Plan Early: Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

Plan Early: Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane

Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge

Southwest Florida has its fair share of sunny days—but it’s also prone to some nasty weather. From tropical storms, to gale force winds to full-blown hurricanes, homeowners need to be prepared for everything.

Although bad weather season is still a few months out, we wanted to discuss some of the ways you can prepare your home in advance.

It’s all about the windows

When windows and doors are breached, rain, flood water and debris can make their way into your house. Not only does this make a mess, it can also lead to problems with mold and mildew. Anything and everything you can do to prevent this from happening is advised.

If you’re in town when the bad weather alert strikes, you’ll want to make sure that your first item of business involves securing your doors and entryways. When a storm makes landfall, your doors and windows are the most vulnerable points of your home.  Taping your windows is good but boarding them up with plywood is better. If you don’t already have storm shutters, consider having a company come to your home to provide you with a bid.

Sandbags are always a good idea

Anyone who lives near the water understands the type of damage that a storm surge can cause. Although no one is able to prevent flooding, there are things that can be done to minimize its effects.

Sandbags are an excellent way to accomplish that goal.

The best time to collect sandbags is before you actually need them. If you have storage space available in an outdoor shed or garage, consider stocking up in advance.  This will help with two things. First, it can help reduce pre-storm stress levels and two, if can help prevent you from needing to stand in a long line, to get some, when a storm is on the horizon.

Most experts agree that a 2-foot sandbag barrier is best.

Photograph everything

A lot of hurricane prep involves planning for the worst and expecting the best. As such, you’ll want to take some time to prepare a full home inventory. Go room by room and make a list of everything you have; from there, you’ll want to photograph everything. Upload the photos and a copy of your inventory to the cloud. This will ensure you still have access to it, should disaster strike.

If you’re a part-time SWFL resident and you’d like more information about how a home watch service can help prepare your home in advance of a hurricane, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to speak with a local expert.