Granted, it may still be over three months away, but hurricane season will soon be upon those in the Florida area. Any time before the start of the official hurricane season on June 1st is a good time to make some preparations that can help you avoid significant property damage. You can start later than June 1st, but experts warn that your safety could be compromised, simply because no one can predict when a storm will occur.
An Ounce of Prevention
Taking steps now to prevent future hurricane damage will only help you, because it will show your insurance company that you made as much of an effort as possible to prevent your property from becoming a liability.
Of course, one of the most important elements of a successful hurricane insurance claim is to consult insurance claim adjusters. A public adjuster will file your claim with your insurance company, thereby guaranteeing some kind of financial reimbursement for your losses.
The Forest for the Trees
Damage from fallen trees and wind are the top causes of property damage in Florida during hurricane season. But here again, damage can be prevented. All that’s needed is to cut back any weak branches that either touch or are near to your property. As well, while you can’t prevent hurricane winds from blowing, you can lessen the probability of damage by helping the wind move through your trees. This can be done by thinning the foliage. This will place less strain on the tree, making branch breaks less likely.
Bag It Up
If you have accumulated waste in and around your yard over the winter, before June 1st is the best time to get rid of it. Any material left out in the yard can become dangerous and even deadly projectiles in the throes of a hurricane. When determining what constitutes debris in your yard, don’t forget that patio furniture counts too. If you don’t use it all the time, store it safely away or ensure that it’s secured in some fashion.
Any debris should be placed in bags, with no bag coming in at any more than fifty pounds. Consult your town’s waste management web site to find out when their bulk waste removal day is occurring so that your yard waste can be disposed of.
These prevention tips are much simpler and easier to accomplish than you may realize. And in doing so, they can lessen both your costs and damage to your property in the event that a hurricane hits. When the cleaning and prep work is all done, ensure that you have the number for a Florida public adjuster handy so that you can get help with filing a claim if you need to. Hurricane insurance claims can be tricky, with many potential pitfalls that can end up costing you money.
Our team of insurance claim adjusters has been helping those in the South Florida area to make successful claims for over 50 years. Call us at 877-869-8989 to discover how we can help you file your next successful claim.
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