8 Secrets of Home Staging

Posted On April 18th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments


If you are thinking about selling a home you will want to highlight your home’s strengths, downplay its weaknesses and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. Here are 8 home-staging tips to help you get your home ready. The video above was filmed by a drone and is one of our Luxury Portfolio Properties. Take notice to how it is staged and how it follows the guidelines listed below. If you would like to see more of this property click here.

Bye, Bye Clutter - The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter, including removing extra furniture.

Furniture Groupings - There’s a common belief that rooms will feel larger and be easier to use if all the furniture is pushed against the walls, but that isn’t the case. Instead, furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls. Reposition sofas and chairs into cozy conversational groups, and place pieces so that the traffic flow in a room is obvious.

Musical Furniture - Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. An armchair from the living room might be a great for a sitting area in your bedroom.

Room Transformations - If you have a room “junk” room, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home. The simple addition of a comfortable armchair, a small table and a lamp in a stairwell nook will transform it into a cozy reading spot.

Home Lighting - Many of homes are improperly lighted. To remedy the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

Make It Bigger - To make a room appear to be bigger than it is, paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.

Neutral and Appealing - Painting a living room a fresh neutral color helps tone down any dated finishes in the space. Even if you were weaned on off-white walls, take a chance and test a quart of paint in a warm, neutral hue. These days, the definition of neutral extends way beyond beige, from warm tans and honeys to soft blue-greens.

Raid Your Yard - Staged homes are almost always graced with fresh flowers and pricey orchid arrangements, but you can get a similar effect simply by raiding your yard. Budding magnolia clippings or unfurling fern fronds herald the arrival of spring while summer blooms add splashes of cheerful color.

For even more help in staging your home, give us a call. With a fresh perspective, we can help you prepare your home for the market to ensure that you get the best possible value for your home.

From HGTV.com



Posted On April 15th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

DIY tools set collage. Isolated on white background.


Do you have a large project that you’ve been putting off for some time, either from laziness or simply lack of “know-how”? How about that ceiling fan that has been sitting in the garage all winter?  What about that shower that doesn’t drain correctly or that kitchen remodel you’ve been thinking about?

Every year tens of millions of homeowners attempt to take on a DIY project that will at times prove to be way over their head. They can save money and also have a feeling of self-empowerment by completing these projects on their own, but this is not always the case. With a plethora of information on TV shows and online sources many individuals think they are professional do-it- yourselfers, but without proper licensing for particular projects this can blow up in their faces (sometimes literally). About 1 in 5 of these individuals are estimated to acquire an injury from lack of know how.

Even if it seems like an easy project such as painting the guest bedroom or refinishing those hardwood floors, experts stress the importance of understanding your own limits and realizing when it’s time to call in the professionals.

DON’TS (angieslist.com)

Don’t settle for temporary fixes
Skipping steps or forcing things together
may provide temporary solutions to
short-term problems, but they don’t last.
Research the equipment and supplies you
need before you start, then allow yourself
enough time to complete the job properly.

Kids, don’t try this at home
Rewiring your home may make you feel like
you’ve accomplished something, until you
electrocute yourself or position your home
in such a way that it can’t be sold because
it’s not up to code. If the job requires a
license, it’s best to leave it to the pros.

Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet
Be cautious and prudent, but DIY requires
some fearlessness. Start with small projects
and work your way up. You may need to
bring in a pro to fix your mess, and you’re
out some time and money, but so what? it’s
a learning process. Start small and enjoy
the satisfaction of a job well done.

Don’t be scared to ask for help
Many contractors say they’re willing to
consult on DIY projects. If you’re unsure
of what the work entails, find a contractor
to walk you through the job. It may be a
bigger job than you thought.


McLean Community Center Names Beverly Howard 2013 Outstanding Volunteer

Posted On April 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

Here at McEnearney Associates we are proud to announce that one of our very own, Beverly Howard, was awarded with the 2013 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Beverly is pictured below holding the award with MCC Governing Board Chair Chad Quinn (far right) and daughters Laurie Felton and Karen Sasaki (left). Below is a release from the McLean Community Center with further details of the award ceremony. Congratulations Beverly!


03/31/14, McLean, Va.— The McLean Community Center’s (MCC) 10th

Appreciation Reception was held on Sunday, March 23, in the Community Hall. The theme was

“Paris” and Center volunteers were treated to a catered lunch by Splendid Fare and live music by

The Hot Club of DC.

The 2013 H. Gordon Randall Outstanding Volunteer Service award was presented to Beverly

Howard for her volunteer contributions as an usher for The Alden. MCC Special Events Director

Sam A. Roberts and MCC Governing Board Chair Chad Quinn presented the award.

