Learn how to protect your investment during hurricane season.
This weekend, hurricane Matthew is set to make land on the coast of Florida. I am currently in Orlando, preparing for it by stocking up on water, wine, candles, and batteries. Luckily I am inland, and staying in an apartment, so I have a lot less to worry about than some homeowners, especially those on the coast.
Hurricane season is upon us, so its really important to be aware of the ways a hurricane can affect your home, and ways to prevent possible damage. Obviously its a great time to make sure your homeowners insurance is up to date, and covers natural disasters. The last thing you want to worry about in the event of a disaster is how you will repair your home.
Here are some tips to protect your home, and your investment in the storms to come.
Windows and doors are the first thing we think of in terms of hurricane preparedness, because strong winds can destroy them and create access points to your home for some serious damage. Hurricane shutters are the safest way to protect them, and can even add value to your home if you live in a hurricane prone area. Contrary to popular belief, taping your windows doesn’t actually prevent them from shattering, and can in fact cause more damage as the tape creates larger, more dangerous shards of glass.
Before the storm, remove any loose debris or outdoor furniture from your property. I know this may sound like a given, but fallen branches, or random patio chairs can become weapons when hurled through the air at 70 miles per hour.
Garage Doors become potential weak spots when winds pick up, and if your garage door is compromised, it could lead to severe roof damage. The best way to prevent this is to make sure your door is designed to withstand strong winds, or brace it during the storm.
Your roof is obviously a huge investment, so before any storm, make sure all your gutters and downspouts are clean and free of debris.
Invest in a small generator, to keep the power on. Whether you need to keep your kids occupied by playing Spongebob DVD’s, or want to keep your cell phone charged in case of emergencies, investing in a small backup generator is the best way to weather the storm, especially for essentials.
Nobody wants to think about what will happen to your home in the event of a natural disaster, but as a homeowner it is always wise to stay ahead of the game.[ via ] [ via ]