Blog :: 2020

5 Winter Moving Tips to Help You Brave the Cold

Winter Moving TipsHere are some helpful tips to get you through your move this winter.

Monitor the Forecast

The last thing you need on moving day is to get caught in a blizzard. Be sure to keep checking the forecast in the days preceding your move - we all know how unpredictable winter weather can be, and it may become necessary to reschedule the move. You should also be in contact with your moving company as the moving day approaches to express any concerns you may have about the weather or other factors that may affect your moving date. One bonus of moving in the winter is that moving companies are less slammed and can usually offer more flexibility if unpredictable weather becomes a factor. Remember, it’s always better to postpone the move than to put your safety at risk. 

Label Boxes for Easy Organization

Being organized during your move is more important than ever during the winter months. You don’t want to be making extra trips in the cold if you don’t have to. Make sure all of your stuff is packed into boxes before the movers arrive - it’s also a good idea to sort the boxes into piles based on content. You could also split them up by weight, so you don’t get stuck carrying five heavy boxes in a row. When it comes to organization, it’s all about what works for you, but you should have some kind of system to minimize trips and last-minute scrambling. 

Protect Your Precious Floors

Moving day can take a toll on you, but it shouldn’t take a toll on your new flooring. No matter how careful you are, it is inevitable that people will be tracking in snow and mud throughout the day. There’s also the risk of scratching or spilling on the floors during the chaos of moving. That’s why we recommend covering your floors with plastic tarps or old sheets on move-in day to avoid premature wear and tear. It would help if you did this at both your new home and old home to preclude any extra cleaning that might have been necessary. 

Selectively Heat Your Home

Turning the heat off to your house may seem counterintuitive on a cold winter day, but the constant traveling in and out of the door will make your central heating unit obsolete. It’ll be working way too hard to heat your home only to have it all escape once the door opens again. You’ll be working hard enough, moving all those heavy boxes that you’ll become your own heating unit. If you find yourself a bit chilly, you could choose to heat selective rooms in your home, like bedrooms or bathrooms, for moments of warmth between trips. 

Deslick the Ice

There’s nothing scarier than a patch of ice when you’re carrying a 300 pound couch and can’t see the ground. It’s necessary to shovel and salt all walkways, sidewalks, and stairs to reduce safety hazards for you and your movers. You should also clear your car of snow and ice and make sure you have good tires for navigating wintery roads. Move-in day is chaotic enough without the added stress of injury. 

Be sure to contact Meservier & Associates if you're thinking about buying or selling in Central Maine, or if you have any questions about the area.


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    Snowmobiling and ATV'ing in Maine

    ATV Trails in MaineIt’s no secret that Maine is known for its stunning scenic views. One of the best ways to enjoy them is direct from the scenery itself, on the several thousand miles of trail systems from a snowmobile or ATV. The extensive trail system has over 4,000 miles of primary trail and 10,000 more of groomed additional trails crossing public and private land. Below are two of our favorite trails that vary in distance. 

    Kennebec River Loop

    For a short ride, we would recommend the Kennebec River Loop. At just 20 miles, this loop is perfect for a quick ride. This trail offers incredible views of the river, followed by panoramic views of Maine’s western mountains. 

    Jackman / Coburn Mountain Loop

    For a longer ride, take the Jackman / Coburn Mountain Loop, which runs about 130 miles. This loop features a ride through town, scenic views of the river, and of course, amazing mountain views.

    If you’d like to learn more about the scenic views and our trail systems in Maine, or our local real estate listings, contact Meservier & Associates today!


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      Best Dog-Friendly Beaches Near Portland, ME

      Maine Dog Friendly BeachesWant to take your furry friend with you on a relaxing beach trip? It can be hard to find beaches that accommodate dogs, and the restrictions can be confusing. At most beaches, there are different regulations depending on the time of year and time of day. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a beach that allows dogs to be off-leash during the summer season, but keep reading for a guide to the rules and regulations of the most dog-friendly beaches near Portland, ME. 

      East End Beach

      East End Beach, located on the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland, is one of the most popular beaches for dog-owners. Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, dogs are allowed to be off leash and under voice control during all park hours (5AM-10PM). During the summer season, however, dogs are only welcome on the beach before 9AM or after 5PM, but can be off-leash and are welcome to play together, given that they respond to voice commands. 

      Willard Beach

      Located in South Portland, Willard Beach has many of the same rules and regulations as East End Beach. Starting May 1 and ending September 30, dogs are permitted between the hours of 7AM and 9AM, and 7PM and 9PM. Dogs may be unleashed, but you must keep them under control and clean up after them. From October 1-April 30, dogs are allowed on the beach between 6AM and 9PM. If your dog is off-leash, they must be kept within 100 feet and must be kept away from sand dune vegetation. 

      Ferry Beach

      Ferry Beach is a popular tourist destination in Scarborough. From May 15 to Labor Day, dogs are only permitted on the beach from sunrise to 9AM, when they can be off-leash, and from 5 PM to sunset, when dogs must be leashed at all times. Starting after Labor Day, unleashed dogs are allowed on the beach from sunrise to sunset, except for the hours of 1-3PM when they must be leashed. 

      Pine Point Beach

      Scarborough’s Pine Point Beach is a long, sandy beach down the strip from Old Orchard. The beach is a popular spot for families looking for a fun day filled with water sports, great food, and relaxing on the sand. Pine Point has the same restrictions as Ferry Beach and also has a restricted area that is defined as that portion of the beach from the main beach access path at Hurd Park north to the Scarborough River. From April 1 to the day after Labor Day, this area is strictly prohibited to off-leash dogs due to the protection of endangered species Piping Plovers. 

