Don’t Put Off Home Repairs
This is a guest blog done by Kathi Fleck of LoneStar Property Solutions. You can read an interview she had previously done with Design Build Planners here.
“It is most important to take care of repair items as they occur, whether inside your home or on the exterior. I regularly see homes needing repair in addition to the desired updates the homeowner requests.” – Kathi Fleck
There is nothing that holds up a project like unexpected repairs. Even if the repairs were known about, it’s completely possible for homeowners to put off maintenance tasks until a major project is being done. When going into a remodeling project, it’s usually fairly obvious if maintenance has been deferred or not. If it’s been put off for too long, the overall cost of the project the homeowner wants to do becomes greatly increased by the necessary repairs that will need to be done along with it.
Although there are many people and companies available to help homeowners begin to repair or rebuild their damaged homes, there are unfortunately as many, if not more, out there looking to take advantage of homeowners in need. Before you hire someone to work on your home, be sure to check their credentials first, even though you may be tempted to hire the first person that knocks on your door.
The first thing you should do is document all your damage using still pictures and video. It is best to have the most accurate depiction of the damage, so taking detailed notes will help as well. Next, contact your insurance company or broker. Understand what your policy covers, what your deductible is, and what the next steps towards repair should be.