Preparing for severe weather and making repairs to your home can be quite costly. DisasterSafety.org lists a few repair ideas based on potential costs.
Low Cost Options
- Review your insurance policy, know what’s covered and what’s not so there are no surprises.
- Create inventory of items in your home.
- Check your yard for items that could potentially become flying debris (loose fence posts, mailboxes, etc.)
- Anchor down heavy objects
- Bring potted plants, bicycles, and other loose items inside or store them in your garage so they won’t be susceptible to wind.
- Clean gutters
- Check for cracks and use silicone caulk to repair cracks around exterior walls, windows, doors, vents, electrical boxes, and pipes.
Repairs Under $500
- Brace your garage. This could prevent the garage door from being blown inward, which could allow strong winds to damage the roof of your home.
- Fix leaks around skylights
- Remove or close off gable end vents to limit water damage.
- Trim trees and remove overhanging branches and dead trees.
- Repair chimney leaks.
Repairs over $500
- Get a Roof Inspection
- Repair leaks in flashing and in roof valleys
- Seal roof deck
Repairs that are $2,000 or more
- Upgrade to pressure-rated windows.
- Get a whole-home generator.