With all the talk of spring cleaning and getting your home in top shape, it is a good time to give your home a thorough once over.

Our friends at AA Insurance know a thing or two about taking care of homes and have put together some handy tips on how to give your property the once over...

Roof and gutter care - while the weather is warm get your roof checked out, clear gutters, and make any necessary repairs that could cause severe damage in the future -- and potentially cost a small fortune.

Home electrics W.O.F. - it's a good idea, especially if you live in an older home, to get a warrant of fitness for the wiring of your home on a regular basis to ensure everything is still functioning correctly, and there's no chance of fire hazards.

Annual chimney sweeps - chimneys can become dirty and birds can also leave nests in there. Sweeping your chimney, before you start using it each year, will help prevent it from being a fire hazard.

Water emergencies - it's good to know where your water mains are before an emergency strikes. The meter number is on your water rates bill as well as on the actual meter, so make sure these match up, otherwise you could be turning off someone else's mains while your leak is spreading.

Leaking pipes - if a pipe suddenly bursts turn on the shower full blast as well as the kitchen tap. This may reduce pressure in the system and should turn a gushing spray into a dribble to reduce the impact. It also gives you time to go out and turn off the mains (bet you're glad you know where they are!), and contact a plumber.

Old hot water cylinders - cylinders should last 10-20 years, but if they fail they can do a lot of expensive damage. Whether you've just moved or have lived in your house for a while, it's worth finding out how old it is and having a plumber check it out if it's past the 10 year mark.

For more ways to keep your home safe and for inspiration in your home visit the AA Insurance Living Room blog