Dealing with any type of fire can be scary. Not only can it leave you struggling to figure out what is damaged and what is salvageable, but it leaves you trying to figure out what caused the fire to erupt in the first place. Once you have the chance to sit down and start assessing the fire damage with your loved ones, you can begin to figure out where to go from here. While this can be an extremely stressful time, there are a few tips that can help you get through it and make sense of it all.
Begin compiling an inventory list.
The first thing you want to do is see compile a list of all the items that are damaged or destroyed. This will help you figure out how much of a loss you are dealing with and what items are going to need to be replaced when everything is said and done. If there is something you cannot locate, you have to assume it was destroyed in the fire. Try to gather as much information about the items destroyed as you can. Makes, models, year of purchase, purchase amounts and so on can go a long way in determining your loss.
Contact your insurance company.
You also need to contact your insurance company to report the loss. They are going to need the date of the fire, time and an estimate of what was lost. They will send one of their adjusters out to take a look at everything and assess the damage. They will also have to take pictures for their files. Depending on how bad the damage is, they might just cut you a check to replace everything and stay in a hotel while the work is being done or they might deem it a total loss.
Bring in the fire damage restoration crews.
If your home is salvageable, a fire damage restoration crew will need to be brought in to start working on the damage and getting your home back to where you can live in it again. This process can take a little time to make sure all of the damage is gone and the air quality is back to normal, so try to be patient.
In following the three tips above, you can begin taking control of the situation and getting back to the way things were. While it might not be the most enjoyable experience, you can get through the whole ordeal quickly and easily.Share