Home Insurance. Thursday , March 01st , 2018 - 11:55:33 AM
Here are three reasons to look into grading your yard sooner rather than later. Any land with a sloping hill leading into your property is going to cause water to drain into your yard or driveway. That water will eventually wear away your landscaping, leaving rivers between your bushes or pools of water in your backyard and potentially causing flooding problems in your basement. If you don’t fix the problem as soon as you recognize it, your property will be eaten away by water erosion, leading to a more expensive future project of having to bring soil in and re-landscape your entire yard.
However, if you feel overwhelmed thinking about this and don’t want to risk making a mistake that’ll hurt your property, call a contractor to come over and give his opinion on what needs to be done. A steep slope or difficult soil may make it difficult to level on your own without heavy-duty equipment. The contractor will be able to work with you to ensure the problem is solved, so if you have the money to pay them, it’s a great option to consider.
Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have hurricane deductibles, according to the institute. Some states — including Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina — offer a tax deduction for money deposited in special catastrophe savings accounts, to help homeowners set aside funds for their hurricane deductibles. Some policies offer discounts if homeowners use reinforced shutters to protect windows, or use special clips or straps to help secure roofs during storms.
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