Real Estate with Anessa Cohen


It is absolutely amazing! The sun starts shining and the temperature passes 60 degrees, and the sound of grumbling goes down and people around you are all smiling. Can’t say that I blame them! Winter weather is brutal and depressing and I have not met one person who is not relieved to be seeing the last of it!

Now that we have finished discussing the weather, let’s go on to projects to consider as the weather is getting nicer.

For those of you who were waiting till it was at least 50 degrees and you did not have any bad weather to worry about, it is finally time to get to any of the concrete or brickwork that has been waiting patiently until the cold weather ended.

Winter tends to play havoc with roads and walkways. There are potholes and broken roads to avoid right now wherever you go. You can really feel the pressure of obstacle-course trekking even driving just a few blocks from your home.

I can only assume that this summer we are going to be inundated with lots of closed-road areas while construction crews repave just about everything that did not hold up during the bad weather we received this winter.

Obviously, if the roads are in such poor condition, we can only imagine how much of the concrete and brickwork surrounding our own homes and properties are doing.

As I mentioned earlier, now that the sun has come out and the temperature has risen, it is time to start looking around in earnest to see if any damage happened during the winter to our sidewalks, driveways, walkways, and stairways, not to also mention the chimney and other exterior areas that might have taken a beating during this rough winter.

Make sure all those cracks, possible potholes, broken-curb areas, stairways, or stoops as well as driveways and walkways are filled or redone now. Unfortunately, leaving them for a day down the road will only make the damage worse if left unfixed — and it will create a danger for all those using those areas if they are not repaired.

I know this is not one of the more fun projects you hoped for when we discussed doing brick and concrete work, but it is still vital nonetheless. The good part is that as long as you need to patch and fix all those problem spots, you can also use the opportunity to build that concrete or brick project that you put off till after the winter, and then enjoy the accomplishment of the finished look!

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and a licensed N.Y.S. loan officer (FM Home Loans) with over 20 years of experience offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services as well as mortgage services. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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