HomeAdvisor Provides Tips to Help Homeowners Prepare Their Homes for Storm Season

HomeAdvisor Provides Tips to Help Homeowners Prepare Their Homes for Storm

Most common post-storm repairs can cost homeowners thousands of dollars

GOLDEN, Colo., May 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Summer brings the
potential for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and hurricanes across the
nation. Preparing for summer storm season beforehand can save homeowners
thousands of dollars in home damage. According to HomeAdvisor's Cost Guide,
average national costs for the most commonly requested home repair tasks can
range from $6,800 for roof replacement to $285 for a generator repair.

Since post-storm cleanup can strain the bank account, turning attention to a
little pre-storm preparation can prevent homeowners from having to pay for
more costly repairs. To educate homeowners, HomeAdvisor provides these tips
for pre-storm preparation and post-storm cleanup:

Pre-Storm Preparation

  *Tend to window cracks and chipped glass: A chipped window may not seem
    like a big deal, but when the powerful winds of a tornado, hurricane or
    severe thunderstorm batter windows, a chipped or cracked window is
    exponentially more likely to shatter, letting in rain and storm debris.
  *Check and repair roof shingles: Your roof is your most important barrier
    against heavy rains and winds. Homeowners should make sure the roof is in
    prime condition before summer storm season. Damaged or missing roof
    shingles can be a weak link that leads to widespread roof damage during
    heavy winds, opening up a home to expensive water damage.
  *Remove any dead or dying trees: Rain-soaked roots and high winds combine
    to make trees a dangerous liability in a severe storm. Remove dead or
    dying trees and trim trees around the house to prevent trees from toppling
    on the house.
  *Download the Home911 mobile app: Download the Home911 mobile app, which
    provides dedicated 24/7 emergency support for home repairs.

The Post-Storm Procedure

  *Evaluate the damage: To be prepared for when a contractor arrives to
    repair the damage, homeowners should assess what damage or clean up they
    can do themselves, and what requires professional assistance.
  *Take photos to maintain a record of property damage: This guards against
    insurance complications and assures that there is a record of the work
    that was performed.
  *Beware of scams: More than half of homeowners (52%) say fraud is their
    biggest fear when it comes to home repairs.* Storm chasers give even more
    reason for concern.
  *Educate yourself: Learn what repairs should cost with tools such as Cost
    Guide, a free resource on HomeAdvisor providing average costs for home
    improvement projects.

About HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a leading website and mobile app provider offering resources
for home repair and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's patented ProFinder
technology matches homeowner projects to service professionals from their
network of over 80,000 pre-screened providers. Homeowners can make informed
home project decisions using resources including: Pro Reviews, featuring
reviews from homeowners who have actually been connected with the service
professionals they review; Cost Guide, providing average costs for projects
coast-to-coast; Home911, offering dedicated 24/7 emergency home repair
support; as well as robust home tips and project planning tools. Access to all
of the site's features is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees
required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, CO, and is a subsidiary of IAC

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of HomeAdvisor from March 19-21, 2013 among 2,076 adults
ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and
therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For
complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact The
Abbi Agency at info(at)theabbiagency(dot)com.

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         Brooke Gabbert
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