Fire Restoration Mistakes to Avoid

Immediately after a house fire, most people are understandably thinking about the loss they sustained and not the steps they need to take to resolve the practical issues associated with a fire. Unfortunately, these common mistakes can lead to costlier repairs and more lost property.

Waiting to Call the Insurance Company

Getting insurance to pay for damage after a fire is not always the simple and straightforward process homeowners would like it to be. Many insurance companies have restrictions for coverage depending on the type of damage that was sustained as well as the type of property affected. Always ask questions about coverage before buying a policy if possible, and make sure to stay up to date on any changes your insurance company makes. After a fire, once you are sure that everyone is safe and the situation has been addressed by emergency services, the next thing you should do is to call your insurance agent. Your insurance company will want to establish a case file as soon as possible and will likely request that you document as much of the damage as you can. Once it is determined to be safe to reenter the home, you should take as many pictures as possible to show the extent of the fire damage. Also make a list of the damaged property you would like to list on your insurance claim. Property that is not accounted for on an itemized list may not be covered for repair or replacement.

Throwing Away Salvageable Items

Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that precious mementos and other important items are too damaged to be repaired. From photographs to antiques, a professional fire restoration service can work wonders when it comes to restoring fire-damaged items to their former condition. You may also be able to save money on replacement costs by repairing damaged furniture, rugs and other high-value items.

Not Calling a Fire Damage Restoration Service Janesville Residents Can Trust

By far one of the biggest mistakes you can make after a fire is to work with a disreputable restoration company. Always check for client testimonials and keep the reputation of the company in mind. The more positive testimonials a company has, the more likely your experience with them will be positive as well. Look for a restoration company that has been helping homeowners in your area for a significant period of time as it is more likely to have an established reputation you can use to gauge whether or you want to do business with its representatives. If you would like to schedule a consultation with a fire damage restoration service that has been serving homeowners in Janesville since 1991, call Leaders in Disaster Restoration today at (888) 874-7066. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the restoration process, and our representatives are available 24/7 to address emergency restoration needs.
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