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Winter Activities Near Sebago Lake

Winter Hikes in MaineWe all love the warm summers in Maine, but now that winter is almost here, that doesn't mean our moods should dampen. If you're planning to visit Sebago Lake this winter or live near this small beautiful lake, there are a ton of fun activities to do in the winter.

Here, we've curated a list of exciting winter activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends.

Hiking on Douglas Mountain

The Douglas Mountain in Sebago offers visitors four exciting trails that are bound to guarantee you some fun. It's accessible all year round with well-marked and maintained trails. The views here are pretty amazing, too. Some sections of the three-mile trail are steep and challenging. This is a great spot for an enjoyable hike to help you unwind and connect with friends and family. 

If you are a mountain climbing beginner, the modestly high Douglas Mountain should be a good start. For an experienced hiker, this is just a warm-up or a bonding trip with friends as you make your way to the summit.

Visit Portland City

Portland City is a melting pot of culture, arts, drinks, and food; the residents here are also lively and amazing. The area is replete with local restaurants where you can sample the best Maine cuisines. Notably, most restaurants pride themselves on using locally sourced materials.

That's not the only great thing about Portland. The city has beautiful scenery that will allow you to connect with mother nature and forests that you can hike with friends and family.

Horseback and Romantic Sleigh Riding at Carousel Farm

Located in Casco, the Carousel Horse Farm has a myriad of activities you can try near Sebago Lake, ranging from sleigh riding to horseback riding for both experts and beginners.

If you're visiting with your significant other, you could enjoy some romantic moments on the sleigh ride pulled by horses. There are also larger sleighs for groups, so do not worry, feel free to invite your friends.

Snowshoeing

Grab your pair of snowshoes and visit Bradbury Mountain Park, Pineland Farms, or Roberts Farm for a thrilling snowshoeing experience. If you don't have snowshoes, you can rent a pair and hit the fantastic snow trails.

Dog Sledding

Visit Oxford Road near Sebago Lake to enjoy dog sledding. Sit on a sleigh as a pack of dogs pulls you around. Here's what we can tell you about dog sledding if you're a first-timer: The ride is quite a thrill, packed with loads of excitement and some degree of difficulty.

There are a variety of packages for you to choose from. You can get the one-person experience that will last a day or pay for the ultimate experience and enjoy the sledding experience for three days.

Go for a Seaplane Tour

What better way to see the full extent of the lake and the larger Maine area than with an overhead tour? Naples Seaplane Adventures offers you the chance to experience the lake and green Maine from an aerial view. Trust us, this is an activity you are bound to enjoy. 

Their packages vary, but you can get a 25-to-50-mile ride that will allow you to see the snow foliage and the mountains in and around Sebago Lake. This is an all-year-round activity so, feel free to try it anytime.

Final Thoughts

Sebago Lake is a little paradise with so much to offer in the form of vacation spots and fun events in the winter or fall. 

If you're considering moving to Sebago Lake, at Meservier & Associates, we know all there is to know about the real estate market in the area. Contact us today!

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    Staging Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar: 4 Tips That Will Make Buyers Fall in Love

    Home Staging: The Living RoomLet's face it: a first impression makes all the difference, whether you're at a job interview, business meeting, or on a first date. You only get one first impression! Make your potential buyers fall in love with your home using the helpful staging tips below.

    Staging your Maine home leaves an excellent first impression for potential buyers, and it can reduce the duration of the home selling process and add value to your home. According to a 2017 Report by the National Association of Realtors, 62% of realtors who spent time staging homes for sale saw a decrease in time those homes spent on the market. Half of all sellers report that home staging increased the dollar amount at closing by 1% to 10%. 

    Home staging has low risk and high reward. It shortens the journey to closing and improves your odds of getting your asking price. Suppose you're looking to do something new to increase your home’s value and prepare to sell your home in Maine. Here are four ways to stage your home in Maine to sell for top dollar.

    1. Boost Your Curb Appeal

    Even if a first showing is the first impression, it begins before your buyers even walk through the front door. What they see when they drive by, or even when they walk up to the house, the question “could this be my next home?” enters the potential buyer’s mind. Cultivating that first impression from the moment they set eyes on your listing can be the difference between a drive-by and a phone call. 

    Some of the Easiest Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal Include: 

    • Power wash the siding, gutters, and roof of your home. 
    • Paint the front door a warm, inviting color and polish or upgrade the door handle. 
    • Clean or replace your mailbox, house numbers, patio furniture, and welcome mat. 
    • Plants! Enhance your flower beds and instantly make your front yard more vibrant and lively. 

    Most realtors agree that curb appeal is one of the most critical parts of home staging. Find an agent best suited for your home selling needs at Meservier & Associates.

