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November Events in Massachusetts

With the holiday season starting, there are a ton of festive activities happening around Massachusetts this month.  From festivals to parades to tree lighting ceremonies, check out MassDrive’s favorite activities and events happening in November!

For the Love of Beer Festival
November 7th
Boston

Boston’s very own Sam Adams Brewery will host For the Love of Beer Festival at the Greenway in Boston. Featuring over 50 different beers, food trucks, and a slew of tasty snacks to munch on, it will definitely be a delicious event! Admission to the event includes all your samples, and souvenir sampling cup. For the inner child in you, enjoy the inflatable hop slide, interactive games and giveaways!

Boston Comedy Festival
November 6th – 14th
Boston locations

Need a good laugh?? You’re in luck. The Boston Comedy Festival will take place for one week throughout Boston! With around 100 comedians from around the world, there will a lot to laugh about. With big names such as Andy Kindler from Tosh.0 and America’s Got Talent Wendy Liebman, it’s an event you don’t want to miss. Also, there are plenty of chances to catch a show with events happening every night all week long. Click here to find a show and watch the competition unfold!

Blink! A Light & Sound Extravaganza- Holiday lights
November 21st – January 3rd, 2016
Boston

This ultimate tree light lighting ceremony will be back in Fanuiel Hall for the 4th year in a row. With over 350,000 LED lights, you don’t want to miss this illuminating event! Highlighting the Boston skyline, this beautiful event will warm your hearts as the lights dance along to holiday music. Opening night will be the first tree lighting ceremony of the season, with a Christmas tree even larger than the one at Rockefeller Center! If you can’t make the opening night, don’t worry you can watch every inch of Faniel Hall lit up by this event every night throughout the holiday season.

Plymouth Thanksgiving
November 20th – 22nd
Plymouth

Plymouth Massachusetts will host their 20th annual Thanksgiving celebrations! With a parade, a food festival, craft village and so much more, this event has so much to offer. Happening along the waterfront, Pilgrims tour guides will begin the event with stories from the founders of America’s Hometown. Then enjoy a free Veterans Memorial Concert in honor of all those who have served in our Armed Forces. The event will also feature Native American’s, soldiers, and pioneers bringing to life the history of Thanksgiving.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
November 22nd
Newton

This festive 5K is great way to get into the holiday spirit by helping others! Raising money for Arthritis, the Jingle Bell Walk/ Run is a spirited way to help those in need. Everyone dresses up in holiday themed costumes with jingle bells tied to their shoelaces to kick of the holiday season together. Pre-event registration is $35 and $15 for children 12 and under, and event-day registration is $40. Get your Santa hat, reindeer antlers, and running shoes ready and sign up today!

MassDrive’s CEO Interviewed about New Technology in Agency Checklists!

In the competitive insurance industry, here at MassDrive we compete with our commitment to technology and customer experience.  After our recent announcement of the debut of our own proprietary online quoting tool, Agency Checklist became intrigued.  They interviewed our CEO Bill Suneson to find out how this independent agency uses the power of the internet to drive its growth and success!

Bill Suneson, founder of MassDrive, opened his agency in 2009 at the start of “Managed Competition” precisely because of the benefits that he believed auto insurance deregulation in Massachusetts could bring to independent agents. And while many agents bemoan the arrival of direct writers in the Commonwealth, MassDrive welcomes the competition, believing independent agents actually have the upper hand over direct writers.

Why have your agency sell insurance online and by telephone only?

We believe consumers want to be able to buy online and do so conveniently. Consumers expect technology and that is what they are asking for. Studies show 71 percent of consumers shop online with most getting a quote in three different places. While some customers are still going to walk in to a traditional storefront [to buy insurance], the growth and opportunity is in getting to consumers shopping online.

Your latest has been the MassDrive online quoting tool, how did that come about?  

