Checklist for a Cleaner and Safer Home

Spring is here, and it’s time to get out the rags and pails for your yearly round of deep cleaning. While you’re dusting the fan blades and washing the windows, you’ll want to add a few tasks to your schedule. That may not sound enticing, but the items on the following checklist will lead to a cleaner and safer home and reduce your risk of filing an insurance claim this year.

 

Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

This one isn’t just a yearly task. You need to do it every six months.

 

Clear the lint from your dryer hose.

People report 2,900 clothes dryer fires each year. Reduce your dryer’s risk of igniting a blaze by pulling the hose off the back of the machine and vacuuming out any lint that escaped the lint trap.

 

Change out your HVAC filters.

Clean filters will help prolong the life of your system, save you money, and maintain air quality in your home!

 

Clear out your gutters and downspouts.

Remove leaves and other debris so water can flow freely away from your roof. This will help protect your home from water damage.

 

Check the roof, walls, doors, and windows for damage.

Look for missing shingles, sagging wood, and holes, and make repairs accordingly. Then, examine the doors and windows for cracked caulking and seams where moisture could sneak in and cause problems.

 

Repair your driveway and brickwork.

Look for cracks in your pavement or loose bricks that could cause accidents.

 

Trim your trees.

Prune any limbs that are touching or growing close to your home. You don’t want a strong storm to blow a branch onto your roof or through your windows.

 

Inspect your bathroom and kitchen caulking.

Winter temperatures can often cause caulking to crack. Make sure the seams in your bathroom and kitchen are still completely sealed so they can keep out moisture and protect your home from water damage.