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Steps to Restoring Your Home and Landscape after Storm Season

9/24/2023 (Permalink)

Storm season in North Carolina can be a challenging time for homeowners. The powerful winds, heavy rains, and potential flooding can cause significant damage to homes and landscapes. Once the storm has passed, the road to recovery begins. In this blog post, we will discuss essential steps to help you restore your home and landscape in the aftermath of hurricane season.

Ensure Safety First

Before you start any restoration work, ensure that your property is safe to enter. Check for any structural damage, downed power lines, or gas leaks. If you encounter any hazardous conditions, contact the appropriate authorities immediately and wait for their guidance.

Take photos or videos of the storm damage to document the extent of the destruction. This documentation will be invaluable when filing an insurance claim. Assess the damage to your home and landscape, noting any areas that require immediate attention. Focus on securing the property to prevent further damage.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Notify your insurance company about the storm damage as soon as possible. Provide them with the documentation you gathered and follow their instructions regarding the claims process. Take note of any temporary measures that you need to undertake to protect your property, as your insurance policy may cover these costs.

Assess and Repair Your Home

Thoroughly inspect your home for any structural damage, including the roof, walls, and foundation. Look for signs of water intrusion or weakened structures. Hire a professional home inspector or contractor, if needed, to assess the overall condition of your home and provide guidance on necessary repairs.

After ensuring your safety, start the cleaning and restoration process. Remove debris from your property, both indoors and outdoors. Clear blocked drains and gutters to prevent water from pooling and causing additional damage. If necessary, hire professionals to help with the cleanup and restoration efforts.

Restore Your Landscaping

Assess the damage done to your landscaping, including trees, plants, and hardscape elements. Remove any uprooted or damaged trees, and trim broken branches. Replant or repair damaged areas with resilient and native plants to help prevent erosion. Consider working with a professional landscaper who specializes in storm recovery to ensure a proper restoration of your outdoor spaces.

By ensuring safety, documenting the damage, contacting your insurance company, cleaning up, assessing and repairing your home, and restoring your landscaping, you can navigate the post-storm phase with confidence. Remember to seek professional help when necessary, and always prioritize safety throughout the recovery process. With proper planning and diligent efforts, you can restore your home and revitalize your landscape after the storms.

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