The time has come to reclaim your throne as king or queen of the castle as you send your royal heirs back to school. Now that your kids have the coolest clothes and you’ve conquered the mountain of supplies lists, it’s time to prepare for the change of seasons on the horizon.
Spring doesn’t have a monopoly on cleaning! Fall is a great time to make sure your home is prepared for the unexpected.
Check Home Security Systems and Smoke Detectors
Home safety is a big priority. Security systems and smoke detectors add layers of protection to your home, and regular checkups ensure these systems work when needed most. Smoke detectors provide an early warning, allowing families time to get out of dangerous situations. Sadly, dead batteries account for 24 percent of smoke alarm failures, and this mistake is easy to avoid, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Select a six-month cycle, marked clearly on a calendar, to change your smoke detector’s batteries. Also, keep a reminder of the age of your unit; many models should be replaced after 10 years.
If you have a home security system, many companies strongly suggest periodic tests, which are easy to perform. You’ll want to make sure all entry points to your home are connected to the internal system, and see if the signals from your home reach the monitoring center of your security provider. Before and after the system test, call the monitoring company to place your system into test mode to keep emergency crews from being dispatched, and to put it back online after the test is over.
Update Your Homeowners or Renters Insurance Policy
In keeping with home safety, ensuring your house is properly insured is a valuable bit of care. Homeowners insurance can give you more peace of mind about protecting your investment and many multifamily rental properties and condominiums require renters to have a specific amount of coverage. A number of insurance companies provide discounted rates for multiple policies, decreasing the overall price of auto, home or even recreational vehicle plans.
Check with your insurance agent to see if you have proper coverage. Certain big-ticket items in your home may need to be itemized and added to the policy; you can work with your provider to figure out what dollar values require this level of detail. It’s also important to discuss if you require additional insurance, such as flood insurance.
Checking your system for leaks can help you avoid costly repairs. Did you know a running toilet can waste 200 gallons per day? A leaky faucet, dripping at one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year! And you feel that water waste in monthly water bills.
Having a professional regularly check your home’s water systems can help you discover hidden leaks, pipes and fittings that need to be replaced or other issues, such as mildew or mold growth. Many local plumbers offer service agreements allowing for once or twice yearly checks of your home. You’ll want to do some research and/or interview each potential plumbing company to find out exactly what services are included.
Prepare to Relax
You’re great at keeping your home running on schedule and implementing these tips can help keep your home and family safe. These tips also lead to savings when you consider how efficiently running systems keep water waste to a minimum and how insurance prepares for the unexpected. Now with the house running efficiently, it’s time to adjust your crown, focus on you, kick back and relax.