No Storm Damage? Get Your Home Certified Now!

No Storm Damage? Get Your Home Certified Now!


As the ravages of Hurricane Harvey continue to be unveiled, our prayers continue for the entire area. My heart is proud seeing the courageous attitudes of the people there. The outpouring of volunteers, money, and help is overwhelming.


I have my personal home for sale in the north Houston area as well as my Mother's home. My husband and Mom both rode out the storm and thankfully did not sustain any damages. We are immensely grateful.


Being in this industry through many storms, there are some things that can be done immediately if you were one of the fortunate ones to not sustain any damage. You will need to contact your local licensed Home Inspector and ask if they will do a Storm Certification as soon as possible. This is a basic, visual inspection or with the additional infared inspection that can verify that the home did not take on any water.


In the coming months, this will be VERY IMPORTANT for anyone trying to sell their home. Having this documentation that is dated and signed by a licensed Inspector will be critical. After our last Memorial Day flood, I worked with many clients who were traumatized by the losses they experienced. Their first question in looking at any home was, "has this home flooded before?"


Being pro-active right now as home owners and as real estate agents for the fortunate homeowners is paramount. Also, your home could be the perfect home for them as they wade out of this mess. This documentation will go a long way in providing the future buyer with a bit of confidence.


After contacting one of the inspectors that I have used for many years last night, we discussed what could be done. We both talked through it from the real estate perspective as well as the Inspection side and came up with a great plan. I am sharing his link so others may take advantage of his program.


David Sweet of Sweet Home Inspections is the one to call as of last night has enacted a certification program that is a great option for the non-damaged homes.  You might want to share this news with as many agents and homeowners as possible to help get the word out.


Thanks everyone and be safe!  Blessings to all and know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsPaula McDonald, Ph.D. • August 30 2017 07:40PM


This is a good tip, for those in your area, Paula.  I'm glad you managed to ride out the storm ok.  My grandson is a student at Rice University in Houston.  I've been grateful that he made it through.  He had originally planned to travel to Dallas last Thursday instead of staying at Rice, but the university Dean, encouraged students to stay instead.  I'm glad he did, because the highways were a mess.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 3 years ago

Hi Paula- I'm sending this to my brother so he can pass it on to all of his neighbors and friends. He did not sustain any water damage and even though he isn't planning on selling, this might be something good to have. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

What great, practical advice you've given, Paula. I'm sure most people wouldn't think about this at all.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 3 years ago

                                         Thank you Paula!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Paula. Interesting idea to promote a home that stayed safe. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

Hi Paula

So glad to hear all is well. This is a great idea, and one I bet many prospective sellers have not thought about. Being proactive makes such good sense. I imagine there are some hueg issues to deal with regarding homes that were undert contract that have been damaged, new homes just closed, and more.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) almost 3 years ago

The real estate agents in the Houston market are going to be struggling for a long time.  This is great advice for dealin with homes undamaged by the storm.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 3 years ago

Paula, as a service to our community I think making sure our clients understand that used cars could also be suspect esepcailly with 500,000 to 1 million damaged by water from Harvey.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 3 years ago

Paula, I would have missed your post if it was not for our friend Kathy Streib , now with that said glad to hear you survived this powerful storm and I must admit what a great advice to dole out, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 3 years ago

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