Buying a house is a major financial decision that can give you peace of mind and a wonderful place to live. For most people buying a home would be the biggest investment and largest asset, this is why you need to consider these steps to protect it.
- Install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms on every level. Test monthly and replace batteries each year.
- Buy an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for the kitchen, where half of all fires occur. Check pressure annually.
- Plug major appliances into wall outlets, not extension cords, which can overheat.
- Create escape plans for all rooms and place escape ladders in upstairs bedrooms.
- Place wireless water alarms under washing machine and sinks.
- Install flood-safe hoses on washing machine.
- When leaving on trips, turn off water at main valve to prevent floods.
- Confirm that homeowner’s insurance covers water and mold damage due to leaks and sewer backups. Some policies don’t.
- Change locks on exterior doors and confirm that all doors and windows lock securely.
- Add security bars to sliding glass doors.
- Trim shrubs near home to reduce spots where burglars might hide.
- Install motion-detector lighting to illuminate dark areas.
- Consider adding a home alarm system.
- Trim trees and shrubs so weakened branches won’t fall on home or be propelled into windows by high winds.
- Install downspout extensions to carry heavy rains away from the foundation.
- If you evacuate when a dangerous storm hits, turn off utilities to deter flooding and fires.
WEAR AND TEAR PROTECTION
- Inspect inside and outside of home monthly for signs of damage.
- Repair/replace broken items before small problems become serious ones.