Consumers in other states have been able to compare rates online for several years and our mission has always been to provide MA drivers with the same opportunity.  Utilizing Boston Software’s comparative rater, we built our own API over their carrier rating engine to better manage and control the consumer experience.  Boston Software has been a great partner in this initiative and we could not have done it without their support and innovation.

Read the full interview MassDrive: A Traditional Agency Using Technology to Drive Its Success by Julia Ybarra, on Agency Checklists.

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Last Chance To Win A $50 Gas Card!

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Our “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts” contest is coming to an end!  Don’t worry though, there’s still time to find us on Facebook so you can enter and be eligible to win a $50 gas card from MassDrive!  Do you recognize our last spooky spot?  This week is pretty difficult, but if you think you recognize it, make sure you “Like” AND Comment on this post with your guess!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

Our “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts” Holiday Contest Is Almost Over!

 

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Our “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts” contest only has two weeks left!  Have you entered yet? Make sure you find us on Facebook so you can take part and have the chance to win one of two $50 gas cards from MassDrive!   Does this week’s haunted spot look familiar to you?  If so,  “Like” AND comment on this Facebook post to be eligible to win!  We still have another mystery photo to reveal after this week, so stay tuned for more spooky fun!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

 

We’re Halfway Through Our Holiday Contest!

spooky spot

We’re halfway through October, and that means halfway through our holiday contest! Have you entered yet? Find us on Facebook and take part in our “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts” contest and you could win one of two $50 gas cards from MassDrive!  Does this haunted spot look familiar to you?  Make sure to “Like” AND comment on this Facebook post with your guess to be eligible to win!  We still have a few more mystery pictures to post for the remaining Wednesdays in October, and before you know it we’ll be announcing the two winners of the $50 gas cards!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Our Holiday Contest Continues!

spooky spot

Have you entered our holiday contest yet?  Find us on Facebook and take part in our “Spooky Spots in Massachusetts” contest for your chance to win a $50 gas card from MassDrive!  Does this place look familiar to you? “Like” our post on Facebook and comment with your guess to be eligible to win! We’ll be posting a mystery picture every Wednesday in October, and at the end of the month we’ll be choosing two lucky winners to each win a $50 gas card!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

October Events In Massachusetts

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Looking for plans this month?  We’ve got you covered!  There are plenty of fun events going on across Massachusetts this October, so if you need to blow off some steam after the work week, these events are the perfect way to do that!  Grab the family, your friends, and head to out enjoy all the Bay State has to offer!

Topsfield Fair – This event has already started, but not to worry, there’s still plenty of time to make your way to Topsfield and enjoy the fair!  It will run until October 13th and is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family!  This is the oldest agricultural fair in America, it has run since 1818 and since it’s beginnings it has grown into a New England tradition.  There will be live music from artists such as Kellie Pickler, Danielle Bradbery, as well as local artists.  Visitors can also enjoy monster truck shows, arts and crafts, rides, pumpkin weigh-offs, horse pulling, and so much more.  Oh, and did we forget to mention the delicious fair food that will be there?  Ticket prices vary depending on what day you attend but children under 8 with an adult are always free!

Wellfleet OysterFest – This event is perfect for all ages, and the fall is a great time to visit Cape Cod!  Spectators can take in the exciting shucking contest, live music from local bands, arts and crafts, a road race, interesting lectures, delicious food, and much more!  Learn about the history of the town’s shellfishing industry, try some tasty seafood, and enjoy the beautiful sights of the Cape!  The festival will be October 18th and 19th, from 10AM – 5 PM, tickets are available to purchase at the event with cash only, and cost $5 for a one day ticket, or $8 for a two day ticket.

