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Amica offers spring clean-up checklist for homeowners

04/26/2012

LINCOLN, RI – In most areas of the country, spring made an early entrance this year, so many people are already hard at work cleaning up yards and making repairs. But Amica Insurance reminds homeowners that it’s important to do a thorough check of their homes and property to make sure they're safe and ready to enjoy.

"It’s easy to overlook some important areas that need seasonal maintenance,” said Michael Gillerlane, a senior assistant vice president with Amica Insurance. “So it’s good to create your own checklist and note the routine maintenance you or a professional did. It will help you keep track of maintenance projects from year to year, and allow you to plan for future needs.”

Here are seven areas around the home that should be checked every spring:

  1. Roof and attic: Look for damage, leakage, stains and moisture inside and out. Pay close attention to areas around chimneys, vents and pipes. Clean attic vents to improve air circulation and replace damaged screens.
  2. Fireplace: Have the chimney cleaned and serviced after the final use of the cold-weather season.
  3. Gutters and downspouts: Check on the condition and reinstall any downspout extensions if removed during the winter. Make sure rain water flows away from the foundation.
  4. Drainage and landscaping: Remove debris from ditches and culverts and inspect trees for weak or broken limbs.
  5. Sump pump: Make sure it’s working well and reinstall discharge pipe extension if removed during the winter.
  6. Deck: Check carefully for any loose or damaged decking boards, framing, posts, steps and guardrails. Make sure to wait until outdoor temperatures are above 70 degrees to do any refinishing or painting.
  7. Air conditioner: Clean lint and any debris from the condenser enclosure, being careful not to damage the aluminum fins that surround the exterior walls. Even better, have the system checked by a professional every couple of years.

“Of course, every home has its own specific issues, and the homeowner knows them well,” said Gillerlane. “Our checklist offers a great way to organize and get started on your spring cleaning tasks.”

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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