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Protecting Your Home From a Hurricane

June 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments


Today is the first day of hurricane season and we already have a named tropical depression called Arthur.

When Orlando experienced 3 hurricanes in 2004, the greatest real estate boom ever took place in Central Florida as well as around the country when all the supposed experts were predicting a severe downturn in the real estate market here. It just goes to show ya, you can’t time the market no matter how much you know.

I’m not saying there’s any cause and effect here but that’s just how it went down. Maybe they’re not so bad. The good news for Central Florida is that this is where everyone on the coast comes to get away from the hurricanes and there’s plenty of rooms because of the tourist industry here.

When the 3 hurricanes came through our area in 2004, most of the damage came from fallen oak trees which have a wide but shallow root system and poorly built roofs that were damaged from the heavy wind and rain. We had a lot of homes with blue tarps on the roof for quite some time in 2004.

To protect your home from a hurricane, experts suggest these 5 precautionary measures:

  1. seal down loose shingles
  2. fill cracks along the exterior with caulk
  3. seal windows, doors, gables, and vents with hurricane shutters
  4. be aware that the garage door is the weakest part of your home
  5. install barrel bolts and at least one deadbolt on double doors

The Weather Channel has some must have resources for hurricanes which includes an alert to warn you of coming storms and Hurricane Central for all the information one could ever want about an approaching hurricane.

Tags: Real Estate Tips

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chelle // Jun 3, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Those are some great tips for hurricaine proofing. We don’t have them where I live (we’re up north in PA) but we always get weeks and weeks of rain and flooding afterwards it seems.

  • 2 The Upfront Mortgage Broker - Joe Bartolotta // Jun 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm


    Very timely information. I am sure most people could use these tips to better prepare themselves and their property.

    Joe Bartolotta
    The Upfront Mortgage Broker