5th Annual New England BBQFest – If you’re a fan of BBQ, (and lets face it, who isn’t?) then you won’t want to miss this event at Wachusett Mountain!  Some of the best BBQ vendors from the area will be on hand so there will be plenty of food to try.  In addition to the classic BBQ food items on hand, there will also be oysters on the half shell, claim chowder, chili, shrimp, an oyster shucking competition, a pig roast, and a beer tent!  Guests will also enjoy the Punkin Chunkin and Lumber Jack shows, as well as live music, craft fair, and Farmers’ Market!  Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 6-12, they can also be purchased in advance for a discounted price.

Pumpkins Aglow – Get in the Halloween spirit with this family-friendly event at Edaville, USA!  Stroll through the garden of endless jack-o-lanterns, dress in your favorite Halloween costume, take part in the Costume Parade, and even trick-or-treat at the rides in the park!  This event will take place October 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26.  Tickets are $20 for ages 2-59, $17 for ages 60+, and children under 2 are free.

Which one of these events would you enjoy most?  We want to go to them all!  Make sure you make the most of the beautiful weather we’ve been having and head outside for one of these fun events!

Photo By: Wolfrage

It’s Contest Time!

spooky spot

Today’s the day, our holiday contest officially begins!  Find us on Facebook and take part in our “Spooky Spots in Massachusetts” contest for your chance to win a $50 gas card from MassDrive!  Think this spot looks familiar? “Like” our post on Facebook and comment with your guess to be eligible to win!  We’ll be posting one of these mystery pictures every Wednesday in October, and at the end of the month we’ll be choosing two lucky winners to each win a $50 gas card!

Good luck!

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment on the photo each week with their guess for the location in the photo. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “Spooky Spots In Massachusetts Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person per post. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday October 1, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October, 29th.  After a photo is posted Wednesday of each week, entrants will be eligible to enter their guess until the photo location is revealed. The contest winners will be selected by MassDrive based upon the accuracy of each entrant’s guess and the amount of correct answers throughout the month.  It will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winners will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winners can inbox us with their address’ and we will mail the gas cards to them.
  • The contest winners will each be mailed a $50 gift card to Exxon Mobil.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Is Competition In The Insurance Industry Benefiting Massachusetts Drivers?

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In 2008, the auto insurance market in Massachusetts was deregulated resulting in major changes for both consumers and insurance carriers alike. As more carriers began to write policies in the state, prices initially dropped.  However, prices have since rebounded and now closely resemble what consumers were paying before the industry was deregulated, according to data from the state Division of Insurance.  The question then arises; Is competition in the industry actually benefiting Massachusetts residents?

Recently, an article titled “Auto Insurance Rates Bounce Back Up In Mass.” was published in the Boston Globe.  The article was written by Deirdre Fernandes and she tries to determine whether or not consumers are benefiting from competition in the auto insurance industry by studying year-to-year comparisons of auto insurance premiums.  Before deregulation, insurance carriers typically had the same prices and offerings for their consumers, prompting larger carriers to avoid writing policies in Massachusetts due to the strict regulation of the industry.

After the deregulation, larger carriers such as Progressive and Geico began writing policies with extremely low premiums, forcing established carriers to lower their prices in order to maintain their business.  Since then, prices have risen as these larger carriers have become more familiar with paying out claims in the state. However, it is important to note that according to Fernandes’ article, repair costs and medical costs (all of which factor into claim payouts) are increasing faster in Massachusetts than across the nation as a whole, which also affect premium prices.

In her article, Fernandes quotes Deirdre Cummings, legislative Director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group who said “If you look at rates and rates are going higher, that’s not in the consumer’s favor.”  Fernandes also plays devil’s advocate by acknowledging the fact that because insurance carriers are no longer regulated, they are able to offer unique services to their customers such as roadside assistance and specific discounts relating to bundling policies together, good student discounts, annual mileage discounts, etc.  Fernandes then quotes Massachusetts Insurance Commissioner Joe Murphy who says “It’s clear that the change in regulation has been a win for consumers”.

