GET STARTED | Get Your Fair Cash Offer Today

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Weather the Storm: Simple and Effective Ways to Protect Your Home

This past Sunday in Memphis, we had a local state of emergency that left thousands without power across the area and damages throughout the county. Especially those houses that were close to trees. According to the City of Lakeland, there were reports of downed lines and trees throughout the Memphis and Arlington areas. The National Weather Service says winds between 80 mph and 90 mph passed through parts of northern Shelby County during Sunday’s storm. Typically these types of winds are associated with tornadoes that often happen during the night which makes them more dangerous.

Taking simple precautions to protect your home can help you avoid costly damages, saving time and hassle in the long run. In this blog, we want to share some easy tips to storm-proof your home and minimize potential damages in the future :

1. Reinforce your windows

There are many ways for you to protect your windows in your home or business. The safest bet is to reinforce the outside with sheets of plywood secured to your window frames. 40% of American homes come with single-pane windows, but even double or triple-pane glass can’t withstand storm winds. This is how you can  Secure Doors and Windows:

  • Install storm shutters or impact-resistant windows to protect against strong winds and flying debris.
  • Reinforce doors with deadbolt locks and sturdy hinges.
  • Use weatherstripping to seal any gaps around doors and windows

Find more ways on how to protect windows during a storm here.

2. Reinforce the Roof

Check and repair your roof regularly. Damage to a roof during a storm can lead to significant problems, including leaks, structural damage, and even collapse. The first effective method is to reinforce the roof’s connection to the walls using hurricane straps or other metal connectors. You can also add a secondary water barrier, such as a rubberized membrane or reinforced underlayment that can help protect against water damage during high winds and heavy rain.

3. Trim Trees and Shrubs

Perform a regular tree inspection. Look for deadwood, cracks or splits, hanging branches or any other sort of damage. These are more likely to snap when under pressure from high winds. Also, check for Regularly trimmed trees and shrubs near your home to minimize the risk of branches falling onto your property during storms. If a tree is already dead, it’s best to remove it as quickly as possible, as it is almost guaranteed to fall during the next big storm.

4. Invest in a good Generator

Storms can cause power outages that can last for hours, days, or even weeks. A generator provides a backup power source, allowing you to maintain essential function. Power outages can lead to the spoilage of perishable food items in your refrigerator and freezer or can  even power essential systems like HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), providing a comfortable and safe environment for you and your family during a storm and more for summer or winter seasons. Always make sure it has enough gas and service to be ready to go in case of emergency.

5. Secure Outdoor Items

There are several steps you can take to secure your outdoor items and protect your property. Prior to a storm bring inside or secure all of your patio furniture, outdoor toys, container plants, and pool and gardening equipment. These types of outdoor items can be damaged by strong winds and heavy rains,  preventing them from becoming projectiles that damage parts of your home. You can read more about How to Prepare Your Pool and Yard Before a Storm.

It’s important to assess your home’s specific needs based on your location and the types of storms you may encounter. Consulting with professionals and local authorities can provide valuable guidance in storm-proofing your home effectively.

Need to Sell Your Home Quickly in Memphis? Here’s Why Working with a Direct Home Buyer is Your Best Option

Do you need to sell your home in Memphis? Working with an agent to sell the traditional way can be a great option for many homeowners. However, in some cases, working with an agent to sell the traditional way can be a long and tedious process, but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a direct buyer can make the process fast and efficient, saving you time and money while avoiding the hassle of the MLS. You will avoid inspections, banks, showings, the drawn-out escrow process, and waiting around for a buyer, you can get the sale done quickly and move on to your next adventure. If you’re looking to sell your house, consider working with Memfixerupper for a hassle-free experience. Give us a call today to learn more! 901-450-5179

Get More Info On Options To Sell Your Home...

Selling a property in today's market can be confusing. Connect with us or submit your info below and we'll help guide you through your options.


  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.