Posts made in April, 2011


One year ago, the Maine State Legislature developed a universal building code for the state of Maine.  This code the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) was adopted in June of 2010, and went into effect in December.

MUBEC is a combination of four codes:

  • 2009 International Building Code (for commercial construction)
  • 2009 International Existing Building Codes (for renovations)
  • 2009 International Residential Code (for residential code)
  • 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (for all forms of construction)

What you as a homebuyer needs to be aware of:

  • All Modular/Manufactured homes entering the state have been built to meet this code.
  • The general contractor for your home, must ensure that all work done on site (foundation, second floor completions, additions, etc.) meets this code.
    • Schiavi Home Builders has worked with our sub-contractors to ensure compliance.
    • If you G.C. your home, YOU are responsible for ensuring your sub-contractors are compliant.
    • If any part of your home does not comply with this code, the Code Enforcement Officer must, by law, deny an occupancy permit.
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Spring pet care tips.


Posted By on Apr 25, 2011

Another sure sign of spring.  .  .  The dogs are starting to itch.  Time to order the flea meds.  .  .  Flea medication is not the only consideration to think about for spring pet care.  Here is a brief list of items to contemplate:

  1. Spring time nail care: dogs and cats spend less time outside during the winter months and walk on cushiony snow, this allows their nails to grow longer instead of being filed down by sidewalks, gravel, rocks, etc.  Trimming your pet’s nails is a good idea to avoid injury from getting their nails caught.
  2. Animals will be shedding their winter coats as the temperature creep up.  A good brushing, followed by a bath and another brushing will remove a lot of that excess hair and leave their coats shiny and clean.  This will also help eliminate the amount of hair and dander left on furniture, carpets, and pet beds.
  3. As you start to prepare for the upcoming growing season, take extra care in choosing your yard care products to be sure they are safe for your pets.  You should also be aware of the products you use in your home for spring cleaning, as well as any pesticides you use to eliminate ants, and bee/wasp hives.
  4. Consumer products are not the only things harmful to your pets, many plants are just as deadly as pesticides & weed control chemicals.  The ASPCA keeps a list of these toxic plants on their website: Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants
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Make a Difference


Posted By on Apr 21, 2011

I wanted to do a blog about Earth Day and as I research I thought that it would be really neat to have a website where people can “log” their Earth Day activities.  When people talk about the environment, I tend to be overwhelmed by the idea of making a difference.  How can little old me really make any impact at all?!  Well, if we all log the changes we make, my little change adds to your little change and the neighbors little change and so on…

When I started looking for such a site I found Billion Acts of Green.  This site is set up to allow people to submit an Act of Green, their goal is a billion individual acts.  When I posted this blog they were just over 72 million.  The site has different categories from Advocacy to Water and hundreds of acts already set up you can pledge to do.

Get involved, maybe your act will be the billionth Act of Green!

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About half of all prospective customers interested in building a new home, first have to sell their current home.  In today’s real estate market, this can be an uphill battle.  I have found a great article by HGTV’s Frontdoor that lists 10 mistakes to avoid.  Each mistake is countered by at least 3 tips to help sell your home.  In other words this article is packed with A LOT of information!

Top 10 Home Selling Mistakes That Can Cost You.

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