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7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

Longer days, warmer weather – spring is here! As we move from the cold winter into a cheerier season, it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of the improved weather and mood. Spring cleaning is a great way to tidy up your home and get rid of some clutter. It can also help avoid unforeseen mishaps!

Windows and Doors

Inspect your windows and doors. Do they lock properly? Do any windows need new screens? Are your windows and doors letting in a draft? Checking the conditions of your windows and doors can help reduce the chance of theft. You can also give your windows and doors a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt left from the winter.

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Check alarms

Replace batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Replace the batteries if needed. These devices can save lives, so it’s essential that they work properly. If you have a home security system, make sure those cameras and alarms are also functioning. Learn more about how to prevent home thefts.

Clean Out Your Dryer Hose

Homeowners often overlook their dryer hose, but it should be cleaned once a year. The build-up of lint combined with the heat from the dryer can cause a fire hazard. With a vacuum, brush, safety goggles, and duct tape, you can clean your dryer vent yourself. If you do not feel comfortable doing so, consider hiring a professional for help.

Change Air Filters

Changing your air filters periodically can help improve the air quality in your home. Especially if you have pets, it changing your air filters can help prevent your HVAC system from clogging. Replacing your air filters usually only takes a few minutes, but it can have a big impact on your home’s air.

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Clean the Gutters

After a wet and rainy winter, it’s a good idea to clean out your gutters. All sorts of debris can get stuck inside your gutters and it can block water from flowing freely down. Spring showers are on your doorstep and without clean gutters, the rain could pose a threat to your home! Be extremely careful when cleaning your gutters. If you do not feel safe doing the job yourself, hire a professional to help.

Address Tripping Hazards

An often overlooked part of spring cleaning is addressing any tripping hazards that have developed over winter. This could include cleaning up walkways, adding railings, moving fallen branches, or resurfacing the driveway. If you had lawn lights that we’re destroyed by the winter, consider replacing those too.

Review Your Insurance

Many people do not think about insurance when spring cleaning, but it’s important to do a spring clean on insurance too! Things in your life might have changed, and your insurance should reflect that. You can always talk to an Encharter agent about your current situation and how to best protect yourself. We are here to help you – whether that’s by answering questions and concerns, or finding you’re the right insurance coverage – we want to be there.

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