In light of the recent storm and its devastating damage to our beloved community, many homeowners have been prompted to make some changes in how they handle the next storm. Although Hurricane Ian was largely unexpected, especially in our area, it just goes to show that being prepared and taking the necessary precautions prior to a storm is critical. Whether you were fortunate to sustain minimal damage to your home or you’re dealing with extensive repairs, it’s important to take a moment to get ready for whatever Mother Nature sends our way. Remember, hurricane season isn’t over yet, which makes now a crucial time to begin fortifying your home for the future. When it comes to safeguarding your home against inclement weather, here are some key steps to take to ensure your home can withstand the elements better than it ever has before.
Address Any Concerns About Your Home Now
You may have spotted a section of your roof that may need some attention or some slight water damage in the garage. This is not something to ignore, as this can become a big problem when a storm decides to pay us a visit. Be sure to fix any issues with your home now. Check areas, such as:
- Your roof
- Windows & sliding glass doors
It’s also a good idea to document the current state of your home, so that when we do experience another bout of inclement weather, it’ll be easier to file a claim with your insurance company.
Ensure You’re Carrying Proper Insurance
Speaking of insurance, you’ll want to be sure that you have the right insurance for your needs. From homeowner’s insurance to flood insurance, you want to be covered, no matter what. Failure to carry the proper insurance for your home can result in issues whenever it comes time to file a claim for damages. Now is the time to make sure that this is in order.
Prepare Your Property
During a storm, any little thing can wreak havoc on your property, as well as neighboring properties. From a lounge chair to a loose branch, anything is capable of becoming airborne and launching into a nearby window. This is why we advise you to clean up your property, even when there are no storms in sight. Trim your shrubs and branches and keep your yard tidy. When a storm is on its way, secure lawn furniture, stow decorations, and make sure there’s nothing that can become a projectile during the intense winds that tend to accompany a storm.
Clean Your Gutters
Your gutters can become clogged with leaves and other debris, which can hinder them from doing their job properly. When gutters aren’t properly cleaned, water can overflow and cause damage to your home, as well as flooding. Take some time to clean your gutters, or hire a professional to clean them, so that you don’t have to worry when a storm is on the way.
Make Your Home a Safe Home
The next time a storm is coming, be sure that you’re ready for it. By safeguarding your home, you’ll be able to have confidence that it’ll be able to withstand the rain and wind that a storm brings with it. When you reinforce your home, you’re able to stay safe and mitigate damage, allowing you to stress less during this dangerous time of the year.
Gulfstream Homes is here for you, Southwest Florida. To get started on building a home that’s ready for the elements, call (239) 254-1664 or visit www.gulfstreamhomes.com.