Whether you live in a detached house or are smack dab in the middle of cluster of town homes, the events that occur around your property can alter your home. For instance, if a utility is working on gas lines that are buried in the land right outside of your home and a leak is sprung, you may need to be evacuated and your home might need to be fumigated. Likewise, a bolt of lightning hitting a tree may lead to it falling on and damaging your roof. Despite the fact that you really can’t prevent manmade or natural disasters from impacting your home, you can take measures that will keep you protected. Here’s how you can avoid needing significant roof, structural or foundation repair and live in a sturdy, sound home.
Know What’s Around Your Home
You may enjoy gazing at the small creek that runs through your backyard, but you also have to be aware of the fact that it could damage your home it if were to overflow. The same goes for homeowners that live near the beach, or even along major throughways. If your neighbors are having their home raised so that foundation repair can take place, make sure that the soil around your own home doesn’t become displaced. While you don’t need to be paranoid about potential disasters occurring, you should be aware of any major changes that are happening.
Get Inclusive Homeowners Insurance
A basic homeowners insurance policy will pay out in case your home gets burglarized or if teenagers decide to spray paint your vinyl siding with graffiti. Additional riders that protect homeowners from flood, fire and natural disaster protection are largely optional, with many property owners choosing to save money rather than to stay safe. Be certain that you have prepared your home and family for anything that comes your way by investing in a level of homeowners insurance that considers all types of potential disasters.
React to Disasters Swiftly
You simply can’t turn your head in the other direction if you know that your property has sustained damage that requires the help of a professional contractor. While some homeowners are determined to repair holes in their roofs or try to pump the water out of their flooded basements by hand, putting a Band-Aid on what can turn into catastrophic damage is both shortsighted and irresponsible. Even if the repairs that you need will be expensive, you will be making a move that will preserve an even bigger investment. Address any type of unfortunate that occurs on your property so that you don’t need foundation repair or need to hire an architect to do an inspection. Whether you have to have new gutters installed to stop soil erosion or hire a landscaper to cut down that tree that is threatening to fall on your home, being proactive can prevent some of the most serious kind of damage from occurring.
So, stay in touch with your neighbors and keep your eyes open to what’s going on outside of your front door to keep your house in perfect shape.
All Images from Apartment in Vladivostok by ONI Architects