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A Home Seller's Guide to Storm Preparedness

As they say, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Everyone should prepare when a storm is approaching - and there are plenty of places to get information on how best to batten down the hatches.

 

The Town of Arlington has plenty of information, including how to develop a family emergency communication plan, at list Arlington emergency resources, and how to sign up for the Town's emergency alert system (if you haven't done so, this is highly recommended). 

There is also information available at:

www.mass.gov/mema

But people who are preparing their home for sale, or already have their homes on the market have a vested interest in securing and preparing their property.
Buyers will for sure want to check the house for any water or wind damage - as they should. Over the course of the weekend, we recommend that home sellers check their property thoroughly.

·         Clean out the gutters.

·         Be sure there are no leaves or debris of any kind blocking the storm drains.
·         Secure loose items around the yard - including patio furniture, garbage cans, toys, or any other items that might become airborne in high winds.

Of course you should always have a few extra batteries, candles, a full tank of gas, cash in your wallet - and it doesn't hurt to have the laundry done and dishwasher emptied.

If Sandy leaves us alone, at least you'll have some of your chores done ahead of time. Not to mention you'll have buyers happy to see that your home came through unscathed.

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