Although preparing for natural disasters is always a good idea, unfortunately, damage will sometimes still happen. Making repairs after a natural disaster will require patience and diligence. And if your property has experienced damage from a natural disaster, there are a few things you should know about making repairs after a natural disaster.
Today, we are sharing a few with you to make the process go as smoothly as possible:
Making a Claim
The first thing you’ll need to do is take inventory of the damage and make an insurance claim. Your insurance company will need evidence of the damage, so be sure to hold off on removing any damaged property or making repairs right away which could affect your claim. Take a lot of pictures of the damage and have receipts handy if possible to give to your insurance adjuster.
Making Temporary Fixes
It’s important that you reach an agreement with your insurance company before making any permanent fixes that could interfere with your settlement. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make temporary fixes, such as boarding up a broken window or covering up a hole in your roof with a piece of tarp or plywood. This is your safest bet until your claim has been completely processed by your insurance company.
Hiring a Contractor
Although you don’t want a contractor to start working until after your insurance claim is processed, it’s a good idea to contact a contractor or start looking for one to repair your property. Be sure to ask for recommendations and look at reviews to find a good contractor in your area. You’ll want to tell your contractor about the damage and ask them about how long the project is expected to take and the cost estimate, as well as up-front payment and payment plan options. Once you have all this information, your contractor will be able to move forward with making the necessary repairs once your claim is processed.
Here at Ascension General Contractors, we are committed to ensuring quality repairs in a timely and professional manner. We are a full-service general contractor and proud to serve Nashville residents, business owners, and operators.