Get Your House Prepared for Hurricane Season
Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season ~ Southern Residential Leasing
Hurricane season goes until November 30th! Don’t get caught scrambling last minute trying to prepare your home for hurricane season. With these tips and tricks, you can keep your investment property protected when a storm hits.
Know Your Homeowner’s Policy
Before a hurricane hits, it’s important to know what your insurance policy will cover. Make sure you’re familiar with the policy and contact your agent if you have questions. Additionally, make sure you have current photos of the inside and outside of your home as well.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters can get a little messy, but it’s a crucial step in preparing your home for hurricane season! This is a step you can do yourself or hire out a professional for. When your gutters flow properly, it keeps water away from the home. It also prevents water from splashing back up and getting under your roof. And, speaking of roofs…
Inspect Your Roof
Inspecting your roof is one of the most important parts of preparing your home for hurricane season! An old roof can leak easily and lead to more damage. If necessary, have a tarp put down on your roof ahead of time to prevent this from happening. Be sure to also inspect for loose shingles or tiles – this can lead to further damage and cause unnecessary debris around your house.
Secure Outdoor Items
If possible, bring as much as you can in from outside. This includes any patio furniture, toys, and even your grill. If you aren’t able to bring these items in, make sure they are as secured to the ground as possible. This will prevent them from blowing away in the wind and causing damage to a window, vehicle, or anything else.
Put Up Storm Shutters
Storm shutters are always a good idea when a hurricane is headed your way. They can be expensive depending on the material and labor, but they are worth it. Storm shutters are typically made of aluminum or steel and can be found at your local hardware company. This task does require some work, so don’t put it off until the last minute!
We hope these tips have helped you when it comes to preparing your home for hurricane season! If you have questions about what precautionary measures to take, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of knowledgeable property managers. Contact us today!