2017-04-28 / Community

ASK THE EXPERTS

A Buyer’s Guide To Windows From A-B.E.S.T. WINDOW

Why is it important to buy local?

A-B.E.S.T. Window is the only company in the state of Maine that manufactures, sells, and installs their own windows. Studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms - continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community. Buying from a locally-owned company allows the business to hire more local people. How many years have you been in business?

A-B.E.S.T. Window has been in business since 1985. By choosing A-B.E.S.T., you’re choosing a proven company that has a demonstrated record of quality, integrity, and excellence for 32 years. Can I clean this window from the inside?

Both sashes of an A-B.E.S.T. double hung window tilt in for easy cleaning of all glass surfaces from the inside. No need to go outside or get on a ladder. How long will the installation take?

With their team of factory-trained, experienced, window installation specialist, the installation of an A-B.E.S.T. vinyl replacement window should take either one or two days. A-B.E.S.T. windows are custom made to fit the exact size of the window it’s replacing. Don’t be fooled by new construction windows which only come stock size and necessitate costly carpentry, inside trim, outside trim, plaster, sheetrock and paint. Why do some window companies insist on pressure selling me into a decision instead of letting me do some comparison shopping?

At A-B.E.S.T. Window they are so confident in their product, installation, service and price that they encourage customers to comparison shop. The reason other companies are willing to give you such a “great deal” tonight and only tonight is because they know if you comparison shop you will find a better deal. Insist on comparison shopping and don’t be pressured into quick decisions.

If you have any additional questions regarding replacement windows, please feel free to contact us at 799-6771 or sales@abestwindow.com.

Heidi Richards – H.R. Inspection Services, LLC

As a Certified Real Estate Inspector, my goal is to make sure that the property you are hoping for is exactly the property you end up with. How do I do that? By fulfilling my promise to you that the services you pay for are the services rendered. Throughout my years in the inspection industry it has always been my goal to start my own business. In being the owner, I can expand within many different avenues of this profession. The services provided in addition to Real Estate Inspections are Commercial Project Reports, Safety Inspections, Maintenance Inspections, Fuel Testing and so much more. H.R. Inspection Services will travel from Augusta to the Maine/New Hampshire border. For a full list of services, check out www.hrinspectionservices.com

I want to inspire young girls to dream their dreams and then go make them happen….. knowing it’s cool to be different!

Home Snuggers answers your questions about RetroFoam Insulation:

1) How much will it cost?
It depends on your home’s size, age, and
configuration. The average is about $4,500 and
Efficiency Maine pays about $1,200 of that for
most customers.
2) How long does it take?
Usually no more than a day or two, and it’s
usually applied from outside.
3) How much will I save on my heat bill?
That varies between different homes. We find
30% - 40% is common.
4) How does RetroFoam work?
RetroFoam goes into the enclosed cavities and
hidden gaps. It reduces outside drafts and

increases thermal resistance / R-values.
5) What else should I know?
RetroFoam is eco-friendly, odor-free, a Class
1 fire material, pest-resistant, and sound
dampening.
6) Where does it come from?
It’s made in Scandinavia. We import it from
Norway.
7) How can I be sure that it’s well sealed?
First, our technicians are highly trained. We
check everything with a thermal imaging
camera and the post testing by the Efficiency
Maine Certified Energy Auditor gives you and
us another level of quality control.

Heirloom Consignment Walks You Through From the Beginning to The End!

Answers to All Consigners Questions Without Asking!

1. Bring in your small items any time I’m
open, I’ll evaluate them, assign a consignor
number to you and have you sign for your
inventory.
2. Most of our consignors follow their accounts
online or you can call to check on sales too.
When there is money in their account they
can come in anytime I’m open to receive a
check or use it as store credit.
3. After your first visit you can drop off items
as long as your contact information is
attached. I’ll go through them and email

your inventory sheet to you. Drop and run!
4. Furniture and items too numerous or bulky
to bring in can be evaluated by picture
sent by email or text. Some consignors
bring in their phone or tablet, even their
cameras for me to look through.
5. All items need to be picked up on the 90
through the 95th day or they become
store property to sell or dispose of as need
be. Exceptions could be consignors that
have moved or have incurred cost to get
them to the store. Those arrangements are
made at the time their items were brought
in to us.

