Sydney-siders were stunned in April this year when one of the worst storms in living memory hit the metropolitan area. Lasting for three days, the terrible weather caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to cars and houses. Trees came down all over the city, with devastating consequences for many homeowners.
Storms can hit unexpectedly, meaning it is so important to be prepared in order to protect your biggest financial asset.
Here are some ways to make sure damage is minimised during extreme weather.
Check the trees on your property
Better yet, call a professional to make a regular inspection. They will be able to make a qualified assessment on whether a few branches or an entire tree needs to come down to guarantee your property’s safety. It may seem like a big expense but it will be a lot less than paying to clean the aftermath of a tree crushing your house – even if you have insurance. The good news nowadays is that many homes in NSW are close to bushland and qualify for the 10/50 rule, which allows for tree felling without the need of a council permit.
You may notice a tree close to your property that appears to be at risk of falling on powerlines or your house. If this is the case, contact your local council with photos of the tree and details regarding its location. They will hopefully send a crew out to assess the tree and remove it if it indeed poses a risk.
Clean your gutters
Not the most pleasant of jobs, but well worth it. Blocked gutters can quickly overflow in heavy rain, causing the water to flood down your inside walls. Ensure also that drains are clear and free of damage so that gushing water is directed away from your property.
Secure outdoor objects
In strong winds even a trampoline can be sent flying, with terrible consequences. Find a way to make sure tables, chairs and anything else in your backyard (including sports equipment and children’s toys) will stay put in bad weather.
At your roof, that is. If there is a small amount of damage or wear and tear it could become a whole lot worse in a storm. A well maintained roof reduces your chances of damage during heavy rain and wind.
Check your insurance policy
If the worst happens, you need to make sure your home or investment property is covered. Review your policy or contact your insurer to make sure you won’t be up for hundreds of thousands of dollars should a storm damage your home.
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