No one every plans to have a house fire, but when it happens, it can feel like your whole world is crashing down around you. The damages can be overwhelming. Just how do you go about recovering from fire damage? Consider these tips from Tom Madsen, LLC—Sussex, NJ’s premier fire restoration expert.
1. Make alternate living arrangements.
If your home is unlivable, you will need to figure out an alternate place to live while repairs are taking place. You may decide to stay at a local hotel that offers long-term rates or move in with a willing friend or family member. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
2. Get a fire restoration assessment and quote.
What needs to be done to take care of the charred walls or the smoky smell throughout your first floor? Don’t get overwhelmed. Instead, call a professional who can assess the damage and help you make a fire restoration plan moving forward.
3. Keep your insurance in the loop.
Be sure to submit the house fire, damages, items lost, and so on to your insurance. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can get funds to pay for repairs and replacement items.
4. Remove damaged items.
Did you have personal items, clothes, or furniture that was damaged in the fire? Before home repairs can start, you (or a professional team) must first remove items beyond repair. You can decide whether to hire this out or do it yourself. Many people have to go through a grieving process as they throw things away, while others just want to avoid it altogether. You decide what works best for you.
5. Hire a professional restoration team.
Fire restoration takes a specialized process to get rid of the smoky smell or to replace charred walls or flooring. You want a contractor certified and experienced in fire restoration. If you live in Sussex, Vernon, Franklin, or the surrounding area, contact Tom Madsen at (973) 875-9716. We can give you a free, no-obligation quote and get you on the road to full home restoration.By Nyttend (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons