From afternoon thunderstorms to large, slow-moving hurricanes, summer storms are a familiar foe to many homeowners. Fortunately, there is still time to plan ahead to ensure a safe, well-protected space this summer and beyond. Just read on to learn more.
Make a plan for yard and patio safety
Planning ahead can help protect your home from stormy weather, from summer storms that sneak up on you to hurricanes that are forecasted hundreds of miles out. Either way, basic steps can deliver much-needed peace of mind. For example, decide what you will do with outdoor items like furniture, kids’ toys, yard tools and more—at the first sign of stormy weather, you should have a designated place where these items can be safely stored until all is clear again.
Get professional help for landscaping fixes
The same line of thinking follows for the natural parts of your yard, too. Overgrown branches and trees can pose a threat to your property during high winds, but you don’t want to take on landscaping projects all on your own. Consult with lawn and tree care professionals to ensure safe removal of any unwanted growth. (Of course, if you are a tree care professional yourself, we have the insurance options needed to help you perform your job safely. Contact us today to learn more about this essential coverage area.) Because summer storms can strike at any time, it’s important to take care of potential problem areas as soon as you spot them.
Safeguard essential documents and other important items
Inside of your home, find a safe, dry place—high above the ground, if possible—to store essential documents like birth certificates, insurance information, health documents and other important items for your family. Compile these documents in a weather-proof safe today for peace of mind all summer long and beyond.
Check for necessary repairs
Be sure to check inside and outside of your home for any necessary repairs. Does your gutter work efficiently, or are there any clogs or leaks that need to be addressed? Does water pitter-patter from a leak in your roof (however small) during particularly wet weather? These are just a few areas of your home that will need to be addressed for total safety and security during summer storms.
Know your coverage
Just as you can work with a professional to assess your roof for leaks, so too should you examine your insurance policy for potential coverage gaps. Fortunately, we can help with this step! Consult with your Sturdevant-Beach & Associates team to analyze your coverage options for protection you can count on, plus practical advice where it matters most (for example, did you know that your standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover against damages caused by floods?).
We hope that these tips you plan ahead and enjoy peace of mind for whatever the weather may bring. At Sturdevant-Beach & Associates is here to help. Contact us today to learn more, or receive a quote on your home, car, condo and more. We look forward to working with you.