by Lloyd Pro Group
(Atlanta, Georgia )
Just as you need an annual checkup from your doctor, your home is really no different. Each season brings new challenges for your home, where the seasons may change dramatically. Depending where you live come October, November and December it’s about time for the colder weather to come in. Just as you take precautions to protect your health in the winter, make sure you are preparing your home for winter weather.
There are some basic steps you can take to make sure your home is prepared for winter weather, your home (and your home insurance policy) will thank you! The reason we say home insurance policy is that deferred maintenance can lead to roof leaks, water damage and mold which could sky rocket your your repair costs and your insurance premiums.
1- Stay tuned to weather forecasts to be aware of what is coming your way.
2- Be sure to have your emergency supplies up to date and filled.
3- Perform an inspection on your chimney or flue. When lighting a fire in the fireplace, make sure your flue is open.
4- Change the batteries in your smoke detector and install a carbon monoxide detector. A great way to remember to keep up with this is to replace them when the time changes- twice a year.
5- Weather proof your home- make sure windows are properly caulked and door have weather stripping. This will save you money on your utilities as well.
6- Clean out those gutters from autumns leaves and debris before the ice and sludge cause them to back up and cause a water damage in your home.
7- Don’t forget about Fido either. Don’t leave your pets outside during extreme cold weather.
Your home is your biggest investment and you want to make sure you are suitably protecting your assets. Make certain that you are not only adequately protecting it with home insurance, but that you are keeping it up with these seasonal tips.