How to Prepare Your Home for A Hurricane

Since we opened the Venture Title Services office in 2021, we have come to love calling Southwest Florida our home, but there is one thing about living in the sunshine state that has taken a little getting used to and that is hurricane season.

Each year hurricane season begins on June 1st and lasts 5 months, with storms typically peaking in August and September. Knowing how to secure your space is key. See the tips below and learn how to prepare your home for a hurricane.

Secure Your Space

Storm conditions can vary in intensity and size, so it is important to know how to secure your home in the event of damaging winds, storm surges, and flooding so you are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. 

  • Cover all windows, either with hurricane shutters or wood
  • Taping your windows can prevent the glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that it does not prevent the window from breaking
  • If possible, secure straps or clips to securely fasten your roof to the structure of your home
  • Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters
  • Reinforce your garage doors
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure, and brace internal doors

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Hurricane 

After the storm makes landfall, there are a few things you can do in the aftermath of the storm to ensure you and your family stay safe and to protect your property after a natural disaster.

  • Check utilities – Listen to the authorities who will check that your home is safe before you return after a hurricane. By knowing the possible risks after a hurricane, you may be able to identify any potential problems before a major issue or injury occurs.
  • Address flooding – Assess the problem and stop the flow of any new water into your house, turning off the main water line if necessary. Don’t use the faucets or toilets until the authorities say the water and sewage lines are intact and take the necessary steps to get standing water out of your home as quickly as possible.
  • Inspect the structure – While authorities likely checked to ensure your home was safe to enter, you’ll also need to take a long-term view of your home to identify any problems so you can preserve your investment and protect your property.
  • Get ready to clean – Along with hurricanes and tropical storms comes a lot of not so pleasant remnants that you will need to clean from your home, including unwanted wildlife, mold, and floodwaters that can be quite toxic, carrying bacteria, pathogens, or chemicals.

Venture Title Services is proud to be your Naples, Florida neighbor, and we are here for all of your real estate transaction needs.

We hope you learned how to prepare your home for a hurricane. Check out the blog for more handy home tips and real estate share or contact us directly for any questions.

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