Even storms that seem to be routine can be surprisingly violent and result in damage. You might be confused and frightened to discover that your home has been damaged by a storm. You might also wonder what steps you need to take next if your home has sustained any type of storm damage.
1. Protect it from additional damage
If there are exposed areas of your roof, for example, that are open to the elements, you'll want to cover them with a tarp in order to minimize the possibility of further damage. Take similar measures if there are windows that are broken or other issues that make it more likely that further damage will occur.
2. Call your insurance company
Even if you are unsure whether you have a large enough issue to warrant a claim, you'll want to contact your insurance company anyway -- just to be sure. It's important to note that if your storm damage is the result of a large storm that has affected many homes in your area or huge swaths of property across the state, you might experience long wait times. In order to get your name on the list of those affected by the storm, though, you need to get the process started by calling your insurance company.
3. Contact a professional storm restoration company
Getting an estimate on the fixes that are necessary to get your home repaired now means that you are one step ahead of the process when your insurance company is able to address your claim.
4. Decide if you will wait for the insurance company to begin repairs
Of course, you also don't have to wait until your insurance company can get to your place in the queue of claims either. You can get started on the repairs of your home sooner rather than later. Many homeowners simply can't wait for their claim to wind its way through the process, especially for larger storms when insurance personnel could be overworked. Instead, you could contract with a company and have them start work as soon as they can get to it. Just be sure to keep a record of all of the work done -- including pictures, if possible -- and all of your receipts so you can be reimbursed at a later date.
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