Tips to Protect Your Home During Hurricane Season
Start with the windows
Experts agree that windows and doors are the most vulnerable (if not weakest) parts of your home during a hurricane. As such, boarding up your windows with plywood or storm shutters can help prevent them from shattering.
Broken windows will expose the rest of your home to rain and debris, experts say, so this should be one of the first things you should address. If you’re not wanting to invest in storm shutters, plywood is an inexpensive alternative that, when installed properly, can work just as well.
Do what you can to minimize the chance of flooding
If you live close to the water, you likely know that storm surges can cause quite a bit of damage. But with a little forethought and planning, you may be able to minimize flooding. This is where sandbags come into play.
Although most people wait until a storm is about to hit before they obtain sandbags, if you have some room in your garage, it may be wise to stock up early. Not only will this help reduce the amount of time you’ll need to wait in line to get them, it will also help to reduce pre-storm stress.
Most experts recommend that sandbags should used to create a barricade that stands about 2 feet high. If you’re unable to obtain sandbags, you can buy some heavy-duty garbage bags, fill them about 1/3 of the way with water, and line them up side by side.
Secure patio furniture
Winds during a hurricane can reach very high speeds; wind gusts during a hurricane can sweep up things like patio furniture in a blink of an eye. Should this happen, loose, outdoor objects can turn into powerful flying projectiles. It’s always best to store these types of things inside if a storm is about to hit.
Create a home inventory
In a previous blog we talked about the reasons you should create a home inventory. This type of list can be invaluable should things inside of your home become damaged or destroyed. To start, go room-by-room and list items of significance, including when and where you purchased them along with their approximate purchase price. From there, you should take photos (or video) of each room to have as a record. Your home inventory should be stored in a safe, secure place outside of your home. If you can stash it in a safe deposit box (or upload it to the cloud), that would be ideal.
Preventing a hurricane is impossible, but if you follow these steps, you can help minimize the damage it can cause to your home.