Summer Maintainance

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Summer 2018 – 15 Tips For Maintaining Your Home in The Heat

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

—Henry James


Summer 2018: 15 Tips to Maintaining Your Home in the Heat


Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


Summer is BACK! Sure the days are longer, the air sweeter, the sun shines brightly, and the weather encourages outdoor fun, but the HEAT, MY GOD THE HEAT.  This weather can be a strain on your home, especially if it’s older.  The best way to handle the beating of heat, sun, and weather on your fortress of solitude, is TO PREPARE. That’s why we have created a simple to-do list to ensure your home survives for one season.


Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


HERE ARE 10 SIMPLE HOUSE KEEPING TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER


Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


1.) Gutters: Check for Leaks or Loosening

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Make sure all of your gutters and drains are free from debris and leaves. Improper draining could lead to flooding of the basement and property devastation.  While clearing the gutters, make sure they are securely attached. A 5 cent screw is far cheaper than siding, roof, or landscape damage, or worse, injuring on a loved one or neighbor. Make sure your gutter drains are clear as well, so water may drain away from the house, instead of inside.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


2.) Leveling: Filling in the areas of your yard or foundation that are uneven

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

The unforgiving Winter can cause uneven lawn levels and low points surrounding your home’s foundation. Then comes Spring, with Spring comes rain. We all know the rhyme. Depending on your area, rain can cause flooding, which can lead to water damage around the foundation and, come Summer, thanks to those pools of water, AT BEST, they become breeding grounds for insects and put a damper on a Summer party. At worst?

……. Well take a gander at the above gif.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


3.) Windows & Entryways: Check the Wood and Sealing 

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Make sure you make the best of your energy bill. To check, take a screwdriver and make sure there’s no separation in wood or the sealant on your windows, door jams, decks, or railings. If there are gaps, now is the time to repair, before the weather turns colder and damage them further and cause a larger problem later.

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4.) Check Your Roof

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

You don’t have to start off on your roof for this, work smarter, not harder. Check it from your yard and check for any damaged, missing, split, or loose shingles or gaps, caused by the harsh winter weather. CHECK THEM NOW! The harsh summer sun can be extremely damaging to roof shingles. You should also check to see if shingles need to be repaired surrounding chimneys or vents, if they do, don’t be a hero, get an experienced roofer to fix these areas. The cost of these simple tasks will be far cheaper than replacing your entire roof later. If you need vast repairs, now would be a great time to begin budgeting money to fix your roof.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


5.) Chimney: Check for Splits

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

After the thaw of Winter, your chimney has often taken 4-6 months of abuse from need to stay warm. Do yourself a favor and have a certified chimney sweep, to clean out your flue and inspected. Also check the chimney itself for damage and have it repair.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


6.) Inspect Concrete Tabs For Movement

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

This is the time of year to inspect all the concrete slaps around your home to find movement. In the winter, freezing water causes matter to expand which may cause them to move. Concrete slaps should drain away from your home, but if the gap becomes to wide, fill in the gap with cement or silicone chalk after power washing out the gap before sealing.


7.) Old Firewood: Remove or Replace

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Depending on your home, firewood is commonplace. The typical storage of wood outside throughout the winter. But as the season changes, dispose of that dead wood. The weather has made them either water logged, bug infested, or other problems that render them useless. The best practice for storing firewood is, covered, 18 inches off the ground, and at least 2 feet from a structure.


8.) Garden Hoses: Check for Leaks or Damage

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Winter can be murder on your outdoor water faucets for freeze damage. To check, place your thumb over the opening of the faucet, turn it on, if your finger stops the flow of water completely, there is most likely damage to the interior sections of the pipes and needs replacement. If the hose itself isn’t stored properly, you may need to check your hose for dry rot. If there is, just replace the entire hose.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


9.) Cooling System: Clean and Maintain

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

If you have to perform more than a simple cleaning, NOW is the time to hire an air conditioning specialist to perform maintenance. Why now? Because as soon as the heat increases, more and more people will notice theirs is not working as it should, filling up a specialist’s appointment book. While you sweat out the days of summer. 

