issued. Use Form HS-122W, Vermont Homestead Declaration and/or Property Tax Adjustment Withdrawal.

    Selling Property After April 1: If you filed the Form HS-122, but sold the property after April 1, the property tax adjustment amount is allocated to the seller upon closing unless the parties agree otherwise. The property tax adjustment is your payment for the previous calendar year property taxes and needs to be considered at the closing when pro-rating the property taxes.

    You can now file your 2018 Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment Claim using myVTax

    Filing online is EASY, QUICK, and FREE!





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      Happy St. Patricks Day

      SD Ireland Construction Co.

      will be driving thru Burlington, Winooski & Williston area again this year on Saturday

      in celebration of

      St. Patrick’s Day and

      finding a cure for cancer. 

      Hope you get a chance to enjoy the parade

      and check out the

      SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund.


      SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund is a 501 C-3 Non-Profit Organization.

      After battling cancer as a family, Kim and Scott Ireland decided to wage the war on a larger front and founded the SD Ireland Cancer Research Fund in 1999 with the goal of beating the disease once and for all.


      Parade Route March 17 12:00 pm

      ♣ Follow Grove Street to Winooski

      ♣ Go over Winooski Bridge

      ♣ Circle around Rotary

      ♣ Up Route 15 to Interstate 89 South

      ♣ Get off Burlington exit – 14W

      ♣ Head down Main Street to Church Street

      ♣ Turn Right onto Church Street

      ♣ Turn Left onto Cherry Street

      ♣ Turn Left onto Battery Street

      ♣ Turn Left onto Main Street

      ♣ Follow Williston Road to Industrial Avenue

      ♣ Turn Left onto Industrial Avenue

      ♣ Turn Right onto 2A follow to Taft’s Corners

      ♣ Turn Right at light onto Route 2/Williston Road

      ♣ Follow Williston Road back to plant


      For More information visit



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        Spring Forward March 11

        This year Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday March  11th,  when the majority of the USA will be “springing ahead” as they change the clocks. One benefit of Daylight Savings time is that it reminds you to take care of some other important home tasks that should be done at least twice a year. So while you are setting your clocks ahead, take care of these other important tasks in your home.




        10 Things To Do When You Set Your Clocks Forward

        · Replace the batteries in your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector.  Making sure to replace and test these devices twice a year can be the difference between life and death.  Make sure to help any elderly loved ones in your life as well.  If they can’t do it on their own, some fire departments have programs that will assist.

        · Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan.  In the Spring fan blades should rotate counter clockwise to help cool down the rooms.  In the Fall, switch the direction to clockwise which helps pull down the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling.  Both of these measures help save cost on heating and cooling.

        · Flip and rotate your mattress to help promote even wear and tear.  Unless you have a no flip mattress. Then just rotate it.

        · Schedule a furnace inspection.  This should be done twice a year to make sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.

        · Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner. This should actually be done several times a year to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.

        · If you have a fireplace, scheduled a chimney sweep in the Fall and in the Spring take some time to clean up the fireplace and brush down the walls.

        · Drain your water heater.  It is recommended that you drain one quart of water from your water heater every three months.  Make sure to check the owner’s manual for your water heater for further recommendations and how to drain the water correctly.

        · Go through you medicine cabinet and first aid kit and discard any expired or discolored products. Dispose of any prescription medication that is expired or no longer needed.  You can search on for how to safely dispose of medications.

        · Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.

        · Daylight Savings Time is also a good time to start rotating your wardrobe.  Wash your winter clothes and inspect them for damage and wear and tear.  If you have clothes you know longer wear put them aside for a garage sale or donate them.  Pack away clothes for winter and start washing and inspecting your Spring and Summer wardrobe.

        If you are thinking of making a move—Springing ahead is also a perfect time to get your home on the market! 

        Call us when you’re ready to make a move!




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          2018 Spring Newsletter

          Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2018

          From By Devon Thorsby, Staff Writer |Jan. 12, 2018

          Housing markets should remain tight this year, but 2018 may be a great time to profit as a home seller.  If you haven’t given much thought to selling your home this year, you might want to think again.  If you’re a homeowner and have been thinking about selling, what are you waiting for?  You may not consider 2018 to be your year to sell, but here are four reasons why selling in the next 12 months could be more beneficial than you think.

          Buyers are chomping at the bit. Eager homebuyers have been frustrated over the last few years, experiencing low inventory in most major markets, which is pushing them to start home shopping earlier in the year to try to beat out the competition and ensure they’re not missing out on any available properties.

          Interest rates are low … for now. For both the buyer of your home and your own next home purchase, low interest rates can help make a transaction possible The current low rates can serve as a catalyst for many potential homebuyers to get moving sooner rather than later.

          You can move to find cheaper property taxes. The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017 means a few significant home-related tax policy changes for the 2018 calendar year: Mortgage interest rates are only deductible up to $750,000 in debt and property taxes are only deductible up to $10,000.  If your household is going to struggle without the deductions you’ve had previously, it might be time to look elsewhere.

          Renovations today won’t come back in full next year.  If you’ve got remodeling on your schedule for the year, be sure it’s an update for you because it’s unlikely that renovations will have a 100 percent return when it comes time to sell. Buyers will still expect effort from sellers in preparing a property for sale. While they may be willing to overlook a dated kitchen, it's the clutter, deferred maintenance and lack of curb appeal that can still kill a deal. 

