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Realtor/science writer/self-proclaimed “house geek” Hannah Holmes on evaluating heat pumps, cavemen’s home-furnishing habits, and more.

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how can i find the mill rate of a town in Maine?

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Realtor/science writer/self-proclaimed “house geek” Hannah Holmes on the fuzzy math behind property tax rates, her sportswoman mother’s pro-trespassing stance, and more.

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are metal roofs noisy when it rains?

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Hannah Holmes on taking the shine off new construction, metal roofs, and more.

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radon testing, home improvement advice

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Hannah Holmes on when to test a house for radon, cedar shingles, and more.

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home maintenance advice

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Hannah Holmes on seasonal shelter monikers, Marco Polo’s asbestos fixation, and more.

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home maintenance advice

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Hannah Holmes on finding a reliable homebuilder, Victorian bathroom habits, and more. 

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Hannah Holmes on stainless steel versus “seal tears,” banishing rodents from barns, and more.

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winter home maintenance

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Hannah Holmes on maximizing energy savings in an old home, security cameras for snowbirds, and more.

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Hannah Holmes on preserving plaster walls, picking the right perennials for Maine’s feeble soil, and more

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How to Make Sense of a Maine Home

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Why is this house attached to a barn? What does that light switch do? And, um, what’s with the tarp? Let an expert walk you through it.

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