Keeping Your Home Well Maintained Throughout the Fall Season

Fall is officially here.  While Huntington Beach, CA does not experience a “true” fall as other parts of the country do, there are a few notable weather changes.  For one, the temperatures begin to cool down this time of year.  With cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to schedule routine maintenance that ensures your home is well prepared for any season.  At Western Republic Insurance Services, we want our customers to be well-informed not only about their homeowner’s insurance but also how to protect their homes from potential issues that can be prevented. 

Roof and Gutter Maintenance

November is the beginning of the rainy season in Huntington Beach, CA.  Check your roof for missing shingles and make sure the flashing is in good shape to prevent potential leaks and water damage.  Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.  Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to many potential water damage issues including wood rot. 

Door and Window Maintenance

Check the seals around windows and doors to make sure that air is not leaking in the house.  Caulk windows and replace the weather stripping around the doors if necessary.   Now that the temperatures are cooling down, open shades and curtains to allow natural heat into the home.  Fall is also a great time to clean your windows.

Yard Maintenance

Cooler temperatures also mean it is a great time to get outside and work in the yard.  Add mulch to flower beds to keep your plants protected and trim tree branches to reduce chances of falling limbs during a heavy storm.  Make sure your home is properly graded so that water runs away from it rather than collecting at the foundation as pooling water can seep into your home.

At Western Republic Insurance Services, we believe that with regularly scheduled routine maintenance this fall and throughout the year, your southern California home will be ready for any season.  

How to Move Like a Pro

Moving feels like such an ordeal, but with a little planning and a few pro tips, it can be so much more manageable. These three easy ideas can help you save on cost, time and frustration when you pack for your next move.

Save Money on Boxes

When it comes to packing, you need those boxes. While it might feel to buy them in bulk from a packing or moving store, they can add up in price pretty quickly. It turns out, free boxes are widely available if you know where to look. Namely, grocery and book stores are constantly receiving shipments that come in all shapes and sizes. Talk to an employee or manager at one of these stores, and they will often be willing to let you collect your fill before they get broken down for recycling.

Pack a Suitcase

Typically, for the first couple of days in the new place, most of your belongings will still be packed. Plan for that by packing essentials in a suitcase or travel bag that is easy to access. The checklist is simple. Pack anything that you would need to take on a weekend trip away from home. That will make sure you have access to change of clothes, hygiene products and the other little things that help you keep it together over the course of a day.

Save Space With Smart Packing

You can fit more in a box or bag by being a little creative. Fragile items can be safely wrapped in cloths or linens that need to be packed anyways. Small items can fit inside more spacious things like empty shoes or cups. The only limit here is your imagination.

You can plan for a safe and easy move, but make sure you take care of the new home too. You can get everything you need to protect your house from Western Republic Insurance Services. Talk to an agent today to get the package you need.

What To Do When The Lights Go Out

When you live in Huntington Beach, California, you want to know exactly what to do when the lights go out. It may only last for a few minutes, though you never truly know when the car company is going to be able to get things back up and running. You could be without lights for several days.

Bring Out the Light

Especially at night, you want to make sure that you have light available for you and your family. This can be provided with flashlights, lanterns, or candles. Be sure you have plenty of batteries available to make replacements as needed.

Keep Everyone Entertained

No one wants to sit around in the dark. This means you have to be prepared to keep everyone entertained in the dark, for as long as you may be without power. There are board games, decks of cards, and even puzzles that you can keep on hand in order to bring out.

Offer up Food

When there are no lights, there is likely not going to be power, either. You want to be able to offer up food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated and that doesn’t require any kind of cooking. Nutritional items should be kept at all times, ranging from peanut butter to jerky.

Future Instances

If you find that your power goes out and you are without lights multiple times throughout the year, you can be a good idea to invest in a generator. This will allow you to turn the lights on whatever you desire, regardless of what may be going on within your neighborhood.

At Western Republic Insurance Services, we can help you with homeowner’s insurance policies, and more. Much of being prepared for when the lights go out starts with a good policy. Call today and learn how one of our agents can help.