5 Ways to Renovate After a Disaster

03B86706A natural disaster damaging your real estate is no fun for anyone; however, it can be an opportunity for you to renovate. Assuming that you have a competent contractor, here are a few of the best ways to renovate your home after a disaster.

Getting Moisture Out of the Basement

If your basement always had that smell of wet duck, a great way to add value and stability to your home is to ensure that problem stays fixed. You may be able to redirect some of the insurance funds towards fixing the basement if any of the material around the footings of the house has been damaged. This is the most expensive part of the renovation, so if you subsidize that aspect, you gain financial leverage. You can dry the basement area out utilizing your contractor's replacement internal guttering system or the available sump system.

Investing in an Outside Power Source

If the power stopped working during your disaster, the opening led to many other opportunities for damage as well. A great renovation that will protect your home from future exposure is an investment in a power generator. Hurricanes and water storms can take out the sump pumps in your home quite easily, leaving the door open to internal flooding of your drainage system that would not occur otherwise. You will also have an extra source of power for your refrigerators if a storm knocks out your power for more than a day. You immediately save money on the food that you would otherwise have to throw away. If you cannot afford a full generator, gas powered mobile generators are a fraction of the cost while providing the same benefits.

Fortifying the Interior Walls

The frame of your house is susceptible to contaminants in storm water and wind, not just the power of the element itself. Once the storm is over, you may actually need an antibacterial in order to keep your walls from becoming "infected." This is a much easier job if your walls are properly fortified with material that is not so easily taken down. Polystyrene beats fiberglass, and cement board is much better than drywall. You may be able to subsidize this with insurance money, but even if you have to come out of pocket, the replacements will serve you well for many years down the road.

Fortifying Your Flooring

Weak floors will cave in, possibly literally, after an especially strong water disaster. Although you may be able to dry up any carpet with professional help, your carpet pad will likely need a full replacement. Instead of carpet, try tile. Carpet is probably the weakest flooring option that you can choose. After that comes laminate top and hardwood. If you must invest in one of these options, you can still improve the flooring by raising it with rubber soles. This will give water a channel between the concrete of your frame and the floor that it can run through uncontested. Download your free home disaster planning eBook
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