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Spring 2006 Home Improvement Tips for Mid-Atlantic Residents


Baltimore, Maryland -- April 9, 2006 --

Residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia know that weather in the Mid-Atlantic (as well as other areas throughout the US) is unpredictable. Unusual elements seem to be the best assumption for the daily weather. Snow in the Fall, 60 degrees in January and so on. No matter what time of year, our bodies and homes take the continual punishment that Mother Nature sees fit to distribute.

The calming weather of Spring provides the perfect opportunity to handle those little tasks around the house that can save you money as a homeowner, protect your home’s well being and often also increase the value of your home. Although the weather is still a bit variable right now, the time of year is upon us for tasks such as:

Cleaning Your Air Conditioning System

* Clean off any loose debris
* Remove brush to maintain a clear area of at least 2’ for maximum breathe ability
* Make sure all fins on the coil stand directly up, any bent fins should be corrected

Maintaining Gutters and Downspouts

* Clean the gutters of debris
* Re-secure any loose downspouts or sagging gutters
* Consider adding screens or other devices which are excellent for maintaining free flow

In addition, having your roof inspected by a professional can be one of the best ways to prevent short and long term damage to the home. Winter weather brings such wear and tear as flashings (metal areas) becoming warped, nails popping up and shingles becoming loosened or cracked. It is recommended that a professional roofing contractor be contacted for needs such as these as they are more dangerous and delicate. Having these repairs done will prevent against both interior and exterior damage from rain and leaks.

Landscaping season is here as well. To design and create the “in” landscaping look of the season people are contacting local landscaping professionals daily. Contacting a professional landscaper will not only benefit you by the good looks of the professional layout, but also the function of the yard to protect the house and ensure proper drainage. Ask your landscaping company to check the grade of the dirt surrounding the home before implementing the landscape layout. This will help to keep away any unwanted basement moisture from the heavy rain. In certain situations a sump pump may be necessary, but again the professional would be able to recommend the proper solution. A small investment now can save thousands of dollars in the future.

These steps can be very beneficial to protecting your home in the short-term and save you thousands of repair dollars in the long-run. Finding the right local professional can be made easier by utilizing the internet. Websites can give you the ability to browse and carefully select the local professional that you feel is the best choice. In the Washington DC, Baltimore and Northern Virginia area many residents use to locate local home improvement and home repair professionals. Visitors can sort by companies that service their region and read descriptions about the company’s offerings. Through the website one would simply enter in brief information about the job and select to be contacted by the contractor of their choice. This approach is a quick and easy way to establish contact from a contractor. Unlike some other similar sites, All Around the Home does not sell your information to multiple contractors, so there is no need to worry about bothersome sales calls.

For more information about local Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland home improvement contractors visit:


All Around The Home’s owners live in the Maryland, Virginia, DC metro area. Their business model currently serves homeowners and home improvement contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region by matching the two parties through a one-to-one estimate request service. Current home service categories featured include: Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC); Plumbing; Electrical; Basement Waterproofing; Kitchen Remodeling; Painting; Roofing; Landscaping and Cleaning Services (among others). Interested contractors can sign up to begin receiving leads at or request more information through the firm’s website at


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