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A Guide to Hurricane Prep for a Rental Property

Maria Napolitano - Saturday, February 4, 2023

Did you know that Florida has the most hurricanes, with over 120 per year?

As a rental property owner or real estate investor, there are extra precautions you must take to ensure hurricane prep for your rental property. During hurricane season, it's essential to have an action plan in place before the storm hits.

The following guide will explain what you should do before, during, and after a hurricane to keep your rental property safe and secure.

Preparations for the Incoming Storm

It's important to get ahead of the storm by preparing as much as possible ahead of time. This includes ensuring that any loose items are properly secured or stored in a safe location, such as:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Decorations
  • Toys

If you have trees or limbs near the building, hire an arborist to remove them if necessary. You may also want to consider investing in flood insurance if the area where your property is located is prone to flooding.

What to Do During Severe Weather

Once a storm is officially declared, all tenants must be notified immediately about what safety measures they should take during the storm. Make sure everyone is aware of their evacuation plans and has access to supplies, such as:

  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Candles

Additionally, remind them not to venture outside during the storm unless necessary and check in on them periodically throughout the storm.

After the Storm Passes

After the storm passes, it's important to assess all damage done to the property and its surroundings. Take photos and videos of all damages so they can be included with any reports sent out for insurance claims or other legal proceedings.

It's also important that any broken windows or doors be boarded up so that no further damage occurs while repairs are being made. Lastly, ensure all tenants are safe and accounted for before taking further action on repairing damages done by the hurricane.

What To Tell Your Tenants for Hurricane Prep

When it comes to hurricanes, knowledge is power. So make sure your tenants are well informed about the dangers of hurricanes and what safety measures they should take if one occurs.

Provide them with copies of any evacuation plans and encourage them to stock up on emergency supplies like

  • Food
  • Water
  • First aid kits

Additionally, remind them to stay informed of the situation by monitoring local news reports and keeping in close contact with you should any questions arise.

Start on Your Hurricane Prep for Your Rental Property Today

As a rental property owner or real estate investor, you must know how to prepare your property for hurricane season each year.

Following this guide, you can ensure your rental property stays safe and secure when severe weather strikes your area. In addition, with proper preparation, and planning, you can easily make sure your rental properties remain intact even after harsh weather arrives.

Are you worried about the hurricane prep for your rental property? Contact AMG today for help with your rental property!