It’s common to set self-improvement goals when the new year rolls around, but have you ever thought of setting resolutions for your home? From keeping up with maintenance to preparing for emergencies, here are six things you should do every year to keep your home in good shape.
Give Your Home a Checkup
By cleaning and maintaining your home’s major systems, you can save time, money, and effort in the long run. Here’s what to do:
- Schedule an annual tune-up for your HVAC system.
- Inspect your gas lines and water pipes.
- Test the sump pump.
- Clean the chimney.
- Repair damaged roof shingles, stair railings, wood decks, and other outdoor structures.
- Blow out the dryer vent.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember to test them monthly as well.
Create or Update Your Emergency Kits
Everyone in your household should have a 72-hour kit for emergencies. This is a backpack, suitcase, or storage tub with enough food, water, and supplies to last for three days on the road or at home without electricity. Make an effort this year to check your kits and restock as needed. If your family doesn’t already have these emergency kits prepared, set a resolution this year to build them.
Prepare Your Home for Winter Storms
When the weather is dicey, it’s best to stay home. But, even remaining indoors is no guarantee of safety. Besides having an emergency kit, here’s how to ensure you’re ready for the next winter storm:
- Stock up on firewood and keep space heaters on hand in case the furnace stops working.
- Seal air leaks around windows and doors to keep the cold air out.
- Clean the gutters and downspouts so melting snow can drain from the roof.
Create or Update Your Home Inventory
It’s wise to maintain an inventory of your most valuable possessions as proof of ownership if you need to file an insurance claim. The easiest option is to download an app that can guide you through the process.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
Once a year, review your policies and shop around for a better price. If your situation has changed, you may want to add or remove coverage. Also, seriously consider adding flood insurance and other supplemental plans to cover losses that are most likely to affect you.
Evaluate Your Home Security Methods
Keeping your home safe from intruders doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Your first line of defense is to keep your windows and doors locked at all times, even when you’re home. You can also install motion-activated outdoor lights, a doorbell camera, or a full-fledged security system if your budget allows.
We hope these resolutions help you avoid emergencies in the coming year! Still, if your home suffers water damage, fire damage, or storm damage, turn to DKI for help recovering. Our restoration services company has nearly 50 years of experience, with over 200 locations across the country. For more information about our services, or to request 24-hour emergency response, please call us at 877-533-0210 or contact us online.