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


10.) Fuel: Check your levels

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Get a jump on the season and get yourself gas, batteries, chargers, and sharpen blades. Fill them up now and forget about it until next year.

11.) Lawnmower Blades

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Give the lawn mower blades a good sharpening now in the spring, when it’s pleasant outside, and don’t worry about it come August, when mowing the lawn alone is already an endurance test. Work smarter, not harder.


12.) Check Your Deck and Maintain Your Porch

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Make sure there’s no rotting or foundation cracking. If there are nails sticking out either sand them down or hammer them further in. Afterwards, determine if sealant to prevent further weather damage after the harsh winter. 


13.) Check and Clean Your Outdoor Cooker

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

For gas grills. Let the the grill cook, with nothing inside, for about a half hour. Then use a grill brush to clean off anything left on the grill itself. Use a wet towel to clean the outside of the grill. Then inspect the drip pan and clean it to prevent grease fires. 

For Charcoal Grills. Empty the grill and wipe out any ashy residue. Then clean it inside and out with hot water, a scrubby sponge and some liquid dish-washing soap. Let the grill dry completely before using it again.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


14.) Use the Weather to Your Advantage

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

With the season comes warm weather. Use it, by installing a clothes line. It will lower your energy bill and add a freshness to your clothes that can’t be manufactured.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


15.) Make sure all of your Detectors are Properly Installed and The Batteries are Changed

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018

Make sure your Smoke Detectors are properly installed and the batteries are changed so they are in working order. Same goes for carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. The only thing that could make a summer more hot is an unchecked fire.

Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


Now that these After Getting a Jump on the Season with these Steps, Now you can take the time to appreciate the  warm weather. Relax, smell the roses and enjoy the cool summer nights and all that R & R


Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


Enjoy The Season!


Summer Tips For Your Home 2018


Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Website – www.debkerr.com


Get Pre-Approved TODAY!!!
Metuchen Real Estate

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2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Edison NJ 2017 Wine & Beer Festival

The 2017 Edison

Wine & Beer Festival

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Looking for Fun Weekend Activities in Edison?

Well look no further!

The Edison Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival, on August 19th 2017 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm at Lake Papaianni Park (Central Ave & Linden Ave, Edison, NJ 08899)

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Only $5.00 for Adults and Children under 10 years old FREE!

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

The festival is located at beautiful Lake Papaianni Park in Edison, NJ. The event will be $5.00 at the door and children are free. This event will be held on Saturday August 19th, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM.This is a festival for the entire family and you will need to come and experience some of Edison’s finest restaurants that serve up an amazing variety along with several famous Food Trucks. Keep some room for our amazing Dessert Vendors, some of which have been on the Food Network. Come and experience some of NJ’s amazing Craft Beers as well as Wine & Sangria. Enjoy all-day live music in the park and make sure you bring your kids over to the children’s area. We will have a variety of craft vendors and we will be raising funds for our local Edison animal shelter.

$5.00

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

For More Information, Visit the Edison Chamber of Commerce

Click, HERE

Tons of Live Music, Food Trucks, Food Vendors, Table Vendors & More!

Fun For All Ages!

For Vendor Information, or If you are a Vendor and wish to know Vendor rates for the Event

Click HERE

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

12:00pm – 7:00pm

Papaianni Park

(Central Ave & Linden Ave. Edison, NJ 08899)

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

For More Information, Click HERE

Brought to You By:

2017 Edison Wine & beer Festival

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Cell: 732-910-1682

Office: 732-549-1998

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Website: debkerr.com


Get PreApproved NOW

2017 Edison Wine & Beer Festival

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017

Dine Metuchen – Restaurant Week in Metuchen July 11th – July 16th 2017

 Dine Metuchen

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017

Restaurant Week

July 11th – July 16th 2017

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017

Waste no time, get your eating pants on, and get ready to eat. Restaurant week is upon us again, in Metuchen! July 11th, 2017 – July 16th, 2017. This is the time to try new things in the Summer Sun! Have you always wanted to try a new place, you’ve passed every day, well now is the time to try it, without breaking the bank. Well, we have good news for you! In Metuchen, Restaurant week is July 11th-July 16th 2017, so you can try these amazing local eateries.


