Homeowners Spring Checklist: Basic Things Every Homeowner Should Do to Protect Your Investment

As a homeowner it is entirely up to you to protect your investment. Below we outline some things to look for to ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

Outside Your Home

  1. Ensure your sprinklers are operating correctly. – Sprinkler heads are often broken by lawn mower blades or sometimes break down after a long life. Broken sprinkler heads can lead to bigger and costlier problems, especially a hefty water bill! Run a test to be sure all heads are working properly and none are broken before beginning to water your yard for spring. Also, sprinklers hitting your house can cause water intrusion and unsightly discoloration to the paint on the sides of your home. You can have a professional come to inspect your system for around $75.
  2. Clear out gutters and downspouts. – Are there trees near your home? If so, chances are your gutters are full of leaves. Clean them out before the rainy season to prevent rot and excessive wear and tear that comes from clogged or slow draining gutters. Don’t want the mess, or don’t have the time? Gutter cleaning services typically cost about $125 for a visit to your home, and they will ensure you don’t have costly repairs from rotten facial boards or broken downspouts in the future.

Inside your home

  1. Air-Conditioner – Don’t get caught in the heat this spring and summer – be sure to maintain your air conditioner regularly to avoid costly fixes if it were to break. Some monthly items you can do yourself are to change the filter and pour bleach in the pan overflow drain. The pan drain should be cleared and the coils checked and cleaned yearly. This helps to avoid any backup that could cause mold growth and costly water damage to ceilings and floors. As always, having a professional come to your home for air conditioner maintenance is also an option.
  2. Smoke Detectors – We all know that smoke detectors save lives – which is why it is so important to have ample detectors in your home, as well as working batteries in each one. Are your smoke detectors in the best locations in your home? Are they interconnected so that when one alarm sounds they all sound? Be sure to check on these items. Another option you may want to consider is signing up with an alarm service. For a monthly or quarterly fee, your home can be monitored for fire and security while you’re home or away on those springtime vacations.
Please remember that the comments contained in this blog are general in nature and that coverage under any specific policy of insurance will depend upon the terms and conditions of such policy.