Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Preparing Your Boston Home for Bad Weather

Summer does indeed bring sunshine and warm weather that is much needed after a long, harsh winter. However, the season can also bring a host of thunderstorms and bad weather along with it. There are a few steps you can take to prepare your Boston area home for storm season, most importantly having your insurance up to date. 

This weekend, take the time to prep your home in the Boston Metro Area for any unexpected weather the remainder of the summer may throw our way. To make it easy, Boston homeowners can start with the following:

General Home Preparation
  • Unless you're in an apartment, it's important to check your roof regularly for any sign of repair.
  • Keep your gutters, downspout and drains clear for rain to pass through.
  • Trim any trees, branches or shrubbery that are too close to your Boston home. You don't want to risk them falling onto your roof or even through a window.
  • Purchase and install surge protectors for your electronics and appliances as a lightning strike could destroy them.
  • Secure any loose items around your home, meaning patio furniture, outdoor planters or pots, yard tools, bikes, decorative items such as flags or lanterns and even mailboxes. Be sure they are all either completely secured and stable or put away during storms.
General Storm Preparation
  • Identify the safest room in your home, such as a basement, bathroom or closet and inform all of those who live with you.
  • Make sure your car and homeowner's insurance is enough for your location and needs, as well as up to date.
  • Make sure you know how to safely turn off your water and gas, if need be, and how to turn the power both on and off.
  • Prepare for bad weather by storing water, flashlights, batteries, a radio and a first-aid kit in a safe place.
  • Take photos of your home, both inside and out, as well as photos of expensive items, cars, etc. Store the photos off-site or in a safe deposit box for insurance purposes after a storm hits.
The Boston Metro Area is a great place to call home and it's important you go the extra mile to ensure the safety of yours this year. As your Boston real estate expert, I am here to answer any questions you may have about homes for sale in Boston, how to sell your current property, in addition to details about the local real estate market.

Contact me today— I'd be happy to hear from you!

Ken Snyder
Keller Williams Realty Boston-Metro
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