10 Spring Maintenance Tips for Around the Home and in the Car

If you love your home, it will love you back, and one of the best ways to avoid having to submit
a Home Insurance claim is with regular maintenance.

1. Examine your roof

Your roof helps
keep the elements out, and if your shingles are cracked, loose, or curling, it
may be time to have the roof replaced.

2. Check your eavestroughs and

Clean your
eavestroughs and check that they are not loose or leaky. Also, make sure your
downspout extends at least 5 feet away from your home, so the water drains away
from the building to minimize the risk of a wet basement.

3. Do some landscaping

During heavy summer
rainstorms, it’s not uncommon for trees and branches to cause damage to a home.
If any trees on your property are unhealthy, it may be time to think about
removing them. For healthy trees, keep them pruned, so they’re not a threat to
the home (or utility wires) should a branch break off.

4. Repair
your driveway and walkways

Repair your
home’s walkways or driveway if it has cracked or become uneven over the winter
to minimize the chance of someone tripping and falling on your property.

5. Check your foundation for leaks or

Do a walkabout
around your home to look for cracks in the foundation that could lead to a
leak. If you come across any, have them repaired and sealed to minimize the
risk of water entering your home.

Spring maintenance tips for
the car

Your home isn’t
the only thing that has weathered the winter. Your car is likely showing signs
of wear and tear too.

6. Give your car a good cleaning

Rejuvenate the
interior of your car by wiping down the windows, washing the floor mats,
getting rid of accumulated trash, and vacuuming the upholstery and carpet to
remove any dirt and road salt. Then move on to washing the exterior, starting
with the roof and working your way down. Use mild diluted soap and dry your
vehicle right away to prevent water spots.

7. Change your wiper blades

Wiper blades
should be changed a couple of times a year, and there is no better time to
tackle this small project than during a car spring cleaning day.

8. Switch over to all-season tires

Winter tires don’t like the
warm weather. They’ll wear out faster and won’t work as well as your all-season
tires. A good rule-of-thumb is to put your all-seasons on when the temperature
is consistently 44 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

9. Check
your tire pressure and treads

Check your tire
pressure (including the spare). Refer to your owner’s manual to see what your
tire’s pressure should be. Also, check your tire’s treads: tires are
manufactured with wear bars, and when the bar becomes exposed, it’s time to
look into replacing them.

10. Take your car to the mechanic for

Take your car to a trusted
mechanic for a spring tune-up. The tune-up should include everything from
checking your car’s oil and other important fluids to checking the filters,
belts, hoses, lights (interior and exterior) and the battery.

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