Key Steps to Take Immediately After Suffering Storm Damage
A storm can change your life in the blink of an eye. And while there are a few steps you can take in preparation for an incoming storm, it’s not uncommon for homes to suffer water and property damage after a big storm.
Fortunately, knowing what steps to take after suffering storm damage can help make the entire process go by a bit smoother.
What to Do After a Storm
1. Stay Safe
First and foremost, you should never do anything that will jeopardize your safety. Even after the storm has passed, broken glass, exposed nails, and fallen debris can still pose a safety threat. If you smell gas or notice down power lines, go somewhere safe and wait for a professional to come and assess the damage.
2. Look for Signs of Damage
If it’s safe to do so, assess the damage yourself. Pay specific attention to roof damage (holes in the roof, split seams, missing shingles, large dents, etc.). Then, look for additional signs of damage to the exterior of your house, including missing bricks and damaged siding.
If you experienced flooding, it’s important to have that cleaned as quickly as possible, since sitting water can lead to mold and mildew growth.
3. Contact Your Insurance Provider
Take photos of the damage your house suffered and then reach out to your insurance provider so that you can be fairly compensated. Your homeowner’s insurance provider will likely provide further instructions on the next steps to take in making a claim.
4. Begin Rebuilding
Storm damage can be devastating, especially if you’ve lost sentimental items. However, rebuilding your home can provide you with some comfort and return to normalcy. Go Mini’s can help your rebuilding efforts by providing:
- Additional storage. If your home is about to undergo construction, keep any undamaged furniture or treasured items safe off-site while your home is being rebuilt, painted, and worked on.
- A safe place for tools and equipment. When working on a home that suffered storm damage, construction companies and contractors require a lot of equipment. Improve the overall efficiency of your rebuild by keeping these tools nearby inside a Go Mini’s unit.
Need more space during your rebuild? Want to protect valuables and furniture? Go Minis ® Franchising, LLC. is committed to minimizing your worries and maximizing your storage space. We can work with your needs and your schedule to ensure you have the best storage experience.
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