5 Things We Learned From Hurricane Matthew

When we were helping the St. Augustine community rebuild after Hurricane Matthew, we saw the damage that was done to the whole city. Homes washed away, cars destroyed, hundreds of thousands in damage done to buildings. We realized it’s important for our community to be more prepared for the next hurricane. Here are some tips to be protected against serious harm coming to you, your family and your property.

 

Be Prepared BEFORE Hurricane Season

One of the most common issues people have is waiting too long to gather supplies, which can put them in real trouble when the storm hits. Often when a hurricane is closing in, stores will run out of supplies and many people are out of luck when trying to buy generators, flashlights, water—even gasoline. If you’re in an evacuation area and the gas runs out in the nearby stations, you could be at serious risk. It’s important to enter hurricane season prepared for the worst, because hurricanes can be unpredictable and you don’t want to be left scrambling for supplies when it’s too late.

 

Protect Your Home

Take preventative measures to protect your home. If your roof has damaged shingles, have them fixed. If there are termites in your walls, take care of it. You can’t afford to have a weakened foundation when the wind and rain starts pounding your home. When you know the storm is headed your way, board up windows properly, retrofit your garage door with horizontal wooden braces and stronger hinges/supports if necessary, fortify the roof, etc.

 

INSURANCE

Property owners and renters in Florida should insure their homes against flooding, something many people don’t know is not part of a typical insurance policy. Even properties that don’t lie next to waterways and beaches can be at risk for floods during a serious storm. Auto insurance is important too, as your vehicles are susceptible to damage from the hurricane as well. Move your car to a safe location if possible and call your insurance company to make sure you’re covered.

 

Don’t Underestimate the Storm

Most of the casualties and serious injuries from hurricanes are to people in evacuation zones who stayed behind. Whether they underestimated the severity of the storm or they had no other option, being in the path of a serious hurricane is nothing to take lightly. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so have an evacuation plan in place ahead of time. There will be many others heading to safety, so know what you need to have together and carry out your plan early on to beat the bulk of the traffic.

 

Work With Someone You Can Trust

Many contractors out there will stack up unnecessary repairs and drive up costs before hurricane season. Don’t get overcharged by a contractor who isn’t honest with you. Whether you are concerned about your home or business, it’s important to work with a professional you can trust. The right contractor can identify and address any issues, as well as make helpful suggestions to make your property more protected. They will always look out for your best interests, including your safety, budget and schedule.

 

The Hardy Group has been serving Northeast Florida for more than 30 years, making us very familiar with hurricane preparation and recovery. Whether you need an inspection, emergency repair, construction services, or just some useful information regarding hurricane safety, you can trust us to be honest and fair with you. To ensure your home is protected, contact us today.

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Let The Experts Handle Your Next Commercial Project

If you own your own business, it’s important to know that the condition of your office building can have a direct effect on employee morale, customer perception and personal work ethic. Studies show that a nice office can lead to increased happiness for your employees during work. It will also give you a sense of pride knowing that you have a clean and aesthetically pleasing workspace. If you need facilities maintenance, remodeling, or new building construction, call a professional contractor in St. Augustine, FL today. The Hardy Group proudly provides all these services and more.

 

Maintenance

Leaky pipes, mold, rotting wood, etc. are all common problems within an office space. At The Hardy Group, our skilled team of professionals can come in and take care of many different issues that arise. The last thing you want is for clients to come in and see a messy building that isn’t properly maintained. Not only does a run-down office look bad on the surface, but it’s important to repair any damage within your building because the issues could lead to big costs down the road. For example, if rotting wood is left untreated it could eventually collapse the foundation, costing you thousands.

 

Remodel

Does your office need a visual overhaul? Let our team help you. A modern and sleek office can be the difference-maker when you’re trying to land that client or make that sale. When customers/clients come in to your office and see that you put effort into making your office unique and appealing, they are more likely to have a positive view of your business. They are even more apt to trust you because if you treat your business with that much care you’re likely to treat them with similar care. From putting in new light fixtures to indoor/outdoor repainting, even room expansion, we do it all. Don’t remodel your office by yourself. Rely on the professionals to get it done for you in a quick, efficient way.

 

Commercial Construction

It may be getting time for a new office building. Whether you need to build an office from scratch or expand to a new space, contact The Hardy Group. Commercial construction can be a bear. There are often more regulations, higher stakes and more specific needs for a commercial project than for residential. We can help you through the process, from the initial quote all the way until the building is fully finished. Our team builds customized workspaces for people in a timely, cost-effective and efficient manner. We handle all types of commercial construction projects in St. Augustine including concrete block installation, tilt-up concrete structures, steel buildings, frame construction, and more. You can rest easy knowing that professionals with years of experience are handling your project.

 

If you need facilities maintenance, remodeling or commercial construction, contact us by calling (904) 471-5800 or visiting our online form. We would be glad to give you a FREE quote for any of your commercial or residential construction needs.

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Top 5 Things to Look For in an Architect

            When looking for an architect, there are many things to consider in order to find the right one for the job. The field of architecture is an increasingly competitive one. To keep up with today’s competitive world, architects need to find ways to stand out above the crowd and keep people coming back to them for their business. As a client, you want to hire a personable architect who is going to work closely with you to deliver a finished product that meets all your expectations. You want them to build a relationship with you that lasts, and perhaps enlist them for future projects. It is always good to work with someone you trust, and business relationships should be mutually beneficial for both parties. During your search for an architect, it’s important to consider that not all architects are created equal. Here are 5 attributes that you should look for to determine a quality architect.

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