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My House Has Been Damaged by A Storm. What Next?


The damage a storm, tornado or hurricane does to a home can leave your life suddenly toppled. Right after a storm, you might be overcome with the storm damage, with everything you have to do and with concerns about getting your life back together. But careful planning can help you return to routine as quickly as possible..



Safety First

Flooding, wind damage, or lightning to a home can pose serious dangers. Live power lines, mold and open areas of your house can all put you at risk. It's best to leave your home until you're able to assess the damage. Consider going to an emergency shelter, staying with friends and family or staying at a hotel until you're able to get an inspector to your home. Pack a few day's worth of clothing and supplies, but prioritize safety above collecting your possessions. Jonas Independent Contracting can inspect your home for safety hazards before you return.


Documenting Damage


It’s important that the damage be documented by a storm damage specialist as soon as possible, particularly if your homeowner's insurance only covers certain types of damage. Photos should be taken of the damage and be sure to document any potential problems, such as mold, crumbling drywall or exposed power lines. It's a good idea to have pictures on file of the normal state of your house. So if you're concerned about a storm that hasn't hit yet, take photos both before and after the storm.


Insurance Claims


Read your homeowner insurance policy thoroughly to see what is and isn’t covered before contacting the insurance company. Dealing with insurance companies after a storm can be intimidating, but you can turn to Jonas Independent Contracting to work with your insurance agency to provide proper documentation and get a fair settlement.



Hire A Contractor for Repairs


Storm damage caused by hail, wind, or flooding can compromise your roof and sometimes even your home’s interior – walls, ceilings, and floors. To make certain you hire a trustworthy contractor to help with repairs, it’s best to be patient and think through the situation instead of reactionary. Ask questions and gather information during your discussions with potential contractors. Don’t make rash decisions without doing research. Check references and reviews online. As you can see through online reviews, Jonas Independent Contracting has a solid reputation and can help you with insurance claims and any roof or interior repairs needed so you can relax after the storm..


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