After a house fire, you are probably overwhelmed, emotional, and unsure of what needs to be done. Once you and your loved ones are safe, there are some things that you should do to take care of your property. At FP Property Restoration, we specialize in restoring properties following natural disasters, such as house fires, and can offer helpful tips for those who have experienced them. Continue reading to see what steps we recommend you follow after a house fire.
#1 Do Not Enter Your Home Unless It Is Safe
Your home needs to be inspected and deemed safe by the fire department. You never want to enter it before it has been thoroughly examined, as your home may be at risk of collapse or fires erupting again. Even once you have received permission to enter your home, do so with extreme caution and awareness. If you suspect it isn’t safe, leave immediately.
#2 Call Your Insurance Company
You should contact your homeowners' insurance agency right away to file a claim. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can begin the process of restoring your home. Also, insurance companies will often give you a daily allowance, which will provide you with a place to stay and food to eat for as long as you are displaced. Be sure to keep all receipts you have for money you have spent food and lodging to present to your insurance company for reimbursement.
#3 Document All Damage
It is important that you keep detailed record of the damage to your property, including your possessions. Take plenty of pictures inside and outside of your home and of your damaged possessions.
#4 Separate Damaged & Undamaged Property
Because your insurance company will want record of all damaged property, we advise you to separate your undamaged property from your damaged property. This will make it much easy for you to list and report your damaged property to your agent. The list that you make will need to contain information such as the product brand, model number, price, and description.
#5 Remove Undamaged Property
To prevent your undamaged property from becoming damaged, you should remove it from your home. Once you have safely retrieved it, we recommend you store it in a safe place. You should also try to locate and retrieve important documents such as birth certificates, passports, and other records.
#6 Call FP Property Restoration
The specialists at FP Property Restoration have extensive experience restoring properties following fires. Our fire restoration team can handle all restoration services, including fire and smoke cleanup, contents cleaning, and repairs.
Contact FP Property Restoration at (888) 408-2335 or online to learn more about how we can restore your property.