If you’ve experienced a natural disaster, you know what a nightmare it can be. Not only is it terrifying, but also it can leave you without electricity, water and basic services. And it can damage your home in unimaginable ways. Can you recover and get your home back to living condition? Can you regain the pre-storm value of your home?
While it might seem at first like your house value will plummet after it’s damaged in a disaster – think about this as an opportunity to increase your home’s value.
Read on to learn what increases home value after a disaster.
If you’ve experienced a disaster and need help now, call (855) 724-6269 for 24/7 emergency service.
The Value of Your Home After a Disaster
After a natural disaster, the damage can range from minor to catastrophic. The most common type of damage is from water. Water damage is not necessarily a singular event and may be caused by structural damage from winds or fire; broken roof shingles, gutters, downspouts or windows; or general flooding / rising water.
The good news is those repairs can mean a bump in your home’s value.
Repairing Your Home After a Disaster
Before you can increase the value of your home, you must first repair the damage. Start with the damage that makes your home unlivable – like structural damage. If there’s a flood, you’ll need to be sure there’s no mold in the walls or flooring and have the studs and remaining supports treated with a microbial product. Repairing damaged or crumbling drywall left behind by water or smoke damage is critical, as are plumbing and electrical repairs. Unattended to, this type of damage can significantly decrease the value of your property.
Ways to Increase Home Value After a Disaster
Depending on the scale of the damage and the size of the project you’re willing to take on, it’s possible to significantly increase the value of your home.
Outside of necessary repairs, consider:
- Upgrading to stainless steel appliances.
- Swapping out mid-tier fixtures like laminate counters and carpeting with new, upgraded materials like granite and hardwood floors.
- Finishing previously unused / unfinished spaces like basements or attics.
- Installing a whole house fan or new A/C system.
- Replacing the existing roof.
Flip the Paradigm
The process of restoring your home after you’ve gone through a natural disaster can seem overwhelming and discouraging. But you can upgrade and change your home in the process to make it look and feel even more like the home you’ve always wanted.
Choose Rainbow International for Reconstruction and Recovery
If you’ve experienced damage from a storm or other event, you don’t have to go it alone. Rainbow International Restoration offers expert cleaning and restoration services designed to help you find the rainbow on the other side of any disaster. Full-service reconstruction is available at some locations. Contact your local Rainbow International to learn more about specific service offerings.
From fire and water damage restoration to carpet cleaning and full service reconstruction – we’re here to serve you from start to finish, and make the upgrades you want along the way. Request an appointment online or call (855) 724-6269 now for 24/7 emergency service.
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