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How to Prepare Your Home for Stormy Weather


At Harris Balcombe, we routinely help homeowners struggling with storm damage claims to receive the settlements they deserve.

At Harris Balcombe, we routinely help homeowners struggling with storm damage claims to receive the settlements they deserve.

But as well as helping homeowners to recover, we can also help them to prepare.

That’s why we prepared this short guide to preparing your home for stormy weather. While some areas of the UK are more risk-averse than others, for total peace of mind, these are the sort of measures all homeowners should consider taking

Preparing For High Winds & Stormy Weather

  • Conduct an exterior inspection – Or hire someone to do it for you. Be on the lookout for tiles that may be torn away by high winds, or loose and heavy branches that could be blown into windows.
  • Do those jobs you’ve been meaning to do for months – Ensure that all your gutters and drains are clear to allow for the quick and effective channelling of heavy rain.
  • Don’t leave everything ‘til the last minute – Once the storm starts, it’ll be too late to address any of the above problems.
  • Prepare Yourself a Storm Kit – Storms can cause power cuts, so it’s best to gather everything you might need in advance – torches, candles, matches, medication, bottled water, and blankets.

When the Storm Comes

  • Keep your eyes on the forecast – The government releases severe weather warnings for a reason. You should commence your preparations the moment a severe weather warning is issued.
  • Perform a sweep of your exterior – Remove any excess debris, and if you’ve any loose items of garden furniture, either secure them down or store them inside.
  • Put your car in the garage – Or if you don’t have a garage, park somewhere that’s free from any overhanging branches or other items that could fall and cause damage.
  • Keep your pets indoors – And make sure all members of your family are accounted for.

After the Storm

  • Mind how you go – After particularly violent storms, certain structures, such as old trees and walls, may be prone to collapse.
  • Leave the repairs to the professionals – Especially if you’re dealing with plumbing, electricals, or structural issues.
  • Call your insurers – But so as to make the claims process as swift and as equitable as possible, make sure you get a loss assessor on your side first.

For more information on preparing for and coping with storm damage, read our guides on minimising flood damage and on preparing your home for the winter.




At this point, you would hope that your insurance company is there to help but unfortunately this is not the case. We have known families who have felt intimidated by insurers and have been treated as though they have done something wrong, or are in some way to blame for their situation.

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