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Moving Tips: Cleaning up after a major storm

It can be difficult to clean up storm damage.

It can be difficult to clean up storm damage.

Your arrival at your home to meet your moving company should give you a better idea of what the climate and weather is like in your new area. However, no matter where you are, it is important to note that most areas of the country can experience severe storms, so knowing what to do once the storm leaves is important for any homeowner.

When a storm does hit, it is important to examine your home's surrounding area, as you will get a better assessment of the overall damage. Don't just check for items on the ground. Make sure that you are aware of all of your property's threats. This includes checking for trees at risk to fall down on the home or yard, as well.

Once you determined that your home is safe, you can then make home fixes, if they are needed. Facades can get badly damaged during a storm, so you should tend to these issues before taking part in other cleanup activities.

When this is completed, you should pick up large branches and sticks from the property, as these will be the most difficult to clean up. This may also apply for downed trees, but try not to pick any item that is too heavy, and be certain that you can handle a chainsaw if trying to split up a large tree on the property.

Once you have these items cleaned up, it then may be a good idea to rake the whole yard. There may be an increased level of leaves on the ground, but there also could be an large amount of trash and other debris around the home. Make sure that no property cleanup should begin until you and your family are sure that the storm outside is dissipating.