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Post Hurricane Season Homeowner To-Do List

Post-hurricane season is an important time for homeowners to inspect damages, make necessary repairs, and prepare for future weather events. Taking care of any problems now can help you avoid future issues. The weather from December to March in Florida is often more mellow, which means it’s the perfect time to schedule these services. Taking a proactive approach will ensure you are more than ready for next year.

Here are some tips on the activities you should do during this post-hurricane season.

Assess Any Damages to Your Home
The first step is to check the exterior of your home for any damages. Signs of storm damage can include anything from loosened siding to damaged paint or other problems. Unfortunately, minor issues can escalate into major expenses if water or pests find their way through these vulnerabilities. A thorough walk-around of your home is critical to identify these problems.

Schedule a Roof Inspection
A roof can sustain various damages during a hurricane, from lifted shingles to unseen structural weaknesses. It is not only the most exposed part of your home during a storm but also one of the most costly to repair if damages are left unchecked. Scheduling a roof inspection can help you identify any areas needing immediate attention. You may only need a few minor repairs or a complete roof replacement. The post-hurricane season is the ideal time for any of these services.

Check Gutters and Drains
Functioning gutters and drains are essential in directing rainwater away from your home. This part of post-storm maintenance is critical to preventing water from seeping into your foundation, which can lead to severe structural issues. Leaves, twigs, and debris often accumulate in gutters, which can result in blockages. It’s also a good time to inspect the fascia for any signs of rot or damage. These are often overlooked areas that can lead to bigger problems if water is not properly channeled away from the house.

Look for Any Indoor Leaks
Leaks can be deceptive by starting small and growing into major issues if not quickly addressed. Inspecting your home from the inside out can help catch these early. Water stains, peeling paint, or warped woodwork are indicators of potential leaks. Beyond these visible signs, a musty smell can indicate a moisture problem. Quickly repairing these issues can prevent structural damage. Reaching out to a professional for an in-depth inspection can also highlight less obvious areas at risk.

Review Homeowners Insurance Coverage
Checking your homeowners insurance policy should be a routine exercise. It’s vital to make sure that your policy reflects any improvements to your home. Understanding the process and requirements for filing a claim before disaster strikes can save you valuable time and effort. Don’t hesitate to contact your insurance provider if there are aspects of your policy that are unclear. It’s also a good idea to explore whether supplemental policies, like flood insurance, might be a worthwhile addition to your coverage.

Update Your Inventory
Keeping an inventory of your belongings up to date is a chore that pays dividends if you ever need to file an insurance claim. Numerous apps are available that allow you to perform this task. Take note of model numbers, serial numbers, and the general condition of your items. Creating a detailed inventory will be invaluable in getting a fair insurance settlement. It’s also a good time to reevaluate the worth of your possessions to make sure you have adequate coverage.

Begin Preparing for the Next Season
Preparing for the next hurricane season can spare you a great deal of trouble. Inspect your property for any trees or branches that could become hazards in strong winds and take proactive steps to mitigate these risks. It’s also a great time to restock emergency supplies, such as non-perishable food, water, and batteries. You may want to consider the installation of storm shutters or reinforced garage doors for greater protection.

Landscaping for Safety
Proper landscaping is often overlooked but plays a vital role in protecting your property. Strategically placed plants and trimmed trees can prevent damage from flying debris. A professional can even suggest plants that can better weather a major storm and help prevent soil erosion. Landscaping can also enhance the overall market value of your house.

Document Repairs and Upgrades
Documenting any repairs and upgrades is crucial. Keep all receipts and create detailed accounts of the work completed. These records can be useful for warranty purposes. Documents can also provide proof to your homeowners insurance company of the upkeep of your house. Digital records, backed up online, offer an additional layer of security for these important documents.

Community Engagement
Local groups can be great resources for recommendations on contractors, tips on disaster preparedness, and updates on any local government assistance programs for storm recovery. Such connections can provide both practical support and a sense of shared experience that can be comforting in difficult times. Participating in community meetings can even give you a voice in local preparedness strategies and recovery planning.

Invest in Security Measures
Improving your home’s security after a storm should not be overlooked. Check that your doors and windows lock properly and that your security system, if you have one, is fully operational. If the power grid in your area is unreliable, consider solar-powered lights and security systems that can operate independently. Not only does this keep your property safe, but it also provides peace of mind.

Review Emergency Plan
Revisiting your emergency plan is another necessary step. It should be an adaptable plan that evolves based on past experiences and new information. Make sure that all family members are familiar with the plan and that specific responsibilities are assigned to capable individuals. Rehearsing the plan can also identify any gaps that need to be addressed, as this makes it easier for everyone to act quickly and safely.

Financial Preparedness
Being financially prepared for an emergency is as important as having a physical plan. Insurance is a significant part of this, but so is having an emergency fund. You may want to contact a financial advisor about the best ways to save for an emergency fund and how to balance this with other financial obligations. Even having some cash on hand can be crucial if ATMs and credit card systems are down following a storm.

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Making the effort to follow an extensive post-hurricane season list takes some time, but it’s well worth the extra work. At Wellcovered Insurance, we are an insurance agency that understands the importance of following these steps to make sure you are well-prepared for next year’s hurricane season.

One of our team members can also help you find the insurance to meet your needs, whether you are searching for car, RV, motorcycle, general liability, homeowners insurance, or other options. Our core values include staying helpful, being easy to communicate with, taking action, defining problems, and finding the best solutions.

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