“New year, new you” is a popular saying around this time of year; however, I say “new year, new home!” No, not a brand new home, but an improved one! One of my my new year resolutions is to get my homeowner butt into gear and prep my home for the best shape possible in the upcoming year, and I think January is a good time to start the process when it’s cold outside (and I’m not as tempted to leave my home to enjoy the warm Texas springtime weather).
Here are some homeowner tips to follow as you prepare your home for the new year:
Homeowner Tip #1: Gutters & Roof
When leaves accumulate, it causes drainage problems. Hence when it rains, the water won’t be able to flow away from your home, which could potentially lead to water overflowing and damaging your home’s walls and ceilings. So clean out those gutters!
While you’re at it, inspect your roof. Hail and wind damage is common in central Texas, especially hail damage to roofs. Check for any damage from recent storms, but don’t file an insurance claim until a reputable contractor gives you an estimate. Click here to read more about when to file a roof claim.
Homeowner Tip #2: Windows & Doors
The #1 way you may be losing heat or air conditioning is through leaks in windows and doors. Sealing your windows and doors is a very inexpensive way to avoid a high electric bill. Also, remember to close your chimney flue when not in use to avoid cold drafts coming through your house.
Homeowner Tip #3: HVAC Unit
Speaking of maintaining the temperature in your home, be sure to inspect your HVAC unit and ensure it is in working order. Clean your vents, replace your filters, and check for any buildup. Make sure there are no condensation leaks that may lead to mold.
Homeowner Tip #4: Test Alarms
Test smoke or carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and replace those batteries! While you are at it, test your security alarms for any potential malfunctions. This is also a good time to update your evacuation plans should there be an emergency, especially if you have children in your household.
Homeowner Tip #5: Home Inventory
It’s always a good idea to have a complete inventory of the property in your home in the event of a fire or other total loss. I recommend taking a video of every room in your home. Also, keep receipts and important papers in a fire box. Watch my video blog above for tips on how to create your inventory! If you have questions about home insurance, give me a call and I will be happy to talk to you.