Rebuilding After A House Fire
The last step in restoring your home after a fire is rebuilding. Before undertaking the process of rebuilding, you need to make sure you have properly cleaned up the aftermath of the fire and deodorized your home. A quick checklist helps when having to deal with these types of situations. Make sure you have alternate housing if the fire department has not specifically declared your home safe. Consumables should not ever be eaten or drunk after being exposed to soot, fire, ashes, or water. Watch for structural damage in your home from fire or water damage. When the fire department puts out a fire, they often use water and chemicals, so you have to watch out for these elements as well. In addition, if your home is safe, you should attempt to locate any valuables that remain in your home prior to leaving it. These steps ensure that the fire damage is minimized and the rebuilding process can continue without any interruptions for fire-specific problems.
When you start working on rebuilding your home, you can either do it yourself or work with a general contractor. Ordinarily, insurance helps cover fire damage and it is easiest to work with your insurance appraiser in combination with a general contractor in order to do the work. Often, your insurance company will not quibble over small things if their appraiser’s estimate is roughly similar to your general contractor’s estimate. If you are not insured, you may have to rely upon your own resources to recover. Some private organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and local civic centers might be able to provide some assistance. There are occasionally nonprofit fire damage centers that are always willing to help if available.
If you contract a professional restoration company they will help you in all aspects of restoring your building to a pre-fire condition. Make sure to always get an estimate and check the company’s references before hiring them. Most restoration companies do a wide range of work. They can secure the home from further fire damage, estimate the general structural integrity of the house and repair it, and estimate the damage cost of personal property in addition to the replacement costs. Many restoration companies will also help you wrap and package remaining home items either for storage or for cleaning. They will additionally hire subcontractors for rebuilding and restoration as needed.
As you can see, local fire restoration companies offer extensive services to help you rebuild your home after a house fire. Remember that homeowner’s insurance often covers most, if not all, of your costs.
If you have fire or smoke damage, call Restoration Local 24/7 at 1-888-443-3110 for a free estimate! We work with your insurance company!