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Organizing a home can be challenging, how do you keep track of who your service providers are, where are your property documents like mortgage or closing documents, how are you tracking everything you own or keeping up with home maintenance and home remodeling projects. There are so many details to track about your Read more
Hurricane season is a time when many that live on coastal cities and states are aware of the potential risks of living in these beautiful areas of the country. Getting prepared for a hurricane requires the following steps provided by FEMA:
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property:
- Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
FEMA also suggests using social media to get you news and alerts across so as not to tie up phone lines. When hurricanes hit, FEMA says text 1st.
Additionally, take an inventory of all that you own so that you can ensure reaching your insurance provider with accurate data swiftly.
This infographic helps you understand what a hurricane is, what dangers exists and the costs of associated with hurricanes.
In a few days, we are entering September and it is National Preparedness Month. During National Preparedness Month, FEMA recommends you take the necessary precautions to protect your family and home against any challenging weather or disaster situation, unexpected house fires or burglaries. As part of FEMA’s recommendations, having a home inventory is a great way to understand your home and your possessions in order to properly document your home contents. Here are a few reasons to create a home inventory.
Understanding the details of your home can help you understand your overall financial budgets. Understanding the value of your home, the value of the contents in your home, your monthly expenses, your home’s maintenance costs, and your home improvement projects spend will help you better understand the true costs to help manage your home. This infographic shows you more details about home finances and how you can properly view them.
Bathroom remodels are popular because homeowners often times want to update the finishes or they want to reconfigure the layout to get more space. They are also popular for resale purposes. The question of having a shower, bathtub, or both is a design decision that is usually decided by a combination of space as well whether children or adults are the primary Read more
Sometimes your budget doesn’t allow for a full kitchen remodel, but you can get a new and fresh look to your kitchen by putting in some new flooring. The key is deciding the balance of how much to invest in new flooring versus saving for a longer period of time Read more
Did you know that 70% of Americans do not have a home inventory? And nearly 1,100 homes burn every day from fires. Some started from cooking challenges and from faulty wiring that is not visible. Having a detailed account of what you own has lots from understanding what might be lost due to a tragedy to estate planning. A home inventory can help account for your belongings during a move, help with understanding the money you have spent in maintaining, decorating and enhancing your home and also with educating yourself on exactly what you have and where to find it. Home inventories also help with giving you an account of your belongings in storage facilities, vacation homes or property rentals. Understanding what equipment you have in your home is also important to help you identify how to take care of the equipment and how to properly maintain it.
Here is a quick way to take a home inventory using HomeZada.
Creating a home inventory can give you peace of mind during a potentially challenging situations. Getting reimbursed for your possessions in a timely manner because you documented your possessions, knowing what you have in your home so as to not overbuy on items that you may already own, and managing items during a move in various boxes and locations. Having a home inventory Read more
Caulking breaks down over time in a bathroom between various plumbing fixtures and floor joints in a bathroom, especially around sinks, bathtubs, and showers. If you don’t replace this worn out caulking, water can get under your floor tile and cause damage to the tiles, wood baseboards, and the sub-flooring itself. Make sure to inspect and replace caulking periodically. Read more