After the Storm: Your Home Checklist

With all the unpredictable weather we get here in the Mid Atlantic, you never know how a storm will affect your home.  To help you prepare, we’re sharing a checklist that deals with what comes after the rain, hail, wind, etc. has settled.  If you need a hand with any of the following tips, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Schaefer Exteriors!

Make Sure It’s Safe

Before you go outside and start to assess the damage, put your safety first!  Check your local weather station and ensure the worst of the storm has passed. Be on the lookout for downed trees, power lines, and other large debris that could compromise the safety of your home and family.  If you need to leave the area until conditions improve, we recommend keeping a bag of essentials on-hand that you can just grab and go.  Although we want to help you protect your home, your personal safety—and that of your family—takes priority.

Inspect Your Exterior

After the storm is officially over, it’s time to inspect your home’s exterior.  Although you don’t have to conduct a thorough, professional inspection, it’s good to take stock of the damages and make a plan for moving forward. Pay special attention to your roof, siding, windows, and surrounding landscape that could present additional risk(s).  Look for missing parts and/or leaks that may need a temporary fix until larger repairs can take place.  It doesn’t hurt to make a list of everything you notice and take accompanying pictures, too.

Check with Your Insurance Company

Fortunately, your homeowners’ insurance may help you make the necessary repairs to your home exterior following a storm. You’ll just need proof of the damage(s) that occurred—which is where the list and photos we recommended earlier come in handy.  Don’t forget to ask your insurance company specific questions about your policy.  Do you know what its limitations are?  What about your deductible?  Do you need to have multiple quotes and approvals in place before the work can start? If you’re having trouble navigating the claims process, allow the experts at Schaefer Exteriors help. 

Let the Professionals Handle the Rest!

Whether it’s your roof, siding, windows, or gutters that need attention now, let the professionals make any necessary repairs.  Especially when you’re not sure about the extent of the damage, it’s better to have the experts on hand to advise you.  At Schaefer Exteriors, we’ve provided fast, dependable service following all sorts of weather across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia, Delaware, and Easter West Virginia.  Our efficient staff allows you to have your home back, better than ever! If you need help after a storm, contact us at (410) 781-4028 or customerservice@schaefersiding.com.

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