Many of our clients in Burlington and the surrounding area aren’t aware that damaged caused by wear and tear is not covered by home insurance.
The change of seasons brings a great opportunity to do some home maintenance to repair any damage the winter may have caused to your home.
It's also important to understand that this is not just a 'nice thing' to do... it is important to ensuring that your home is maintained properly and therefore covered under your home insurance policy.
Did you know your roof is a depreciating asset?
As your roof ages, it becomes worth less and less. If a windstorm blows off a big patch of shingles, you'll get less money to replace those shingles if your roof is old, compared to if it's new. To wait wait until your shingles blow off so the insurance company will pay to get you a new roof, isn't going to pay off.
So, what can you do this spring?
Here are 10 areas of your home to pay attention in terms of maintenance:
- Roof: check your roof for any missing or damaged shingles.
- Eaves troughs: clear leaves and debris so proper drainage is allowed, as well as ensuring downspouts have a clear path away from the foundation of the home.
- Window wells: clear leaves and debris from window wells and calk any windows that may need it.
- Driveway & walkways: repair any broken or cracked to reduce the risk of falls.
- Electrical outlets: check for fire hazards such as frayed wires and ensure they are not overloaded
- Fire extinguisher: check expiry and make sure it’s accessible
- Water heater: check for leaks or corrosion
- Furnace: change filter
- Smoke detectors: test and replace batteries yearly (or as needed) and ensure carbon monoxide detectors are in working order
- Light bulbs: replace any incandescent bulbs with bulbs that produce less heat.
A well maintained home means less chance of major repairs and more time to enjoy with your friends and family this Spring!