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Accountants

Name

Telephone

Yorke Associates 207-361-1322

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Appraisers

An appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the value of property which is usually required when a property is sold or re-financed. To produce an accurate resale price for a residence, appraisers compare the price and features of the subject property to the selling prices and features of similar nearby properties that have sold recently.  Fees for appraisals vary anywhere from about $275 and upward.  New appraisal guidelines do not permit lenders (or their clients) to choose a particular appraiser.

A real estate agent can do a market analysis, usually prepared free of charge, but it differs from an appraisal because, although there are many similar elements, it would not meet bank requirements.  A market analysis is used to determine a suggested price range for marketing a property and is often also used for estate planning or divorce purposes.

Name

Telephone

CM Appraisal 207-363-3782
Cornerstone Valuation Services 207-676-5576
Dudley Tyson 207-809-2310
Wentworth RE Appraisal Services 603-433-1572

 

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Architects/Designers

Name

Telephone

Fiorentino Group Architects 603-373-8562
Harvey Wells 207-967-5415
Robert Reed Associates 207-363-8568


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Attorneys and Title Companies

General Information

I am not an attorney and, while the Maine real estate purchase and sale agreements are fill-in-the-blank forms supplied to us by the Maine Association of Realtors, it is possible that you may have some questions about how to handle a particular issue or contingency regarding the sale or purchase of your home or land.  I encourage you to consult an attorney, if you wish.

Typically a buyer or seller’s attorney does not attend the closing, but it is a question that I am often asked.  If you would feel more comfortable having your attorney attend, we can certainly make arrangements for that.

Seller Responsibilities

The deed and the Maine transfer tax form are the responsibility of the seller and must be provided prior to closing.  Often the buyer’s attorney is willing to perform this task if you would rather not have your own attorney prepare the documents.  Either way, plan ahead since the closing agent (either and attorney or title company) will need to review them on behalf of the buyer and/or bank.  The cost ranges between $150 to $200.

Buyer Responsibilities

The closing, title search, recording of the deed and mortgage note and associated paperwork are the buyer’s lender’s and/or attorney’s responsibility. Often the lender will suggest an attorney or title company, but you as the buyer have the right to choose whomever you want, but it is important to let the lender know as soon as possible.  I would be happy to provide you with some suggestions.

Title Insurance

If the property is being financed, you will be required to have enough title insurance to cover the mortgage amount.  You will likely be asked if you would like to have title insurance to cover your own risk.  A one-time expense, title insurance (which is based on the purchase price) is far less expensive if purchased at the time of closing and it is highly recommended.  If you would like more information about title insurance, ask the closing agent or click here.

 

Attorneys

Name Telephone
Clark & Howell 207-363-5208
David Ballou 207-363-5300
McEachern and Thornhill 207-439-4881
Shaheen and Gordon 207-747-1232

 

Title Companies

Name Telephone
Atlas-Heritage Title 603-743-0900
Cornerstone Title 603-766-8121
Red Door Title 207-358-7500
Signature Title 800-655-0013, 603-431-8100
Stewart Title 800-539-8266, 603-427-2811

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Banks and Mortgage Brokers

Which should you use – a bank or a mortgage broker?

Mortgage brokers are able to provide a wide selection of mortgages of varying shapes and sizes. The mortgage broker originates the loans, obtaining the proper documentation, etc; but the mortgage lender (which funds the loan) is actually a totally different entity.

A bank, on the other hand, may not offer as wide a selection of products from which to choose, but may be able to offer more flexibility within those products. If you have already established a relationship with a local bank, you may prefer the idea of having your loan serviced locally.

So, which one should you use? That will depend upon your individual preferences and needs. It is wise to speak with several different lenders before making your decision, explain your particular needs, compare rates and see what each has to offer.

Bank or Mortgage Broker

Contact

Telephone

Bangor Savings Bank Damian Pisano 207-351-5287
Blue Water Mortgage Jim Collins 207-752-3320
First Financial Mortgage Linda Peters Drake 207-838-5105
Merrimack Mortgage Bonnie Gates 603-319-4303
Monument Mortgage Susannah Goodwin 207-752-0120
Mortgage Network Kirk Todd 603-430-8488 or 207-363-3009

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Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing can be very effective.  Confirm that the company you choose provides a guarantee that is transferable to future owners.

