Where to Start
- Remove dead limbs
- Be sure no limbs overhang the top of the home
- Remove trees with disease or dead trees
For example, you may want to stack chairs ahead of a storm. Take down your umbrella. Remove items that are specifically easy for the storm to toss around. These items easily can hit into a window during a storm. This can cause significant damage.
Look for other risk factors, too. Secure the foundation to minimize the risk of floods. Be sure the windows and roof have proper sealants on them. Prevent any type of moisture from getting into the space.
Let your home insurance agent know if you take significant steps to improve home safety. If you do not have to file a home insurance claim often, this helps keep your rates lower. Discuss claims from the past. Can you minimize those risks? Let your agent help you determine the best ways for you to protect your home.