Ideas For Your New Home

Don't Make It Easy To Rob You

With spring break vacations and summer travel right around the corner, it's easy to become a burglary victim. Here are things that we all do - or don't do - that make it easier for criminals to rob us:

1. Your house is empty during the day.
Most of us probably assume that robberies take place at night. In the movies, robberies always seem to happen when everyone is sound asleep in their beds. But burglars say that isn’t so. Robbing a house while someone is in it only increasing a robber’s…

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Take It Outside

It might seem hard to believe, but summer really is right around the corner! Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent, which is why your new home planning should include an enticing outdoor living space. One of the biggest regrets PATCO hears from homeowners is that they didn't budget for a deck or patio. Many people think that they'll just tackle it as a DYI project "someday", calling on friends and relatives to lend a hand. The problem is - that day may never come!

Adding a deck…

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The Smell Of Danger

PATCO wants you to be warm and safe this winter! Here are some propane safety tips to always remember.

What Does Propane Gas Smell Like?

  •  It smells like rotten eggs, skunk spray, or dead animal.
  • Some people may have difficulty smelling it due to age, medical conditions, medications, alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Propane can lose its odor on rare occasions. This is due to:
  • Air, water, rust in a propane tank/cylinder
  • Passage of leaking propane through soil

    
If You Smell Gas:

  • Put out...
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Winter Is ... Here.

We can no longer be in denial - winter has come roaring into Maine. Whether you're a new transplant "from away" or a seasoned Mainer, being prepared for the frigid months ahead will keep you and your family safe from whatever mother natures sends our way!

A big snow storm, or worse - snow and ice - could have you stuck in your home for several days. Instead of becoming one of those night before panic shoppers standing in a long line for bread, make sure you have these items on hand:

For...

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Home Upgrades That Are Totally Worth It

There are upgrades you can easily forego, and there are those you should hold on to for dear life.

For example, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, both considered pricey upgrades for years, are now standard in most new homes. However, going with the most common (or lowest) denominator is not always the best way to save — or spend — your dollars. For maximum functionality and a healthy return on investment, consider the following upgrades for your new home:

Start in the...

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Your NEW Home Is A Winner

Some people hate hand-me-downs; others like things with a history. When it comes to housing, new construction has a never-been-touched attraction, while existing homes have stories to tell. Buying a “used” home, you inherit years of wear and tear, and even some unwelcome “extras” - like worn carpets, hard to get rid of odors, out dated fixtures - all sorts of things that you’ll want to change (and that’s an extra expense). Your NEW home will be all about you from the very start....

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Working With The Flow Of Open Concept Design

PATCO offers many home styles that feature an open concept floor plan. This means that your living, dining, and kitchen space are one continuous area. Combined with the height of a cathedral ceiling, this mixed use area can look really dramatic! Planning the furniture and decor for each "zone" can be tricky. Since they're all within the same sight line, creating a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing flow is important. 

Don't be afraid to get creative with your furniture layout and...

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Before All Else - Safety First

Household fires are a growing problem in the U.S. According to the Department of Homeland Security, each year thousands of people die in home fires, which cause an estimated $7.3 billion in direct property loss annually. Homeowner safety is paramount to PATCO. Included in every home we build are hardwired smoke/CO2 detectors. Some precautions for preventing home fires are pretty straight forward: don't leave candles burning; don't leave your stovetop on; keep anything that can catch fire...

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Taking the Homeownership Plunge

As a homebuilder, obviously, PATCO would love to build your new home - but, we also want to make sure that bulding a new home is the best move for your family. 

If you've been avoiding the real estate market, you're not alone. Discouraged by the 2006–2012 housing market decline and subsequent tighter lending standards, many people have postponed buying their first home, or have sold their house and are now renting. However, average U.S. home prices have been rising for more than three...

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There's A Nip In The Air - Time To Prepare

The days are getting shorter here in Maine, and there's definitely a nip in the evening air - fall is on its way. Now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before winter rolls in, while the weather is still pleasant enough for spending time outdoors. PATCO would like to share these "must do" tasks to insure that your home is at it's best for many winters to come:

Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior door and window frames. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home...

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