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Keep Up with These Often-Overlooked Homeownership Tasks

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Many homeowners forget about these important responsibilities.

As a homeowner, it seems like there’s always some little repair or maintenance task that you need to take care of.  With all this responsibility on your plate, it can be difficult to keep track of everything you need to do.  However, there are certain, oft-overlooked tasks that you can’t afford to miss.  Make sure that you don’t forget about these important responsibilities.

  • Upgrade Your Alarms

Your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors keep your family safe by alerting you to fires and gas leaks in your home.  This is why it’s so important to make sure that they are operating properly.  To ensure that your technology is up to date, experts recommend upgrading your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors every ten years.  Additionally, you should replace the batteries in all your alarms on an annual basis.

  • Replace Your Fire Extinguisher

Many homeowners are surprised to learn that fire extinguishers actually expire.  To ensure that your extinguisher works well in an emergency, experts recommend changing it out every 5-15 years.  You can check the state of your extinguisher by looking at the pressure gauge on the extinguisher’s handle.  If the needle is in the “green,” then your extinguisher is good to go.  If the pressure drops below this range, then it’s time for a replacement.

  • Update Your Emergency Kit

Many homeowners make an emergency kit and then forget about it until disaster strikes.  However, your emergency kit won’t do any good if it’s filled with expired products.  This is why it’s important to go through your kit and refresh certain items every year.  For instance, homeowners need to change out the spare batteries, first aid supplies, food, and water in their kits every couple of years or so.

Don’t forget about these important responsibilities when it comes to taking care of your home.  Want another way to protect your home, belongings, and loved ones?  If so, then contact the experts at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency.  Our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Nationwide, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.