    2. Turn Your “Extra Room” Into an Office

    No trend has accelerated more rapidly in the last year than working from home, and working remotely is a trend that’s here to stay. As more companies embrace remote work, the ability to highlight your Maine home as both a comfortable place to live and an enjoyable workspace is more important than ever. 

    3. Show Off Your Storage Space

    Consistently one of the most overlooked areas for home staging, showing off the storage spaces in your garage, closets, cabinets, and pantry makes all the difference. It’s also essential to make sure that your storage spaces look as large and well-utilized as possible. Staging storage space is less glamorous than staging a beautiful modern kitchen or a luxurious master bedroom, but making storage space a highlight of your home could end up making all the difference. 

    The Best Ways to Stage Your Maine Home’s Storage Spaces Include: 

    • Clean and declutter to use every square inch of space the most effectively. Organized storage spaces look neater, cleaner, and bigger. 
    • Remodel closets, pantries, shelving, and other storage areas to create more aesthetically pleasing spaces. If you are looking to paint, choose a more neutral color, such as white or an off-white tone. 
    • Don’t be afraid to decorate! Ideally, your storage spaces should be less than full because it makes them look larger and more appealing. 

    4. Liven Up Your Living Room

    If you’re not asleep or at work, where do you spend the most time in your home? For most people, the answer is the living room, where your family comes together to unwind. Stage your home so buyers can see the space as more than just a living room. Stage your home so buyers see your living room as a place for family time, holiday get-togethers, or space where they sit back and relax in after a long day at work. 

    How Do I Convince Buyers My Living Room Is Their Next Living Room? 

    • Organize. Your entire home should be clean and clutter-free, but this is even more important in your living room. Make sure you repair any minor maintenance issues too. 
    • Mind your lighting. Whether it’s dimming overhead lights, or adding a lamp in the space, use lighting to set a cozy mood for buyers. Consider painting the walls in your living room a lighter color such as white, grey, or an off-white shade to maximize natural lighting in your space. Hanging a mirror across from your windows is an easy way to maximize natural lighting in your living room. 
    • Set the stage. Make sure you properly arrange your furniture for the best home staging experience. Pick your focal point (fireplace, chandelier, a scenic view) and build around that, pull furniture away from the walls to make the room look bigger. Create a vignette and put it on a coffee or end table, and use that to occupy any awkward spaces in your living room. 

    Most surveys show that the living room is the most critical room in the house for home staging. A 2017 study shows that 83% of realtors will stage living rooms when selling a home, the single most frequently staged area of the house. Make sure your living room is a cut above the rest, take time to deep clean the room, rearrange furniture, and turn your potential buyers into future owners. 

    Find an Agent Near You 

    Contact Meservier & Associates with any questions about home staging, or if you’re ready to put your Maine home on the market. You can also learn more about our seller services here.

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      5 Reasons Young Families Should Move to Maine

      Moving To MaineMaine is a great place to raise a family. There is the perfect combination of city and country, with plenty of room for family activities. From exploring the coast to visiting Portland’s food scene, there is something for everyone here.

      Enjoy all four seasons with your family

      Maine has a distinct four seasons. The winters can be cold, but they are full of snowy activities. The temperature warms up moving into spring, and the summers are full of fun activities on the coast. Finally, the fall season is something to write home about. Maine has some of the best foliage in the country so it is worth checking out!

      Take advantage of the student loan relief program

      As the state with the oldest median age in the country, Maine is trying to attract young employees to work and settle in Maine. They are incentivizing young workers by helping them pay off student loans. Money spent on paying your student loan debt each year is subtracted from your state income taxes. STEM majors have an even better scenario. They could qualify for a check from the government if their loan payoff is greater than the amount of their taxes. Definitely something worth looking into when considering moving to Maine.

      Explore Portland’s food scene

      Ranked Bon Appétit’s 2018 Restaurant City of the Year, Portland has food options for everyone. You name it, seafood, craft beer, bakeries, or tavern-style food for the kids, Portland, Maine has it. See our blog about exploring Portland during fall here

      Appreciate the Maine wilderness

      Can’t decide between beaches and mountains? No fear, Maine has both! Maine has several ski resorts to choose from in the winter months, like Sunday River and Sugarloaf Mountain. Experience the mountains by hiking in Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park during the fall. Want to catch some rays? Bake on the Maine beaches during the summertime. Check out our Maine beach guide here

      Gain the feeling of security

      They say life in Maine is the way life should be for a reason. Maine is a top-ranking state for education, a low crime rate, and a low obesity rate. Additionally, outside of Nor’easters and the occasional hurricane, the probability of natural disasters is low here compared to other parts of the country.

      Interested in moving to Maine?

      Contact Meservier and Associates today! 

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