          Click HERE to visit  for the link to the full article




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            Indoor Activities for February Vacation

            Champlain Lanes Bowling                       985-2576

            2630 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne


            Essex Speedway & Action Center           871-5658

            8A Susie Wilson Rd, Essex Jct.


            Funzone 2.0 @ Smugglers’ Notch           332-6854

            4323 Vt Route 108 South, Smugglers’ Notch


            Get Air Trampoline Park                           497-5031

            20 Omega Drive, Williston


            Gonzo HD Sports                                     881-0660

            1860 Williston Rd, South Burlington


            Green Mountain Training Center             652-2454

            260 Avenue D, Suite30, Williston


            metroROCK Vermont                              878-4500 

            6 Susie Wilson Rd, Essex


            Petra Cliffs                                               657-3872

            105 Briggs St., Burlington


            Pizza Putt                                                862-7888

            1205 Airport Pkwy, South Burlington


            Spare Time Entertainment                      655-2720 

            215 Lower Mountain View Dr, Colchester


            Talent SkatePark                                    864-2069 

            2069 Williston Rd, South Burlington


            Whether inside or out we wish all the students

            and their families a fun and safe vacation!




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              February School Vacation Activities

              Vermont winters provide us with many fun and adventurous outdoor activities.

              * Skiing –Probably one of the first things people think of.  We have several ski areas, most offering more than just downhill, there is cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and many other activities available at these areas. 

                          Check out for a place to start exploring your options.

                     * Ice Skating— Some towns offer an outside rink and there is always Lake Champlain, but if you are looking for an indoor option                  with a little more groomed ice check out


                    * Sledding—Want to find out where the best places to go sledding are? 


                           for “The Kids VT guide to some of Vermont's best sledding spots by Ken Picard”.

              * Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides -  Take a trip back in time and enjoy the way people used to travel in winter along with the fresh air and beautiful scenery. 

                           We found to be a good source.

              * Dog Sledding -  Are you a dog lover?  What a wonderful opportunity to have fun and learn about this special breed and sport.  Check out Vermont Outdoor Guide

                           Association website’s dog sledding page

              * Snowmobiling— You don’t have to own a snow machine to enjoy this sport.

                           Visit  to find

                           “Your guide for snowmobile tours In Vermont!”.


              Wishing you a fun, safe

              and adventurous February Vacation.

              Have Fun!




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                Valentines Day Origami

                There is nothing sweeter than a gift made with your own hands! ...Something you have spent time making for a special person in your life. I have been given a piece of origami for Valentines Day in the past, and I can honestly say it was the best Valentines Day gift I have ever received!

                All of these Valentines Day Origami ideas are very simple to make and many have instructional videos to help make it really easy! There are also downloadable & printable instructions you can have for free. There are also many helpful hints like which paper is best to use…

                I promise your Valentine will be very impressed and touched when you give them a little symbol of your affection made by your own hands.  So happy folding, your Valentine will love you for it!!

                GIFT IDEA #1: Origami Heart <3

                GIFT IDEA #2: Origami Roses 

                GIFT IDEA #3: Beautiful Origami Flowers

                GIFT IDEA #4: Gift Box, Bow & Envelope

                GIFT IDEA #5: Cranes & Lucky Stars

                GIFT IDEA #6: Origami Pet! 


                Click Here for a direct link to the full article, instructional videos, and downloadable instructions found on 

                Happy Folding!



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                  Super Bowl LII Finger Food Recipe

                  Finger food for Super Bowl Sunday 2-4-18



                  Fun Fact:

                  The Super Bowl is the second biggest eating holiday of the year. 

                  With that in mind we wanted to share a snack you can feel good about eating.


                  Sweet Potato Bites with Avocado and Bacon

                  This easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer is always a hit at parties!  Gluten free and Paleo.

                  YIELD: about 40 bites PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 30 minutes TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes


                  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bake bacon according to these directions. Remove to a paper towel–lined plate and lightly pat dry. Once cool enough to handle, dice and set aside.

                  2. If necessary, move the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 425°F.  Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. Brush sheets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil each. With a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice the sweet potatoes into 1/2- to 1/4-inch slices.  Arrange the slices in a single layer on the oiled baking sheets, then brush tops with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown underneath, rotating the pans 180 degrees and changing their positions on the upper/lower racks halfway through. Remove the pans from the oven, flip the slices over, then roast for an additional 8 to 11 minutes, until golden on top.

                  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the avocado, lime juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and smoked paprika. Mash lightly with a fork, leaving the mixture slightly chunky. Set aside.

                  Transfer the baked sweet potato slices to a serving plate. Top each with a dollop of the avocado mixture, chopped bacon, and cilantro.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

                  Make ahead tips: Slice the sweet potatoes and bake the bacon up to 1 day in advance. Store separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The avocado mixture can be made a few hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator with plastic wrap pressed tightly against the top to prevent browning.  I recommend baking the sweet potatoes and assembling the bites as close to serving time as possible, as they do become a bit soggy as they sit.

                  Even if they do soften somewhat, they will still be delicious!


                  This delicious recipe brought to you by WELL PLATED BY ERIN





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