      If you’d like to learn more about the beautiful state of Maine, or about local real estate opportunities, be sure to contact Meservier & Associates.


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        Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Auburn

        Hiking Trails in Auburn Maine

        Maine is known for its beautiful scenery. The state offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities that visitors and residents can enjoy, including an abundance of hiking and walking trails. Below are a few of our favorites for you and your family to enjoy around our hometown of Auburn.

        Mount Apatite

        Mount Apatite is a 325-acre, 7.5 mile extensive set of trails in western Auburn. The trails are rated as easy and moderate so they're perfect for all ages and abilities. Beyond just hiking, users can mountain bike, run and in the winter months, cross-country ski.

        Auburn Riverwalk

        The Auburn Riverwalk is a 1.6-mile paved trail that runs through the old mill district of Auburn and it's twin city of Lewiston. The top of the trail features a place to picnic and allows you to view various activities throughout the year including a brew festival and balloon festival. 

        Spring Road Trail

        Spring Road Trail follows the northwestern shore of Lake Auburn with many viewpoints along the way that allow you to enjoy the vast views of the lake. The trail is short at just 2.1-miles on way and is rated as easy.

        David Rancourt River Preserve

        The David Rancourt River Preserve offers two different types of hiking trails. One splits into a woods trail, while the other follows the shoreline of the Androscoggin River. There are two sandy beaches and scenic overlooks along the trails making for a truly breathtaking walk.

        We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! If you have any questions about Auburn, contact Meservier & Associates.

        You can view current Auburn ME real estate listings here.


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          Meservier & Associates Now an Independent Company; New Auburn Office Opening Soon!

          Company Positioning for Future Growth

          AUBURN, ME — Meservier and Associates, one of Maine’s top real estate agent teams, announces the opening of a new, independent company and a new office location in Auburn, ME at 220 Main Street.

          Sue Meservier, the owner, has been an Auburn based real estate broker since 1987. She sees this as the perfect opportunity to expand her 15-agent team with her own company and in a new modern and state of the art office. Formerly associated with another real estate firm, the new office will provide the needed space for the company to expand and add more agents.  It will specifically provide collaborative and solitary work environments to support agent growth and success.

          Sue Meservier and Meservier & Associates are well known throughout Androscoggin County for over 30 years of top sales results in residential real estate achieving top of the market sales positions for many years. Most important, Sue Meservier and Meservier & Associates is well known for their exemplary standard of service, proven real estate expertise, and attentive personal care of their clients’ needs.

          “I am absolutely thrilled to open this new, independent real estate brokerage office. This is the realization of a personal dream and has been a long time coming. I see excellent growth opportunities in the future,” said Meservier.  “We have an excellent group of real estate professionals on the team and together we are poised to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals,” Meservier and Associates Top Producer, Tony Poulin commented.                  

          The team will be joined at the location by one of the top-rated mortgage brokers in the state, Harbor One Mortgage.  We will truly be one-stop shopping providing expert real estate services to the community of Androscoggin county”, said Meservier. 

          “The building at 220 Main Street, Auburn will undergo immediate renovations. We expect to fully occupy the location within 3 months,” said Meservier. Temporary office space will be located at 79 Main Street in Auburn. 

          Information about Meservier and Associates is available at

                                          Meservier & Associates at 220 Main Street in Auburn

          Pictured: Nicole Elie, Office Manager, Sue Meservier, Owner, and Tony Poulin, Operations Manager of Meservier and Associates at their future Auburn office.


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            St. Patrick's Day Recipe Roundup

            St Patrick's Day Recipe Roundup

            Easily one of our favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day is the food! If you’ve never tried authentic Irish dishes, you’re missing out. To help you out, we’ve rounded up some classic recipes that you can try out at home. 

            1. Easy Boiled Dinner | delish

            The St. Patrick’s Day go-to, it's easy to see why this meal is so popular. It’s cheap, easy to make, and can feed an army. If you’ve never tried a boiled dinner, you’ve got to give it a try!

            2. Favorite Irish Stew | Taste of Home

            If boiled dinner isn’t really your thing, give an authentic Irish stew a try. Traditionally made with lamb, it can easily be substituted with beef. 

            3. Authentic Irish Colcannon | the view from great island

            Colcannon is a simple dish which is essentially mashed potatoes mixed with kale, cabbage, or green onions with lots of milk/cream and butter. 

            Though served year round, colcannon is actually a Halloween staple for the Irish, which is served molded into a ring with prizes hidden inside. The prizes foretell of the fortune the lucky (or unlucky) diner may have. Find a ring or coin in your colcannon and you can expect a marriage proposal or great wealth in your future, a button or thimble however will mean you’ll stay single for the upcoming year. 

            4. Irish Soda Bread | Gimmie Some Oven

            We prefer our soda bread with raisins, but you can always leave them out of this delicious, dense bread, best served with a generous smear of good quality butter. 

            5. My Mum’s Irish Apple Cake | Bigger Bolder Baking

            Nothing brings back memories of an Irish granny quite like an apple cake, which is probably why it tastes best with crisp granny smith apples!

            6. Green Food for St. Patrick’s Day | Pinterest

            When all else fails, just dye it green! Kids have a blast dying their favorite foods the color of shamrocks. Try serving dinner with a glass of green milk, food colored chocolate chip cookies, or green jello or pudding. Give Pinterest a try for endless inspiration on fun and playful St. Patrick’s Day treats.


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