Five Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Cleaning Gutters Filled With Leaves & SticksWith Memorial Day almost here – giving way to the fast-approaching summer – homeowners are encouraged to make preparations necessary to ensure their homes are ready for the hot weather.

Here are five tips to make sure your home will be in the best shape possible for the upcoming warmer months:

1) Air Conditioning Check and Maintenance
Whether your home has a central air conditioning system or window units, you need to make sure they’re in good shape. After all, if you’re going to get many hours of use for the next several months. Be sure to check and replace air filters on all units.

2) Clean Fans Thoroughly
If your home has ceiling or box fans, you’ll need to clean the blades. (Dust builds up on them if they were not used throughout the fall and winter.)

3) Check the Attic and Basement
Thank to spring rain, a lot of moisture can build up in your home. This can cause problems on your roof and foundation. Carefully inspect these spaces for any sign of dampness.

4) Maintain the Yard and Yard Tools
A big part of summer is tending to your lawn, garden and trees, and having your yard tools in good order is a must. A freshly tuned-up lawnmower will make mowing a breeze. After a long winter, yard tools may need to be cleaned and sharpened.

5) Keep Gutters Clear
While April showers have already given way to May flowers, you’re certainly not out of the woods yet when it comes to heavy summer rain storms. While you likely cleared out the gutters already (before winter began), giving them another check now is a good idea. This can help you identify potential issues, including leaks.

Need help with your pre-summer home maintenance? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend vetted home-service vendors to you.

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Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend: May 18 and 19, 2019


Sibcy Cline agents are holding a Sibcy Cline Super Open House Weekend on May 18 and 19, 2019. There will be lots of great homes to see throughout Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana.

Look at homes for sale.

It’s spring and a great time to sell and buy a home. Mortgage interest rates remain low. Home values are rising. Now may be the right time for you to sell your old home and find a new one to meet your needs. Talk to your Sibcy Cline agent!

Local 2019 Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to make plans with friends and family. Be sure to honor those who have served and protected us by attending a local Memorial Day ceremony, parade or fireworks display.

Here is our list of local Memorial Day events for Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana:

Anderson Township
May 27, 2019
Anderson Center at 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
11:30am – Remembrance and bell-ringing ceremony

Beavercreek Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial Park at 1911 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Memorial service

Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Concert
May 27, 2019
Downtown Blue Ash, Ohio
Enjoy the parade in the morning and the concert at 7pm at Blue Ash Towne Square

Centerville Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial in Stubbs Park, 255 W. Spring Valley Road, Centerville, Ohio
Color guard presentation and remarks from the mayor

May 27, 2019
Parade is 11am-12pm along Harrison Avenue

Colerain Township
May 27, 2019
The memorial ceremony will start at 10am at the Colerain Gateway Memorial at the corner of Colerain Avenue and Springdale Road, Colerain Township, (Cincinnati), Ohio

76th Annual Judge Robert S. Kraft Memorial Service
May 26, 2019
War Memorial at Covedale Cemetery at 5375 Sidney Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial service at 10:30am

Crescent Springs
May 26, 2019
Veteran’s Memorial Service at 2pm

Dayton, Kentucky Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Parade begins at 10:30am at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in Dayton, Kentucky

Dayton, Ohio
May 25–26, 2019
Patriot Freedom Festival
Dayton VA Medical Center at 4100 W. Third Street, Dayton, Ohio
Live music, historical tours

Dayton, Ohio
May 26, 2019
Dayton Heritage Festival at Carillon Park 
1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, Ohio
The Dayton Philharmonic will be playing! Enjoy historical demonstrations

Delhi Township
May 26, 2019
Memorial Day ceremony at 1pm at Veterans Memorial Park, 934 Neeb Road in Delhi Township (Cincinnati), Ohio
Patriotic songs, color guards, a bagpiper, grilled food and drinks

May 27, 2019
Ceremony at 10 at Freedom Park

Evanston Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Evanston Recreation Center at 3204 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio

Fairfield Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 27, 2019
Veterans Memorial Park, Fairfield, Ohio
Patriotic music at 10am at the Veterans Memorial Park. Parade, too!

May 27, 2019
Parade and program. Parade starts at Boone County High School and ends at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at the Florence Government Center.

Fort Wright 
May 27, 2019
10am-11am service held at the Fort Wright City Building at 409 Kyles Lanes, Fort Wright

Green Township
May 27, 2019
Memorial Day Missing Man ceremony at 2 pm at Green Township Veterans Park at 6303 Harrison Avenue in Green Township (Cincinnati), Ohio

May 27, 2019
Parade at 10am starting at Monument Avenue

Independence Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Parade starts at 10:30am and is from Memorial Park to the Kenton County Courthouse.

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
1pm in downtown Lebanon, Ohio from South Street to Broadway to the Lebanon Cemetery on Silver Street

Madeira Memorial Day March
May 27, 2019
McDonald Commons Veteran’s Memorial at 7451 Dawson Road

May 27, 2019
Parade at 10 starting at the American Legion Hall at 401 Reading Road. Ceremony at the Mason Veterans Memorial at 11am. Public luncheon following.

