Is your home ready for Spring? This checklist can help


Spring at last! It’s an exciting time of year, but it’s also a time to get things done. While spring cleaning is common, there are actually a few other things you should do to keep your home safe as the seasons change.

The checklist below can help you make sure your home is ready for spring weather, inside and out.

Replace batteries
Start by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms—it’s crucial that they work if there is an emergency. While you’re at it, spring is a great time to check other batteries around your home. For example, if you have wireless equipment for your home security system, make sure it has fresh batteries.

Make sure you’re breathing clean air
Spring is allergy season for a lot of people, and while you can’t control what is in the air outside, there are a lot of things you can do about the air in your home.

Invest in a HEPA air purifier (HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. HEPA air filters are especially good at eliminating small particles from the air in your home)

Replace the HVAC filters in your home. We suggest replacing them at the beginning of each season, but if you have pets or are prone to allergies, you should replace them more frequently. We also suggest cleaning your filters in between replacements so they’re more effective. (It will keep the air cleaner and make your air conditioning and heating systems more efficient.)

Clean out the dryer vent
The vent behind your dryer can become a fire hazard if it isn’t cleaned out often. Take a few moments during your spring cleaning to make sure the vent is clear.

Check for mold
Mold can build up in cold, dark, damp places around your home. Spring is a smart time to inspect your house. We recommend checking areas where there’s less ventilation and areas where moisture accumulates. Just be sure to wear a mask and gloves while you’re inspecting your house. If you find mold, we suggest calling a local professional since there could be mold you can’t see on your own, and a professional is able to safely eliminate the problem.

Check your roof for weather damage
Winter can be hard on your roof, especially if you live in an area that gets heavy snowfall. As spring approaches, check your roof for missing or broken shingles and replace them as needed.

Secure your home’s entrances
Spring is a great time to reevaluate your home security. Check all the entrances to your home and make sure they’re secure. Check windows to make sure the screens are still intact and that the locks work well.

Install outdoor security cameras and motion sensor lights near your doors, especially back entrances that aren’t as visible to the public. And, swap out old garage door codes for new ones.

Source: A Secure Life