WHAT IS THE CAPE ELIZABETH HOME?

We’re a private, not for profit residence offering seniors an attractive alternative to remaining in their own homes.

Who lives at the Home? Men and women seventy and above who are independent enough to care for their own personal needs - those not requiring assisted living or on site medical services.

What do we offer? That safe feeling you get from knowing others are close by... The helpfulness of our caring staff... The pleasures of chef-prepared meals...A warm and homey atmosphere...Laundry and housekeeping services, weekly activities...A residence custom-built with seniors’ needs in mind.

Conveniently located right across the bridge from Portland, near shopping, medical facilities.

Please call 799-4992 for more information - or better yet, why not arrange for a visit and personal tour of the Home? We look forward to meeting you.

Let Jason Bisson sell for you OR help you find the right property

Jason works with sellers and buyers in Greater Portland, Coastal Southern Maine and the Lakes Region. A Broker and Listing Lead at Flynn & Company Real Estate with offices in South Portland, Portland and Gray. He also specializes in relocations (In-state, national and international), Investors and first time buyers. Jason brings a personal touch and fresh approach to selling real estate that you often don’t get from the larger franchises.

Not a newcomer, Jason has been licensed since 2004 and is an annual multi-million dollar producer achieving top 3% rankings of all Maine licensed agents in 2014, 2015 and 2016. His extensive sales and financial background has equipped him with the skillset needed to expertly navigate the process making buying and selling as smooth as possible. Most of his business comes from past satisfied clients and referrals. His goal is to provide exceptional service to each of his clients and build a relationship to last a lifetime.

A former Lakes Region resident, Jason holds a business degree from the University of Southern Maine and is a member of the Maine and National Association of Realtors. He has earned the ABR (Accredited Buyers Representation) and Realtor RSPS ( Resort and Second Home Property Specialist) designations to expand his expertise and service.

Jason is an owner and investor of local real estate and a Full Time real estate professional. He currently resides in the Willard Beach area of South Portland with his wife, Sarah and children, Cole, Ellie and Reid. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, skiing, boating, paddle boarding, camping and taking in the local beaches.

Jason provides a free no obligation real estate consultation to anyone considering selling, buying or if you’re just curious to know the market value of your property.

Nellie’s Tea Company South Portland is “all about tea”

Nellie’s Tea Company in South Portland is “all about tea”. Named for the British grandmother of owner Marianne Russo, what started as a dream of owning a “little English tea room” has developed into a passion that seeks to celebrate the many cultures of tea. Recently celebrating 13 years in business, our goal is to help interested community members learn more about this diverse, ages old leaf, to provide a place and atmosphere which celebrates the civility of tea, and to share our passion for learning and tasting. In addition to offering retail tea and related accoutrements and gifts, we frequently host in-house tastings and classes, tea events throughout the community, education to community groups, as well as catered tea parties.

We welcome you to stop in for a quiet cup of tea in our casual setting, or can arrange a full tea party by reservation. Marianne is the only Certified Tea Specialist in the state of Maine and is eager to help you find a tea you enjoy. The truth is, green tea does not have to taste awful! Let us help you find one. Open Wednesday 10-5, Thur. and Fri. 10-5. Sat. 10-3 Other times by appointment. www.nelliestea.com

EMBERS STOVES & FIREPLACES is the only place to shop for a wood or pellet stove in Southern Maine! "One Of The Owners Is Always In The Store"

Embers Stoves & Fireplaces is a family owned business established at the beginning of 2009 by Ernie Stanhope and Peggy Brown. Combined, we have over 27 years of experience in the hearth industry.

Our showroom is designed as a comfortable place to shop for gas and wood fireplaces, stoves and accessories. We welcome you to come in, browse our selection and allow us to answer any questions you may have.

Embers Stoves & Fireplaces carries the best brands at the best prices. Shop around, we’re sure you’ll agree. Select from the menu to the left for a sampling of what we offer.

Call or stop by our showroom for more details or to view our full catalog of fireplaces, pellet stoves, outdoor products and accessories.

We want our customers to feel at ease; from selecting the perfect fireplace to it your home, to your first fire and beyond. We install and service everything we sell. Embers also offers a free in-home consultation to make sure that you, the homeowner, are comfortable with every aspect of its startup and use. We are proud to have grown into the only specialized retail fireplace shop in the greater Portland area.

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