May 27, 2019
Parade at 11am at 10 North First Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, Miamisburg, Ohio

May 27, 2019
Ceremony at 10am at the Veteran’s Memorial Park (SR 63 and North Main Street)

May 27, 2019 
York and Sixth Street, Newport, Kentucky
Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019
Parade is from 10–11am starting at the Miami Valley Christian Academy at 6830 School Street, Newtown (Cincinnati), Ohio

North College Hill
May 25, 2019
Parade at 10am–12pm at 1500 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio

Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Starts at Notre Dame Academy and concludes at Trolley Park, Park Hills, Kentucky
Show your patriotism!

VFW Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
Silverton Veteran’s Memorial Park, Silverton, Cincinnati, Ohio

May 27, 2019
2pm–4pm, Electric Avenue, Southgate, Kentucky

May 27, 2019
Parade at 2pm at S. Main Street and ends at Wade Field. Ceremony follows.

Spring Grove Village
Spring Grove Cemetery
May 24-27, 2019
Live music, tributes, memorial ceremony and Civil War performance.

May 27, 2019
Parade at 9am and concert at the Veteran’s Park (Cliff Park) at 7pm., Springfield, Ohio

Springfield Township
May 26–29, 2019
Arlington Memorial Gardens and Cemetery
Field of Memories

Tipp City Memorial Day Parade
May 27, 2019
10am – Downtown Tipp City, Ohio

West Chester
May 27, 2019
Parade begins at 10am at the intersection of Aviation Way and Dimmick Road and ends at Brookside Cemetery, 6425 West Chester Road. Ceremony following at the cemetery.


New Sibcy Cline Kiosk at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport

Sibcy Cline has a new kiosk located at Terminal 3 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (aka CVG) near baggage claim pick up. This 600-pound advertising tool is 96-inches long and includes white LED lights mounted above the kick-board area to draw attention. The Sibcy Cline logo on the kiosk features red LED halo lighting. A 55-inch monitor showcases Sibcy Cline videos including our listings’ visual tours. The back of the kiosk features a “Welcome Home” message in 20+ languages along with a beautiful photo of downtown Cincinnati.

The kiosk is drawing attention. Recently, a couple arriving from Las Vegas, saw the kiosk and took note of Sibcy Cline’s website address. They knew they were interested in moving to Hyde Park and stopped by at that office location to find a real estate agent!

Fun fact about CVG: In 2018, the airport served  8.9 million passengers and is one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. 

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The Quest for Listings and Sales Contest – a Success!

Sibcy Cline’s annual listing and sales contest was a great success. During the 10-week challenge, agents acquired points by obtaining listings and sales, hosting open houses, attending learning and call sessions, attending office meeting and sending referrals. The contest celebration breakfast was held on May 2, 2019 with almost 300 agents in attendance. These Sibcy Cline agents were excited to see each other and have some fun.

The three semi finalists were:

  • Lori Pike – Middletown Monroe
  • Susanne Anton – West Chester
  • Team Hamilton (Regina, Gary and Jesse) – Harrison


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Four Home DIY Projects for Spring

RoofIf you’re already doing spring cleaning, it might be wise to get out the toolbox and do some home improvement projects as well. A little maintenance can go a long way after the tough winter months.

Here are four crucial tips to making sure your home will recover from winter:

1) Fix the Roof
There’s probably no part of your home that takes as much of a beating every winter as the roof, according to After all, it not only deals with snow, sleet and rain, but also harsh winds, cold weather, water runoff and bearing the weight of snow and ice that builds up over the course of a few months.

With that in mind, it’s quite common for shingles or tiles to crack, loosen or fall off during the winter. When the spring thaw hits, going up there once it’s safe and checking everything carefully will give you an idea of how much repair work you have to do.

2) Look for Leaks, Fissures and Cracks
Along similar lines to inspecting your roof, it can also be a good idea to look over your home’s interior and exterior for any signs of wear and tear from the winter. Missing shingles can be a sign of leaks into the attic, so checking inside is always wise if there’s obvious damage on the roof. The same is true of checking along windows and exterior doorways for any fissures, which can be fixed with caulk more often than not.

It’s also smart to check your home’s foundation for any cracks or holes that might have formed, and fill them with an appropriate patching substance as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

3) Check the Deck and Siding
While you may not realize it, painted, stained or even sealed decks can really get a lot of muck and grime built up on them throughout the winter. That’s also the case with siding, whether wooden or vinyl. Usually, turning a pressure washer on them can help unlock their real beauty once again, and renting this kind of equipment shouldn’t carry too big of a price tag.

4) Examine the Gutters
Finally, if your home has gutters, now is the time to check them out. They might have taken a bit of damage (especially if there was ice buildup) or clogged with tree debris over the winter.

Of course, no one knows your house better than you do, so if there’s an issue that seems to crop up consistently every year, working on ways to permanently address it is always the smartest way to start your home DIY efforts. Otherwise, just doing routine checks and maintenance to make sure everything is as it should be will help you avoid bigger problems down the road.

Need some help with your home-related projects? If you do not feel comfortable climbing your roof or tackling other home-maintenance details, be sure to contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend vetted, home-related services and vendors to you!

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May 2019 Guide to Local Events, Festivals and Other Fun Things to Do