Causes of Property Damage and How to Manage Them

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We are getting our house ready to hit the market in the next month or so! We’ve bought our land and we’re waiting on the building permits to get started on our dream house. We couldn’t be happier. But there’s a lot of work that goes into getting a house ready to sell. Here are a few things to consider to help keep your house in tip top shape!

Some causes of property damage and the measures you can take to try to avoid them.

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Wind Damage

The most common source of property damage is actually wind related. Wind can uproot trees and it can also damage your roof. We’ve had a couple big wind storms this spring and we’ve seen the wind lifting the roof shingles on the house across the street!

So keep your nearby trees pruned, especially any long reaching limbs that might fall on your vehicle, fence or shed.

Check your roof regularly and inspect the ground for any evidence that shingles have blown off. You’ll want to keep your roof in good shape to prevent any leaks from sneaking into your home!

Water Damage

Water damage. The bane of my home-owner existence. 🙁 

Our previous home was prone to ice damming up on the roof which caused incredible leaking indoors. It was a very difficult problem to manage. It taught us to watch out for roof lines where snow and water would be likely to collect and freeze. And it taught us to jump and panic whenever we hear a drip. lol

Dishwashers, washing machines and toilets can cause leaks too, so it is important to perform routine inspections. If you know that your washing machine has a rubber hose, then you need to check it every single year to make sure that it isn’t wearing out. If you don’t want to do this then it’s a good idea to invest in a stainless steel one.

It’s not just the water inside your home that you have to worry about, rainwater can cause problems too. Gutters should be cleaned on a regular basis. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks and the added weight could cause them to warp or bend.  Cleaning gutters  is not hard to do, and it can really help you to prevent a lot of problems from happening in the future.

 

 

Hail & Snow Damage

Hail can be really damaging to your home. You can’t do anything to stop it from striking, but you can help to protect the assets that you have. Try to protect your vehicle by parking it in the garage, carport or by covering it up. You also need to move any patio furniture indoors or cover it up. You may want to cover any plants or garden equipment that have value to you. This will help you to avoid scratches and other related hail-damages. If you have had a lot of hail then it’s a good idea to check your roof shingles too. 

Another major cause of property damage is snow. If you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures, then it’s important that you remove any snow from the roof as often as you can. We had a giant rake type device for removing the snow at our previous home. We also installed a type of heated wire at the edge of the roof to melt away what remained. Any outside pipes should also be insulated where possible, as this will really help them to stop freezing over.

 

These are just a few things to keep in mind when you are a homeowner. A few things among a bajillion others!

VINE & LACE

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