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Fire Restoration in a Multifamily Rental

41504663_sIf a fire were to occur in your multifamily rental property, there is help for you to get your rental property back into shape which should be done in an orderly way. Now the first thing you do after a fire, and you have made sure everyone is okay, is to contact your insurance agent to get an assessment of the damage and the money needed to do the repairs. At that point, your agent may recommend a professional fire restorer. These professional not only can tell you which items can’t be saved, but can provide hints to prevent further damage to the property. They can also give you an estimate for the totally cleaning and deodorizing your building.

However, in the meantime, after having permission from the fire marshal to enter your building and start work, you can open the windows to get air moving. If there has been a lot of water damage and the weather is warm; however, you will want to keep the windows shut and use a dehumidifier before this.

Now when you do hire a fire restoration service, they will remove the soot with a heavy duty vacuum. If the carpets and drapes have been affected by smoke, they will have to be deodorized before being cleaned professionally too. The carpets will have to be professionally cleaned twice, before the repairs are made and then again after the repairs. Additionally, in some cases, the carpet may have to be removed so the floors underneath aren’t ruined.

To continue, if your walls are plaster, the fire restoration company can use a process called “thermal fogging.” This process uses a warm chemical fog which penetrates your walls and building just like the fire did. This process neutralizes the smoke odor too as it goes through the building.

Also keep in mind that you will want to consult the restorers about your heat ducts and removing the smoke odor from them. In this case, they may use a chemical sealer to do the smoke removal.

A fire can be costly, but with the right fire restoration company, you’ll be back in business again.

What to do After a Fire at Your Investment Property

Fires can be catastrophic events at any property. When you own a multi-family investment property, you have a number of concerns that you’ll need to address. Is anyone injured? How extensive is the fire damage? Is there water damage from fire rescue efforts? Is any of the property recoverable?

These concerns can seem overwhelming after a fire. Ideally, no one is seriously hurt and you’ll only have to address the property issues. The most important thing a multi-family property owner should do is purchase the appropriate insurance coverage. You should talk extensively with your insurance agent so that you understand what is and is not covered. Ideally, the policy should cover buildings and content insurance so that both you and your tenants are covered.

Fire in Building SaskatchewanIf you have a fire at your multi-family investment property, you should contact your insurance company immediately. They can help you through the initial process of assessing damage and resolving pressing concerns. It’s also important to contact your multi-family construction company. Hopefully, over time, you’ve developed a relationship with an honest, ethical company that can support you throughout the restoration process.

Often, insurance companies undervalue damage so that payments are smaller. However, if you consult with your contractor earlier, you may be able to find all the damage and notify the insurance company about all the issues you are facing. A good contractor can review your property and work directly with the insurance company to ensure that you are getting the coverage you deserve.

After the fire, you will likely have many issues to deal with. It can be difficult to prioritize, especially when there is extensive damage. Your contractor can help you decide what you need to tackle first. You can then make a list of all the work that needs to be done and set a schedule for completing all the tasks. It may take time to complete all the repairs. Your multi-family construction company can advise you on how to address repairs in a manner that will keep your tenants comfortable and restore your property to its former condition.