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How to prepare your home for harsh weather

By Ben Faulks

Have you recently bought Belconnen real estate? Or are you looking to get a foot on the property ladder this year? Either way, it's important to understand that wild weather isn't just a winter affair, but can can impact your home during the summer as well. 

Considering that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting 2017 to be filled with more harsh weather than usual – and a 58 per cent chance for the region around Canberra to have more than 4 cyclones – now is a great time to start preparing your home for the stormier days. Here are some points you should take on board when prepping for a stormy day. 

Make sure you have a plan

The Queensland State Emergency Service and NRMA Insurance have combined forces to emphasise the need for an emergency evacuation plan in your household. This is something that can also be highly valuable to anyone living in the beautiful Canberra. 

As such, it's a good idea to come up with a plan where every family member has a partner who is accountable for them. Always remember that humans need to take priority, but consider having someone grab the pets in case you need to evacuate quickly. 

Writing up all emergency contacts on a piece of paper as well as on your mobile is another handy precaution you should take. That way, even if your phone dies, you will have a list of contacts to reach out to with another telephone. 

Preparing your home's exterior 

Besides having home content insurance, you should make the effort to understand what the most valuable and vulnerable parts of your home are. While windows are easily broken, having double glazed ones can add an extra layer of protection. 

Even if you're renting or living in an apartment, you can talk to the building manager to see what they are doing to prepare for extreme weather. 

You should also check the following: 

  • Make sure the gutters are clear of debris or excessive dirt. 
  • Remove branches or other objects that could fall down and damage the exterior of your home. 
  • Ensure that the chimney, if you have one, is stable. 
  • Store outdoor furniture in a shed, garage or basement. 

Taking care on the inside

When it comes to the interior, your should secure anything that is likely to fall over and potentially injure people, such as cabinets and shelves. You should also make sure you have a stash of non-perishable food and water in the safest room of your home. 

While you might not need to make use of these precautions, it's always better to be over-prepared than taken aback in the event of an emergency. 

Talk to our team at Ray White Belconnen to find the properties that will stand against even severe weather here in Canberra. 

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