When a big storm hits, you hunker down inside, relying on your home to protect you and your family. Once that storm passes though, it’s time to survey and identify damage, and protect your home from further issues.

Here are four major things we recommend you check after a storm:

  1. Your roof: if you see holes, split seams or missing shingles on your roof, or notice any leaking inside or out, be sure to have a qualified inspector come assess the situation
  2. Your exterior: siding, brick and stucco are all vulnerable to storm damage. Be sure to take a look for cracking, chipping or dings and dents in siding, and for holes in stucco.
  3. Driveways and walkways: cracking and splitting can create safety hazards, as well as reduce the lifespan of the concrete.
  4. Trees: check roofs, vehicles, fences and machinery for fallen limbs that may have caused damage or could pose a risk. Clean up what you can safely and rely on a reputable tree removal service to handle the rest.

Depending on the circumstances, your homeowners policy may help with tree removal and damage repair costs for example, if you experience a covered loss, that is.