(WGGB) — Whether your home as suffered a tiny bit of smoke damage or complete fire and water destruction, the cleanup process can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Angie’s List says it might be a good idea to hire professionals to clean and restore your home and its’ belongings.
Most homeowners don’t plan for a disaster, but you should.
Cleaning up water and smoke damage quickly is important because if left untreated, the damage can become a bigger problem, costing more money to repair.
Companies that specialize in remediation and restoration are staffed with professional technicians who have extensive experience using heavy duty equipment to help remove mold, mildew, smoke and odors from your home and belongings.
Kenny Cochran is the owner of a restoration company. “Its very important when you have a major fire or flood and your contents are being packed our of your home that the company doing it does a complete photographic inventory, bar coding, scanning of all contents so it can be tracked from start to finish tome the home to the restoration facility and back into the home,” he explained.
If disaster strikes, the first thing you need to do is go through all the things you might have lost to assess their value.
Angie Hicks of Angie’s List says, “How much it would cost to replace them, because that’s going to help you make some of these decisions a little easier. Obviously, the sentimental things are going to be a lot tougher. But that sofa you paid $1,000 for, if it’s going to cost $800 to repair it, you might just want to go ahead and get a new one.”
A fire or flood can leave you feeling desperate for help, but homeowners should still research contractors thoroughly and get estimates in writing.
“Finding one before the problem arises is always a good idea because you want to make sure that you do all your vetting because quick decision could result in more pain and headache down the road then spending a little extra time doing your research,” Angie explained.
And right now, you should go room by room in your home and take photos of your possessions. Keep important documents and receipts in a fire safe, waterproof container.