Spring cleaning… We all talk about it and we all hate it, but it needs to be done. While you’re packing up the winter wardrobe and pulling out your fun summer clothing, you should also take a few minutes to look around your home, both inside and outside. Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home, so doing so may help you to identify problems or safety issues that can prevent a loss or homeowners insurance claim later on.
Survey Your Roof and Gutters
From your vantage point on the ground, take a few minutes to look at your home’s roof. Can you see damaged or missing roof shingles? The summer sun may cause even more damage and buckling, so it’s important to have a roofing company evaluate the issue and replace or repair any problems as soon as possible.
While you’re looking around, take note of the condition of your gutters. Are they leaky? Can you see debris that may be clogging them up? This is the time to have them cleaned so that they are properly carrying water away from your home during the rainy spring season.
Low Areas in the Yard
Does your property have low areas where water flows towards your home, especially around your foundation? If so, make sure you fill them in with a firm, compacted soil. Spring rains can be particularly brutal and can cause damage to your foundation, including flooding in the basement and standing water and bugs near your home.
Check Your Sidewalks, Driveways, Walkways and Concrete Slabs
Snow and ice can do a lot of damage to concrete and asphalt. Make sure your concrete slabs are stable – they aren’t moving and can’t be easily pulled out. A stable crack is an eyesore, but a concrete slab that is wobbly or raised may cause a trip-and-fall hazard for visitors or those passing by. Cracks can be remedied with a simple filler. More serious damage may require repair by a contractor.
Other Tasks to Consider
A spring home maintenance list could go on and on. A few other chores and tasks to look at might include:
And if you do find damage to your home while you’re looking around, call your insurance professional for help. An adjuster can help you determine what caused the damage and if it is covered under your homeowners policy. Remember, a small repair can save you from a costly expense later on.