Being that it's almost August, it's a safe bet that many West Virginia residents have been enjoying the summer sunshine, relaxing in the warm weather and maybe even heading off for a vacation. However, the summer season does also bring a few storms along with it. It's important that your home in Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown, or Charles Town be prepared in the case of bad weather and it all starts with a routine check-up.
Here are a few tasks you can cross off your home maintenance checklist this week and at the same time, ensure your home is as ready as can be to handle a summer storm.
Eastern Panhandle Home Maintenance Checklist
- Inspect the outside of your home— check the roof for signs of wear and existing damage, check your home's exterior and siding, looking for loose shingles or signs of necessary repairs.
- Stabilize any loose items around your Jefferson County or Berkeley County home— bring in bikes, lawn tools, decorative items, pots and plants. Move your vehicles and park them in the garage if possible.
- Double check all windows for leaks or cracks and repair as soon as possible. It's important to be proactive during storm season to avoid any water damage inside the property.
- Inspect the basement— follow along the ceiling and walls for signs of cracking or previous water damage. It's also necessary to do the same with your home's foundation to ensure water is being directed away from the home and not toward the foundation.
- Make sure your homeowner's insurance is up to date and that it covers the necessities for homes in the Eastern Panhandle. If you're unsure of how accurate or extensive your policy is, it's better to inquire now rather than after a storm.
- Keep digital photos of your West Virginia home (both the interior and exterior) off-site, including photos of your home's contents, valuable items, cars, boats, etc. for insurance purposes.
- Take note of your home's "safest" room or where your family will meet during cases of bad weather. If your home doesn't have a basement, identify the next safest room where you will take shelter, perhaps a closet, bathroom or bedroom with minimal windows.
- Prepare a storm safety kit. Purchase a flash light, extra batteries, bottled water, snacks, a weather radio, blanket and first-aid supplies to store inside the safety kit. Keep the kit where you plan to meet during bad weather.
There is still plenty of sunshine left to enjoy in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and with these easy steps you can rest assured, knowing that you and your home are prepared for a storm. If you've just moved to Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown, or Charles Town and are in need of local recommendations or if you're ready to purchase a new home in the area, contact the Kable Team today!
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