A storm has caused devastation to your home and has left you in a state of shock. Whether you’ve been hit by heavy rainfall which has caused flooding, hail has hit and damaged your roof, lighting has struck your property, or some other disaster has occurred, try not to panic. Yes, storm damage is scary and totally devastating at times, but what it’s important to remember is that it’s only bricks and mortar, as long as your loved ones are all safe, that’s all that matters.
Believe it or not, repairing a property after a storm is often much easier and less stressful than you would think – normally, the damage looks worse than it is. So, take a deep breath, calm down, and start to put a plan in place to get your home ship-shape in no time at all. To help you do that, below are some tips and pieces of advice for making repairing storm damage a little easier.
Find somewhere to stay
Obviously, the first thing that you should focus on if you can’t stay at your home for a while is finding somewhere else to stay. Do you have friends or family nearby that you could stay with temporarily? If not, is there a local hotel that you could book into? Your first priority should be for yours’ and your family’s safety, which is why finding somewhere to stay should be the first thing that you do.
Salvage what you can
The next step is to salvage what you can from the property. Obviously, before you go back in, it’s important to check with a structural engineer that the property is safe to enter. Once you’ve been told it is, you can then start removing any of your undamaged items to a storage space of your choice. Or, if the damage is just in one part of your home, such as downstairs flooding, you can move any undamaged items to another part of the house, such as upstairs. The last thing you want is to have to buy new everything, so salvaging what you can is important.
Call in the pros
If you are not experienced in DIY or construction, it’s a good idea to call in the professionals to help with the repairs that your property needs. Admittedly, there may be some repairs that you can deal with yourself, but others that you need help with. Take a damaged roof, for instance; you will probably need to contact a roof repair company to deal with any issues caused by the storm. Whereas, you may feel comfortable dealing with replacing water-damaged flooring yourself. Just makes sure that anything potentially dangerous, like electrical repairs, for example, are dealt with by a professional.
Deal with the cost of repairs
The chances are you have household insurance in place, which means that most, if not all of your repairs, should be covered. However, if your home has been flooded and you live in an area prone to floods, then you may have been unable to get adequate insurance cover. If your home isn’t insured, for one reason or another, then you may be struggling to come up with the money to fund the repairs to your home. If this is a problem, it’s important to take some time to think about what you can do. You could use a contractor who is willing to accept a payment plan. You could opt to borrow money from friends or family or take out a loan from a loan company. Or, you could start a Go Fund Me page and see if anyone would be willing to donate. Whatever you do, make sure that the repairs are affordable before the contractor begins working on your property.
Storms can be devastating, but they don’t have to mean the end of your home, it’s just a case of knowing how to deal with the damage effectively.