Natural calamities are unavoidable and no one knows what condition we would be if God- forbid we get affected by any calamity like a flood. Yes, ofcourse we are not asking you to think negative, none of us want to think in this direction, but then attaining some knowledge that might be helpful if by chance we are hit by a natural calamity is not bad. Its like ‘hope for the best and be prepared for the worst’.
Today, we chose the topic that revolves around restoring your home after a natural disaster. If you have met with such an incident and by God’s grace, not much damage is done thereby leaving space for restoration, then post of ours would be the correct one to read on. Here, we have listed down some important points that might prove to be of help in case you are trying to undergo the restoration process.
Firstly, to put it in straight, simple words, restoration or recovering from a natural disaster is not a single day job, its a gradual process that takes time and requires ample patience. Safety is the primary issue that is vital for mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to restore any home hit by any kind of natural calamity becomes bit stress-free. Read on to know about the general steps to repair your home after natural disaster and regain your life back to normal.
1. Seek Help
The very first step we would advise here is seeking help as in looking for a reputed contractor who might help you with the restoration and repair process if your house is damaged by a natural disaster of any kind like flood, fire, snow or an earthquake. Ofcourse, the demand for qualified contractors exceeds the supply of qualified contractors. Little patience would be great in such scenarios, but then seeking help and getting the right contractor to help in restoration process be worthwhile.
2. Avoid Rip-Offs
This suggestion is the following point of the above one. If a particular place with a good number of residences is hit with a natural calamity ofcourse, like you everyone would be looking for the high quality contractors so not loosing patience is the key. The legitimate licensed home repair companies might be booked for quite some time and if one looses patience there are chances that, frustrated and anxious homeowners may fall into the trap of rip offs neglecting to take the usual precautions when hiring contractors. Avoid rip-offs at any cost. Choose the contractors with extra care even if it asks you to wait for sometime.
Let’s see what tips Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offer to the people who survived the disaster and now want restoration of their home to lead a normal life once again.
1. Before you approach a contractor to hire him for the restoration, check the track record and if possible call the people who recently availed their service to get the review.
2. To know more about the contractor, you can seek help from friends, relatives, neighbours, co-workers, insurance agents and others to see if its fine to hire the contractor.
3. Get an estimate cost written in the contract before you sign it and don’t go for what is said, instead get it pinned down. Keep a copy of the final, signed contract with you.
4. Avoid hiring a contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job up-front. It is a wise idea to handover the deposit of one-third of the total price that is standard procedure. Ensure you pay only by check or credit card and make the final payment only after the work is completed to your satisfaction.
5. Ask for permanent solutions and don’t pay for temporary repairs else you will have to face issues in the long run.
6. Seek the help of the attorney/ friend or some knowledgeable person to review a home repair contract before you finally sign it. If you suspect a repair rip-off, check it with state Attorney General.
Obviously, you have just overcome the situation where you had lost a big deal, but then to ensure you don’t end up paying extra for the work. Be smart and if you suspect fraud, waste you always have the option to report it to FEMA’s Inspector General’s Office. In the end, we would like to as you for suggestions to add if you have any on how to repair home after a natural disaster.