Hello, fellow West Texans! It’s Mike Lively here from the Mike Lively Agency. With spring just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to talk about getting our homes ready for the season. Not only does a little spring maintenance make our homes look and feel fresh, but it can also help avoid insurance claims. Today, we look at spring home maintenance tips to help keep insurance claims away.

1. Inspect Your HVAC System

Before the West Texas heat hits full force, make sure your HVAC system is in tip-top shape. A well-functioning HVAC not only keeps you comfortable but can also prevent fire hazards from faulty systems. Consider a professional inspection to ensure it’s running efficiently and to replace any worn-out parts.

2. Check for Water Leaks

Early detection of leaks can save you a lot of trouble and money. Inspect your home for any signs of water leaks or damage. Pay special attention to under sinks, around appliances, and in your basement or crawl space. Catching a leak early can prevent major water damage, mold growth, and subsequent insurance claims.

3. Roof and Gutter Check

Spring in West Texas can bring about sudden rain showers that, although welcome, can lead to unexpected issues if your gutters and roof aren’t ready. Start by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts to ensure they’re free of debris. This prevents water backup and potential damage to your home’s exterior and foundation.

Next, give your roof a good once-over. Winter winds and occasional hail can take their toll. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles and have them repaired promptly to prevent leaks.

Midland homeowner performing spring maintenance on his home

4. Secure Loose Fencing

West Texas winds are no joke. They can turn a slightly loose fence into a major hazard. Take a walk around your property to check your fencing. Repair or secure any loose sections to prevent them from blowing over and causing damage or injury.

5. Create a Fire-Safe Zone

With spring comes the risk of wildfires, especially in our region. Creating a defensible space around your property can be a game-changer. Clear away dead vegetation, trim trees and bushes, and choose fire-resistant landscaping options to help protect your home.

6. Pest Inspection

Pests can be more than just a nuisance; they can cause significant damage to your home. As the weather warms up, have a professional inspect for signs of termites, rodents, and other pests. Early prevention can save you from costly repairs down the line.

Wrapping Up

Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation, and by taking some proactive steps, you can ensure your home is prepared for the season ahead. Regular maintenance not only helps in keeping your home looking its best but also plays a crucial role in preventing insurance claims.

Remember, each home in West Texas is unique, and while these tips are a great starting point, your home might have specific needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for more personalized advice on how to stay properly insured.

Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful spring season in West Texas! If you have any questions about your home insurance coverage or need advice on protecting your home, feel free to give us a call at the Mike Lively Agency. We’re here to help make your spring as worry-free as possible.

Happy Spring, everyone!