Things to do before moving in

Finally, after searching for so long, you have finally found the house you want have bought it! Now what? Moving in can be quite stressful, so follow the tips before and your move in should be as pain free as possible.

Make sure to connect your internet! Getting an appointment to do this can take up to three weeks, as service providers are very busy! It can be quite inconvenient to be without internet for so long, so plan accordingly! Make sure to connect your energy in your new home, but in your name! All you need to do is to call your energy provider, give them you information and they will switch the energy over to you. This will ensure that the previous tenants aren’t charged for your energy consumption.

If you are moving with children, pets or both, then you will need to make sure you have a plan for them on move in day. Have someone watch over them, so you can focus on organizing the house. Once moved in, you will need to make sure everyone knows your new address so people are able to get into contact with you. Make sure to notify your friends, family and relatives as well as any business that may need to know this new information as well. This should be done as soon as possible, because you cannot always rely on the new tenants of your old home to forward your mail. Make sure to let the post office know of your address change.

A good idea to do in a new home is to have an “un-packing” box. This box should contain keys, tools to construct furniture, any loose screws from your furniture from your old home, scissors, tape and anything else you think you may need. You will definitely want to make sure to contact your insurance provider to ensure you are covered for the duration of your move. This way you can make sure that while you are in between houses, and don’t really live at either one, you are still covered during this time. As soon as you have the keys to your new home, make spares!! Moving days can be stressful and so it would be very easy to loose the one key you have that would give you access to the house. By following these rules, move in day can be just a little less stressful!


Tornado Preparation

So we’ve learned how to help protect your home as best as possible from earthquakes and hurricanes, but what about tornadoes? Well fear not! If you live in the center of the US, the last two natural disasters may not effect you, but tornadoes may!

The first thing you will want to consider are how strong are your doors really? You will want to make sure the doors in your house can withstand strong winds. This way when you come back, your house will still have doors, and also a door won’t fly off and become a potential hazard to others. In such strong winds, a flying door can become very dangerous very fast. You will also want to strengthen your garage door as well. This door may very well be the weakest link in your home. Once this door has been blown off, then the house is lost as well as it is wide and open for the tornado to hit.

During a tornado, you are mostly likely hoping that when you return, the roof on your house is still there. In order to help put your mind at ease, make sure to re-enforce your roofing to make this a reality. When a tornado hits, the winds exert an inward pressure against the windward wall, outward pressure against the sidewalls and leeward wall and upward pressure against the roof. Keep this in mind when re-enforcing the roof. If the roof blows away, then your house becomes extremely vulnerable.

Just like in a hurricane, make sure to cover and protect your windows! If a window is left open, or smashed, then this just becomes essentially a hole for all the debris to come into. Make sure that the foundation of your home is also held down. This way your house literally does not fly away.

These are some simple, but essential tips when it comes to preparing your home for a tornado. If you follow these steps, then hopefully your house will still be standing, and will have faced only minimal damage.

Earthquake tips

If you are living in the United States, then chances are you may have to face a few natural disasters in your life time. This type of disaster can differ depending on where in the U.S. you live. The East coast faces many hurricanes, but what if your live on the West coast? Here are a few tips to help earthquake proof your home!

The first main thing to do is ensure your water heater is strapped, meaning it cannot fall down. If this falls then this can create water damage to your home as well as possibly mixing with electronics in your house that could cause disastrous effects. Also, make sure to install an earthquake gas shut off valve for your gas meter. This can ensure that there are no gas leaks should a pipeline rupture.

You will want to also install something called positive connectors at the joints where posts meet beams and footings in your home. Connect the wood frame of your house to the foundation. These precautions can help your house to still be standing when you come back after an earthquake, which of course is the ideal situation. If your home happens to have a post and pier, masonry block, stone or brick foundation, then it is best to consult with a contractor about options. You will want to make sure you do everything you can to help strengthen your home. A good option is install a redundant post and beam system that is adjacent to the humble foundation. This can be a back up support in case the old foundation should fail.

All this may not completely prevent damages to your home, but it will help to protect it and make the damage less catastrophic. At least this way, you can relax knowing you did all you could to prepare for an earthquake and that you will have the least amount of damage to your home possible.

Hurricane Preparation

Hurricane season has already begun, and it is very important that you are prepared and so is your home! There are a few things you should definitely do in order to best prepare for a potential hurricane.

One thing to ensure that you do is to check your insurance coverage and make sure if reflects your current home. You may want to add flood insurance if you haven’t already! Take the time to do a home inventory, this way should you have to file a claim, the whole process will be alot easier. Document your home items with a camera and keep receipts for valuable items.

You may also want to install a few items such as hurricane shutters. Also put head and foot bolts on the doors, as well as hurricane straps or clips to help hold the roof to the walls of your home. A safe room may also be a good idea as well. Landscaping is also very important. If you are not on top of this, then you may have alot more flying debris and tree branches flying around your home.

Make sure your home is supplied with an emergency supply kit. You will want to have at least a two week supply of water and non-perishable food for everyone in the family, including your pets! Most importantly, you will want to already have made an evacuation plan for your family. This way, you can keep as calm as you can during the actual event. Do not take risks during an emergency like this. Do not run back into your home to grab items during the storm, or refuse to evacuate. Just try your best to prepare your home before such an event, and hopefully your home will have little damage when you return.