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Ways to Prepare Your Home Before Hurricane Season

Even though you may have hurricane insurance for your Lake Charles home, the best thing to do is to take preventative measures. Taking steps to help reduce your home’s risk of incurring damages will save you money and give you greater peace of mind. While your property may still suffer some damage, you can reduce the extent of it throughout the season.

Set Aside Some Supplies

In addition to suffering damage to your home, you may be faced with an extended power outage after a hurricane. Set aside a box of supplies to prepare for this outcome. The box should contain first-aid supplies, flashlights with extra batteries, and other essentials. Make sure to set aside bottled water and enough nonperishable food for up to a week. Continue reading “Ways to Prepare Your Home Before Hurricane Season”

Current Home Remodeling Trends

Over the last two years, people have spent a lot of time in their homes. That’s given you plenty of time to form a list of changes you’d like to make. Your home has become your workspace, the education center, and even a bakery! It might be time to add more space, or maybe it’s time to get that home office. 

But where should you begin? We’ve created this list of current home remodeling trends for 2022 that will give you some helpful ideas to make your home a more enjoyable space. Let’s get started creating the new home of your dreams!  Continue reading “Current Home Remodeling Trends”

How to Choose the Right Contractor

Choosing the right contractor can make or break your home project. Having someone that you can trust to get the job done right can save you from stress, delays, or a blown budget. After all, you’re uprooting your life for a remodel or renovation; the last thing you need is an unexpected problem! 

While choosing a contractor who meets your needs is no small task, neither is a home renovation. Here’s how to choose the right person for the job: 

Ask for Referrals

Check-in with friends, family, and neighbors to find out who they used on their last home project. Most contractors’ resumes are their portfolios of past projects. Local contacts who had a great experience and are happy to show you their completed remodel or renovation are perfect opportunities to start narrowing the field.  Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Contractor”

Why Are Building Permits Important?

Whether you are starting a new construction, renovation, remodeling, or home addition, it is imperative that you apply for the right building permit before the project. Obtaining one is easier than you think and it can spare you a lot of complications later on! 

A building permit gives you the authorization to legally start construction on your project. It also ensures that the work is carried out in compliance with the local construction, zoning, and building codes.  Continue reading “Why Are Building Permits Important?”

What You Need to Know When Renovating an Older Home

Many people adore the charm and personality of older homes. They love the architectural components and intricacies of these houses, whether they’re in a huge Victorian, an airy Craftsman, or a regal American Foursquare. 

Homeowners frequently decide to remodel their homes as they get older. Repairs might be necessary to upgrade outdated technology or to enlarge tight spaces. Older home renovations are sometimes done to restore or preserve the home’s original qualities, too.  Continue reading “What You Need to Know When Renovating an Older Home”

Unexpected Costs When You Remodel

Remodeling can be a fun and exciting process! Designing, choosing furnishes, and seeing it all come together is truly rewarding. 

In addition, remodeling old buildings instead of rebuilding benefits society. However, remodels rarely come without some stress and unexpected costs. With that in mind, here are four unexpected expenses you may face when you remodel a home.

1. Permitting

If your remodel involves anything beyond surface changes, chances are that you’ll need a permit. Cosmetic changes such as painting and carpeting can usually be done without one, but if you are constructing, repairing, converting, or otherwise altering a structure within a city’s limits, you’ll likely need a permit.  Continue reading “Unexpected Costs When You Remodel”

Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall

Before winter sets in, it can be helpful to go through a fall maintenance checklist to make sure your house is ready for colder temperatures. Ensuring that your property is in order before the coldest days of winter roll through will keep you comfortable and safe this winter, and help your house to emerge unscathed in the spring.

Important Fall Home Maintenance Tips

While there are hundreds of things to remember to get your house ready in the fall for winter, some tasks are of the utmost importance. Here are some of the ones you definitely don’t want to miss: Continue reading “Home Maintenance Tips for the Fall”

Tips on Navigating Your Insurance Policy & Your Responsibilities After a Hurricane

Even with prior notice, the damage a hurricane brings to your home can be devastating. After the incident, your best course of action is to contact your insurance agent and try to get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

Here are some tips to help you mitigate the damages and prepare for the healing process after surviving a hurricane:

Return to Your Home and Take Pictures

It’s important to get back to your home after the storm to assess any damage. Take pictures of anything and everything that is out of place. We suggest taking images from multiple different angles to provide a clear view of the damage for your insurance provider.

Store the pictures in a safe place. Whether you have a safe, can place them in a digital cloud, or simply print off hard copies from your camera, any pictures are sufficient proof of damage from the storm and must be protected. Continue reading “Tips on Navigating Your Insurance Policy & Your Responsibilities After a Hurricane”

Know How Different Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your Roof

Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your RoofLast year, residents of Lake Charles faced Hurricane Laura and suffered its devastating aftermath. Many people that live on or near the coast know the risk of hurricanes and understand how important it is to prepare accordingly. However, not everyone knows what to expect as far as damage goes.

While there is no sure way to predict the exact amount of damage that will be done to your roof, you can get a general idea. Hurricanes are placed into one of five categories based upon the severity of sustained winds.

Below, we’ll explore the most common effects of the various categories of hurricanes on roofs and homes.

Category 1 – Potential for Damage

If your home is faced with a Category 1 hurricane, you should be prepared for some minor damage to your roof. The wind may rip off some shingles and falling debris such as tree limbs may cause damage to your shingles, roof vents, or skylights. Continue reading “Know How Different Hurricane Categories Will Affect Your Roof”

10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricane SeasonIt’s that time of year where hurricane weather could be on the horizon. Now is the best time to get your home ready for hurricane season so that you can minimize any and all potential damage. Here are 10 ways that you can do just that!

  • Install Impact Windows

Double-pained, air-tight storm windows will keep air out and resist impact from flying debris.

  • Invest in Fiberglass Doors

A fiberglass door can be designed to look like wood, so you won’t have to compromise on looks, but it will also outperform normal wooden doors in severe weather. Continue reading “10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season”