From wildfires to hurricanes, natural disasters can cause devastating damage. Having a recovery plan and knowing how to begin rebuilding after a natural disaster can make a difference in how quickly you can return to normalcy. Regarding property damage, North Arundel Contracting has developed a list of steps to start the recovery process after a natural disaster.
Ensure the Health and Safety of You and Your Loved Ones
Whether you are a first-time homeowner or have lived on your property for many years, understanding your insurance policy is critical to preparing for natural disasters. Your first consideration after a natural disaster is ensuring the health and safety of you and your loved ones. In addition, having an emergency kit for every individual in your family and knowing where to locate irreplaceable documents and valuables is vital. You may want to consider keeping them in a firebox that’s accessible.
Also, don’t forget to create a plan for your pets. However, not all animal shelters will accept animals, so make a list beforehand of shelters that accept all pets. You should also make a pet emergency kit with food and other necessities.
Inspect Any Damages
You must inspect your home’s state and damages once you and your loved ones are safe and can return home. So, take a notebook or cell phone with you to keep track of damaged areas. Additionally, taking photos might be a good idea. Overall, the property damage type your home can suffer will depend on what kind of natural disaster has occurred. For instance, hurricanes can cause likely damage to the roof, while earthquakes could trigger cracks and damage to your walls or foundation. North Arundel Contracting is your one-stop shop with various program options to meet all your needs and budget. Call us today at 410-766-2855 to receive your free consultation!
File a Homeowners Insurance Claim Soon
You may want to file a homeowners insurance claim right away if your home was damaged in a natural disaster. Since there are many claims, the sooner you file, the sooner you can start repairs. Make sure also to submit pictures and documentation with your claim. Even if you don’t know the extent of the property damage, you can still contact your insurance company to notify them that your home is most likely damaged.
Complete Temporary Repairs and Find a Reputable Contractor
Moreover, you might need to make temporary repairs to secure it or remove the possibility of further damage based on your property’s situation. For example, holes in your roof might require placing a tarp to keep out the rain. If possible, gather multiple quotes for necessary repairs and watch out for contractors who suddenly increase their prices while there is high demand. Luckily, North Arundel Contracting is here for your property restoration needs!
Keep Track of Your Expenses
Complete emergency repairs as quickly as possible, but keep all receipts and invoices you collect in a safe place until an insurer potentially asks for them. Another thing you can do when preparing for an emergency is to speak to an agent to find out if you have coverage for emergency repairs while you’re not home.
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If you have more questions about our services for your home or commercial facility, North Arundel Contracting is here to help you out. Our trained professionals can teach you everything there is to know about emergency and general contracting services. Call us any time at 410-766-2855 or reach us by fax at 410-553-2367. Feel free to send us an email at [email protected]. For after-hours emergencies, call us at 410-541-0328. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.