Flooding is one of the many natural disasters New Zealand is prone to. Repairing your home and cleaning up after a flood is not something any of us enjoy. Quite often the damage is severe and requires professional tradespeople, as well as council permits and inspections. Then of course there is the myriad of insurance assessments to deal with as well. Often with such a big job, it’s hard to know where to start first. That’s where our homeowners guide to flood clean-up is useful.
A house fire is a tragedy no matter how large or small. The most important thing to remember is to have smoke alarms, get them checked regularly and have an escape plan with all family members prepared and practiced every 3 months. A house fire is devastating, regardless of how much damage occurred. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first.
During a large earthquake, considerable damage can be done to both your home and your belongings. While the first thought is to clean up the mess yourself, should you be calling the professionals to come and do it or your insurance company first?