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Stay Well This Cold Season

by Fontaine Family
Cold and Flu season is here...

Did you know that adults catches an average
 2-4 colds each year?
If you think that is surprising, consider this...
Children catch and average of 6-12 colds each year!  Yikes!
With that in mind here are our
Top 5 Tips for staying healthy this winter
1.  Wash Your Hands
Seems obvious, but most people don't wash often enough
or well enough.  Make sure you use soap and
scrub your entire hands including around your fingernails. 

2.  Change Your Toothbrush
If you have been sick, toss your toothbrush and get a new one
to avoid any lingering germs on the bristles or handle.
3.  Drink Water
Make sure you drink plenty of water daily. 
Staying hydrated can reduce symptoms like a sore throat or stuffy nose.
4.  Keep Your Nose Clean
Consider using a saline nasal spray, Neti pot or taking a hot shower. 
The warm moisture can help clear your nasal passages.
5.  Get Moving
Getting a little exercise and sunlight for even 10-15 minutes a day
can boost your immune system and your mood.

By the way....if you are interested in buying or selling real estate in Maine,
call (207)784-3800 for our Auburn office, (207)289-3830 for our Scarborough office, or e-mail  

5 Tips To Prepare For Winter

by Fontaine Family

November in Maine means it's time for snowy weather...
and time to prepare your home for the long winter. 

Are you ready?

Here are 5 tips to prepare your home for the Maine winter:

  1. Check for Drafts 
    Check around windows, doors and electrical switches and outlets for drafts.  Adding some weather stripping, caulk, or foam gaskets can reduce drafts in your home. 

  2. Add Insulation 
    Adding some insulation in the attic or walls is a great way to reduce your winter heating costs. 

  3. Service your Heating Systems 
    having a professional service your heating system can help not only insure it is working properly, but can help protect you from dangers such as fire or carbon monoxide.  Don't forget to check the chimney to see if it needs to be cleaned!

  4. Prevent Frozen Pipes 
    Draining you outdoor faucets and putting away thes hoses can help prevent suprise breaks in the spring. 

  5. Prepare for Snow 
    Now is the time to service snow removal equipment, find the shovels that got burried over the summer, and stock up on sand & ice melt.

Check out our "Winter Ready" board on Pinterest for more ideas on how get ready and save money this winter. 

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