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Home maintenance reduces likelihood of premises liability claims

It's the time of year to get busy winterizing your property. Below are some tips on maintaining your property in the winter that can save you money on hefty repair bills or allow you to dodge a premises liability claim from someone who gets harmed while on your property.

  • Procrastinating on furnace repairs will only leave you in the cold when the repairman is booked solid for weeks.
  • Clean out your gutters so your roof doesn't get damaged.
  • Insulating windows reduces your winter heating bill.
  • Walk your property lines and remove any deadfall that could trip someone when covered by snow.
  • Arrange to have dead or dying trees cut down and hedges trimmed.
  • Mulch the garden with autumn leaves.
  • Get out the ladder and inspect the roof. Sweep off any fallen leaves and branches and inspect the shingles or tiles for damages.
  • Remove and store window air conditioning units until the spring.
  • If you have a fireplace, arrange for a professional to clean out the chimney before the first fire of the season is lit.
  • Order your firewood now and cover it to keep it dry.
  • Cover or move patio furniture indoors for the winter to extend its life.
  • Make sure that no shutters are loose that could break free in a gust of wind.

By taking the time now to winterize your property, you reduce the risks you could face trying to mount a ladder and make repairs during a winter storm. You will also preserve the integrity of your home by keeping up with regular and seasonal maintenance tasks.

Source: The New York Times, "Getting the House Ready for Winter," Rhonda Kaysen, Nov. 03, 2017

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