Preparing Your Home For Inclement Weather

Dated: September 24 2021

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There's a good chance you live in Kansas if you’re reading this blog post. We all know just how quickly the weather can take a turn for the worst here. Twenty to thirty degree temperature drops over 24 hours, flash flooding, grass fires, tornadoes, and hail are a few of the things that might come to mind first when thinking about how quickly weather changes in the Midwest. I decided to make a list of a few ways you can prepare your home to withstand the unpredictable weather at any time of the year!

 

Clean. Your. Gutters.

You hear it all the time. You hear it every single time a new season is approaching. You hear it because it is really important to keep your home in top shape and ready for whatever Mother Nature might throw at you. It’s not a fun job and it’s not a pretty job, but it is absolutely necessary. Clogged gutters will be an obvious problem if you get a substantial amount of rain, because storm water or melting ice can overflow your gutters and cause water damage to your roof, walls, and even your foundation. One of the most important ways to keep your home safe is by making sure you have proper draining off your roof and away from your walls. Grab your ladder and scoop of choice and get up there! Here are some linked must-have, affordable gutter-cleaning tools. An afternoon sweeping out your gutters and flushing your downspouts could save you thousands of dollars on a foundation specialist or roof replacement. You can skip the hassle and hire a professional to do it for you!

 

Get a Generator

Generators are an investment absolutely worth their while. And you’ll think so too when an ice storm or summer heat wave kicks your power out for more than a few hours. A generator during extreme cold or extreme heat could mean the difference between life and death for you and your family. I’ve linked some portable and standby generator options that vary in cost and wattage. Not only can your health be in danger during extreme temps- your refrigerated and frozen foods can go bad and make for a pricey trip to the grocery store! Do some research on how much power you need for your home before you invest in a generator, there are a lot of different options depending on the size of your home and your budget. 

 

Trim Your Limbs!

Ice storms, wind, rain, and lightning all make overhanging limbs an added danger during bad weather! Cutting back your limbs will make it easier on you when you clean out your gutters, as well. Not only will trimming your limbs reduce debris on your roof and in your gutters and the risk of a big limb putting a hole in your roof, trimming also helps keep critters off your roof and out of your attic. It’s not fun cleaning up a mess that a raccoon leaves behind! Check out Hummel Tree Service here in Manhattan, Kansas if you’re needing trees trimmed or removed.

 

Fire Prevention In The Backyard

Did you know that keeping a tidy yard not only looks great, but also reduces fire hazards? By keeping the lawn tidy and lacking dead leaves, grass, and debris, you are helping prevent a fire hazard that could potentially ruin your home and your neighborhood. Fires can start in multiple different ways, so the best way to reduce fire risk is to keep grass cut short and watered often and remove debris that could fuel flames. Stone patios also aren’t just for looks. Stone doesn’t burn, so it’s a great way to add some fire protection to the outside of your home! 

 

Doors Matter!

Think your doors are ready for inclement weather? Your comfort level during extreme cold and heat can be affected by what kind of doors you have! Well-insulated doors like fiberglass-insulated and solid wood doors will be your best bet for keeping warm and cool in. These types of doors will also hold up better against strong winds and lots of rain, as well. 

 

Take A Look At Your Insurance Policy

The most important thing to do when you have a good chance of experiencing bad weather wherever you live is to review your insurance policy. While not all homeowners' policies cover weather damage, there are policies that can be added or purchased separately to make sure your home is safe!


Let me be your source for anything real estate… including insurance and enhancing your homes’ weather protection! Contact Brice to get in touch if you have any questions about your home or if you're ready to buy, sell, or invest!

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Brice Ebert

Manhattan, KS: Brice Ebert of Resource Real Estate Group was featured in the Kansas Edition of Top Agent Magazine in January 2021. Top Agent Magazine is the premier real estate magazine featuring the ....

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