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017




Angie’s Cafe & Bakery

275 Amboy Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

Do you like Dominican food? Why not try it?

The Deal:

$25 For Two Entrees and Two Desserts

Full Menu: Click HERE


Antonio’s Brick Oven Pizza

453 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Have some classic Jersey Pizza, made from a custom Brick Oven.

The Deal:

$15 Prix Fixe Menu

Restaurant Week in Metuchen March 14th - March 17th 2017

For More Information, (slicenj.com) Click HERE 


Bagel Pantry

545 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$4.99 for a Breakfast Sandwich and Small Coffee

(Offer Valid from Open to Close)

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Brewed Awakening

417 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Free Drip Coffee with the Purchase of Indian or Mexican Entree

For More Information, Click HERE


The Bishop’s Bistro

7 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$30 Prix-Fix Menu (with salad, variety of entrees, and dessert)

For More Information, Click HERE


Breeze’s Cafe & Grill

567 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

Genuine Caribbean Grille within walking distance to downtown

The Deal:

50% off Appetizer with Entree

For More Information, click HERE

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Buttery Bake Shop

397 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal: 

Variety of Specials

For More Information, Click HERE


Changsha House

435 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Mention Restaurant Week and get 20% off your bill

(Must Mention Restaurant Week to Receive Offer, Not Valid for Lunch Specials)

For More Information, Click HERE


Cafe Paris

439 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

Classic French Cuisine, right in the Heart of Metuchen

The Deal:

Crepe and Sandwich specials all week long, lunch & dinner

For More, Information Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Civile Cuchina Italiana

154 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$25  per person 4 Course Family Style Dinner, includes dessert platter

(This Place is BYOB, so plan ahead)

Restaurant Week in Metuchen July 11th - 16th 2017

For More Information, Click HERE


D’Novo Restaurant and Pizza

205 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$25 per person (prefix menu)

Restaurant Week in Metuchen March 14th - March 17th 2017

For More Information, Click HERE


Fresco Italian Deli & Catering

456 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Buy 2 Seven Inch Subs (Hot or Cold) for $10.99

Get a FREE 12oz Soup with any purchase over $15.00

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


The Greek on Main

419 Main St. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Prix-Fixe three course meal, from $25

For More Information, Click HERE


Hailey’s Harp & Pub

400 Main St. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

3 Course Prix-Fixe Menu, $50 per couple

For More Information, Click HERE


La Rosa Pizzaria & Restaurant

335 Lake Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

One main dish, family style for $25 (Dine-In Only)

Restaurant Week in Metuchen March 14th - March 17th 2017

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Lola Latin Bistro

87 Central Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$25 Per Person/Prix Fixe Menu/Including Appetizer, Entree, and Dessert

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017

For More Information, Click HERE


Lollipop Land

19 New St. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Candy Sundaes for $5

For More Information, Click HERE


Mangia Toscano

422 Main St. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

5%-10% Off All Week

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

413 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$22.99 Per Person / Prix Fixe Menu

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Diner

338 Lake Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

“Happy Hour” 30% off, from 2pm-5pm Monday through Friday

For More Information, Click HERE


The Metuchen Inn

424 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Three-Course Lunch ($25), dinner ($30) Full Bar available

