Autumn Home Maintenance Tips

shutterstock_95898859There’s no better place to experience Autumn than New Hampshire. However, with the colder months just around the corner, it is important to prepare your home for harsher weather. Fall foliage is beautiful, but not when it is building up in your gutters.

The Insurance Center would like to offer the following home maintenance tips to help protect your largest investment:

  • Inspect your roof for damage and clean gutters and downspouts to prevent leaves and other debris from building-up.
  • Check and replace caulking around doors and windows to prevent cold air from seeping in and heat from leaking out.
  • Have your chimney swept and inspected annually.
  • Make sure your furnace is cleaned and serviced by a qualified technician each year.
  • Check electrical outlets for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires. Also, remember to never overload electrical outlets, extension cords or any other power source.
  • Remove all lint and dust from your clothes dryer exhaust ducts.
  • Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher on each floor of your home.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on a monthly basis. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home and change batteries as needed.
  • Insulate water pipes that are exposed to cold temperatures.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

For more information on ways to safeguard your property for the season, call The Insurance Center at 603.542.2551.