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Your Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

By Joshua Baethge 9.13.19

A home is one of the biggest investments most people make. For many, it’s the foundation upon which their life revolves. That’s why it’s so important to properly care for your property.

One of the best ways to do that is to make sure you’re keeping up with maintenance. That can be tough. When did you last clean the gutters? How old is your roof? This annual home maintenance checklist is the ultimate guide to making sure you’ve checked all the boxes for each season. Start here:

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Nesting for Winter

Texas winters may not be as extreme as some northern ones, but you never know when the temperature is going to drop faster than a roller coaster. During fall, before the holidays hit, carefully examine both the inside and outside of your home. You will likely be able to address many issues on your own, but don’t hesitate to contact a professional if the job requires a higher skill level.

Complete these nine tasks each fall:

☐ Fill cracks or gaps in windows and doors
☐ Paint exterior if needed
☐ Inspect fireplace
☐ Inspect roof
☐ Have a professional inspect your HVAC system
☐ Flush out hot water heater
☐ Cover exposed pipes
☐ Inspect tub and sink drains
☐ Clean gutters

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Spring Fever

The return of warm weather brings the perfect time to open up windows and reset. Check it all off at once with an easy-to-follow schedule so you don’t forget anything.

Complete these nine tasks each spring:

☐ Wash home exterior
☐ Reseed lawn
☐ Trim trees and shrubbery
☐ Clean gutters
☐ Seal decks and patios
☐ Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
☐ Check indoor and outdoor vents for blockages
☐ Inspect electrical cords for wear
☐ Review your coverage with your Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent

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The last one is important because insurance needs change over time. Perhaps you added on to your property or purchased a new vehicle.  Maybe you bought the tractor or boat you’ve been saving up for. There’s a good chance that when you did, the last thing on your mind was insurance.

According to Brandon Willis, a Texas Farm Bureau Insurance agency manager in Mason, Agents should check in at least every year for a 360 Review to make sure their members’ current policies are still adequate. “We make it a point as a company to sit with each of our members to make sure we are covering all of their needs,” he says. “We want to say ahead of life changes.”

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