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My House Just Burned Down Now What?

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What to do after your house has burned down?

Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. If your house has just burned down, you may wonder what to do next.

Here are some practical tips to help you navigate this challenging time:

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Contact your insurance company

One of the first things you should do is contact your insurance company to inform them of the fire and to begin the claims process. They will be able to guide you through the steps involved and provide you with information about what is covered under your policy.

Remember that the claims process can take some time, so it is a good idea to be patient and stay in close contact with your insurance company.  Have you considered whether you need to hire a loss assessor?

Find temporary accommodation

Depending on the extent of the damage, it may not be safe to stay in your home. You will need to find temporary accommodation while the repairs are being carried out.

This could be a hotel, a rental property, or even a friend’s or relative’s home. Your local council and RedCross charity can help you with accommodation.  Your local council and RedCross charity can help you with accommodation.

cleaning up walls in a fire damaged house
Ironically the foam used to put off fire can do more damage to walls and flooring therefore requiring a full replacement by taking a property back to brick.

Get quotes from builders

Once you have received approval from your insurance company, you will need to start looking for builders to carry out the repairs. Getting quotes from multiple builders is a good idea to ensure you get the best value for your money. 

Be sure to provide them with a detailed description of the work that needs to be done, including any specific requirements or preferences you have.

Clean up the damage

Depending on the extent of the fire, there may be a lot of debris and damage left behind. It is important to clean up this debris as soon as possible to minimise the risk of injury and make assessing the damage easier.

This could involve removing burnt materials, cleaning up soot and smoke stains, and repairing water damage. You may have to hire industrial-grade dehumidifiers to remove excess damp and use a wet vacuum to remove any excess water.  Your insurance company should be able to guide you on how to clean after fire damage.

How to repair a fire damaged house
You are responsible for securing the property because if a loose roof tile hits a child or trespasser, he/she could sue you personally for negligence.

Repair your fire damaged home

Once the clean-up is complete, it is time to start the repair process. This will involve working with builders to repair or rebuild any damaged areas of your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, this could be a complex and time-consuming process.

Working with reputable builders who can provide you with a detailed quote and timeline for the repairs is important.

Have you considered selling your fire damaged home?

Dealing with a house fire can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. It is important to stay calm and organised and to work with professionals who can help guide you through the process.

Not everyone has the energy or inclination to rebuild their home and often sellers prefer to make a fresh start.  Once your insurance claim has settled, you may wish to consider selling your fire damaged home as it is to Property Saviour.

Yes, we will buy any property in any condition, and we will even pay £1,500 towards your legal fees.  The whole process can be completed within 10 working days allowing you to make a fresh start.

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