- Know Thy Neighbors:
When living in West Virginia, it would be a great practice to get to know your neighbors. People living in West Virginia are mostly friendly with the sense of a community living. This is why you should take out some time and get to know your neighbors. In case you are leaving your children behind for some urgent work or leaving your home for a few days with many valuables inside, you can always seek the help of your neighbor to look after the house while you are gone.
- Install Smoke Detectors:
You never know when even the smallest and most negligible mistake committed by you can turn out to be a fire hazard in the house you paid for with your hard earnings. Make sure you tackle any emergency situation even before it takes hold of your house by installing the smoke detectors at various places in the house and especially the Kitchen. This will help you detect a fire hazard even before it takes hold of your precious house. Make sure you get them tested once every year to ensure that everything is working fine.
- Post stickers of emergency contacts at various places:
Make sure you place any kind of emergency contact details near places of relevance such as bedroom, telephone table, fridge door, study room, etc. This allows you to get access to an official service for help when in an emergency.
- Number Your House:
Make sure you paint in your house number enough in bright colors for the emergency responders to find you without much struggle. This will also help the logistics companies and courier services to find your home in case you have a parcel arriving for you.
- Plan a house with attic:
Make sure you get a house with an attic. West Virginia being a mountainous region is beyond the reach of heavy cyclones or extremes of temperature, but it can be prone to flooding especially in the low-lying areas. So make sure you plan for any emergency situation with an attic planned for your house to help you reach a height away from the flood water.
- Get acquainted with main cutoffs:
Whether it is for electricity, gas, or water, make sure you know where all the cut off points for these amenities are located in your house to help you cut down the supply when necessary.
- Keep Important papers intact:
Make sure you keep all your important documentation in a place which is free from fire, water, or damp climate. Most of all make sure it is accessible anytime you want.
- Plan insurance for the house:
With so much saved on taxes at West Virginia for homeowners which are way below as compared to other states, you can easily invest the savings on other important aspects such as insurance for your house to make sure you don’t have to take the headache of any unwanted damages to the house.
- Know about “Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program”:
This particular scheme or program is a major inclusion that allows people to afford a decent house in a safe locality with sanitary housing facilities if you come under the following categories:
- Families with low-income.
- Individuals who suffer from a recognizable disability.
Eligibility under this section is determined by scrutiny of local PHA (Public Housing Authority) which is based upon the following elements:
- S. Citizenship.
- Size of your family.
- Your cumulative yearly income.
If your application is eligible for this facility, you will be helped in terms of availability. If there is a long waiting list, your name shall be added to this list and will be called when the waiting period is over.