If your home was damaged in the recent tornados that ripped across Alabama, you may be left with questions on next steps and how to rebuild. Tornados can strike fast and leave a path of destruction in their wake in just a matter of seconds. Fortunately, your home insurance covers damages from disasters like a tornado. Whether your home suffered major damage or just a few broken windows, these tips will help you get back on track after a storm.
Assess the Storm Damage
Reaching out to your home insurance provider is the first step you should take after a damaging storm or tornado. It is crucial to document everything as you work with your insurance company. Keep a list of who you spoke to, phone numbers, etc. Also be sure to make a very thorough list of all the damages to your home or personal property.
Pause the Cleanup
It will be tempting to get outside and begin cleanup immediately following a damaging storm. Resist the urge for a bit to make sure you properly document all of the damage. It is crucial that you take photos and even videos of any and all damage, as photographic evidence will always be helpful with your insurance claim. Record as much as possible! There is no such thing as too many photos when assessing damages.
Prevent Further Damage
If your roof was smashed or windows broken, cover any open spaces with tarps or other materials to help prevent additional damage to the property. You are responsible for protecting your home from future damages.
Be Aware of Scams
After a storm, you may find contractors in your neighborhood claiming they can rebuild your home for a low cost. Make sure to do your homework before signing a contract or hiring a builder. Only deal with licensed builders. If you are unsure if the person or company you are speaking with is licensed, you can call the State of Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board to verify their license. There is also a helpful list of resources on their website to make sure you get the best service possible.
Find a Trustworthy Builder
Especially following a damaging storm, it is important to work with a company that you trust. C&D Home Solutions was founded on the idea that purchasing windows and doors should be a simple, hassle-free experience. We are locally owned, and we care about our community and the customers we serve. Whether your home needs replacement windows, doors or even siding or gutters, we have custom solutions to fit your home’s needs. We are a fully independent, licensed and insured Alabama company bringing home improvement into the 21st century.
If you are unsure of the next steps to take to fix damages to your home, call or text us at 205-340-5786 for a FREE quote. One of our friendly salespeople will come to you!