Owning a home is a great accomplishment, along with that includes the big tasks of maintaining your home, and as spring arrives there is a lot to do.
Here are a few tips to try and do every spring to ensure your home is in tip top shape after the harsh winter months.
Check gutters: Whether you ask a friend to do it or manage yourself, you’re going to need a ladder to reach the top. Clean any debris, check your downspouts, look out for leaks. Contact a specialist if you require any assistance.
Inspect your chimney: Use a flashlight and check the firebox for any cracks or joints that may start to loosen. You’ll want to make sure the chimney has no leaves or debris that’s fallen.
Get soil ready for the garden: Put your shed together with all necessary tools you’ll need for gardening. Next, clear any weeds, mulch and debris as necessary prior to preparing the soil. Work on setting up new lanterns and garden beds and organize your plants by perennials and annuals.
Examine your concrete: Testing concrete requires proper functionality of the initial surface, compressive strength, water permeability and absorption.
Review your AC Unit: Your AC unit will be especially important for the summer months to cool your home efficiently. Make sure it’s in tip top shape and ready to work for summer by setting the temperature to the desired state, on average 22-26 degrees Celcius. You want the temperature to be comfortable and optimal for savings where you can save 3-5% of cooling costs.
After all your springtime home checks are completed you want to make sure your home is protected with great insurance coverage. Whether you’re in Manitoba, Alberta or Saskatchewan, home insurance is vital to protecting you and your family in the event of theft or damage. It’s only natural to look for the best deal, even if you don’t know where to start. Luckily for you, we have a team of dedicated licensed insurance brokers who can help answer any questions you may have about home insurance. We’ve also put together a guide on how you can purchase online with one of our brokers and a list on how you can make some changes or seek out the best price on your home insurance.
There are a few actions you can take to help lower the cost of your home insurance:
Shop around (we do it for you)
Increase your deductible
Seek out discounts (credit, alarm, loyalty, renewal, age, and claims-free discounts)
Optimize home security
Maintain a good credit record
Part of your spring cleaning list to make sure you have the best coverage and price for your home? Let us help.