Florida Essential Preparation Tips for Homeowners

Real Estate Broker/Owner with EZ Realty & Investment Group | EZ Funding Group, Inc. NMLS# 348964

As we find ourselves once again at the doorstep of Florida's hurricane season, it's a good time to remember the old saying: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." When it comes to safeguarding your real estate properties against hurricanes, preparation is the key. In this blog post, we will guide you through the most effective strategies to secure your home and ensure your safety during this challenging season.

Understanding Florida’s Hurricane Season

First, let's clarify what we mean by "hurricane season." In Florida, the term refers to the period from June 1 to November 30. During these months, the conditions are ripe for tropical cyclones to form over the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, potentially threatening our beautiful Sunshine State.

Essential Home Preparation

  1. Check your Home's Structural Integrity: Before the hurricane season gets into full swing, it's crucial to check your home's structural integrity. This includes ensuring the roof, doors, and windows are secure and in good condition. Don't forget to check your garage door as well, which can be a vulnerable point in many homes.
  2. Secure Loose Outdoor Items: Secure or store loose outdoor items such as patio furniture, garbage cans, and garden tools. These objects can turn into dangerous projectiles during strong winds.
  3. Trim Trees and Shrubs: Regularly trim trees and shrubs around your property. This not only reduces the chances of branches breaking off and causing damage but also promotes healthier growth in your garden.
  4. Check Insurance Policies: Review your homeowner's insurance policy to understand what is covered. Flood damage, for instance, is not usually covered in a standard homeowner's policy. Thus, you may need to consider purchasing additional coverage.

Develop a Hurricane Plan

Developing a well-thought-out hurricane plan is vital for your safety and peace of mind. This plan should include:

Evacuation Routes: Identify your home's nearest evacuation routes and shelters, and keep a list of important phone numbers.

Supplies Kit: Assemble a hurricane supplies kit. Include essential items such as water, non-perishable food, a first-aid kit, flashlights, a battery-powered radio, and extra batteries.

Document Protection: Protect important documents by keeping them in a waterproof container. This includes identification, insurance policies, medical records, and property deeds.

Family Communication: Have a communication plan with your family members. If you get separated, you should know how to contact each other.

Stay safe this hurricane season, Florida!

We hope this blog post has been helpful. Should you have any real estate or mortgage-related questions or if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Florida, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Remember, being prepared for a hurricane doesn't guarantee your home will escape unscathed, but it can significantly reduce the potential damage and keep you and your family safe. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Comments (2)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

The hurricane season is coming!  I hope it is short this year and not too disruptive. 

Jun 01, 2023 06:24 AM
Jaime Charouf

Hey Lise,

Yes, indeed! Hurricane season is just around the corner. Let's cross our fingers for a short and mild one this year. We all could do with less disruption, couldn't we? I really appreciate your thoughts and concerns. Stay safe and keep in touch!

Jun 01, 2023 07:05 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jaime and great information in your blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great Thursday!


Jun 01, 2023 08:16 AM
Jaime Charouf

Hey Will,

Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words! I'm glad to hear that you found the information in the blog post helpful. I'm all about sharing insights here in the Rain. Have a fantastic Thursday yourself! Looking forward to catching up on your posts too.

Jun 01, 2023 07:06 PM