Nature and its ways are unpredictable. We can’t control the destructive ways of nature, but we can prepare ourselves better to prevent destruction to our property and harm to our loved ones. Vacation rentals are meant to be safe and fun places to unwind with friends and family or during work-related trips. However, hurricanes pose a big threat to guests and property if not well prepared. Making a vacation rental hurricane-proof should be a matter of high-priority in areas that are prone to storms.
Let’s take a look at some simple and practical ways by which vacation rentals can be made immune to hurricanes and their devastating effects:
- Keep A Tab On Forecasts: Keep in touch with the updates by National Hurricane Center on hurricane developments, weather alerts and forecasts. It’s always helpful to know about an approaching hurricane 2-3 days in advance as this gives some time to brace up for it.
- Fasten The Doors And Windows: Strengthen the doors and windows of your vacation rental such that they are able to bear the impact of high winds, hail, heavy rain and flying debris. For this you will have to install impact-resistant glass/shutters. Exterior doors should also be wind-resistant. Hurricane-proof doors are usually made of Fiberglass.
- Landscaping: A neat and clean well-kempt yard greatly contributes to preventing damage caused by loose branches flying off and damaging property or injuring someone. Vacation rentals in hurricane-prone areas should be religiously landscaped and wobbly trees should be professionally removed.
- Use Construction Fastening Means: A construction fastening system is a must to hold down your vacation rental in the eventuality of a hurricane. Tie-downs, lateral anchors, embedded connectors and hold-downs are some examples of such systems.
- Garage Doors: Garage doors are often overlooked when hurricane proofing a vacation rental. Just like the doors and windows of the rental, garage door should also be one that is strong enough to bear the impact of a hurricane. You should preferably install a steel garage door for maximum protection.
- Keep Gutters And Downspouts Clean: Nothing should block water from flowing during hurricanes. Regularly inspect the gutters and downspouts for blockages caused by dry leaves and other debris. This will minimize the chances of flooding.
- Have A Standby Generator: The power grid is usually the first thing to shut off during a hurricane. Prepare for this by keeping a standby generator handy. This will ensure that your vacation rentals’ electric power is not affected by a power outage.
- Ample Supplies: Hurricanes may mean staying indoors for a couple of days. To be prepared for this, on the slightest warning of a hurricane, start gathering supplies of food items, candles, water and so on.
For more information, call us at (361) 949 – 9050 or visit The Rental Management Company at 14613 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418.