April is typically the month when winter turns to spring in Minnesota, and sometimes the April showers that bring May flowers can turn into thunderstorms. As the season wears on and the temperatures and humidity rise, oftentimes those thunderstorms can turn severe, with frequent lightening strikes, torrential downpours, hail and excessive winds.
As a homeowner, there are some things you can do to prepare your home for the stormy season, as well as some things to keep in mind if your home sustains damage from a storm.
To prepare your home for the spring and summer storms, consider doing the following:
Once the storm passes, it’s time to assess your property for any damage. Does your roof have any damaged or missing shingles? What about downed trees or hail damage to your home’s siding or car?
If you experience any damage, contact your insurance agent right away. You can call me anytime, even if it’s after hours, and I will get the claims process started.
Depending on the damage, you also will want to work with a reputable contractor for estimates and repair. If there was widespread damage in your neighborhood, chances are contractors will show up at your door; try to avoid working with any of them, particularly if you don’t know them. Rather, work with your own contractor or if you don’t have one and need a referral, please contact me for some names.
If you have any questions on any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you.