There are so many upsides to homestead life. Not only are you away from all of the hustle and bustle of living in a busy community in the city, but you get to grow your own food, express your personality through the space that you have, and you also get to reconnect with nature. Whilst living in such close proximity to nature has a multitude of benefits, it also has its issues. If you’re up against the elements, then you may be a little further away from those who can help you to rectify your issues.
However, we’ve put together a simple list, so that you can stay safe and secure in your homestead!
How To Ensure That Your Homestead Is Protected From The Elements
Plan for the worst
We live in a climate now that is constantly changing. Even throughout the summer months, we see thunderstorms and all kinds of weather. Whilst you may be thinking, ‘aah, I’ll get my roof fixed when winter comes back around,’ this would be a bit of a risk for your homestead. It’s best to just get the jobs done as soon as you can. You’ll be paying out more for the damage that the elements can cause if you don’t plan for the worst!
Never put off tomorrow what you can do today. Sometimes saving time by doing other things can cost way more down the road! So stay on top of the maintenance issues!
If you have any animals on your homestead, and you know that a storm may be coming in, the first thing to do is to ensure that they are safe. You may not have much livestock. But it is pretty important to have some kind of indoor space for them if extreme weather does occur. They will be OK with a little bit of wind and rain. But you really don’t want to see one of your chickens being swept up with a tornado!
Double check the walls roofing and windows of any animal shelters on a regular schedule. Check for drafts in winter and airflow in summer. Make sure you have shutters or boards to close up any windows or doors in really bad weather to protect your animals too. The elements can play havoc on animal enclosures.
Keep some contacts handy
Whilst you may have more of a DIY attitude when it comes to your property, it is always a good idea to keep some contacts on hand. From those professionals who focus on water removal cleanup to those who can help you with your roofing and draining problems, it is wise to have some people at hand in an emergency. Of course, nobody ever wants to call these numbers, but sometimes you may have to.
Just make sure when you call a professional, check references. There is nothing worse than spending money for someone to do work for you only to find out they didn’t fix the problem. After all, the elements can cause you a financial headache. You don’t want someone who is supposed to be a profession to cause even worse right?
Create clever windbreaks
Sometimes, the weather seems a lot worse just because you don’t have any form of a windbreak on your homestead. If you have quite a lot of land, and it isn’t protected from the elements, then you could benefit from planting some dense trees. These will act as a barrier to protect your home from the wind. This is pretty easy but think thoroughly about where this would be most effective in your homestead.
If you want to ensure that your homestead is protected from the elements, try out these simple tips! From preparing for the worst to creating windbreaks on your land, there are many ways to ensure that Mother Nature’s wrath doesn’t hit you too hard. Sometimes, you just have to get a little bit inventive, so try out a few things! Good luck!