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Novita Bistro & Lounge

25 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

Lunch: $16 / Two Course Lunch Menu

Dinner: $28/Prix Fixe Menu

Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017

To See the 2 Course Lunch Menu, Click HERE

For More Information Click HERE


Phattra Thai Restaurant

426 Main St. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$22.95 Per person/Three course dinner

For More Information, Click HERE


Salsa Latina

7 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$25/Prix-Fixe Menu/Dine-In Only/4:00pm – 8:00pm

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Sushi Suzuki

15 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

After 3:00pm, 10% off $25, 15% off $50, 20% off $75

For More Information, Click HERE


Thai Garden

10 Pearl Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$15.99 per person + taxes

Prix-Fixe Menu:

  1. choice of an Appertizer
  2. choice of an Entree
    • Pad Thai Jumbo Shrimp
    • Duck curry
    • Beef hot pepper
    • Oyster mushroom Veggies Delight
  3. choice of Dessert: Fried banana or Ice cream

For More Information, Click HERE


 The Brownstone

932 Middlesex Ave. Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$19.99 Per Person / Prix-Fixe Menu

For More Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Torino 2 Restaurant

12 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

10% Off Dinner Only

For More Information, Click HERE


What’s The Scoop

410 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$1 off Medium Ice Cream, Buy 1 Get 1 50% off milkshakes

For More Information, Click HERE


2 Chicks With Chocolate

19 New Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840

The Deal:

$1 Bon Bons

$2 Cupcakes

$3 Milkshakes and Smoothies

For more Information, Click HERE


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


For More Deals in Central Jersey, Check Out Our Top Ten Happy Hours in Central New Jersey


Metuchen Restaurant Week July 2017


For More Information, Visit The Metuchen Restaurant Week July 11th-July 16th Facebook Page

Just Click HERE


Bon Appetit!


Presented By:

New Year's Eve 2017 in New Jersey

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office: 732-549-1998

Cell: 732-910-1682

Email: debkerr@kw.com

Website: debkerr.com


Get PreApproved For Your Mortgage NOW!

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Home Summer Maintenance

Summer 2017: 10 Tips to Maintaining Your Home in the Heat!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


Summer 2017: 10 Tips to Maintaining Your Home in the Heat


Home Summer Maintenance


Summer is BACK! Sure the days are longer, the air sweeter, the sun shines brightly, and the weather encourages outdoor fun, but the HEAT, MY GOD THE HEAT.  This weather can be a strain on your home, especially if it’s older.  The best way to handle the beating of heat, sun, and weather on your fortress of solitude, is TO PREPARE. That’s why we have created a simple to-do list to ensure your home survives for one season.


Home Summer Maintenance


HERE ARE 10 SIMPLE HOUSE KEEPING TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SUMMER


Home Summer Maintenance


1.) Gutters: Check for Leaks or Loosening

Home Summer Maintenance

Make sure all of your gutters and drains are free from debris and leaves. Improper draining could lead to flooding of the basement and property devastation.  While clearing the gutters, make sure they are securely attached. A 5 cent screw is far cheaper than siding, roof, or landscape damage, or worse, injuring on a loved one or neighbor. Make sure your gutter drains are clear as well, so water may drain away from the house, instead of inside.


2.) Leveling: Filling in the areas of your yard or foundation that are uneven

Home Summer Maintenance

The unforgiving Winter can cause uneven lawn levels and low points surrounding your home’s foundation. Then comes Spring, with Spring comes rain. We all know the rhyme. Depending on your area, rain can cause flooding, which can lead to water damage around the foundation and, come Summer, thanks to those pools of water, AT BEST, they become breeding grounds for insects and put a damper on a Summer party. At worst?

……. Well take a gander at the above gif.


3.) Windows & Entryways: Check the Wood and Sealing 

Home Summer Maintenance

Make sure you make the best of your energy bill. To check, take a screwdriver and make sure there’s no separation in wood or the sealant on your windows, door jams, decks, or railings. If there are gaps, now is the time to repair, before the weather turns colder and damage them further and cause a larger problem later.


