Three Steps to Prepare for Irene :: The Construction Management Pro

Three Steps to Prepare for Irene

Someone once said, “Proper preparation prevents potential problems” or something like that. The point is that now is the time to take some basic steps to prepare for what Irene may bring and protect your real estate investment. As a real estate investor and construction manager here are a couple of things I suggest that you do right now.

1. Take pictures of all your properties inside and out. Don’t forget the roof, basement, windows and your neighbor’s property as well. This will make it easier for you to file a claim for damage as a result of the storm. The pictures of your neighbor’s property may allow you to demonstrate the location of windblown debris which causes most of the storm related property damage.

2. Locate and review your insurance policy(s). Make sure you know what is covered and what isn’t. If you have more than one policy, be sure you know which one covers what.

3. Secure your property. This may seem obvious, but again, windblown debris causes most of the damage. Be sure your landscaping and trees are trimmed and cleared of dead branches; windows are secured and protected.

Taking these three simple steps will put you in a better position to deal with the aftermath of what could be a disaster. While no one wants to see it, take a page out of the Boy Scout’s motto, “Be Prepared!”

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