If you’re struggling with a damaged home due to Hurricane Harvey’s flooding and winds, here are some tips to follow to take care of your home:
Don’t move anything until you’ve taken pictures– The first instinct when looking at a big project is to start working on it immediately. However, the best first step to take is to leave everything in its place until you document all damage done.
Take pictures of everything that has been damaged– Just in case your insurance needs proof, or if you need any sort of proof at all, it’s a good idea to document everything that was damaged. Take pictures of everything, including things like electronics, walls, beds, light fixtures, fences, trees. It’s also a good idea to use a ruler to measure how high the water is or how high it was sitting (based on water stains).
Check for dangerous areas– Before you begin the repair phase, make sure to look around and take caution when moving about your home. Hurricane winds are capable of knocking power lines down. Also, some areas in your home may be filled with water that could cave in a roof, ceiling, wall, or floor. Don’t start working until you know you can move about safely.
Start working on things you can handle– As of now, the demand for labor and repair work is high which could mean that prices are high. If you are capable of doing some repair work on your own, or moving items out of your home, you may be able to cut out labor time costs or work.
Ask around for volunteer help– You might be amazed at how many people there are ready and willing to help those victims of Hurricane Harvey. Remember, you don’t have to be alone. Reach out! There are many orginizations willing to help rebuild, donate, and shelter.