4.) Check Your Roof

Home Summer Maintenance

You don’t have to start off on your roof for this, work smarter, not harder. Check it from your yard and check for any damaged, missing, split, or loose shingles or gaps, caused by the harsh winter weather. CHECK THEM NOW! The harsh summer sun can be extremely damaging to roof shingles. You should also check to see if shingles need to be repaired surrounding chimneys or vents, if they do, don’t be a hero, get an experienced roofer to fix these areas. The cost of these simple tasks will be far cheaper than replacing your entire roof later. If you need vast repairs, now would be a great time to begin budgeting money to fix your roof.


5.) Chimney: Check for Splits

Home Summer Maintenance

After the thaw of Winter, your chimney has often taken 4-6 months of abuse from need to stay warm. Do yourself a favor and have a certified chimney sweep, to clean out your flue and inspected. Also check the chimney itself for damage and have it repair.


6.) Inspect Concrete Tabs For Movement

Home Summer Maintenance

This is the time of year to inspect all the concrete slaps around your home to find movement. In the winter, freezing water causes matter to expand which may cause them to move. Concrete slaps should drain away from your home, but if the gap becomes to wide, fill in the gap with cement or silicone chalk after power washing out the gap before sealing.


7.) Old Firewood: Remove or Replace

Home Summer Maintenance

Depending on your home, firewood is commonplace. The typical storage of wood outside throughout the winter. But as the season changes, dispose of that dead wood. The weather has made them either water logged, bug infested, or other problems that render them useless. The best practice for storing firewood is, covered, 18 inches off the ground, and at least 2 feet from a structure.


8.) Garden Hoses: Check for Leaks or Damage

Home Summer Maintenance

Winter can be murder on your outdoor water faucets for freeze damage. To check, place your thumb over the opening of the faucet, turn it on, if your finger stops the flow of water completely, there is most likely damage to the interior sections of the pipes and needs replacement. If the hose itself isn’t stored properly, you may need to check your hose for dry rot. If there is, just replace the entire hose.

Home Summer Maintenance


9.) Cooling System: Clean and Maintain

Home Summer Maintenance

If you have to perform more than a simple cleaning, NOW is the time to hire an air conditioning specialist to perform maintenance. Why now? Because as soon as the heat increases, more and more people will notice theirs is not working as it should, filling up a specialist’s appointment book. While you sweat out the days of summer. 


10.) Fuel: Check your levels

Home Summer Maintenance

And Lawnmower Blades

Home Summer Maintenance

Get a jump on the season and get yourself gas, batteries, chargers, and sharpen blades. Fill them up now and forget about it until next year. The same goes with lawn mower blades. Give them a good sharpening now in the spring, when it’s pleasant outside, and don’t worry about it come August, when mowing the lawn alone is already an endurance test. Work smarter, not harder.


Now that these After Getting a Jump on the Season with these Steps, Now you can take the time to appreciate the  warm weather. Relax, smell the roses and enjoy the cool summer nights and all that R & R


Home Summer Maintenance


Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Website – www.debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” ~Wallace Stevens

10 Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Summer, our season of sultriness, is, upon us. The days are longer, the air sweeter, the sun shines brightly, and the weather encourages outdoor fun. For some, Summer means the beach, camp, BBQ’s, pools, gardening, Baseball, or other outdoor activities. But with the warmth and sun that breaks us free from the shackles of indoor confinement, that same sun shines a light on gutters clogged with leaves, sidewalks with trip educing cracks, or flower beds filled with plants of seasons past.

Before jumping into Summer with both feet, let us assist with Summer Maintenance Tips to Maintaining your home with a game plan and focus, certain chores that you may forget,  so you can fully enjoy the beauty of the season with a jovial attitude.

