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Southwest Florida is one of the most beautiful places in the world one can call home. But, it’s not all Piña Coladas and breathtaking sunsets on the beach. We get some serious weather here, too! I’m talking about hurricanes, people! If you’re new to the area, you probably don’t have the slightest idea of how to prepare your home for the incoming storm. Well, I did my research and put together a list of tips on how to protect your home before the storm hits! Check out my tips below:

  1. REINFORCE YOUR GARAGE DOOR

Across the board, reinforcing your garage door came in at #1! This was not on most people’s radar! I thought that since garage doors are so large – they would be strong. WRONG! Get your garage door properly reinforced! There are several companies in the area that specialize in this process and would love to help make sure you stay safe!

  1. GET UP ON YOUR ROOF

If you live in a newer house your roof might have hurricane clips that strengthen your roof to the walls of your house (score!) Check your roof for damaged shingles and have them repaired prior to the storm! Any damaged shingles could be ripped from your roof and open the possibility for more severe water damage. Once a hurricane hits, roofing companies get SO busy and you don’t want to have to wait too long to get yours repaired. Getting your roof reinforced before the storm will help you in the long run.

  1. BOARD UP THE WINDOWS

Good ol’ plywood will do the trick!…sometimes. Plywood offers inexpensive protection and a typical home can be boarded up in less than an hour! But, if you are looking for something more ‘heavy duty,’ turn to hurricane shutters which are made for high impact. There are several reputable hurricane window companies in the area that are available to PROPERLY install these shutters. After they are installed, make sure you know how to use them. If they need to be put up manually or if there is some sort of crank/lever to put them down. Knowing how they work and when to put them up is key before the storm.

  1. CLEAN UP THE YARD

Trim any questionable tree branches and bring in any loose furniture or lawn décor! The last thing you want is your patio set flying into your neighbors’ house (awkward!) Did you know you could be liable if something were to damage their property? It is important to make sure you do your part to help protect your stuff, your home, and the surrounding area!

I hope the tips that we have compiled are helpful as you prepare for hurricane season! Be sure to check out Your Local Contractor Guide to find the right contractor for all your hurricane prep needs!