- On July 24, 2016
- In Home Maintenance
- By Gareth Wood
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Hurricane season started the beginning of June and will likely last until you return for season in the fall. Have you done enough to prepare your home if weather strikes? Planning for the unexpected may mean the difference between your home faring well in a storm or incurring serious damage. With la Nina conditions expected, here are some things you can start addressing now or prioritize when your back to prepare for the next hurricane season.
Storm Proof your Home
On the Suncoast, we’ve managed to avoid many direct hits from approaching hurricanes over the years; however the rain and winds we get from the outer bands of these storms can still be damaging to your home. Because of this we recommend taking the following steps to storm proof your home.
- Clean the gutters – blockages in your gutter system can prevent them from properly directing rain water from your roof onto the ground
- Secure all outdoor furniture and detached structures
- Test your hurricane shutters and contact your home watch specialist to setup emergency assistance for shutters that require manual application if the need arises
- Caulk windows
- Address needed repairs
Safety Proof your Landscaping
Overgrown or aging landscape can become a hazard during a big storm and could damage your property and home. That’s why it’s important to work with your landscaping team to cut back or remove these types of plants or trees before they become problematic.
- Check your insurance policy – Your home owner policy will likely not protect you from flood damage. Contact your insurance agent to make sure have the right coverage and policies in place to protect your investment.
- Save your documentation online – If a storm damages your home while you’re away it’s important to be able to quickly access your policy and asset inventory photos so you can begin the claim process with your home watch specialist and your insurance agent.
If you’re looking for local support to weather proof and provide emergency response services for your home this summer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.