Living on the coast is often a wonderful move for many homeowners. After all, you get to enjoy the ocean breeze and views, dine on fresh seafood, and possibly even buy a boat to get as much time on the water as possible. Unfortunately, many coastal homes are also in areas with a high risk of hurricanes. This isn't something to be consumed with anxiety about, but it is something to prepare for. Here are three of the most important things you can do after buying a home in a hurricane-prone area.
Get Hurricane Shutters
One of the most important steps to take after buying a home in a hurricane-prone area is to have new hurricane shutters installed. Hurricane shutters often look like normal, decorative shutters, but they are built to withstand extremely high winds and to keep a large volume of rain out of your home.
Since windows tend to be the most vulnerable component of your home during a major storm, it's important to protect them with these impact-resistant shutters. These days, hurricane shutters come in a wide range of styles and colors, so they complement and even improve the appearance of your home while also protecting it.
Have a Sump Pump Installed
Another important step to take is to have a sump pump installed in your basement. This handy device automatically turns on in the case of water getting into your basement and pumps it away to prevent flooding and major water damage. Since your electricity will most likely go out in a major storm or hurricane, it's a good idea to buy a battery-operated sump pump.
Another option is to have a backup generator installed at your home. This will ensure your electrical sump pump operates in a storm and will allow you to have lights and heat as well.
Have Your Doors Reinforced
Something as simple as your front door being blown off in a hurricane can destroy your entire home. The wind and rain entering through the missing door can cause dramatic flooding, and the force of the air entering can even cause your roof to fly off.
Luckily, most contractors in hurricane-prone areas know how to reinforce and brace your existing doors to withstand the force of wind and rain. Don't forget to also have your garage door reinforced.
By following these tips, you will be able to enter the next hurricane season with much more confidence.