It’s been said that a home operates with the seasons – it comes to life in the spring and hunkers down for the winter. As the seasons are about to change, now is a good time make your chore list for the spring months. From cleaning up your yard to maintaining your home’s exterior and interior elements, the list may seem never-ending!
Let Ross Insurance Agency help you break down the “must-do’s” for spring cleaning maintenance as a homeowner:
• Spring Cleanup – It’s important to rake up any remaining leaves from fall and lay down a fresh batch of mulch in your flowerbeds and underneath your bushes and hedges. This will help to keep weeds at bay, as well as lock in moisture for plants.
• Trees & Hedges – Now is the time to check your trees and hedges for dead branches and discoloration, as they could be signs of a dying or damaged tree. Call in professional landscapers and/or arborists if you are unsure of the severity of the tree damage.
• Lawn & Flowerbeds – Add some color to your flowerbeds by planting and watering perennials. In addition, fill in any missing “bald spots” on your lawn by reseeding and fertilizing.
• Equipment Maintenance – With snowstorms behind you, now is the time to clean, drain the fuel and properly store your snowblower for the coming months. Be sure that your lawnmower’s blades are sharpened and everything is in working order as your lawn prepares to grow throughout spring and summer.
• Roof & Gutters – Inspect your home’s roof for loose or missing shingles. Does your chimney flashing need repaired to prevent leaking? How about your gutters – are they cleared of any debris from winter? Clogged gutters can negatively impact your roof, siding and foundation.
• Paint & Siding – If you see signs of peeling or chipped paint on the sides of your home, it is time for a touch-up or fresh coat of paint. Depending on just how grimy and dirty your siding is, carefully use a garden hose or power washer to gently remove the filth from the sides of your home. Hiring professional painters and/or power washers is recommended for such jobs.
• Patio/Deck – Upon sweeping your deck clean, carefully inspect it for signs of cracked wood or even missing nails. Remove debris from in between the boards of wood. Once the cleanup is finished, give it a thorough cleaning and then either stain or seal it.
• Pool – If you have a pool on your property, you will want to start the preparations for opening it come warmer weather in late spring/early summer. Start by treating the water, checking the valves and filters and thoroughly inspecting all of the pool maintenance equipment.
• HVAC System – If you have Central Heat and Air, now is the time to contact your HVAC technician for a checkup and possible service. They should check the ductwork for signs of damage and clean/service the furnace and air conditioning compressor.
• Plumbing – Before winter thaws into spring, it is a good idea to check all of the pipes under sinks, in the laundry room, etc. to make sure there are no signs of leaking. Check for dripping faucets and faulty toilet tanks. As always, hire a professional plumber for any job too complicated for you to tackle.
• Sump Pump – With spring comes lots of rain. Be sure your sump pump is draining properly before the winter snow melts or the next heavy spring rainstorm.
• Chimney – Whether you use your fireplace on a regular basis or not during the cold winter months, it is important to remember to schedule a yearly regular checkup and cleaning on your chimney.
• Smoke Alarms/Carbon Monoxide Detectors – As the seasons change, it is important to always test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries replace units as needed to ensure your family’s safety from fire and/or gases inside of your home.
Ross Insurance Agency, located in the Lancaster, PA region, is here for you year-round. Not only do we offer personal, business and life insurance options, but we also take pride in protecting your assets and your livelihood from potential disaster. Use these guidelines to help keep your home in tip-top shape this spring.
As always, be sure to contact us via our website or by phone at (717) 397-4729 for all of your insurance needs.