You’ve probably heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” But you might be surprised to learn that the author of that axiom, Ben Franklin, wasn’t talking about the virtues of healthy living. Rather, he was urging Philadelphians in 1736 to step up their fire-safety efforts.
All homeowners would do well to heed Franklin’s words, and not just when it comes to fire prevention. If you spend a little time ensuring that your house is in order, you can catch potential problems early and reduce the risk that you’ll have to deal with a much bigger issue—and expense—later.
Here are three simple things you can do right now to avoid having to file a homeowners insurance claim and make costly repairs to your home: