These maintenance items should make it onto your summer checklist.

1. Replace windows. Proper windows and doors can be just as important in the summer, when looking to keep hot temperatures out and cool temperatures in.

2. Plant a garden. There is nothing quite as wonderful as growing your own vegetables.

3. Landscape cleanup. Typically fall, late spring or early summer are ideal times for a cleanup and sprucing of items such as mulching and weeding.

4. Fill the potholes. Whether it is your driveway or sidewalk, summer is a good time fill in any and all potholes.

5. Add additional lighting. Lighting is still just as important as children and adults extend outdoor activities.

6. Install an outdoor kitchen. Now is the time when many families look to dine al fresco. Installing an outdoor kitchen can be the ideal addition.

7. Check fixed elements on your home such as stone and brickwork, which should be properly maintained.

8. Repaint. The summer is a time of year when many homeowners may choose to repaint or refresh their home’s exterior.

9. Replace and or check detectors such as your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

10. Service HVAC equipment. Air conditioning equipment will be pulling double duty, so you will want to make sure all equipment is capable of working at full capacity.

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