Roberts said Howard has been volunteering with the Alden Theatre for more than 18 years. She

was nominated by Performing Arts Assistant Jeff Virchow. Virchow said that Howard has spent

an average of 63 hours annually volunteering in the last three years since he has overseen the

usher program. This year alone, Howard will have served 81 hours at 27 performances. When

she is not volunteering, Howard is working full time at a property management company in

McLean. “As a volunteer usher, Bev represents the Alden perfectly,” said Virchow. “From the

moment she enters the facility, her bright smile never leaves her face as she gives that extra

touch of customer service that the theatre has been working hard to create. She’s just full of life

and it’s infectious,” said Virchow.


Helping You Live With Heart

Posted On March 28th, 2014 by Allison Goodhart | No Comments


The spring residential market awakens as the end of March ushers in the strongest quarter of every year. The cold and snow are further behind us and days are growing longer. Homeowners are waking up and discovering that in their winter slumber the house has perhaps grown too small for comfortable living or perhaps another found their home too big or too much work as they grow another year older. Renters will generally have done their taxes and reevaluated the costs of not owning and are ready to throw their iron in the fire. For us here at The Goodhart Group, it is an exciting time as we meet so many people and learn of their needs and goals and work out ways to assist them to achieve them. In meeting each client we find most people love where they live. Prying them out of the area they plopped into when they arrived in town can be tough. They like their grocery store or the local deli and they have developed roots. Often however, the type of home they are yearning for may not be available in the neighborhood they love. So showing them new, interesting and just as lovable areas becomes our primary job. There is resistance at first and even tears on moving day but we have found that buyers snuggle into their new homes and neighborhoods and grow as many roots as they had in the last home. Mainly it’s because we fill each home with our love, our families, our friends, our pets and our “stuff”. I hate to be trite but home really is where the heart is. Where we bring what we love and like a big beating heart we learn to love whatever radiates around it.

The 2014 spring market promises to be an interesting one. The stock market growth in 2013 has given buyers fatter wallets and stronger reserves. The desire to move investments out of cash and into real estate has become stronger. The problem? Inventory. New construction in most areas has been limited to apartment buildings. People are staying in their homes longer. We shall see if the pace of sales can match last spring.

From the bo ttom of our hearts, we’d like to thank you for your referrals. If you or anyone you know would like to learn more about local real estate, please contact us at 703-362-3221 or homes@thegoodhartgroup.com or visit us online at www.thegoodhartgroup.com.


Congratulations to Mike McEnearney

Posted On March 27th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments



We are pleased to announce that Mike McEnearney, Director of our Property Management Department, was awarded the McLean Youth Basketball “John Micocci Award” for his community volunteer work with MYB.

This award was established in memory of John Micocci, who passed away this year and was  a long time, tireless volunteer with MYB.  It is presented to a single volunteer each year, who contributes to the success of the league and, in particular, ensures that the league focuses on promoting John’s philosophy that “it’s all about the kids”.

Mike received the award “in recognition of his continuing contributions to McLean Youth Basketball in his capacity as Chairman and League Commissioner, and in particular, for his commitment to the youth of our league and making it “all about the kids.”


Spring Cleaning

Posted On March 20th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

Spring has finally arrived! As you put away your winter jackets and clothes, it’s a great opportunity to clean out your closets and get re-organized.

Walk in closet with organized clothing

• Classics such as turtlenecks, twinsets, khakis, sheath dresses, white tops, and khaki, black or neutral pants and skirts
• Simple, non-trendy accessories such as belts, scarves, jewelry, hats and bags

• Shoes that are uncomfortable or stiff with age
• Anything worn to death or permanently stained

Give away to friends, a thrift shop or a resale shop…
• Things you haven’t worn in the last four years
• Anything that-face it-always looked terrible on you or no longer fits properly
• Clothes that aren’t likely to come back into style

Now, organize…
• Place clothes you wear most frequently in easy reach; store out-of-season clothes elsewhere
• Fold and stack T-shirts on shelves or in drawers
• Hang belts on hooks for easy viewing
• Put everyday shoes on standing or hanging racks; store the others in boxes to protect from dust
• Protect sweaters by storing them in zippered cotton bags with anti-moth products
• Hang blouses and shirts on hangers with rounded tips that won’t put a dent in the shoulders
• Hang skirts and pants from the waist
• Place handbags on shelves, but do not stack
• Hang totes and other bags with shoulder straps on hooks in the back of the closet



Spring Maintenance Tips

Posted On March 10th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments


Man Latter Day10 Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

After a long, harsh winter, the spring sunshine and warmer weather is a welcome relief to most everyone. But with the melting snow and ice, you may now notice cracked sidewalks, the dead plants in last year’s flower beds, and leaf-strewn gutters. Here is a helpful checklist to tackle areas that may need attention around your home.

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage.

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.

From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced.

• Time to Check your HVAC. 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 levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis. Schedule it now to get an early appointment.

Check your gas – and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yard work easier.


Source: HGTV.com



Washington Post House of the Week

Posted On February 3rd, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments




Sue Goodhart and Babs Beckwith, two of McEnearney’s finest agents, had their beautiful and historic property on Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria featured in  Washington Post’s House of the Week. See what they had to say below.

