Keep your home safe in 2017 with this home improvement and maintenance checklist.The start of a new year is the perfect time to focus your attention toward your home’s safety. This comprehensive checklist of maintenance and improvements will help minimize the risk to your home in 2017. When you complete it, you will feel confident that you’ve done everything necessary to protect your property, family and belongings for the coming year.
1. Secure your property
More than 2.5 million home intrusions are reported every year in the United States. Additionally, homes without security systems or alarms are three times more likely to be broken into, so if you don’t have a security camera system in place, start looking for one. If you already have cameras installed, consider whether your system is as effective as it could be—2016 saw many home security improvements and advancements. There are numerous home automation security features that improve how you safeguard your home, so take a look at what’s available and see if your home could benefit from an upgrade.
3. Inspect your roof
Check your roof annually for signs of damage or sagging, including buildup of moss or leaves that might cause expensive leaks and water damage. If your roof has shingles that need fixing, purchase a bundle of shingles and some roofing caulk to replace any missing or damaged ones. This is often a cheap fix if you’re able to do it yourself.
5. Update your smoke alarms
Check your smoke alarm system once a month and replace weak batteries as soon as you notice them. Your smoke alarm should also be cleaned yearly—simply remove the batteries, use a vacuum to remove dust buildup and clean its cover.
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