Benefits of Prepping Your Home for A Hurricane

Benefits of Prepping Your Home for A Hurricane

In our last blog, we talked about the benefits of creating a “plan for the worst but expect the best” strategy for the upcoming hurricane season. We also highlighted some of the items you should add to your hurricane preparedness plan, such as flashlights, spare batteries, and an extra pair of eyeglasses.

Once you have your “go-bag” prepped and ready to go, you’ll also want to take some time to ready your home. Remember, an ounce of prevention is often worth a pound of cure.

Create a home inventory

Creating a home inventory isn’t as arduous as you might think. If you want to create a hand-written list of everything that’s in your house or condo, that’s fine. However, you can also go room to room and snap a bunch of photos.

Take pictures of your furniture, wall art, electronics, and of everything you have in your garage. Photograph the insides of closets, cabinets and drawers. Do you need to print all of your photos? Not necessarily. If you have copies stored in the cloud, that might suffice. On the other hand, if you do prefer to have hard copies, make sure they’re stashed in a safe place. (ie: don’t stash them in a cardboard box that’s stashed beneath your bed.) A safety deposit box is likely a good option.

Make a plan for your windows

Many experts agree that when a storm hits, your windows are the most vulnerable part of your home. If one or more windows breaks, this will let water, debris and in some cases, wildlife into your house or condo.  Not only can this create an absolute mess for the homeowner, it also increases the likelihood that mold and mildew will be able to run amuck.

Suffice to say- doing everything possible to secure your windows, is an absolute “must.”

If you’re in town and you receive notice that a storm is about to strike, tape your windows and board them up with plywood. Or, if you have storm shutters, don’t forget to close them. If you don’t have storm shutters, you may want to consider getting a few bids before hurricane season kicks off.

Make a plan for your patio furniture

Hurricane force winds can quickly transform outdoor patio furniture into a pile of flying projectiles. If a storm is on the way, it’s best to secure you tables, chairs and loungers in advance.

If you don’t live in the area and you’d like to know how a home watch service can help ready your home in advance of a storm, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to learn more.