Protecting Your Property Against Inclement Weather
As summer draws to a close and the children head back to school, it’s not too early to start thinking of getting your property ready for fall and winter. Every year, hurricanes, wind storms, and blizzards result in billions of dollars in property damages for home and business owners. Pleasant late summer days are the ideal time to make those improvements that will protect your house against the elements and protect your investment from losses. Whether you’re looking to sell or buy a new home, or simply wanting to make your existing property safer, knowing how to get your home winter and storm ready can save you money in the long run.
Winterizing Your Home
New York was pummeled by winter snow storms and blizzards last year. Record snowfalls beginning in November and lasting through February resulted in one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. By taking steps now to winterize your home, you’ll ensure your family is warm and safe, come what may. Better Homes and Gardens offer these easy do-it-yourself tips for winterizing your home:
- Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts;
- Repair damaged walkways and steps;
- Drain and prep outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems;
- Replace furnace filters;
- Inspect your roof for loose shingles and leaks;
- Check CO and smoke alarms, and inspect fire extinguishers; and
- Seal gaps and cracks on windows and windowsills.
It’s also worth your while to call in a professional to inspect and service your home heating system. It is better to discover and fix problems now rather than waiting until the temperatures drop.
Protecting Your Property Against Storm Damage
Hurricane season runs from August through November. Many areas continue to struggle with post-hurricane Sandy recovery almost three years later. Even a mild wind can also result in damage if your home isn’t prepared. To minimize and prevent storm damage, follow these tips to storm proof your home:
- Check your roof. Glue down any loose shingles, and fortify or add anchors.
- Install impact-resistant storm windows and use shutters.
- Install impact-resistant front doors, or reinforce the door by replacing weak or eroded existing hinges and screws with new, sturdier metals.
In addition to the above, make sure you have a plan ready if the weather gets bad. Have a supply of wood in the shed for boarding patio and terrace doors, and have something handy for bracing your garage door. Keep emergency supplies such as water, canned food, and batteries on hand.
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