With hurricane season right around the corner, it is important to ensure that your investment properties are well protected. This means both physically, as well as financially. While there is no way to prevent a hurricane from happening, being as prepared as possible can help to lessen the cost of repairs if your rental property (or properties) are damaged.
Some of the key items to include on your hurricane checklist are:
- Moving lose items, such as lawn / pool furniture indoors
- Trimming branches away from the house, building, or other structure
- Boarding up windows
- Cleaning out the gutters and storm drains to make sure that water can drain properly
One of the keys to ensuring that your property is well protected is to communicate with your tenant(s). You may also want to offer your tenant(s) a hurricane “kit” that includes bottles of water, flashlights, and other items that may be necessary if the power goes out for an extended period of time.
Likewise, be sure that you check your homeowners insurance policy in order to determine what exactly is and is not covered. Making sure that your tenants are also properly covered with a renters insurance policy can be helpful – especially if any of their personal items become damaged or destroyed.
With so many things on your to-do list, managing your rental properties can be a time consuming endeavor. This is the case at any time of the year. But by partnering with a professional property management company, you can spend more of your time focusing on other things.
If you own property in Orlando and / or the Central Florida vicinity, and you’d like more details on how working with a property manager can benefit you, then just contact us today.