How to Hurricane Proof Your Home?
As we head into the heart of hurricane season, I want to inform homeowners on how to protect one of their biggest assets, their home. Powerful forces of nature, such as hurricanes, are nothing to be messed with or taken lightly. Hurricanes can cause a lot of damage, but taking the right measures to protect your home can make a big difference. When you take preventive measures, you can minimize some risk to your property and family. Through this blog, I will provide tips on how to help protect your home from the power of a hurricane.
Secure Your Windows and Doors
Most people know that windows and doors can be the most vulnerable points in your home. If you live in a hurricane zone, think about having storm shutters installed or having boards on hand to protect your glass windows and doors. This can help protect your doors from debris and strong winds. Reinforce your entryway and garage doors, too.
Secure Your Outdoor Items and Structures
If you have furniture and other backyard items, put them away indoors or secure them outside. This can help prevent damage to your home or your neighbor’s home.
Check Your Drainage Systems
If your gutters are filled with leaves or not working properly, water may pool on your roof or foundation. Allowing drainage systems to work correctly can help keep water away from your home.
Think About Purchasing a Generator
Generators can be expensive, but investing in one may be smart, especially if you live in an area where hurricanes are common. Power outages can last for days, so it may be essential to help charge devices needed to keep in contact with loved ones or running appliances.
Make a Hurricane Plan
When you live near the coast, you need to stay prepared. Make an emergency kit with a medical emergency kit, evacuation route, and communicate plans to reach those you need to. Share with your family and loved ones to be prepared for natural disasters.
Make sure that you are staying in contact with loved ones and the news to track any changes in the storm. If you are staying put, make sure to stay inside. If you are evacuating, track the weather and news to see when you can return home or how you can help your community.
While securing your home and being prepared is important, consider reaching out to a professional to help fix any issues your home currently has and how to implement preventive measures to help protect your home.
While it may be impossible to hurricane-proof your home, planning ahead and protecting your home can make a difference during a natural disaster. Making sure that you have secured your outdoor belongings, safeguarded your windows and doors, and created an emergency plan, may protect your home from damage and your family from harm. As a dedicated real estate agent, I want to help you learn more about protecting one of the most valuable assets you own, your home.
We hope that this blog post has helped you think about taking preventative measures to be prepared during hurricane season. If you are based in the CSRA and need a real estate agent, contact us today!
The Bradley Sikes Group
Meybohm Real Estate