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Ask The Expert: Six Tips for Maintaining Your Property

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

With summertime here, maintaining your ministry’s grounds is probably a priority. Mowing the grass and weeding the flower beds is a good start for keeping things looking nice and tidy, but there are more ways to help make sure your church’s exterior is in tip-top shape.

Six Exterior Property Tips

Trim trees and shrubs

Have a professional remove dead or rotting trees and regularly trim limbs or branches that hang over buildings. This can help prevent them from falling off or being blown away during high winds.

Gutter Cleaning

Keeping your gutters clean helps prevent them from clogging with leaf debris. Clogged gutters can lead to unnecessary water backups and damage.

Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting not only helps illuminate walkways and parking lots to help people avoid tripping or falling, but it can also help reduce the risk from theft or vandalism. If there are broken or burnt-out lights, repair and replace them so they can aid security cameras and help deter vandals.

Water Damage

Use the nice weather as an opportunity to repair or replace caulking around doors and windows, if needed. This helps maintain watertight seals and prevent water.

Make Repairs

If you have broken siding, shingles, fences, playgrounds, etc., use the summertime to repair or replace what requires fixing. This will help reduce the risk of further damage.

Equipment Storage

You should store outdoor equipment securely and in a safe area. Things like furniture, lawn maintenance machinery, and toys can blow away and cause damage during severe weather.

When you are covered by UMIP, we will be there when you need us. Churches have unique needs. As a part of the denomination, we understand the unique needs of United Methodist churches and their operations, which is reflected in our coverage options. Your ministry deserves outstanding insurance and UMIP works for you each day to help protect your church’s people, property, and finances.

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