How To Prepare Yourself And Your Home For A Wind Mitigation Inspection

How To Prepare Yourself And Your Home For A Wind Mitigation Inspection
A wind mitigation inspection is used to evaluate a home’s ability to stand up to sustained winds, such as those from a fierce Atlantic hurricane. Here in Florida, wind protection is a crucial part of keeping any residential structure safe.
Wind mitigation is so important, Florida insurance companies acknowledge it as a key part of understanding risk. All Florida homes have wind coverage, and law provides for homeowners to receive credit for the mitigation techniques they improve their homes with.

Appropriate wind mitigation can save you hundreds of dollars on your insurance premiums. It also protects you in the event a major storm causes premiums in your area to go up.

The key: A professional wind mitigation inspection before hurricane season starts.

During this kind of inspection, professional inspectors review all the major features that defend a structure against wind. Each of the different points are rated on a scale that tells your insurer how safe they are in comparison to accepted wind protection standards.

Once you schedule an inspection, most of the work is done for you. Still, there are some things you can do to accelerate the process and ensure you get the mitigation credit you’re entitled to.

To get ready for your inspection, remember the following:

1. Keep All Paperwork Related To Wind Mitigation
During your inspection, a professional inspector will look at many parts of your home. However, there are mitigation features that are impossible to access after they are installed, especially within the roof system. Whenever you get work done that increases wind defense, be sure you keep your paperwork, including copies of all roof work permits.

2. Make It Easy To Access Parts Of Your Home
Just like a regular home inspection, wind mitigation work requires the inspector to gain access to many tight spaces. In particular, expect lots of time to be spent in your attic. This is critical for determining how your roof is connected to your walls. That’s one of the easiest credits for most recent Florida homes to obtain – but the inspector needs to see it.

3. Provide Copies Of Any Previous Inspection Reports
Previous inspection reports give your inspector a better idea where to focus. If other inspections discovered issues, your current inspector can verify that further mitigation work has made the structure safer. Zeroing in on what insurers will look for makes the process easier for everyone.

4. Remove Clutter From Your Home’s Exterior
Your inspector will photograph all exterior walls extensively. Remove lawn waste, outdoor furnishings, and any other items that might get in the way. Not only does this make the outside easier to access, a neat appearance shows your insurer you are taking care of the home.

It Only Takes A Day To Get Your Wind Mitigation Inspection With Super Inspection Pros
Wind resistance is an essential part of maintaining a Florida home. Even if you’ve had wind-blocking materials installed in the past, the passage of time can make them much less effective.

Our team gives you a fast, yet thorough inspection and all the recommendations you need to maximize your home’s wind safety. In fact, we complete our inspections in as little as 24 hours.

Ready to have all your mitigation questions answered by the Pros? We’ll be glad to put our years of experience to work for you. To get started, simply contact us today.

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