Homeowners Insurance - Spring Cleaning Tips

March 23, 2018

The first day of spring was this Tuesday, 3/20/18. Do you know what that means? It's time to dust off the pollen and take a look at the home improvement and home maintenance that we have all put off during the winter months. When thinking about spring cleaning, the first question usually is "Where do I start?" 

Roof - Start from the top! In most cases, if there is any water getting into the home, the roof is usually the source. If you are able, get on your roof and see if there are any missing or curling shingles. Also check for moss or extreme wear and tear on shingles. If you are unable to get on your roof, schedule an appointment with a roofing contractor. Keeping your roof in good condition is especially important going into the summer. 

Gutters - Clean gutters can do wonders for your roof and the siding of your house. Gutters help keep the rain off of your house therefore protecting the wood from rotting. Check gutters for excess debris, especially if your property has trees around it.

Painting – Peeling paint exposes the wood on the exterior of your home, which opens the door for all kinds of maintenance issues. Spring is a great time to do any painting that might need to be done to your home’s exterior.

Windows – Be sure to check your windows and window frames for any damage that may have accrued. Windows condensate in the winter due to the temperature difference between inside and outside your home. This condensation can seep down into the window frame and soften the wood around the window. Additionally, take a look at the caulking around your windows to be sure no water can get in. Most importantly – if your windows are in good shape, you can save money on your electricity bills in those hot summer months!

Railings & Decks – Take a close look at the condition of any decks or railings on your property. If you have railings, make sure they are securely fastened to the base. Also take time to inspect decks or porches. Make sure all the nails are in place and boards are in good condition.

Play Equipment – Make sure your child’s play equipment is in good condition. Warm weather means children and their friends will be looking to play outside. They will appreciate a safe environment to play in. Not to mention, your homeowners insurance carrier will also appreciate it!

Other equipment – Take a good look at fixtures inside and outside your home. Make sure your plumbing is in good condition. Also test your smoke detectors and make sure your batteries are good. Check lightbulbs on any outdoor lighting to ensure your property is well-lit.

You know your home better than anyone, so take whatever steps you need to spruce up your property for spring and summer. No one can prevent damage that happens during a storm, but you can take steps to make sure that damage isn’t any worse than it should be. If you have any questions on how your spring cleaning might affect your insurance, don’t hesitate to call the staff at Robinson & Stith Insurance. We appreciate your business!

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