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YOUR MONEY WEEKEND

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September 08, 2000|LIZ PULLIAM WESTON

Checklist: Fall Cleanup

Things to do this weekend with your money

Wildfire season is ahead, and so are winter rains. Some money and time spent now on your home can prevent unnecessary costs this winter.

* Today: Review your homeowners' insurance. Have you increased your coverage to reflect home improvements, home office equipment and expensive furnishings? A call to your insurance agent can determine whether you're adequately covered. In addition, many insurers have changed their policies in recent years to restrict replacement coverage. Check your policy to make sure you understand your coverage limits. For a tutorial on home insurance basics, visit http://www.insuremarket.com.

* Saturday: Clean up your property. Clear gutters, cut back brush, trim trees and inspect your roof. Inspect your heating system and chimney, or arrange to have a professional do it. Check your home's paint as well. Worn or peeling paint can invite rot in rainy season.

* Sunday: Schedule work that needs to be done. Booking roofers, chimney sweeps and furnace inspectors is typically easier before winter starts. Check your contractors with your local Better Business Bureau.

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