Company

Telephone

B-Dry System 800-287-2379
Coastal Basement Waterproofing 207-793-4994
T.C. Hafford Basement Systems 800-407-3419

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Builders/Contractors

Name

Telephone

Harry Eastman 207-363-3755
K & J Construction 603-750-5050
Maine Coast Builders 207-363-7426
Percey W. Stevens, Jr. 207-337-0422
Period Design Restorations 207-351-1593
Robert Reed Associates 207-363-8568
Rocheleau Custom Homes 207-363-3857
YFI Custom Homes 207-363-8053

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Caretakers

Contact

Telephone

Charlie Beaudette 207-384-5718
Jeffrey Haines 207-475-7107
Reynolds Property Services LLC 207-363-1434

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Chimney Inspection/Cleaning

Should you wish to have a more comprehensive inspection including all accessible portions of the chimney, exterior and interior, you will find below a list of qualified personnel. An inspection can include areas within accessible attics, crawl spaces, and basements and accessible portions of appliance and chimney connections and will include inspection by video scanning or other means of inspection.

Company

Contact

Telephone

A Merrie Sweepe Bob Warner 603-431-8772
Charlie’s Chimneys Charles Odermann 207-985-3477
Jim and Doug’s Masonry 603-601-0618

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Electricians

Name

Telephone

Bridges Electric 207-363-7177
Maldini Electric 603-436-4736
Moran Electric 207-363-5889
Josh Stevens 207-439-0179
Woods Electric 207-363-4541

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Environmental Testing and Mitigation (Radon, Mold, etc.)

Company Name

Telephone

Issues Covered

Air Quality Management 207-657-7360 Lead paint, mold and asbestos testing
Air and Water Quality 800-698-9655 Radon air, water quality
EnviroVantage 800-640-5323 Lead, asbestos, mold, demolition
Radon Systems 207-247-8181 Radon mitigation
Radon Removal Systems 800-640-8889 Radon air
Yerhot Environmental Solutions 603-742-0055 Lead, radon and mold testing

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Furniture Disposal (Sell and Give Away)

If you want to SELL your furniture…
Name Telephone
Olde Port Traders
(buy and sell used furniture)
603-436-2431
Hap Moore Antiques
(buy and sell used furniture)
207-363-6373
Boyd Auctions 207-439-6641
Howard Koeppel
(buy and sell used furniture)
207-363-5873 or
207-475-6824 (cell)
If you have furniture to GIVE AWAY…
Name Telephone>
2nd Generation in Greenland
accepts used furniture in good condition to benefit homeless shelter (no pick up)
603-430-9482
Salvation Army (of Portland)
(will do beds)
207-878-8555, ext. 1
Catholic Charities (of Maine)
will accept beds and pick up if large quantity of items; for questions – dshaw@ccmaine.org
207-879-1130, ext. 8215
Goodwill in Portsmouth
(no pick-up)
603-430-2040
Leeward Landing will accept clothing, pottery, dishes, vases, pots, pans, silverware, small appliances, decorative items, furniture, tools, blankets, sheets, curtains, pillow cases, place mats, linens, etc. (open Tues.-Sat. 9-4 and Sun. 10-3, closed Mon.) 207-361-4085
Operation Blessing
(no pick-up) (open M,Th,F – 10-4)
603-430-8561
York Community Thrift Shop
will accept clothing, children’s items, kitchen/household appliances in good working condition, housewares, glassware, jewelry, antiques, linens, curtains, books and furniture. (open daily 10 – 5:00)
207-351-8234

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Handymen

For jobs too small for a general contractor…

Name

Telephone

Charlie Beaudette 207-384-5718
Jeffrey Haines 207-475-7107
Tom Pritchett 207-439-5878
Rick Spencer 603-534-6844

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Home Inspection Services for Real Estate

Whether the house is old or new, we encourage all buyers to have a home inspection. You should understand that the purpose of the home inspection is not to discover small imperfections since no house (even a new one) is perfect. The real purpose of the inspection is to make sure that there are no significant surprises.

