It was the season for bad weather, and that could only mean one thing - we’d soon be dipping into our emergency funds. Since moving into our own home, my wife and I have been putting a little bit of money aside each week for accidental damage. It sounded silly, but it was a good backup plan, and if we didn’t use it to mend the house, we could go on a holiday. We were pretty happy that we’d started our emergency fund this time last year. The winds had gotten so strong at one point, we had to batten down the hatches. There were wind and weather warnings being thrown at us left, right and centre. Luckily we’d managed to keep the family safe, even the dogs were huddled up in the bathroom with us. It was a tight squeeze, but we did what we had to do. When the warnings had passed and we felt it safe enough to venture outside the house, we saw the destruction. Because we’d planned for the wild weather, most of our stuff had been put away or strapped down, the car cover however, was not. To our horror, the pergola had been completely ripped out of the ground and one of the posts had gone through the car windscreen. It was disheartening, but considering the damage down the rest of the street - we’d come out alright. We had used our emergency funds to make an appointment with the guys at Pergolas Melbourne. We’d called them almost immediately and of course, so had everyone else in the area. The woman on the phone from Verandahs Melbourne managed to schedule us in. I was glad we’d gone with Carports Melbourne because they’d done a fantastic job. I just hoped we didn’t have to do the same this year.