Last week we discussed how making sure you have the right insurance policies in place to protect your home, belongings, and automobiles is one of the most important things you can do to start preparing for hurricane season. While we don’t know when or where the first storm will hit, waiting until it’s forecasted to start preparing is a dangerous move.
Today we’re going to cover the importance of making sure your home is prepared as it can be for a hurricane. Take the following five steps to start preparing your property today!
Now is the time to check for preexisting roof damage or loose shingles. An already damaged roof will be easily compromised by gusty winds and torrential rains. If you’re worried your roof might not be in tip top shape, now is the time to call a roofing company to get estimates on what, if any, work would need to be done to keep your home safe in the event of a big storm.
If you live in a hurricane zone, it’s recommended that you have impact-resistant glass to help prevent windows from breaking. If you’re on the coast, it’s recommended that you also have hurricane shutters as extra protection. Sliding glass doors are more vulnerable to wind damage than most doors, so it’s recommended that you replace existing doors with tempered glass. Speaking of doors, make sure they’re hurricane proof! It’s recommended that exterior doors have at least three hinges and a deadbolt that’s one-inch or longer. How old is your garage door? Wind coming in through a damaged garage door can cause serious damage to your home. Look to replace both the tracks and door with one that’s approved for both wind pressure and impact protection.
What is your yard landscaped with? If you have a good amount of rock or gravel, it’s recommended that you replace it with mulch. Yes, mulch can get messy after a storm, but it’s much less of a threat if it becomes airborne than rock. Now is the time to walk your property and identify any branches or trees that could fall on your house or break off during a storm. Work to get these trees pruned and keep all shrubbery trimmed.
Items like outdoor tables, chairs, and fire pits can cause a ton of damage if they become airborne during a storm. Make a list of everything outside that should be brought into your garage or a shed during a storm to prevent additional damage. Additionally, if you have a boat on a trailer, make sure you know how to properly anchor it to the ground or your house.
To help prevent water damage, it’s important to walk around the exterior of your home and seal any outside wall openings. Items such as vents, outdoor electrical outlets, garden hose bibs, and spots where pipes or cables run through the wall should be caulked. Be sure to purchase a high-quality urethane-based caulk to prevent water penetration.
Be sure to share these tips with your residents in your newsletter or community bulletin. For more tips to improve resident experience in your community, download our free six-step guide!