Natural disasters serve as a reminder how water, wind, fire and earth movement can impact your most cherished investment. There are things you can do to prevent major damage in the event of a major disaster:
Water: Windows, doors, cracks and holes should be appropriately sealed. Repair or replace roof shingles. Basement windows and doors should have built-up barriers or flood shields. Inspect your sump pump regularly.
Wind: Windows and glass doors should be fitted with impact-resistant laminated glass or covered with impact-resistant shutters. Solid wood or hollow metal doors, are more likely to resist wind pressure and flying debris.
Wildfire: Install a spark arrestor on your chimney. Eliminate brush and debris from around your property. Modify your attic, sub-floor and basement vents. Replace single-pane glass with tempered glass. Cover exterior walls with a fire-resistant material. Re-roof your home with a Class A material.
Earthquake: If you are in an earthquake zone, protect your property and possessions by anchoring appliances, water heater, dressers, and other heavy items to the wall. Secure electronics and small appliances to desks, tables and countertops.
Insurance: Most standard homeowners policies include structural coverage and personal property coverage. Depending on your location, you may also need additional coverage against earthquake, hurricane and fire. Flood damage is not typically covered under traditional homeowners insurance policies.
When disasters strike, it’s the safety of you and your family that matters. Taking the right precautions can keep damage to a minimum; or in the case of severe damage, you can ensure you have the financial means to rebuild.
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1. Showering Without Precautions
Spending 20 minutes in the steam may be good for your pores, but it’s also great for mold and mildew. Run the exhaust fan while you’re singing in the shower, squeegee the walls afterward, and scrub that grout every few months.
“Once you let the grout go, it gets worse and worse, and harder and harder to maintain,” says Mylène Merlo, a REALTOR® in San Diego. Grungy grout is a big turnoff for buyers. And redoing it is a pain and expensive to hire out.
2. Keeping Out the Sun
Shutting your shades on winter days might seem smart. More insulation from the chilly weather, right? Your energy bill disagrees. A sunny window can warm your home and lower your heating costs. And as a bonus, you could see a decrease in seasonal depression.
But your original idea wasn’t totally wrong. Closing those blinds at night can keep your home toasty.
3. Compulsively Buying Bargains
Finding a deal feels so good, but cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, budget buys might cost you more in the long run. For instance, dollar paintbrushes will leave annoying streaks, requiring a costly re-do.
And when it comes to appliances, permit a little splurge — especially if selling your home is on the horizon.
“I always err with going for high-quality appliances,” Merlo says. “There is a noticeable difference between the cheapest and next-cheapest models. And buyers want to see stainless steel.”
4. Running a Half-Full Dishwasher
You get a gold star for always remembering to start your dishwasher before bed, right? Clean dishes every morning! Go you! Yeah, about that: Your dishwasher wastes water unless it’s completely full.
Dishwashers do save more water than washing by hand (just try telling that to your mom), but most machines use the same amount of water regardless of how many plates you’ve stuffed inside, making a half-empty cycle significantly less efficient. For a household of one or two, once a day can be overkill.
A “tree volcano” might sound like a grand ol’ time, but it’s actually damaging your foliage. Too much mulch suffocates your tree, causing root rot and welcoming invasive insects. REALTOR® TipYour precious trees really are precious. Each one can add $2,000 or more to your home’s value while saving on energy costs.Protect your precious trees by packing mulch loosely, letting water filter properly toward the trunk.
6. Going on a Remodeling Rampage
Don’t break out the sledgehammer for a demo three weeks after moving in unless your home needs serious, obvious work. Give yourself time to understand the home’s quirks before renovating.
“You don’t know what your needs are when you first move into a home,” says Merlo. “You should live there for at least six months to figure out the space you need. If you do too much too soon, you’ll regret it.”
For instance, you could dump $15,000 into a kitchen remodel — only to realize the original layout would have worked better for holiday parties. Or you paint a room your favorite color, Wild Plum, only to realize the natural light in the room makes it look more like Rotten Plum. Whoops.
You know clutter is bad, but you just… can’t… help it. You had to put that unused exercise bike in the spare room instead of by the road as a freebie because what if? Plus, there’s so much in there already, and decluttering seems like such an insurmountable goal — even though every jam-packed square foot is space you can’t enjoy.
If the task seems impossible, Ryan recommends starting small.
“Do one small thing,” she says. “Clean out a drawer or reorganize your counter, and then you feel the satisfaction of having done it. It becomes easier to do the next small thing.”
Just remember: Breaking habits takes time and a lot of slip-ups. “It’s important to be kind to ourselves when we blow it,” Ryan says. “When we create new habits, we’re building new wiring, but it’s not like the old wiring disappears. Don’t turn goof-ups into give-ups.”
Thank you JAMIE WIEBE for a nice educational read ! Jamie Wiebe is a writer and editor with a focus on home improvement and design. Previously, she worked as a web editor for “House Beautiful,” “ELLE Decor,” and “Veranda.”