Because no one really likes to stick around when the weather gets bad in an area, many people choose to either leave their homes when bad weather is coming or completely move to another area for an entire season, like summer or winter. And while you may be enjoying the weather in a new area, your home may be going through a lot as a result of the bad weather you left. So to ensure that you have a safe and functional house to return home to, here are three tips for preparing your home when you choose to travel away during a bad weather season.
Trim Your Trees
Almost regardless of what bad weather you’re facing, be it tornados, hurricanes, or heavy snow, you should trim the trees on your property before you leave on your travels. According to HomeInsurance.org, trees and tree limbs, while providing shade during good weather, can be very dangerous when the weather turns sour. Tree limbs can break off and come straight for your home, which could cause an untold amount of damage. So if you see trees or tree limbs that could become dangerous during bad weather, take some time to cut those limbs down or at least trim them back before you leave home.
Protect Your Important Items
Certain areas inside your home should also be protected in the event that the bad weather you’re avoiding happens to breach into your home. If there’s fire or heavy rain, it’s not uncommon for those elements to get into a home and cause a lot of damage to your property. So to ensure that nothing too important gets damaged, Geoff Williams, a contributor to U.S. News and World Report, recommends either taking your important items or papers with you on your travels or placing them in a very safe area, like a fire box or other large safe. While you can replace many of your other belongings, there are many important papers that are irreplaceable or shouldn’t be allowed to fall into the wrong hands, so do what you can to secure those items.
Seal and Secure
To give your home the best chance of keeping the bad weather out, Ilyce Glink, a contributor to CBS News, advises that you seal and secure everything to your home that you can. For example, you should check on your roof to see if there are any shingles missing or places where it could leak or blow off. Also, you should try to secure down your porches or carports. And finally, you should do what you can to seal your doors and windows so they won’t easily leak or break in the event that bad weather strikes right at your home.
If you plan to travel away from your home during a stormy season, use the tips mentioned above to help you have peace of mind about the safety of your house until you return home from your travels.