Floridians know all too well the dangers of hurricane season. These violent storms can cause considerable property damage, which is why it's important to start preparing your investment property as early as possible. If you're not sure where to start, read on to find out how to prepare your investment property for hurricane season.
While this post is geared towards owners of investment properties, we encourage renters to take precautionary measures during hurricane season as well. Just be sure to check your lease and/or ask your landlord before taking any significant action.
Check For Leaks
Hurricanes bring with them torrential rain, often for days at a time. Check doors, windows, and walls – especially areas where cables and pipes enter – for leaks that could allow water to seep through. Plug any that you may find with a strong sealant.
Bring Furniture Inside
Any outdoor furniture should become indoor furniture during a hurricane. If you can't transfer items inside, secure them to the ground as tightly as possible – ideally in a spot away from any windows.
Brace Windows, Doors, & More
With winds that can reach up to 150+ MPH, hurricanes can easily shatter windows and splinter doors. Brace them with plywood to protect against winds and debris. Don't ignore your garage door, either; often made of lightweight material, they're prone to blowing off.
Protect Against Power Surges
Safeguarding against power surges protects appliances and other electronics from irreparable damage that could occur during a hurricane. Using surge protectors helps, but if you lose power, unplug your electronics. They'll be safe if a surge hits once power is restored.
Cover Your Air Conditioner
Consider shielding your AC unit with a manufacturer-approved protective cover to keep it safe from flying debris and projectiles. Don't DIY it with a garbage bag or tarp. They'll just trap moisture inside.
Trim Trees & Bushes
Give those scraggly trees and shrubs around your rental property a much-needed manicure before any storms threaten. Overhanging branches are recipes for disaster during a hurricane.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters filled with gunk will only increase your chances of roof damage and flooding.
Set Your Fridge & Freezer to The Coldest Setting
If you do lose power, your fridge and freezer will stay colder even longer.
Locate Water, Gas, & Electricity Shutoffs
Knowing where to turn off these essential elements can save a small amount of storm damage from turning into cataclysmic damage.
Gather Your Insurance Paperwork
Now is a good time to lay eyes on your insurance paperwork and store it somewhere safe. Should your rental property sustain any damage, you don't want to waste time digging around for it or find it at the bottom of a flooded closet.
Want to know more about how to protect your rental property against a hurricane? Contact Watson Property Management.