Living in the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin areas has plenty of benefits, including access to recreation opportunities and a world-class city. However, our Midwestern weather can be unpredictable and dangerous at times. At a moment’s notice, a powerful storm can knock out power, wireless access, and even a house’s exterior.
If your home has been damaged by a recent storm, you can feel a range of emotions. It can feel scary and uncertain during the aftermath. You may even feel unsafe or have to relocate in the short-term. However, once the storm passes and you have secured your family’s immediate safety, the work doesn’t stop. In fact, you are just getting started. Here is what you should do if your home is damaged by a storm.
Assure Your Safety
First and foremost, assure your safety. If the storm has damaged your house to the point where the roof is significantly damaged or if the structure is unstable, it is not safe for you to remain in your home. You should grab a few things and head to a hotel (or a friend’s home) to stay until it is safe for your return. If your home is structurally sound, you are safe to stay in your home while you wait on repairs. If you aren’t sure about the safety of your home, err on the side of caution and call in professionals to give you recommendations.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Your homeowner insurance should cover some, if not all, of the expenses associated with repairing your home. To get the process started, call your insurance agent to inform them of the damage and to begin the process.
Work with Experienced Construction Professionals
Repairing and replacing your home’s exterior components, like roofing, siding, and windows, shouldn’t be left to just any general contractor. You need a company of professionals that has experience working with insurance companies, advocating for homeowners across the Illinois and Wisconsin area, and that provides exceptional communication while making your home look its best.
At Roberts Restoration, we excel at not only providing quality craftsmanship but also at taking the stress off of homeowners by being the contact person for their insurance company. That’s right – we take care care of nearly everything so that you can take a deep breath and relax during this chaotic time.
If your home has been damaged in a storm, call us today. We are here to guide you through the process and assure your home looks great.