While Fernandes does address both sides of the argument, Joe Murphy takes issue with her analysis and wrote a response to her article.  In it, he states “Year-over-year comparisons of auto insurance premiums do not provide a sound foundation for commentary about rate levels or the general health of the insurance market.”  Essentially he argues that the increase in competition gives consumers the power to shop around if their premium does increase, making carriers compete for their business.

The competition also encourages insurance carriers to keep their own profits down so that they can keep premiums as low as possible.  In his response, Murphy says “In the five years prior to 2012, auto insurers in Massachusetts reported virtually zero profit from underwriting, the lowest of any New England state during that same period.”

One of the most important things to take away from both articles is that while insurance premiums may be about the same as they were before deregulation, consumers now have options and the ability to shop around if their premium does go up.  The power is in the hands of the consumer, and they are able to purchase policies not only based on price, but also based on coverage, available discounts, additional services, and much more.

As an independent agency, we are proud to work with many top-rated insurance companies including Commerce, Plymouth Rock, Arbella, Progressive, Safeco, Travelers, and Occidental.  We give our customers options when it comes to purchasing their policy and are unbiased in the quotes we provide. Our goal is to find Massachusetts residents the policy that is right for them.  So, if you’re looking to compare auto insurance rates in Massachusetts and find the best policy for you, get a free quote at MassDrive.com!  Our insurance agents are extremely knowledgeable and will work to find the policy that is right for you!

Photo By: TheBusyBrain

Get Your Home Ready For Fall!

The time for apple picking, bonfires, football, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage is here.  That’s right, fall has arrived!  As the seasons change, so do the needs of our homes, which is why it’s so important to make sure yours is ready for fall.  Knowing where to start can be confusing, which is why we’ve come up with these helpful tips!

  • Inspect the outside of the home. You’ll want to make sure there’s not anything that obviously needs to be fixed, especially on the roof.  Look for any missing or damaged shingles, and clean off any debris if it’s possible to do so safely.
  • Clean out the rain gutters.  These can get filled with leaves, nests, and twigs that can weigh it down and cause more damage if not cleaned regularly.
  • Trim bushes and trees.  You should also check trees for branches that are dead.  They can break at any moment, causing serious damage to your home.  Pay close attention to  branches that are really close to power lines too.
  • Turn off your irrigation system and put hoses and equipment inside your garage or shed.  Before temperatures drop, certain irrigation systems need to be drained.  Check with a professional if you aren’t sure about yours.
  • Store away lawn furniture.  Hate to bring this up, but once the weather gets cold you won’t be spending too much time outside. Clean off your outdoor furniture and store it somewhere dry for the winter to keep in the best condition.
  • Clean the chimney and stock up on fire wood.  There’s nothing cozier than a warm fire on a cold day!  Before you bring the fire wood inside, make sure the wood is completely dry.  Storing in inside is ideal but not always an option. If you have to store it outside, keep it covered in a dry place like a shed or under a tarp.
  • Check doors and windows for drafts. If you do find one, repair it easily with caulk.
  • Install storm windows and doors. Those screens are great in warm weather to let in a nice breeze, but will cost you in energy bills in the colder months.
  • Clean out your shed and/ or garage!  Throw anything you don’t need and any junk that has collected over the last few months.  Also, move all of your summer equipment to the back and bring up fall and winter items such as rakes, sleds and shovels.
  • Be prepared!  As we’ve seen here in Massachusetts, fall and winter can be very unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared.  Update your emergency kit, and if you have a snow blower or emergency generator, you should test them to make sure they’re working properly.  It’s also a good idea to buy extra gasoline for them, just in case.
  • Service your summer and winter equipment.  You’ll need to drain the fuel out of your lawnmower after its last use, and you may also want to have the blades sharpened so it’s ready to go again next spring.  If you have a snow blower, make sure it’s ready for use.  As we said, fall and winter can be unpredictable and you never know when we may get a storm!

Although it may not be your favorite way to spend the day, getting your home ready for the change of seasons is an important step that can save you some serious headaches later!

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