What Steps to Take After a Fire

When a fire breaks out in your Homosassa, Florida, home, it can be devastating. After you have verified that all of your loved ones are safe, you then have to determine your next steps to regain some normalcy. If you experience a fire, follow these steps so you can take care of the damage and get your home back again.

Determine Where You Will Stay After the Fire

First and foremost, you will need to find out where you can stay until your home is properly restored and safe to return to. Consider staying with family and friends if that is an option, although you might need to stay in a hotel room for the first few nights.

Contact Your Insurance Company

You will want to contact your insurance company right away to get the claim process started. The sooner you alert your insurance company, the quicker you will be able to begin repairs. If your insurance company provides you with hotel funds while your home is being repaired, you will want to take advantage of those right away, as well.

Create a List of Fire-Damaged Items

Make a list as soon as possible of all of the items that were damaged in the fire. You also want to list any documents that will need to be replaced. If you have any high priced items such as antiques that were lost, make sure to list them and their appropriate value. This is why it is recommended that you periodically take photos of every room in your home.

Contact a Restoration Specialist

Finally, it comes time to get your home safe again so you can return. You will need to contact a fire damage restoration company to thoroughly clean the area, mitigate any water damage from putting out the fire, restore the contents of your home that can be salvaged, and eliminate the odors from the soot and smoke.

If your home has been hit by a fire, contact us at 352-503-8013 today. One of our ServiceMaster Pro fire restoration specialists will help you get your home safe for your return.

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