Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen up the house and shake off those winter blues.
But, in addition to making the house feel refreshed by giving it a good once over, there are a few maintenance activities you can do around the house that will help you prevent some costly homeowners insurance claims. So, this year, as you’re vacuuming and dusting, take a moment to tackle these 10 areas to ensure your home is thoroughly ready for the months ahead.
- Clean the dryer lint hose: Check and clean the dryer hose once a year, as some lint can get past the lint trap. Having a clogged hose not only costs you money by having to run a load of laundry through the dryer cycle more than once, it is also is one of the leading causes of house fires.
- Change the batteries on all detectors, including smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Spring and fall are great times to change out batteries around the house to make sure all detectors are in proper working order. In addition, you should conduct a monthly check to ensure the detectors are functioning properly.
- Examine the windows and doors: Inspect caulking and seams around the windows and doors to look for cracks where moisture can enter and cause damage. Replace old and dried out caulking.
- Clean or replace your HVAC filters: While this should be done more than once a year, spring is a good time to maintain your filters while you’re taking care of your other cleaning “to-dos.” Having a clean filter can help you save you money and prolong the life of your blower motor.
- Check the water heater: Check for any leaks or corrosion, and have them repaired as needed.
- Complete an air conditioner check-up: Before flipping the switch from heat to AC, have a professional come in to ensure your system is in proper working order.
- Clean up yard materials: Trim dead branches from trees, and tidy up shrubbery. Keep branches away from utility wires and all shrubbery away from windows to help prevent theft.
- Clean gutters and downspouts: Gutters and downspouts direct water away from the roof and house, and prevent damage to both, so it’s important to keep them free of debris.
- Ready your mower for summer: Fill your mower with gas, change the oil and consider sharpening the blade. When you’re finished, store additional gas and oil in a well-ventilated area, away from the house.
- Repair driveway and sidewalks: Check outdoor areas for any broken, uneven or cracked surfaces. Fix as necessary to prevent accidents on your property.