Don't Panic! Here's How to Deal with Those Home Emergencies

One of the most challenging parts of being a homeowner is those little emergencies that crop
up from time to time. Thinks like broken boilers, storm damage, flooding and at the more extreme end,
fires are far more common than any of us would like and they can send us into a panic wondering
how well pay for the damage, who we need to call and how we’re going to sort things out quickly.
However, if you’re prepared and you know what to do when those home emergencies do happen, you
should not have these problems and you should be able to act fast to prevent further damages.

With that in mind, here are some tips to help you deal with any home emergencies that you have
in the future:

Keep a List of Contractors

You might think that this is going over the top a bit when you might never need to use them, but I
would really recommend compiling a list of professionals who can help you should you have a home
emergency; people like plumbers, electricians, and  builders, so if you require a roof repair, for
example, you can call the person you need to call immediately. If you don’t compile a list in
advance, you’ll be far more tempted to simply call the first contractor you find on Google and they
might not be the best choice in terms of value or ability. So, do your homework now and when you
need them you’ll be ready to act.

Do What You Can to Minimise the Situation

It might not always be possible, but when you’re experiencing a home emergency,
it pays to do what you can to stop the problem from getting worse while you wait for help.
For example, if your pipes are leaking, you’re going to want to turn the water off or if your roof is l
eaking, you should probably cover it with a tarp to stop your home from becoming damp or flooded.
It’s easy to panic and just leave it until help shows up, but that will put your home at further risk, so
please do what you can.

Contact Your Insurance Company

If you don’t have home insurance, then make taking out a policy a priority. Then, when an
emergency is taking place, and it is pretty severe, call the insurance company as soon as
possible because they will probably need to send an assessor going to look at the damage and
authorise payment for any work that is carried out. Often they will recommend a particular
professional carries out the work, but in most cases, you can override this if you don’t feel
comfortable with them carrying out the repairs.

Communicate with the Contractors

It’s important, once you’ve chosen a contractor to help you with your home emergency,
that you take the time to communicate with him/them during the process. If you can, stick around and
keep an eye on their work to ensure they’re doing everything right and do let them know if you have
any issues with what they’re doing to ensure the job gets done right first time.

I hope you never have a home repair emergency, but if you do, at least you know how to handle it.

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