All of the home inspectors below are members of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). To learn more about ASHI, you are encouraged to visit their website (www.ashi.org).  There is an explanation about the home inspection process at www.ashi.org/customers/vhi_tour.asp.

Please note, we have no affiliation with and receive no compensation from any of the following companies.   

Name

Telephone

Housemasters – ask for Frank Susca 800-626-5442, 603-332-7411
ProSpect 603-235-6015
Pillar To Post 603-759-5494

Some of the companies above are able to give you an on-the-spot written report while others are able to email you the report (usually within 24 hours). You should consider by what method and how quickly you will receive the report If speed is important or if you are an out-of-town buyer.  With your permission, a copy of your report can be emailed to your real estate agent which is helpful if there are any issues.

When you schedule your appointment be sure to be clear about the particular inspections that you would like. Some of the possibilities are listed below with links to contractors who are able to perform them.

Click on any of the additional inspection items above for a selection of contractors who can perform these inspections.

If you need any additional names, numbers or services, please contact me.

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House Cleaners

For cleaning before or after a real estate closing or for construction clean-out:

Name

Telephone

Best Cleaning Service 207-363-0961
Corn Flower Cleaning 207-363-3474
D. P. Cleaning 207-439-4151
Hillside Cleaning Services 603-842-2833
Nicole Richards 207-337-4606
SERVPRO, John and Kristine Giunco 207-363-6900
Deirdre Smith 207-439-8760

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Insurance (Homeowners)

Insurance isn’t as easy to get as it used to be.  Some issues that can make insurance difficult to obtain are such things as having fuses instead of circuit breakers, certain breeds of dogs, etc. For a list of these items, talk to an insurance agent.

Please don’t wait till the last minute to begin investigating your insurance needs. When you close on your new home, the lender will require that you have a proof of insurance (paid in full) for one year (a binder).

Name

Telephone

Allstate Insurance 207-363-8604
Bragdon Insurance 207-363-3200, 800-869-0857
Ellis Insurance 207-363-7670
Lontine Insurance 207-363-3140
Nationwide Insurance 207-363-8902, 877-563-8902

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Interior Designers/Staging

Name

Telephone

Accent and Design (Anne Cowenhoven) 207-363-7949
CF Interiors (Cindy Francis) 207-451-3937
Interiors by Eeta (Eeta Sachon) 207-351-2978
Nancy Stracka Interiors (Kelly Wright) 617-273-8438
Stunning Spaces (Patrice Sweet) 207-351-1358

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Lawn Care/Gardeners

Name

Telephone

Brixham Landscape Construction 207-439-2100
Jacquelyn Nooney Landscape Inc 207-439-6075
Larry Revak 603-828-8888
Reynolds Property Services LLC 207-363-1434

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Masons

Name

Telephone

Atlas Stoneworks 207-361-1395
Dale Avery 603-781-5705
Art Young 207-363-5416

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Moving Companies

Name

Telephone

Rainbow Movers N.H. (NorthAmerican Van Lines) 800-922-1020
William C. Huff Moving and Storage 800-247-6138
Wood Bros. Moving and Storage 603-436-2725 or 800-722-3033

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Notary Publics

Name

Telephone

Liz Hayden, Notary Public 207-351-2946
Mary-Anne Szeniawski, Notary Public/Dedimus Justice 207-363-3352
Also, you can often go to a bank and find someone who will be a notary.

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Painters and Power Washers

Name

Telephone

Mark F. Bennett 207-439-22801
Cape Neddick Power Washing 207-361-4611
Conant Painting 207-363-5648
Harbor Painting 207-363-1777
M. C. Painting 207-337-5068
Painting by Northeast 207-324-8142
Paul Mazgelis 207-351-5380

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Pest Inspectors

Company Name

Telephone

Atlantic Pest Solutions 207-439-7559, 800-439-7716
Ecotech Pest Control 207-451-9451
Haydee’s Pest-Free 603-430-7577, 800-654-7378

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Plumbers

Name

Telephone

Alan Goodrich
water pumps only
207-324-1645
Performance Plumbing 207-363-1770
Rand Plumbing 207-205-4928
Rhodes Plumbing 207-439-0334
Tim Donnell Plumbing 207-361-2768
Tom Warmington 207-363-8895

