With all the holiday activities coming to an end, the New Year is a great time to give your home a fresh start. These tips can help you get your home clean, organized, and prepared for the winter months ahead.
Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, and odds and ends that accumulate over the holidays and throughout the year can add to the clutter in your home. New Year’s cleaning and organizing projects can give your home a fresher feel. Now is a good time to:
Properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can help keep your family safe. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms, and 17% occur in homes with non-functioning smoke alarms. Dead batteries are the cause of one-quarter of the cases of smoke alarm failures.
The New Year is an excellent time to test your alarms and replace the batteries. Check the manufacturing date while you’re at it. Smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years, while CO detectors should be replaced every five years.
January and February are the coldest months of the year in many parts of the country. You can stay warmer and save money on energy bills by preparing your home for colder temperatures and winter storms:
Your home is probably your largest investment. It is also the place where you and your family are likely to spend a great deal of time during the colder winter months. Although you take steps to keep your home safe, anything is possible—from a home fire or brutal winter storm to vandalism or an injured visitor. It makes sense to protect your investment with the right home insurance coverage. Our knowledgeable agent will be happy to review your current policy and help ensure you have the homeowners insurance you need to protect your home and belongings.