Blog :: 04-2019

Should You Sell A Home In 2019?

If your home no longer matches your lifestyle, perhaps due to family changes or employment prospects, you may be ready to sell your home in 2019.  Forget about national housing market trends. If you're thinking about selling a home, you want to know if there's buying demand in your area. That'll determine how much you can reasonably expect to sell your home for.  Keep in mind that you likely will have to pay a real estate commission of around 6% of the sale price. Buyers also may ask for the seller to cover their closing costs.

Also, if you sell a home, you'll need a new place to live.  If you're upsizing to a bigger home, make sure you have enough equity in your current property to afford the next one.

Sellers should also complete any half-finished remodeling or repairs.

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    Green Up Day - May 4th



    Green Up Vermont is a non-profit organization dedicated to cleaning up the state of Vermont. 

    On the first Saturday in May annually, Green Up  Vermont sponsors a state-wide Green Up Day and Town Coordinators organize volunteers to clean up roadside trash in their respective towns. Green Up Vermont provides the well-known bright green bags for collection of trash.


    Some towns have bag pick-up available prior to Green Up Day.  Click here for the list! 




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      Rainy Day Craft - The Dirty Pour

      A Predicted Craft Trend for 2019

      Great craft for all ages, one that can be quite simple or more sophisticated techniques can be used. 

      Then go get your supplies and have them handy to turn any rainy day into a hole lot of messy fun creating unique art.


      The Dirty Pour

      Things are about to get messy, as artists embrace a new form of completely utensil-free painting. Known as dirty pouring, it involves mixing multiple paint colors in the same container before pouring on canvas or other materials.  Here’s why we think it’s the bomb: The paints mix as they leave the cup, blending the colors and creating unexpected colors and ultra-cool effects. You can even do a double dirty pour (a blend of blues and greens in one cup; reds and yellows in another-for instance). Cheers to that!

      Basic Supplies

      Drop Cloth

      Disposable Gloves

      Acrylic Paints-At least 3 colors

      Pouring Medium-Floetrol, Liquitex, GAC800

      Plastic Cups or Small Plastic Squeeze Bottles

      Wood Craft Sticks to stir with

      Item to be Painted

      Color Wheel can be Helpful

      Some Techniques use Silicone Oil or Linseed Oil

      Depending on item being painted,  paper bags, cardboard, aluminum pans, wax paper all can make clean up easier.  Also something to hold item off the ground.


      Check out these links for a bunch of great ideas and techniques!

      Send us photos of your master pieces we can display!



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        Plant a Tree!

        What a Great Project for April Vacation 

        School vacation week holds both Earth Day and Arbor Day. One common theme between these days is the benefit of trees. How about getting the kids involved in selecting, picking the site, planting and caring for their own tree. 



        Cultivating connections to grow trees!

        in our communities. Check out their Tree Selection Tool that puts Vermont's Tree Selection Guide in an interactive format. You enter your site requirements and desires, and out comes a list of recommended trees. The site also provides a Resource Hub with LOTS of additional info. 





        Earth Day 4/22/2019

        Protect Our Species

        All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life. We must work together to protect endangered and threatened species: bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes, insects, whales and more. One of their take action items is What You Need to Know About Trees and Why We Need to Protect Them.



        National Arbor Day  4/26/2019


        Trees provide the very necessities of life itself.  They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul.  But these life necessities are threatened around the globe.  To address this, we’re launching an unprecedented undertaking: The Time for Trees initiative.  Together, we can create change … through trees.  Learn more about our efforts to plant 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspire 5 million new tree planters by 2022 — the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.




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          Local Easter Egg Hunts

          Easter Egg Hunts, HOW FUN!


          Burlington - North Ave Alliance Church  - 4/21 @ 11:45am

          Colchester - Bayside Park - 4/20 @ 10:00am

          Essex - Maple Street Park - 4/20 @ 10:00am

          Milton - Bombardier Park West - 4/20 @ 10:00am

          Shelburne - Shelburne United Methodist Church - 4/20 @ 10:00am

          St. Albans - Taylor Park - 4/20 @ 10:00am

          Williston - Williston central School - 4/20 @8:50am



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            Vertical Gardens

            One of the Top Home Trends for 2019 (According to Pinterest) is Vertical Gardens

            Being that vertical gardens is a top home trend this year and most people, by April, are anxious to start planning their gardens.  We thought it would be fun to see what all the fuss is about and share. Once you start looking around, you understand why this is a popular trend, as the possibilities really seem endless.

            You can buy vertical containers, you can stack containers, you can use ladders and furniture, crates, chicken wire, pipes, gutters, picture frames, shoe holders, soda bottles, lattice, where ever your imagination takes you. What a great way to grow and create a unique garden space. 

            So, gaze at these pictures and get your imagination juices flowing, then click the links below for many more amazing ideas!









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