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UMIP's Fall Property Checklist

Updated: Oct 22, 2023

1. Walk the Property: Assess and Take Notes

Begin your church's winter preparations with a thorough walkthrough of the property. Taking notes of areas that require attention is the first step in understanding the scope of repairs needed for your church facilities. By identifying issues early on, you can address them proactively.

2. Landscape and Exterior Maintenance

Maintaining your church's exterior is crucial for both aesthetics and safety. This includes tasks like cutting grass, trimming hedges, and raking leaves. Be sure there is proper lighting in parking areas, and don't forget to repair all steps, railings, and walkways to prioritize safety.

3. Roofing and Gutters

Your church's roof and gutters are vulnerable to winter weather. Examine the roof for any visible damage and address it promptly, and clean gutters regularly to prevent blockages caused by leaves and debris. Keeping these areas in good condition is vital to prevent water and ice-related issues!

4. Window Maintenance

Windows play a significant role in energy efficiency, so inspecting windows for drafts, cracks, and separations is a must. Consider energy-efficient window replacement programs offered by local providers to improve insulation.

5. COVID-19 Sanitation

With the recent spike in Covid-19 outbreaks and hospitalizations, it is essential that you maintain a strict sanitation plan for your church. Regular and thorough cleaning efforts demonstrate your commitment to the safety of your members.

Embrace the changing seasons with confidence, knowing that your church is winter-ready. When you are covered by UMIP, we will be there when you need us. As a part of the denomination, UMIP understands the unique requirements of United Methodist churches and their operations, reflected in tailored coverage options. Your ministry deserves exceptional insurance protection, and UMIP is dedicated to safeguarding your people, property, and finances.


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