Homeowners Should Do This One Project Every Year

You have plenty on your plate as a homeowner. From general maintenance to long-term projects to dealing with the unexpected, responsibilities are quick to pile up. In addition to these obvious obligations, Realtor.com defines another list you should tackle once a year to make sure your home is in tip-top shape. One step on the checklist was a particular standout for annual maintenance: Update your disaster kit.

Regardless of where you live, your home should always be ready for the worst. Even temporary power outages can cause serious discomfort if you’re ill prepared. Plan for the worst while hoping for the best with a fully stocked disaster kit, and make sure you check and update it every year.

Your household’s disaster kit should be packed with all the essential supplies should you be faced with an emergency situation: a first-aid kit, water, at least three days’ worth of nonperishable food, and a whistle. You should also print any necessary evacuation maps in the chance you might not have access to internet. Keep your stock up to date by checking for broken seals and used items and comparing it to Ready.gov’s list of supplies.

Head over to Realtor.com to read the full list, and if you have any other must-know tips for homeowners, share them with us!