April has arrived and brought spring with it (finally)! With the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, there is no better time than now to get focused on home maintenance and spring cleaning. Here are a few things you can do in April to protect (and organize) your home.
Check For Damage - Winter can be really hard on your home. A quick inspection around your property can reveal a lot of home improvement projects! Look for any damage to your roof or outdoor window screens and doors. Make note of chipped paint or areas that are in need of general maintenance. Decide what you can do yourself and what will require a professional.
Spring Clean - Now it’s time to tackle the inside of your home. Start working on clearing out and donating unused items (think tax deduction next year!) This could be the perfect time to take inventory of any high-value items that need to be documented for your insurance, like guns, artwork, and jewelry. Take photos or make a quick video of those items and store it in a secure (and fire-proof) location.
Many cities have hazardous material events, where you can bring in old batteries, computers, and other difficult-to-dispose-of equipment and materials. Contact your city hall and find out when they will be having this event, then load up your car or truck with all those items and get rid of them!
Clean up the Outside - Grab a rake and get rid of all the dead leaves and debris that has found its resting place in your yard. Put down some fertilizer to get your dormant grass greened up for the season. Rent a pressure washer and clean up all the dirt and grime that has built up on your concrete driveway and sidewalks.
Organize Your Tax Documents - You probably just finished your taxes in the past few weeks. Were all of your documents easy to locate? What could make the process even easier next year? Update your filing system or schedule a meeting with your accountant and get prepared now, while your taxes are still fresh in your mind.
Car Maintenance - April is Car Care Month. If you’ve been putting off an oil change or a tune-up, get it scheduled now. Your car will run better and maintain it’s value longer! If you have snow tires on your car, get them switched out with your regular tires. It's also a good idea to replace worn tires in the spring, so you're ready for summer travel.
Spruce Up Your Porch - How does your front porch look these days? Could it use a little extra care? Buy a new welcome mat, plant a pot of flowers, and make sure you can easily read your house numbers.
Get Great Homeowners Insurance - The best way to protect your home? Having the right amount of insurance! Let SAV-ON Insurance give you a no-obligation review of your current policy. Call to 888-867-2866 or go to www.sav-on.com to schedule your appointment today.