It’s hard to believe that we are in a New Year! As we step into that year, it’s the perfect time to make resolutions that prioritize the safety and security of your home. They say that almost 60% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by the end of January….let’s do better! By taking a few proactive steps, you not only enhance the safety of your loved ones but also reduce the risk of potential insurance claims. Here are some Home Protection Resolutions for a safer and more secure living space:
Fortify Home Security:
Upgrade your home security system with modern features like smart locks, surveillance cameras, and motion-sensor lighting.
Ensure that all entry points, including doors and windows, are sturdy and equipped with reliable locks.
Fire Safety First:
Test smoke detectors regularly and replace batteries at least once a year.
Create and practice a fire evacuation plan with all members of your household.
Keep fire extinguishers in key areas of your home, such as the kitchen and garage – and make sure they are in working order!
Regularly inspect your roof for any signs of damage or wear. Addressing issues promptly can prevent leaks and water damage.
Clean gutters regularly to avoid water buildup, especially during the rainy season.
Trim trees and bushes around your property to minimize the risk of falling branches.
Create a comprehensive home inventory, including photographs or videos of valuable possessions. Store this documentation in a secure location. Jeff and I also made sure that our kids know where those documents can be found.
Keep important documents, such as insurance policies, in a fireproof and waterproof safe.
Ensure your heating system is in good working condition and have it professionally serviced if needed.
Protect pipes from freezing by insulating them, especially in colder climates.
Keep communication devices charged and easily accessible in case of emergencies.
Share emergency contacts with neighbors and consider joining or forming a neighborhood watch group.
Review Your Insurance Coverage:
Schedule a review of your homeowners insurance policy to ensure it adequately covers your home and possessions. Has it been a while since you reviewed it? Call us to schedule an appointment!
Discuss potential discounts or adjustments with your insurance agent based on your home improvements and safety measures.
By adopting these Home Protection Resolutions, you’re not just creating a safer living environment but also contributing to the overall well-being of your community. Here’s to a secure and worry-free year ahead!