Ideas For Your New Home

Ambiance or Purely Functional - These Lights Are Genius!

LiteShelf is a company full of bright ideas, and their products carry the same name.  Built around the fascinating concept of integrating modern LED lighting directly into shelving boards, the LiteShelf products are a reflection of the company's innovative spirit and affinity for beautiful lighting solutions. You could call their team lightheaded!
 
After hearing from builders and retailers how traditional lighting left too much in the dark or created too much glare, their team set out to…

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A Bright New Product To Light Up Your Home

PATCO is always on the lookout for innovative products, and our design/build team found plenty at the International Builder's Show that recently wrapped up in Orlando, Florida. Keeping up with the latest new home technology is important to PATCO - because we know it is to you! Here's just one example of a company that works hard to make how your home "lives" more convenient: 

At SnapPower, their goal is to create simple and convenient solutions to power home electronics and automation devices…

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We're Always Learning - To Serve You Better

The PATCO design / build team is in Orlando, Florida this week attending The NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS). IBS is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 100 countries.

The show brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings— including wood, concrete, stone and brick. See more...

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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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Lights! Camera! Action!

In order to get the full big-screen experience, it’s all about ultra high-definition, or 4K, technology. Though this tech emerged a few years ago, there have been many changes in terms of price, size and options. Here’s a look at what you should know — just in time for the holidays.

What is 4K?

Just like other technologies, the home theater experience is changing. Today, most flat-panel TVs larger than 32 inches are 4K. The 4K technology essentially means that ultra high-definition...

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Frequently Asked Questions ...

Some of the things that we hear new home shoppers ask when they call PATCO for information are:

"Do you have any homes that we can move into right away?" 

Quite often the answer is - yes!

PATCO has several communities that are continuously growing throughout the year.  When we start a model home in one of these locations, we report it's progress on our website, Facebook page, and Instagram. We also keep agents up to date through our biweekly email newsletter to real estate...

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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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Hmmmm ... Toasty

Unless you really enjoy snow-related activities - or even if you do - winter in Maine can get pretty frigid. One of the small consolations to this seemingly endless season is the feeling of curling up in front of a nice fire on a cold winter’s evening.

According to Realtor.com, fireplaces are actually a very popular selling point for new home buyers, regardless of whether they’ll be used. They’re very aesthetically pleasing and the mantle is a great place to display family photos and...

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