5 Things to Prepare for Hurricane Season for Homeowners

To prepare for hurricane season, homeowners have a few extra things on the to-do list to prepare other than making sure there is a gallon of water per person per day.  Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th, and it is important to have your ducks in a row so you can breathe a little easier as a homeowner.

Storm Shutters

The day before a hurricane is not the time that you realize you forgot to buy storm shutters.  If you have some already, check on their condition.  Are they easy to get to?  You might not have a lot of warning or much time to get your hurricane shutters on your windows so keep that in mind.

Pictures. Pictures. Pictures. 

Take pictures inside and outside of your home.  You cannot go overboard with the number of pictures.  Take photos of your contents especially your high-end valuables and prized possessions.  Pictures of price tags would be helpful too.  You need to be able to show the quality or age of each item.

Professional Tarp Company

Have a tarp company on standby.  This is something you want to leave to the professionals.  Yes, in theory, you can do it yourself.  You can run the risk of causing more damage and more problems.  Do not wait until after a hurricane to find a professional because they will be busy.

Review Insurance Policy

Have your insurance policy handy and easily accessible, especially during hurricane season.  Before hurricane season starts, go over the policy.  What is your hurricane deductible?  What is covered by your policy and what is excluded?  Check specifically for water exclusions. 

Evacuate

Whether you are ordered or not, whether you are in a flood zone or not, strongly consider evacuating the area especially if the hurricane is a category 3 or above.  We all saw with Hurricane Michael that a storm can strengthen right before making landfall.  Michael also landed much farther east than expected.  Houses and possessions can be replaced.  Lives cannot. 

We hope you found these tips helpful as you prepare for hurricane season.  We hope you never have to use these tips and that you stay safe through the whole season.

Kelli Sullivan & Renata Murphree

The Got Beach Team at Beachy Beach Real Estate

Kelli: (850) 819-8246 | [email protected]

Renata: (850) 527-3923 | [email protected]

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