Blog :: 03-2012

Irish Music Performers Grainne Murphy and Kathleen Boyle at Tuftonboro's Old White Church

Tuftonboro's Old White Church

The venue for some of the finest Irish music anywhere

Greg and Terri Heppe proprietors of the Tuftonboro General Store and devoted to bringing traditional Irish musicians and music to the Old White Church across from their store have done it again! On Sunday, April 1st at 4:30 two performers from Cherish the Ladies, Grainne Murphy and Kathleen Boyle bring their traditional Irish sound to Tuftonboro and into this beautiful circa 1839 church.
Boston native fiddle player

The venue for some of the finest Irish music anywhere

Ms. Murphy, a Boston native, plays fiddle with the flare and flash of the best of the traditional Irish fiddlers. Ms. Boyle hails from Glasgow and plays both piano and piano accordion with sensitivity and energy.
Irish piano and piano accordion

The venue for some of the finest Irish music anywhere

They pair up to bring you music that will touch the soul, move the spirit and leave you feeling that all is well this day in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. They will be playing music from their recent solo albums, and CD's should be available to purchase. Tickets are $18 and the doors open at 4:00. For more information contact Greg and Terri at 603.569.9859 or email

What's the Best Investment You'll Make Prior to Closing a Home? Part I

You've finally found that special property after months of searching. Both you and the seller have agreed on a price with the help of your Realtor. Your lending institution has pre-approved loaning you the funds if the appraisal of the property comes in at or above the agreed upon selling price. You are psyched big time! But wait! Is there anything more that you can do, should do, or must do to ensure that you've made a good investment? The answer is absolutely yes!
Can Save You Money!

Having Professionals Inspect Your Furture Home Can Save You Money!

Having a certified building inspector and septic system professional come to the property within a couple of weeks of a signed contract by the buyer and the seller is the best investment in money and peace of mind that you will make prior to closing on a property. What are the inspections that you should definitely have done? On the New Hampshire Association of Realtors Purchase and Sale Agreement Standard Form there are 8 suggested areas listed in which a buyer, at his or her expense, have the right to have performed within a reasonable amount of time. I will touch on the first 3 in this blog. They are;
  1. General Building Inspection - depending upon the size of the building, garage and number of out buildings this can cost anywhere from $300 to upwards of $500. For most properties the cost is $350 and takes approximately 2 hours. The inspector checks absolutely everything in and around the outside of the house, looking for any signs of wood issues, appliance issues, electrical, plumbing, roof, foundation, and generally all possible safety issues.
  2. Sewage Disposal - If you have a septic system on the property it is wise to have it checked by a professional. Typically the holding tank is pumped and then the inspector will inspect In this the baffles, run water from the house to see that everything is flowing smoothly. The cost can vary but typically it is $250 to pump the system, if it hasn't been done recently, and another $100 - $125 for the written inspection.
  3. Water Quality - It is always a good idea to have the water tested, especially if it is well water,  as there could be contaminants that are of health concerns. Some of the contaminates, such as bacteria, radon, iron, lead and arsenic occur naturally. Others such as pesticides, chemicals, road salt,  improper waste disposal and other contaminants can find their way into the soil and water supply due to improper handling. The State of New Hampshire has a list of certified labs, visit Also check out Water Quality Testing for Private Wells in New Hampshire. The standard cost for your water to be tested is $85-$130. To have the water tested for radon , the cost is $80. More on Radon Water Quality in the next blog. See this link for further information on the associated costs and what they test for at each level.
Peace of Mind with a Home Inspection

Having Professionals Inspect Your Furture Home Can Save You Money!

In the next blog on "What's the Best Investment You'll Make Prior to Closing a Home?" I'll be continuing the inspection checklist on the New Hampshire Association of REALTORS Purchase and Sales Agreement form. This will include Radon Air Quality, Radon Water Quality, Lead Paint, Pests and Hazardous Waste. Please contact us for more information on any of these topics. You can also click here for a list of certified building inspectors.


  1. ehrica on

    Great article. Thanks for the info, you made it easy to understand. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a standard form purchase agreement, I found a blank fillable form here. I also saw some decent tutorials on how to fill it out.