People buying or selling homes in the cold-weather states adopt different strategies during the winter months. In Florida, it’s important to acknowledge hurricane season as a factor, especially when buying or selling Pinellas County real estate. A major hurricane or storm will likely keep potential buyers from attending open houses, touring your home or making it to a closing. According to a recent article by, the Tampa Bay area with 700 miles of shoreline is due for a major hurricane. A study by World Bank lists Tampa Bay as one of the ten most at-risk areas for a hurricane in the world. Some credit lady luck for the fact that the Pinellas County area hasn’t suffered a direct hurricane hit at category 3 or higher in almost 100 years. If you want to list your home, consider taking precautions to alleviate any financial damage.

Checking your property insurance plan

Even if you plan to sell your home soon, check your hurricane policy and other storm coverage with a property insurance company. People who own their homes outright aren’t required to maintain home owner’s insurance. But protecting your home during a home-selling process makes financial sense during hurricane season.

Installing proper windows and doors

One major selling point when listing a home in Pinellas County is secure hurricane-proof construction. The Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete is known to have 18-inch thick concrete walls, steel frame and hurricane resistant class. When buying a home in Pinellas, read about the builder’s reputation by checking online reviews. During the home inspection, the inspector will reveal whether the home has all of the necessary hurricane proof features.

Even though you feel anxious to sell quickly, don’t let a home sale prevent you from evacuating during an actual hurricane or other emergency. Keep proper hurricane supplies including flood prevention materials for bad weather. At International Title Partners, we provide title insurance services without high closing costs. For more tips on buying or selling Pinellas County real estate and preparing for hurricane season in the Belleair Bluffs area, please contact us.