Spring cleaning for most homeowners is the perfect opportunity to donate unused items, vacuum all corners of your home, and make sure all surfaces are spotless. Although this is a great way to utilize your spring-cleaning time, it’s also important to conduct maintenance in parts of your home that you may not have checked in months or even years.

To ensure you’re ready for the rest of the year and that your home stays in great shape, we’ve compiled a checklist for your Spring maintenance routine!

Indoors

  • Air Conditioning: Check your air-conditioning unit before the hot weather kicks in.
  • Chimney: Give your chimney a good cleaning to remove any extra soot or debris that may be stuck inside.
  • Leaks: Check all faucets, under sinks, exposed pipes along walls, and large appliances such as dishwashers for any leaking, sweating, or water stains.
  • Foundation: Check the foundation of your home by looking for long cracks on the floor in areas such as the garage and basement.
  • Doors and Windows: Check all sills and repaint or replace if needed. Make sure to clean screens, and if there are any holes big enough for bugs to get through, consider replacing or patching them.
  • Water Heater: Get a professional to inspect your water heater regularly.

Exterior

  • Gutter and Downspouts: Clean out any debris, including leaves, moss, sticks, etc. Also, if you run a hose over the roof, you can check for proper drainage.
  • Siding: Use a pressure washer to clean the siding of your home. This will keep your home from growing mold. You should also check all wood surfaces for any possible weathering and paint failure.
  • Caulking: Inspect the caulking of your home. If you see that it has eroded or is deteriorating, you should call a professional house painter to reapply the sealant.
  • Roof: Inspect the surface of the roof and clean out any debris that may have accumulated.
  • Deck or Porch: Check any decks, porches, or railings for any loose parts and/or deterioration.
  • Landscape: Clean out your yard by trimming vegetation and overgrown bushes and remove debris and branches. This can prevent damage to the exterior of your home.
  • Sprinklers: Check to see if your sprinkler system is working properly. If one area of your yard gets more water than other parts, try to identify the problem or call a professional.

While this is not an exhaustive list of spring cleaning tips, it will definitely get you started on making sure your home is safe and clean!


Now that we’re well into the winter months with blustery storms bearing down, it’s a great time to put your feet up and sit by the fire. More than likely, you’ve already been keeping your home warm and cozy with your fireplace for the last few months so let’s make sure it’s performing at peak function to continue keeping you safe and warm.

Let’s start with a few wood-burning fireplace tips:

  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected by a professional on a yearly basis. Ash and creosote can build up in your chimney and if not cleaned properly could cause damage to your home.
  • This may seem like an obvious tip, but make sure your damper is open while your fire is burning and until it’s completely burned out.
  • When starting your fire, make sure not to use flammable liquids like lighter fluid. These liquids can release toxic fumes and could even cause an explosion.
  • Make sure to only burn wood or manufactured logs in your fireplace. Different coated papers, greenery, and other materials can produce harmful gases that can spread throughout your home.
  • Use a metal screen or appropriate fireplace cover to keep embers inside the fireplace and out of your living room.
  • Finally, always keep a fire extinguisher in a convenient location in case something happens to go awry.

While gas fireplaces are much more low-maintenance than wood-burning fireplaces, it’s important to follow these few tips for keeping your home safe:

  • Just like a wood-burning fireplace, schedule yearly maintenance to make sure your fireplace is performing as it should.
  • Make sure you have a safety screen, and that the screen is intact with no cracks or imperfections.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless but is poisonous so it’s important to know right away if you have a leak.
  • Warn members of your household, especially kids, that the glass/screen can get very hot and that they should keep a safe distance.
  • Finally, even though gas fireplaces don’t emit wood embers, it’s important to keep highly flammable materials like fabric, paper, wood, etc. away from the fireplace.

Now, sit down and enjoy your fire, knowing that your home is safe and protected.


Our Homeowners team has been busy with some exciting updates over the last few months. We recently launched two new HO3 products in Texas and Florida (Florida agents, we’re releasing this product in phases so keep an eye out for a communication on when it’ll be available to your agency!) & we received word that we’ve been approved for a new HO program in Louisiana!

Don’t despair Carolina agents, we’re working on a great new product for you too, stay tuned…