Spring into action with this Home Maintenance Checklist!
Spring is the perfect time to make sure your home is in top shape with cleaning and other maintenance tasks. By taking some time to care for your home this season, you’ll be keeping your family safe and helping avoid costly home insurance claims. Here is a simple, detailed checklist to help you maintain your property throughout the year.
- Gutters—To ensure a smooth flow for all the spring and summer rain, clean and remove debris from gutters and spouts.
- Trees— Check trees for signs of damage or decay, and trim off dead branches. Keep healthy bushes and trees properly trimmed and make sure they are away from wires
- Driveways & Patios—Check for uneven or broken walking surfaces and repair any cracks as necessary.
- Shed & Lawn Equipment—Clean out the shed and prepare lawn equipment for use. Tune-up lawn mowers, blowers, and other equipment and ensure that fuel is stored safely in a well-ventilated area.
Freshen up your home for spring. Open up your windows, light a candle or two, and perform a deep cleaning of your kitchen, bathrooms, living room, and bedrooms. This is the perfect time to go through your things and de-clutter cabinets, closets, and other storage areas to find things you no longer use. In addition to spring-cleaning, you’ll also want to check the following elements to ensure they work properly and are in top shape to serve you well:
- Air Conditioner—Have your air conditioning system inspected before running it. A professional can provide a tune-up to ensure it performs optimally throughout the warm seasons.
- Furnace—For a fresh start, replace your furnace filter, or have it cleaned.
- Smoke Detectors—Inspect and test every smoke detector in your home to ensure that each is working. Change all batteries and have additional detectors installed if necessary.
- Water Heater—Inspect your water heater and check for any corrosion, leaks, or other damage.
- Dryer—Clean out all lint from the dryer vent pipe and exhaust duct. Ensure that lint is cleaned off the floor, away from electrical outlets and plugs, and off the washer and dryer.
- Light Bulbs—Check each light fixture in your home, ensure that the bulbs are the correct wattage, and replace any bulbs as necessary. You may want to make the switch to LED bulbs to conserve energy.
By taking the time to perform these simple household maintenance tasks, you’ll ensure that your property is well cared for, and is safe for yourself and your family. Spring is also the perfect time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy to verify that it meets your needs. Call your insurance agent today, or stop by the office to update your policy. We’ll help you upgrade what you need and eliminate what you don’t. Happy Spring!