You’ve likely heard about the new tax laws that were signed into law by President Donald Trump at the end of 2017. He has promised that many Americans will take home more of their paychecks, but what do these new laws mean for homeowners?
Thousands of flood-damaged cars turn up for sale after hurricanes, so knowing how to spot them can be the difference in getting a quality used car or a lemon. Hurricane Harvey caused damage to around half a million vehicles in Texas. Most of those had to be either totaled or scrapped, with water up to their windows or worse yet vehicles being completely engulfed by flood waters.
You’ve likely heard something about energy-efficient appliances and other household items being able to save you money, but is this really true and how much can you actually save? Your home uses electricity in a lot of ways, so cutting down in certain areas can really lower your utility bills each month.
If you experienced the latest hurricane season in Southwest Florida, you know how serious it can be. By our very nature, people are great at procrastinating. That applies to all areas of life, even when it comes to preparing your home for dangerous hurricanes. Don’t put your life or the lives of your family members in danger by waiting, start protecting your home for next hurricane season this winter.
At first, it might sound a bit contradictory to winterize your summer home, but it’s certainly worth it. If you live in another state during the summer but call Florida your home for the winter, you’ll want to protect your vacant home while you’re gone.
Hurricanes are the most violent type of storms that can occur on the shores of Fort Myers, FL and all around the world. They are most centralized in the warm waters of the equator in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here are all the steps needed for these ferocious naturally occurring storms to blow through your neighborhood.
First, winds travel over the surface of the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean and the water evaporates in water vapor. As it rises, the water vapor will cool and condense itself into large water droplets. From these water droplets great cumulonimbus clouds are formed and heat is released into the air. This warm air rises and is naturally pulled into a column shape that continues to reach upwards.
The wind then begins to circulate around the center of itself as it encounters more and more clouds until it becomes a cluster of thunderstorm clouds. After that, the system of thunderstorm clouds continues to grow by feeding off of the oceans heat and evaporating water. The clouds get so high in the air and further away from the warm water that they then begin to cool down.
Finally, the system begins to spin out of control, faster and faster until an opening forms in the center, thus, creating the “eye” of the storm. Once the winds reach a speed of 74 MPH it can be considered a hurricane. The wind speed and storm surge produced will determine its category rating and will help decide how dangerous it will be once it hits land. Category 5s are the worst with winds that reach up to 157 MPH and have a storm surge of 19+ feet. This is a catastrophic storm for those in its path.
With so many devastating hurricanes this season, the news loves reporting what category the storms are, for example, Category 4. The problem is that the average Florida resident may not know exactly what these categories mean or how they are determined.
With all the recent devastation from Hurricane Irma, you may be wondering where it ranks in terms of the worst hurricanes in the history of Florida and the United States. While it does take a while to correctly determine the amount of damage caused by more recent hurricanes, early reports have it as one of the worst hurricanes in the history of Florida.
Your home is a reflection of your family and your personality, so you likely want it to make a great first impression on visitors as well as potential homebuyers. Whether you plan on moving soon or just want to enhance the look and feel of your home, adding to its curb appeal is a great way to give your home a facelift.