Now that summer is in full swing, and you've already had your Fourth of July fix, it's time to pay attention to another important aspect of summer: your home. When the outdoors is calling, it's often easy to overlook your living space. Brett Furman, a broker/owner in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, offers the following 10 maintenance tips to help keep your home in tip-top shape all summer long.

  • Clean and seal decks.
  • Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean chimneys.
  • Wash the exterior of your home using a garden hose and a mild detergent.
  • Check all exterior walls for peeling or cracked paint.
  • Inspect brick or masonry siding for cracks or missing mortar.
  • Inspect roofing for loose shingles and cracks.
  • Check out the operation of your automatic light timers and motion detector systems.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to keep branches from exterior siding.
  • Clean and repair cracks in concrete driveways using epoxy patching material.
  • Inspects foundation walls for signs of termites.

"These 10 home maintenance tips are certainly a start to getting your house spic and span for late summer...and beyond," says Furman.


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