Spring into Safety: 6 Essential Tips for Spring Cleaning

Man cleaning the gutters on this roof.

After a long winter, it’s a good idea to invest in preventive measures for year-round home and property maintenance. The temperate days of spring provide an ideal opportunity for such tasks. Comprehensive cleaning and maintenance, both inside and outside your home, are essential to minimize insurance risks. Here are six ways to ensure your home is safe and ready for spring.

Interior Spring-Cleaning Tips:

1. Deep Clean and Declutter – Begin by organizing and simplifying your living spaces. A home free of clutter not only fosters mental well-being and promotes tranquility but also improves overall safety indoors, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

2. Inspect and Update Appliances – Appliances nearing the end of their lifespan can pose a safety risk. Regular upkeep can avert potential hazards and costly replacements.

3. Fire Safety Protocols – Maintain smoke alarms by regularly dusting them off. Replace batteries promptly upon hearing the low-battery warning alarm or at least once a year. Also, assess whether your fire extinguisher requires replacement.

Exterior Spring Maintenance Tips:

4. Gutter Cleaning – Cleaning out gutters and downspouts can prevent water damage. Proper drainage can eliminate debris, ensure proper water flow, and ultimately safeguard your home against potential flooding and damage that can drive up home insurance premiums.

5. Inspect Roof and Siding – A careful examination of your roof and siding can reveal any potential vulnerabilities such as damaged shingles, leaks, and mold.

6. Tree and Branch InspectionAssess your property for overhanging dead branches or trees that could pose a threat during spring storms.

Embracing spring cleaning becomes an investment in your home’s safety and durability. Broadening your cleaning routine to include both interior and exterior maintenance not only enhances your living environment’s security but also has the potential to decrease insurance risks.

Speak with a Westwood agent today to discuss ways to lower your risk and positively impact your home policy.

Please Note: This article is for general informational and educational purposes only. It does not represent any specific insurance policy and does not modify any provisions, limitations, or exclusions of any current policy.