Summer Maintenance Checklist

Sweet summertime! More daylight to play in and more reasons to open a bottle of rosé on a weeknight! It is officially summer, and we want to make sure it stays “sweet” for you all season long. The summer is a great time to check off a few house maintenance items, we need to make sure our homes are ready for the heat!




  • • Search for mold – If you see any gray or black blotches on ceilings or in crawl spaces it is a good idea to get them inspected, removed, and repair the cause.
  • • Check your deck for popped nails or loose treads – we are out using our decks more, take a hammer to popped nails and inspect the wood boards.
  • • Trim shrubs and plants away from HVAC units and roofline – minimize the potential for damage!



Insulation and Ventilation

  • • Clean and test your dehumidifier – most of us run dehumidifiers in our basements, as it starts to heat up make sure they are working properly. We don’t want damp rooms… that could cause mold!
  • • Clean your dryer vent/duct – we are not talking about the lint screen… making sure your vents and ducts are free of lint and other things ensures proper air flow to the dryer keeping them efficient!
  • • Check vents for birds, squirrels, or other pest.



Water Control

  • • Clean your exterior drains (e.g. stairwell) – summertime means rolling thunderstorms! Make sure all your drains are clear for proper draining to prevent wet basements.
  • • Clean gutters and window wells – again ensuring proper water flow and drainage away from the house.




  • • Change your filter – ideally you should be doing this every month!
  • • Hire an HVAC contractor to service your system – regular maintenance on a system prolongs the life and ensures they are running as efficiently as possible.


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.

400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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