Now that you’ve purchased your lender’s title insurance and owner’s title insurance on your home, you’ll want to ensure that you are prepared for any emergent situations that may arise. A critical component of being prepared for any home emergency is developing a plan in the chance that your home falls victim to a fire, natural disaster, or any event that may lead to an imminent evacuation. By having an established plan set into motion, you can exit your home quickly and get to safety faster.
Plan Ahead for Emergencies
A natural disaster, fire, or general home emergency can happen so quickly that homeowners have little time to prepare for it. By planning ahead for an emergency, you can ensure that your family and documents can navigate out of your home safely. Take into consideration your potential exit routes, keep your keys nearby, have an emergency kit established, itemize all home belongings for insurance purposes, and keep all of your important documents in one place. This can help you leave your home quickly without placing yourself and your family members in further danger.
Keep Your Important Documents Close
You’ll want to keep your most important documents close to where you sleep. By doing so, you can potentially have all of your documents in one convenient place to grab before evacuating. For example, if an emergency arises in the middle of the night and you need to quickly exit your home. You’ll want to place your home deed, social security cards, an itemized list of your home belongings for your insurance agent, title insurance, owners insurance, and any other vital documents in a storage container that is lightweight and easy to move. This will benefit you and your family in any emergency.
Store an Emergency Kit in Your Car
By storing an emergency evacuation kit in your car, you can exit your home safely and have quick access to emergency items that you or your family members may need. You’ll want to pack a first aid kit, dry snack foods, bottled water, medical gauze, band-aids, antibacterial ointment, face masks, spare clothing, spare chargers, flashlights, utility knives, medications, credit cards, and identification. Store your emergency kit in a place where it isn’t viewable to others.
A Title Company You Can Trust: Colony Title
At Colony Title, we will help you through the process of getting your property’s title and help you avoid the pitfalls of hidden costs while you buy your home. We are also well trained in identifying any and all errors in public records and helping you resolve them. We specialize in real estate title insurance in both Maryland and Washington, D.C., and we will perform an expert title search, check through all past documentation, and examine records for any fraud or forgery. For more information on how we can get you into the home of your dreams, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 884-1160. To get more updates on housing markets and how to get into your home, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.