Preparing Your Home for a Tornado

It’s funny how you have to prepare yourself for different natural disasters depending on where you live in the country. When we lived on the coast it was hurricanes. In the midwest it was tornadoes. I remember many times growing up having to go to the basement of our house or doing drills at school to prepare for these awful storms.

Tornado and high winds are some of the most destructive forces of nature. While tornadoes are frequent in the Great Plains, South, and Midwest, there is no state in the country that isn’t at risk. As the nation’s largest property insurer, State Farm wants to make sure you and your family are prepared for the destructive and potentially deadly force of a tornado.


How to Prepare Your Home a Tornado…Strengthen your garage. A garage door can be especially vulnerable during high winds so a reinforced, windowless door with vertical bracing is your best option.

Secure your windows. If you’ve heard you should open windows during a tornado to equalize pressure, you’ve heard wrong! Instead, investigate systems that clip plywood to your windows – no nailing necessary.

Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard. Remove weak branches and eliminate trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Falling trees and blowing debris in storms often cause fatalities and severe structural damage.

Store important documents such as birth certificates, wills, and certificates of ownership in a fire- and water-proof safe in a secure location away from your residence. In the event your home is damaged or destroyed, you will still be able to access vital documents.

Create and maintain a home inventory to make sure you have the right insurance protection, and in the event of a loss, simplify the claims process.

For more infomation from State Farm about preparing for a tornado click here.

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Clayton Homes Offers Homebuyers up to $7,500 This Tax Season

I come from a family of builders and real estate so I know when there are incentives to buy a new home it is a great time to take advantage!

Clayton Homes, America’s largest homebuilder, is offering potential homebuyers a great way to get the most out of their tax refund in 2015 with its Avoid Refund Regret campaign.

The program runs through March 31st of this year and offers those purchasing a new Clayton Home an extra incentive towards homeownership. The company is offering customer incentives to new homebuyers, based on the type and size of Clayton Home purchased with the buyer choosing one or a combination of three different incentive packages.

Customers who take advantage of the Avoid Refund Regret promotion will receive an incentive of $2,500 for each section of a home they purchase, up to $7,500 total for a three-section home. The offer can be taken advantage of through one of three different ways:

  • In™ gift cards that can be used to purchase items for the new home.
  • As a deduction on closing costs.
  • As a reduction of the price of the new home

“Beyond giving customers an excellent deal, we’re also giving them a choice,” Clayton said. “Homebuyers can select how they want that money applied and choose whether they want to reduce the cost of the home, pay fewer closing costs or use the™ gift cards to purchase home goods and furnishings that will help customize their home to fit their personal lifestyles.”

For more information about the Avoid Refund Regret campaign click here

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