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Remember These Summer Home Maintenance Projects

The summer heat may feel like it’ll never end, but with the arrival of August, the end of summer begins to draw near. Before the return of colder temps and rain, getting things ship-shape at home can make the seasonal transition easier and less stressful. Inside and out, August is an ideal time to get many home maintenance projects done.

Keep your appliances as well as heating and cooling systems working their best by cleaning or replacing filters and screen vents. This includes everything from the stove and refrigerator, to the washer and dryer, and your furnace and air ducts. If it’s been a while since the last time you had your furnace or water heater serviced, get it done now before the cold sets in.

While the weather is nice, it’s an opportune time to take care of big chores such as painting (either interior or exterior), cleaning out gutters, washing windows and siding, as well as cleaning and sealing any decks or patios. All of these tasks are made more difficult when the rain returns, save yourself time and stress while taking advantage of the longer hours of daylight while we still have them.

No doubt you’ve seen many a garage sale sign, this summer. Many families take advantage of the summer to sort through and declutter storage areas such as the garage and basement. This big clean out projects are also easier to get done when the weather is fair. If you have items to donate, be sure to get receipts from organizations such as The Goodwill, your donations can be tax deductible.

Before you light your first fire on that first chilling autumn evening, get your chimney swept. This is critical towards keeping the danger of a fire hazard to a minimum and will ensure you have a cheerful blaze as opposed to a smoky living room. Wood stoves should also be fully cleaned at this time.

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying your yard and garden this summer. Before the season changes, August is an ideal time to start pruning dead branches from trees and cutting back shrubbery. If you have flowering plants such as Rhododendrons or Hydrangeas, deadheading, or pulling off old blooms will help new growth come back strong next spring.

Taking care of home maintenance projects now will make the transition into fall and winter an easier one. Find more tips on summer home care with this Realtor.com article. ADMC Realty Group is pleased to serve the communities in and around the Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas. If you’re thinking about selling or buying a home, we’re ready to put our expertise to work for you every step of the way. Give us a call at (202)596-8101 or email us at [email protected].

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