3. Assess Your Home’s Safety Devices
Faulty smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can easily go unnoticed, particularly battery-powered devices. The colder months cause much more fires than the summer months due to home heating appliances, more indoor cooking and higher usage of fireplaces. As a result, residents to be extra careful in protecting their homes from fire. To safeguard your property, inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month to ensure they are functioning properly and replace batteries if needed. If your home is equipped with a fire extinguisher, confirm that the extinguisher is not expired.
4. Repair Exterior Cracks And Gaps
Fall and winter months means lots of rain, snowfall and storms. To safeguard your home and ensure your home is well insulated, take some time to check your home’s infrastructure for cracks. Repair any cracks by applying caulk and sealant.
5. Restore Your Driveway
The driveway is often overlooked when residents complete home maintenance. During the summer months, the high temperatures and your vehicle’s weight can significantly wear down your driveway. Similarly, snow and ice can take a toll on your driveway’s condition. To prepare your driveway for the harsher winter months, make sure you repair and seal any cracks or gaps. Even small cracks can escalate into large concrete gaps, so it is essential to seal any cracks you encounter during your inspection.
The Bottom Line
Performing home maintenance tasks can seem tedious, especially during the fall months! However, preparing your home early for the winter months can save you a ton of money and time. Even more, regular home maintenance can help preserve the condition of your home and prevent flood or fire damage. Curious about our home insurance policies? Contact us today! For more home tips, check out our blog!