Assessing the situation after an incident

Theres nothing worse than having to repair your home following incidents like flooding, fires and severe storms. You feel like all the hard work and love you have put into your home has been ripped out from underneath you and the personality of your home has been taken away.

Sometimes, depending on the severity of the damage, you can see that there isn’t going to be much work needed to get it all back and you just have to get in there and get it done. Others however there can be a lot to do and its hard to work out where to even begin.

Obviously the first thing you need to do in either situation is check out the structure of your building. The aesthetics can wait until after this because, lets face it, you don’t want to start painting a wall and find out half way through that there are cracks slowly forming in it and it needs rebuilding. You need to get a surveyor to assess the damage properly and tell you if anything is likely to go wrong because of the impact of the incident. Once that is done and you know your home is safe you take a look at things by way of importance.

It might be that your home was a Victorian property with loads of period features. If this is the case then you want to look at those features and see if they can be salvaged or if you need a specialist that deals in insurance repairs for the original coving, cornices or floor tiles in your property. More modern homes tend not to have as many specialist features but obviously in both cases you may need to call in other specialists such as lighting and heating experts and plumbers.

The structure and the aesthetics are the most important factors. Once your got the structure of the property secured and the flooring, doors, walls and windows all sorted you can start giving them a lick of paint or spruce them up with new wallpaper and start moving in the furniture, and any of your old items that were salvageable.

Remember to break down the home into specific areas, trying not to tackle every room and area at once. The best place to start will be the room that was most affected by whatever incident occurred, so if it was a fire that started in the kitchen you want to target the kitchen and the room above it first, the

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