“Over the years, the house on Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria has undergone many renovations. HGTV’s “Old Homes Restored” documented one of its transformations. Fortunately, each alteration has strived to maintain the home’s historic charms while bringing it into the modern era. The result adroitly combines the past with the present.

“Each owner has added something to the house and made it more special than it was,” said Sue Goodhart of McEnearney Associates. Goodhart and Babs Beckwith are the listing agents for the home.

The mahogany front door with its etched glass and transom provide an elegant entrance to the circa 1860 brownstone. Ornate wallpaper on the ceiling and an antique chandelier draw your eyes upward as you step into the foyer.

The original heart pine flooring has been preserved throughout the house. Skylights drench the graceful curved staircase in natural light. Oversize pocket doors open to a formal living room with 10-foot ceilings, beaded molding, a ceiling medallion, a period light fixture and a fireplace with a carved mantle.

A crystal chandelier shimmers above the center hall. The elevator that reaches all four floors is tucked discretely behind a door in the hall. An arch above the doorway is one of the many clever architectural details in this home.

The formal dining room has a Baccarat crystal chandelier, a fireplace and built-in glass-front cabinets to display china. The kitchen is modern and efficient with a six-burner range and breakfast bar.

The home has not one, but two master suites — each with its own balcony. The second-floor master suite has a box bay window and fireplace, while the top floor master suite has a charming alcove for the bed and a skylight.

Exposed brick and wooden beams give the lower level a rustic, hunting lodge feel. In contrast, the home theater with its slick entertainment system, massive screen and oversize leather recliners is all Hollywood.

A brick wall surrounds the backyard patio, offering an oasis of calm and a perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

The 5,115-square-foot home is listed at $2.55 million.”


Weekend Guide Jan. 31 – Feb. 2

Posted On January 29th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments




The Old Lucketts Store 42350 Lucketts Road Leesburg, VA

January 31, 2014 10:00 AM – 5:-00 PM
The Old Lucketts Store | Leesburg, VA

Their biggest sale of the year! Super deals on everything from furniture, art, home decor, lighting, antiques & vintage items. The Old Lucketts Store is an over 100 year old restored farmhouse with over 34 dealers who travel all over the US and abroad to find their treasures. This is a free event so pay them a visit and SCORE A GREAT DEAL!





Now – Saturday, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2014
Around, Washington, DC 

“Sunday marked the beginning of Meat Week 2014, which usually falls just before Ask Your Doctore About Lipitor Week. Area barbecue restaurants will be offering seven days of specials on ribs, pulled prok, brisket and anything else one might put in a smoker for eight to 16 hours, Hosts Include:

Del Ray’s Pork Barrel BBQ (Jan. 29)

Bethesda’s Smoke BBQ (Jan.30)

Visit www.meatweek.com for menus.




Feb 1, 2014 | 8:00 PM
Blob’s Park | Jessup, MD

” A group of Washington musicians join forces every February to remember Holly and celebrate the lasting influence of his music. This year’s dance party is at Blob’s Park in Jessup, but the music will be worth the drive: The Flea Bops, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Honky Tonk Confidential and Billy Coulter are amonth the 11 rockabilly and roots-rock acts playing in the old German beer hall.”



Feb. 1, 2014 | 3:00 PM
Paradise Spring Winery | Clifton, VA

“Blind tasting of five Paradise Springs wines against five comparable wine from around the world of the same varietal, price point, and vintage. This fun, interactive tasting will be lead by winemaker Rob Cox. Reservations required:”

Call: 703-830-9463
Price: $35 per person, plus tax





AQUARIUM (Children’s Theater)
Feb. 2, 2o14 | 2:30 PM
Atlas Peforming Arts Center | Washington, DC

“Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers through a magical and interactive world. A world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky.”

General: $8
Groups of 20 or more: $5


1157 Regatta Ln. Reston, VA 20194

Posted On January 24th, 2014 by Thomas Hallex | No Comments

McEnearney Blog_Featured Home

1157 Regatta Ln.
Reston, VA 20194

A Rare Find and Seldom Available on the Water, Fabulous Views of Lake Newport!
Wonderful Flow for Entertaining or a Tranquil Retreat.

Sat, Jan 25, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Sun, Jan 26, 1:00pm – 4:00pm


This home offers a large drive-way where multiple vehicles can park if you are entertaining.
It also provides a two car garage

Inside is a beautifully built kitchen with stainless steal appliances, granite counter-tops, tile back splash, and hardwood cabinetry.

Looking over the second floor balcony you can see that the dining and living room has gorgeous hardwood flooring. Light flows throughout with two skylights on the vaulted ceiling and bay window beneath.

The covered deck in the back of the home offers spectacular views of Lake Newport. A wonderful place to start the morning.

The master suite offers a women’s paradise. Plenty of storage for all her shoes and outfits.

Imagine waking up to this every morning. To see this beautiful property don’t miss the OPEN HOUSE this upcoming Saturday & Sunday.