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If fire or water has damaged your home, one of the first things you will think about is how to restore your home to its former glory. Do you do it yourself, or do you hire a local damage restoration contractor?
There are some benefits of going the DIY route, but the advantages of hiring a professional restoration contractor are far greater.
Before deciding how to proceed, it’s important to understand exactly what it is you need to do.
If your home has been damaged by fire, you will have to take some or all of the following steps:
If your home has been damaged by water, steps you may be required to take include some or all of the following:
There are some advantages to repairing water or fire damage on your own, including possibly saving on costs and being able to take care of the repairs on your own time. However, even these benefits could backfire.
As you may have guessed, most, if not all, of the steps after fire or water damage would require the assistance of a professional – right from the first step of making sure the home is safe to enter. Only a skilled fire damage restoration professional, fire marshal, building contractor, inspector or similar professional would be able to thoroughly assess the safety of a home, such as recognizing weak floorboards or roof beams that may collapse.
Not taking necessary precautions or heeding these warnings could be very dangerous. For example:
It’s also important to note that repairing surface damage without getting to the root cause could lead to another incident, more extensive damage and possibly even endanger people and pets.
Fire and water damage restoration professionals are trained to recognize these dangers, and they would already have the necessary safety gear on hand to protect themselves. If you try to do it yourself, you will be required to purchase safety gear, equipment and tools, which may reduce the amount of money you would be saving by choosing DIY over hiring a contractor.
In addition to the restoration contractor, you will likely need to have a fire marshal assess the property for safety, and you would need to have utilities professionally restored. In other words, many of the necessary steps actually require the help of professionals, so you can’t do it on your own.
Long story short, it’s a very complicated job with many layers. Allowing professionals to restore your home after water or fire damage ensures that the dangers are recognized, the full extent of the damage is assessed and that repairs are completed thoroughly.