Home Checklist for Fall

Most people know what they need to know to winterize the interior and exterior of their home.  We here at AWARD Insurance Group in Dalton, GA don’t want you to forget the little things like for the yard and garden as well as for your porch and deck.  Here is a short checklist of items to winterize those areas.

Yard and Garden

Make sure that all of your hoses have been drained and then store them inside.  You will also want to shut all of the outdoor water valves off when the weather gets cold.  Any water that gets left in your exterior faucets and pipes can end up freezing and hen expanding, which can break your pipes.

If you have any bird feeders, inspect and fill them.  Remember that after you begin feeding the birds, you will need to continue doing so for the remainder of the winter.

Make sure to fertilize your yard with a fertilizer that has a high mix of phosphorous so that you get healthy grass when the weather warms up again.

Porch and Deck

Check all of the railings, stairs and supports on your decks and porches.  Ensure that the hand rails will be able to support someone if needed to when someone slips on ice.

Clean all of the deck and porch furniture and while you are doing so, check them for any issues that need to be repaired.  Cover and then store any barbecue grills or outdoor furniture in the area.

Ensure that all of the soil has been emptied from planters and pots.  If you leave any dirt in clay pots, it can freeze and this will lead to the pots breaking.

As always, if you have any questions about your home owner’s policy, please call or come by today.