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We’re excited to gear up for this year’s Home and Garden Tour! This annual fundraiser supports the award-winning Discovery Schoolyard program at Tuckahoe Elementary School. Special thanks to our platinum sponsor McEnearney and Associates for their generous support!

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Prepare Your Home for Spring with These Five Tips from McEnearney Associates

cherry blossomsMcEnearney Associates, a locally owned and operated, independent real estate company, is celebrating 35 years as a market leader in the Washington DC metropolitan area and an equally long history of giving back to the community through many charitable organizations and causes. With seven offices and over 350 agents, McEnearney offers a full range of real estate services, including residential sales and leasing, commercial real estate, individual and corporate relocation services and rental property management.

For the second year in a row, McEnearney and Associates is leading the way as a Platinum Sponsor of Tuckahoe’s Home and Garden Tour.

Maureen McEnearney Dunn, President of McEnearney and Associates, tells what distinguishes her firm from other realty companies:

“We know it isn’t the number of agents or the number of offices in a company that matter. It’s the quality of the agents and the company, and their ability to deliver results that matter to the client. Our clients enjoy a carefully assembled team of the most productive, professional, knowledgeable and caring Sales Associates in the DC Metro Area. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but always the best.”

After a long winter, your home needs special attention in the spring to repair winter damage and prevent future problems. From roof to basement, McEnearney offers useful advice for maintaining and enhancing the value of your home this spring:

  1. Check for rotted wood. The one area of the home we tend to overlook is the outside, so take a walk around the house to see what looks to be rotting. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.
  2. Clean the gutters. During the winter months we tend to go through a lot of freezing and thawing. This process causes the gutters to expand and contract, so make sure they’re not sagging or dipping from the roof. Contact professionals to clean the leaves out and inspect your gutters. Improper drainage can lead to infuriating water damage to the foundation or basement. And make sure the water coming out of the cleaned gutters is flowing AWAY from the house and foundation!
  3. Get a roof inspection. We know changing a roof can be expensive, but it can be detrimental if you don’t take care of it now. If you see your shingles curling up or clawing downward, then you could be headed towards a leaky roof. We recommend you call 2–3 roofers for estimates before committing to one for repairs.
  4. Repair the driveway. We drive up and down our driveway who knows how many times, so make sure it’s properly sealed. Most wait until the fall, but it’s actually best to do driveway repairs in the spring. Fill in any new signs of cracks with a concrete filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power wash and then seal the concrete.
  5. Service your air conditioner. We want it to warm up outside, but not inside. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance.

McEnearney Associates LogoPlease visit the McEnearney Associates website at www.mcenearney.com to learn more about how they can help you buy or sell your home. Be sure to mention you read about them here!

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