We all take a lot of pride in our homes. We work hard to create a stylish, safe and comfortable home for our families. We clean and we refresh the decor regularly to ensure it looks beautiful all year round. But when disaster strikes, it can feel like we’ll never get back the home we once loved. A home disaster such as water damage, smoke damage, and vandalism can cause a lot of heartbreak as well as a lot of work to fix.
But it can be fixed. And you can reclaim your beautiful home. Think of it as an opportunity to start afresh. You can try new things and even make it better than it ever was. It could be your chance to shine. Don’t despair. Find the professionals you need to help restore your home. Call the insurance company to determine your budget. And let’s get busy.
How to Cope with a Home Disaster
Water damage restoration can take longer to manage than smoke damage or vandalism. This is due to the extra time needed for things to dry out. Floods can also bring harmful bacteria into your home. You’ll need a professional team to come in and manage this for you. It is essential your home is safe and clean before you consider a remodel or decorating.
See What Can Be Salvaged
You may have been able to salvage some of your prized possessions. These may now be in storage, or tucked away in another room. There is often a story of survival and luck around items that have been successfully recovered from a damaged home. You may want to design your interior around such an item, or find a special place for it when the time comes. You may not feel like celebrating right now, but the success of your restoration will be worthy of it.
Start Planning Early
There are many apps and online interior decorator services you can try while you wait for your home to be cleaned up. Start one room at a time. You can coordinate your color palettes, choose new furniture, and even look at flooring. There is plenty to do, so careful planning is required. If you’ve never tackled project management before, why not speak to your insurance company to see what they recommend? Some insurance providers take all of this on for you. This means you only need to approve colors and patterns!
Look on the Bright Side
While your home is being repaired, you may be living in a hotel or other rented accommodation. It can be difficult to care for your family without all your creature comforts. But this is only temporary. Like a vacation, it can be fun and exciting. Staying positive in the face of so many challenges is really important for your family. So do things you wouldn’t normally do at home. Eat meals on the sofa. Get a takeaway or two. Take a day trip. Soon you’ll all be home and back to your old routines.
It’s not easy to keep your chin up when your home has been damaged. You may have lost some precious items that simply cannot be replaced. Now is the time to start again, ready to make some more wonderful memories. Make your home beautiful again.
Have you ever had to deal with a home disaster?