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Home Care Tips

Updated April 6, 2020

City Approval & Permits | Drainage Systems | Energy Conservation & Heating | Holiday Decorations | Home Safety | Roofing Guidelines | Storm Water Pollution Prevention | Winter-Proofing Your Home | Working with Contractors | Your Home's Appearance

City Approval & Permits

Building permits are essential for home projects

Check your property lines before building walls & fences

Check with City before extending walls

City ready to help with your home project

Final inspections required before building permits are issued

Drainage Systems

Maintain your property's drainage system

Energy Conservation & Heating

Check gas heaters to avoid carbon monoxide

Tips for saving energy in the home offered

Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorating safety tips offered

Decorations should be removed promptly after holidays

Home Safety

Aluminum conductors are safe for homes

Asbestos removal not always necessary

Be aware of hidden pipes, wires and utility lines

Be on the lookout for bees on your property

Rid your home of rats

Follow rules for air conditioners, rotary vents & swimming pool linings

Minor home improvements can help safeguard your home this summer

Pool regulations protect residents' safety

Protect Cerritos streets from trash and clutter

Safeguard your home through maintenance

Don't purchase unnecessary "earthquake safety" devices

Use safety precautions at your next barbecue

Roofing Guidelines

Certain flame-retardant wood-shake roofs now allowed in Cerritos

City's roofing guidelines ensure sturdy, long-lasting roofs

Homeowners must sign roof applications

Protect your home's roof

Re-roofing projects require permits

Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Common household projects can pollute storm water and the ocean

Winter-proofing Your Home

Now is the time to prepare for winter weather

Protect your home from rain damage

Working With Contractors

An architect can handle major home projects

Be informed when hiring a home contractor

Avoid a contractor scam

Contractor's license and permit are essential

Owner-builders assume liabilities for home-improvement projects

Scam artists may offer pricey home loans

Your Home's Appearance

Be considerate of neighbors when improving your home

Call the Graffiti Hotline for unsightly scrawls

Check with the City before painting your home

City rules address driveways and landscaping

Code enforcement preserves neighborhoods

Form allows residents to report nuisances

Give your home's exterior a spring cleaning

Legible addresses should always be posted

Mailboxes can prevent theft and beautify Cerritos

Maintain your front yard and parkway area

Protect your driveway

Sign regulations help keep City clean and safe

Store unused vehicles out of public view

Tree Ordinance helps protect greenery

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