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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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Preparing For Disaster: 3 Flood Preparation Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

by Jonathan Lucas

Discovering that your home is in the path of flood waters can be scary. After all, flood waters can ruin everything from clothing and important documents to furniture. Fortunately, a little preparation can help keep you, your family, your home, and your treasures safe. Here are three tips to help you prepare for a flood in your area:

1. Protect Important Documents

If you know a flood—or large storm—is coming to your area, start by protecting your documents. Social security cards, IDs, birth certificates, and other important documents should all be stored in a secured place. Ideally, you will keep these in a waterproof safe. However, you can also store them in another location if you don't have a safe. You could keep them at a friend's house, in a PO Box, or anywhere else that you believe will be safe during the storm.

In addition to storing documents, you might also want to store personal keepsakes. Family photos, heirlooms, and other items should all be stored in a safe place. After all, you don't wan to lose these documents or precious trinkets forever. So keep them safe.

2. Prepare Your Home

If you have enough time, you should also prepare your home before the storm arrives. With the right preparations, your home might not even suffer from water damage. Start by raising all electrical appliances up off the floor. You can use some old pallets or some stools to lift up major appliances, such as the stove. You could also move these items, and anything else you want to preserve, to a higher location in your home, such as the second story. If you cannot raise your appliances up off the ground, consider at least turning off the electricity to your home. It might be inconvenient in the meantime, but at least it will be safer. 

If you want to protect the outside of your home from damage, consider using sand bags. Place the bags around the perimeter of your home to keep water at bay. Make sure you stack them a few high, just in cause water levels rise quickly. In addition, you should clean out your sump pump and gutters. Finally, you might also want to attach some plywood boards to your windows and doors if high winds are expected. 

3. Have a Plan

Finally, make sure you and your family have a plan just in case of emergency. Ensure you have a first aid kit, as well as an emergency kit. These two items will help keep you safe both inside and outside of your home, as you will be able to see in the dark and bandage any wounds. You should also have a designated meeting place, in case none of you are home when the flood occurs—or so that you can meet up if you get separated.

These tips may seem obvious, but many people overlook the simple things in a moment of panic. Try to keep a level head, use these tips to keep everything and everyone safe during a flood. If you suffer damage after the flood—even though you have prepared—contact a water damage restoration professional to help recover any items that may have been damaged. 

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