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Old 11-02-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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My Mom and Aunt, both in their 60's are considering retiring to Eastport. They actually are there, right now, checking it out. Since I will not be relocating with them, one of my concerns is local services, contractors etc., that would be available year round. I am concerned about winters being too hard and/or the ladies not being able to find help/service ( like shoveling snow). I have noticed that Eastport is mentioned as a bit of a retirement community with an artistic side up and coming, but my mother and aunt would be there year round, and therefore subjected to the winter chores. Anyone with comments, please respond. THANKS
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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I am not to far form Eastport and it is very easy to find folks to help out. Lots of people do odd jobs as there only work. You can get a agreement with people for snow they will show up before the snow stops if you get good ones. Juts ask those who live next to you.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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In addition there is competition. You can get things done here at less cost than most areas in our country.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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if you dont know who to ask
for area contractors...look online, look in the phonebook,,,call the town office...ask store owners in town.
and/or call a local real estate agent...they usually have a pulse on contractors

I was in Eastport yesterday, nice little town!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:17 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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There are quite a few folks around for plowing driveways and such that rely on it as part of their income. I see a few people walking on winter mornings after a storm carrying shovels going door to door, too. Plenty of contractors, painters, and plumbers and such. Have them check in at the city hall. Good place for information. Another good place is any of the shops downtown.

We may be going into the retirement age business but there are still some of us young bucks around. And some of the older folks still hep out neighbors that can't fend for themselves. My 78 year old neighbor bought a snowblower for this winter because he finally got tired of shoveling his driveway.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Cooper Maine
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I woudl also recommend something outside Eastport. Eastport has super high taxes.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:58 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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I woudl also recommend something outside Eastport. Eastport has super high taxes.
Perceptual thing, taxes. Eastport: 3.5 sq miles of land and bldgs assets, tax rate $24/$1,000. Lubec: 33.3 sq miles of assets, tax rate $19.50/$1,000. What was the towns budget in Lubec? I think ours was $2.6 million.

Both places are good and taxes are high in both depending on your income. Still, a lower tax rate than Calais. But they are quite low compared to Mendicino Cal., Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth. At least that is what folks from these places tell me.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Only thing to think about when considering retiring to this area is access to quality medical care. I'm thinking that Calais is probably the closest hospital, and a couple friends of mine that live there don't have a lot good to say about it. If it were me, I'd be looking at something closer to Bangor/Belfast/Elsworth.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Subscribe to The Quoddy Tides. Many local contractors advertise there. Keep asking questions. There are plenty of Eastport people on here will to share their experiences.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:14 AM
 
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Only thing to think about when considering retiring to this area is access to quality medical care. I'm thinking that Calais is probably the closest hospital, and a couple friends of mine that live there don't have a lot good to say about it. If it were me, I'd be looking at something closer to Bangor/Belfast/Elsworth.
excellent point....guess it depends on your ailments/health....my aunt had heart problems and found herself in the Ellsworth hospital (Maine Coast Memorial) more than 15 times over a 20 year period (she didn't die there; she died at home); the Ellsworth hospital has undergone some improvements over the years....two other relatives who live in Ellsworth have been sent to (referred to) Eastern Maine Medical Center because of their cardiac care unit. Others end up at Maine Medical in Portland.

Also, over the past few years I have read the Maine tax threads/posts. High or low is a matter of perspective as retiredtinbender has mentioned. I would like to comment on the property tax topic and income. If your only income is an $800 per month social security check, I doubt you think Maine taxes are affordable. The average per capita income for Washington County is about $20,000 a year--translation about $9.50 an hour. If that's your income, taxes seem exorbitant to you. Everyday living is a challenge: groceries, gasoline, roof over your head, vehicle, etc. If you're a retiree with a retirement income double that or more, your perspective on taxes could be quite different especially if you have a nice little nest egg set aside/saved. If you're from outah state and accustomed to an individual or household income of $80,000 (just an example) or more per year and have set aside a nice nest egg or have recently sold property in another state and find yourself in a position to pay cash for a house in Maine with money left over, your perspective on Washington County taxes is probably much different than that of the local average wage earner or senior citizen depending on social security. Mainers refer to these typically outah state salaries as making "big money." If you can afford to pay Maine property taxes, be thankful that you weren't forced to sell property that had been in your family for a hundred years or more because you could no longer afford the taxes.

Anyone who wants to relocate should become friends with the locals and get involved in community activities. Be friendly and talk about how much you love Maine. That's the best way to find someone to plow or a contractor, or a new doctor, dentist, etc. If you say mean things about Maine or start talking about how they did it where you came from....you're on your own.

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