WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016
Ahh, spring. The flowers are blooming, the air is getting warmer, and its time to trade in those winter boots for sandals. Most people tend to forget about the crazy spring weather that comes along with all of that joy though. Is your home spring weather ready? Here are some tips from your One Choice Insurance Agency to make sure you, your family, and your house are safe when Mother Nature gets moody.
1. Fix your roof.
Winter weather is long gone but it made sure to leave it's mark before it went. Snow and ice can cause major damage to your roof leaving it fragile and vulnerable to the spring storms that are coming. There is nothing better than sitting by a window watching the rain pour down... Until your roof comes down with it. Having the proper homeowners insurance policy can help you in case of this happening.
2. Trim those trees.
The leaves are coming back and your yard is looking better than ever. Then, the wind strikes and throws a loose branch into your window. Get your trees trimmed to save you and your home from damaging winds.
3.Checking you doors and Windows.
Make sure your windows and doors are sealed. With spring storms being so unpredictable, if your home isn't sealed properly, your living room could turn into a mini pond within hours. Flooding can be a real Homeowners disaster
4. Clean out your gutters.
All of those fall leaves probably have clogged up your gutters. To make sure rain water is properly draining, clean those babies out! A chore nobody wants to do, but it saves you time and money in the long run.
5. Paint your home exterior. Chips and cracks in paint can cause leaks and even a termite invasion. Spring is all about the flowers blooming, the birds singing, and the bugs buzzing, but trust me, you don't want those critters in your home.
6. Have a safe place. Spring season should be called Tornado season. In case a tornado strikes in your area, it pays to be prepared. Have a room ready to go in case of emergency. This room should be a windowless, interior room with all the essentials in it. Things to have are canned, non-perishable foods, bottled water, extra clothing and shoes, bedding and pillows, a battery powered radio, first aid kit, toiletries, and any pet supplies such as food and water in case you have furry friends that have to take shelter with you. It pays to be prepared now, because if a tornado does come, you typically have little to no warning at all and need to act FAST.
7. Make sure your "yard art" is sturdy. Check all loose fence posts and anything you might have in your yard such as outdoor tables, chairs, umbrellas, toys, etc., and. make sure they are secure or heavy enough to not blow around and cause damage if the wind were to pick up during a storm.
These are just a few of the many precautions to take before your home gets destroyed by Mother Nature. Spring is a time to be enjoying the outdoors, not to be making repairs and insurance claims. Use these tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe during this crazy, beautiful season.
Have a safe and happy spring from One Choice Insurance!
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