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

1.) Check your Gutters for Leaks or Loosening

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Make sure all of your gutters and drains are free from debris and leaves. Improper draining could lead to flooding of the basement and property devastation.  While clearing the gutters, make sure they are securely attached. A 5 cent screw is far cheaper than siding, roof, or landscape damage, or worse, injuring on a loved one or neighbor. Make sure your gutter drains are clear as well, so water may drain away from the house, instead of inside.

2.) Fill in Areas of Unleavened Yard or Foundation

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

In the Winter, harsh weather can cause lawn levels to become unbalanced and areas surrounding a home’s foundation can become low. While keeping that in mind, with Spring comes rain. We all know the rhyme. With rain comes flooding, which can lead to water damage around the foundation and, come Summer, those pools of water become breeding grounds for insects and put a damper on a Summer party.

3.) Check Window and Door Pane Wood

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Use a screwdriver to see if there’s any separation in wood on windows, door jams, decks, or railings. If there are gaps, now is the time to repair, before spring rains damage them further and expose more wood.

4.) Check Your Roof

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

While standing in your yard, check your roof from afar, no need to bust out a ladder if it’s unnecessary. Look for any damaged or missing shingles from the winter weather. Now is the time to check, as the harsh summer sun can be extremely damaging to roof shingles. So check for split, loose, or missing pieces need to be replaced. You should also check to see if shingles need to be repaired surrounding chimneys or vents, if they do, don’t be a hero, get an experienced roofer to fix these areas. If you need vast repairs, now would be a great time to begin budgeting money to fix your roof.

5.) Check Your Chimney

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

After the thaw of Winter, your chimney has often taken 4-6 months of abuse from need to stay warm. Do yourself a favor and have a certified chimney sweep, to clean out your flue and inspected. Also check the chimney itself for damage and have it repair.

6.) Inspect Concrete Tabs For Movement

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

This is the time of year to inspect all the concrete slaps around your home to find movement. In the winter, freezing water causes matter to expand which may cause them to move. Concrete slaps should drain away from your home, but if the gap becomes to wide, fill in the gap with cement or silicone chalk after power washing out the gap before sealing.

7.) Remove/Replace Firewood

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

If you own a home with a wood-burning fireplace, firewood is necessary. Most people store it outside throughout the winter, but after the season ends, get rid of that dead wood. The weather has made them either water logged or other problems that cause them to be useless. The best practice for storing firewood is, covered, 18 inches off the ground, and at least 2 feet from a structure.

8.) Check Hoses For Damage

Summer 13

After the winter chill, now is the time to check your outdoor water faucets for freeze damage. To check, place your thumb over the opening of the faucet, turn it on, if your finger stops the flow of water completely, there is most likely damage to the interior sections of the pipes and needs replacement. If the hose itself isn’t stored properly, you may need to check your hose for dry rot. If there is, just replace the entire hose.

9.) Clean Your Cooling System

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Now is the time to hire an air conditioning specialist to clean coils and air filters in your air unit to keep it working at peak performance. Why now? Because as soon as the heat increases, more and more people will notice theirs is not working as it should and will call said professional, making it difficult to get an appointment and leaving you to sweat it out.

10.) Check Fuel 

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

And Lawnmower Blades

Summer Tips to Maintaining Your Home

Now is the time to stock up on gas, batteries, chargers, or sharpen blades. Whether it be your lawn mower or BBQ, stock up on fuel (propane or petroleum), fill them up now and never worry about it until next year. The same goes with lawn mower blades. Give them a good sharpening now in the spring, when it’s pleasant outside, and don’t worry about it come August, when mowing the lawn alone is already an endurance test. No need to add more activity in the blazing heat.

Now that these Simple Steps are Done, Take some time to smell the roses and enjoy the cool summer nights that poets write about, painters paint, and nature embraces.

Metuchen Real Estate

Deborah Kerr

Keller Williams Elite, Realtors

Office – 732-549-1998

Cell – 732-910-1682

Website – www.debkerr.com

Metuchen Real Estate