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Wind Inspections Save Homes, Money

June 6th, 2008 by flanews

People wanting to take advantage of a program to help harden homes and lower insurance rates will have to wait. The My Safe Florida Home program gives free wind inspections. As Whitney Ray tells us, thousands of people are on the waiting list, but there are some things you can do now to prepare.

Hear it Here: Wind Inspections Save Homes, Money

Ken Walton knows what it takes to keep a house safe from a storm. Walton inspects homes for My Safe Florida Home. The program is overseen by Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. Sink said the goal is to save homes and money.

You may be sitting on a gold mine in the form of a discount from your insurance company, said Sink.

The program offers free wind inspections. The report is sent to the homeowners insurer. If the house is above par the homeowners insurance premium is lowered.

The programs call center is flooded with 2,000 Floridians requesting inspections everyday. The Govetts got through. The couple built their home in the 60s.

We just tried to build a house thats going to last, said Frank Govett.

Ken Walton inspects the Govetts home. He wants to know if the house is reasonably flood proof.

Anything a home owner can do to keep that water from getting in the home that is a big issue, said Walton.

And the best way to keep water out is to keep the roof on.

Installing hurricane proof windows and doors can also protect your home and lower your insurance premium. The wait time for a home inspection is about three weeks. Seventy percent of homeowners who get an inspection save at least 2,000 dollars on their wind insurance premiums.

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