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Roofing

Name

Telephone

Hall Brothers 207-698-1551
800-Roof 800-240-6112

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Septic Inspection Companies

Company Name

Telephone

A-1 Enviro Service 207-646-2180
Abbott Brothers 207-363-3762
Advanced Leachfields LLC 207-797-5760 or 207-329-8495
Grover and Fallon Value Router 207-439-1510
Morgridge and Son 207-439-1250

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Storage

Name

Telephone

A-1 Self-Storage (Kittery) 207-439-2077
Atlantic Self-Storage (York) 207-363-3311
Eliot Rent-A-Space (Eliot) 207-439-3077
Eliot Self Storage, LLC (Eliot) 207-439-6347
Heritage Storage Centers (Portsmouth) 603-433-1211
Kittery Storage and Parcel Center (Kittery) 207-439-0800
Lafayette Self Storage (Portsmouth) 603-431-8747
PODS 866-229-4120
Safeway Storage (Portsmouth) 603-436-4222
U-Haul Co. (Portsmouth) 603-431-2165
Wood Bros. Moving and Storage (Portsmouth) 603-436-2725

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Surveying/Soils Testing

Company Name

Telephone

Services Provided

Altus Engineering 603-433-2335 Engineering, soils testing, septic design, site design, land planning
Anderson-Livingston Engineers 207-363-4414 Surveying, engineering, site design, land planning
CLD Consulting Engineers 207-363-0669 Surveying, engineering, site design, land planning, environmental
Civil Consultants 207-384-2550 Surveying, engineering, soils testing, site design, septic design, land planning
Mike Cuomo 207-363-4532 Soils testing and septic design
Easterly Surveying 207-439-6333 Surveying, site design, land planning
Ken Gardner 207-637-2260 Soils testing and septic design
Joe Noel 207-384-5587 Soils testing, site evaluation, wetlands delineation, test pits for septic design
Roaring Brook Consultants 207-384-2643 Surveying, engineering, site design, land planning, environmental

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Trash Removal and Hauling

Name

Telephone

Art McConnell 207-363-6932
Dump Guy (Glenn Cote) 207-450-9262
J. B. Trucking 207-439-0974
Larry Revak 603-828-8888
Reynolds Property Services LLC 207-363-1434
We Get Rid of It 866-952-8400
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Truck Rentals

Name

Telephone

Atlantic Self Storage/Penske Truck Rental (York) 207-363-2769
Ryder Truck Rentals 603-433-5880 or 800-297-9337
U-Haul (Kittery) 207-439-2318

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Utilities

Electric

Central Maine Power (CMP) 800-750-4000
Kennebunk Light and Power District (Covering parts of Kennebunk, Wells and Arundel) 207-985-3311

 

Telephone

AT&T 800-222-0300
Comcast 888-633-4266
Embarq (Sprint) 800-877-7746
Fairpoint Communications (Verizon) 866-984-2001
MCI 888-624-9266
Time Warner Cable 800-833-2253

 

Cable

Cable for Kittery, Eliot, South Berwick-Comcast 888-633-4266
Cable for York, Wells, Ogunquit, K’bunk, K’port, Arundel-Time Warner 800-833-2253

 

Water

Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells Water District (KKW) (also serving parts of York & Ogunquit) 207-985-3385
Kittery Water District (also serving parts of York and Eliot) 207-439-1128
South Berwick Water District 207-384-2257
York Water District 207-363-2265

 

Sewer

Kennebunk Sewer District 207-985-4741
Kittery Sewer District 207-439-0452
Ogunquit Sewer District 207-646-2028
South Berwick Sewer District 207-384-2760
York Sewer District 207-363-4232

 

Fuel

D. F. Richard 800-649-6457
Dead River Company 800-424-8444
Downeast Energy 207-363-4331
Eastern Propane 800-523-5237
Estes Oil 207-363-4172
Gagnon and Son 207-384-2213
Jenkins Fuels 207-439-2266
Maingas 207-646-2928
Proulx Oil and Propane 207-363-3636
Rye Fuel 603-433-7408
York Oil and Propane 207-363-6457
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