Moving? Create a Household Inventory

Moving? Create a Household Inventory

No one wants their personal belongings to go missing during a move. However, this is possible when even if you’ve been careful when packing. This is especially true when using a moving company. That’s why you will want to be sure to create a household inventory to be sure that everything you sent with the movers comes back to you. Moving is stressful enough! If not, the inventory can be used to cover your losses or damages. However, that is not all a household inventory can do. Household inventories are perfect when you have a property emergency, such as severe storm damage, a house fire, or even theft. Having the inventory list will help you receive compensation for your losses. Finally, your inventory list can help you get an accurate quote for moving expenses as well as home insurance. If you simply guess, you may pay too much or get too little coverage. Mr Restore has seen many families lose valuable items in fire, storm, and water damage, don’t let that happen to you! Here’s how to make a household inventory. Take Note of Your Belongings The first thing you need to do is make a list of your belongings. This can be done in a variety of ways. Create a list that contains a description, year purchased, and serial numbers if appropriate. Take photos of your items. Take a video of your items, using the audio to capture the year purchased and how much you paid for the item. Be sure that you capture all your items. This includes looking inside drawers, cupboards, and closets. Although your moving company...
How to Prepare your Family for Emergencies in Dallas, Texas

How to Prepare your Family for Emergencies in Dallas, Texas

Emergencies in Dallas, Texas can come in a variety of forms. From natural disasters to unexpected fires, it is important to have your family and your home ready for any emergency. Preparing ahead of time will help alleviate stress and will ensure that your family is safe and fully prepared during any type of disaster. It is best to assemble an emergency plan, create an emergency kit, and have preventative measures in place. Once you have taken all of our necessary precautions, be sure to regularly check with FEMA to ensure you are aware of upcoming warnings.   Preparing an Emergency Plan Sit down with your family and discuss the course of action that will be taken when a natural disaster or other emergency arises. It is possible that you will need to quickly implement a plan due to severe winds, a growing fire or a nearby tornado. When everyone knows where to go and what to do, it will prevent panic and could save lives. Keep a copy of your emergency plan in a place that is easily accessible. When discussing an emergency plan with your family, be sure to cover the following topics:   Evacuation Route – Discuss with your family the path you will take to evacuate the home in each room of the house. Be sure to cover what will happen if the main entrance is not safe to use. You should also be prepared to evacuate your city and to know which routes are the best. Check the U.S. Department of Transportation for emergency evacuation routes for Dallas and surrounding areas in the case...
How to Create a Home Inventory

How to Create a Home Inventory

In the event of a fire, flood, or other natural disaster, many of your possessions may be damaged or demolished altogether. Experiencing a catastrophe is a stressful experience, and it is difficult to remember and report all of your valuables and items that were ruined. Insurance companies require a detailed list of the possessions that you are claiming. The Insurance Information Institute suggests starting a home inventory as soon as possible. If you already have an up-to-date inventory prepared of all of the items you own, it will make the claims process run more smoothly. An updated inventory will help the insurance claim settle faster and will help you determine the correct amount of insurance to purchase. In order to get properly compensated for your belongings, you need to have detailed information prepared. Although Mr Restore will provide an analysis of your exact damage situation and help you navigate the insurance process, it is helpful for the adjuster to assess the property successfully with a home inventory already prepared. What Items Should I Be Recording? You should be documenting anything of value that you would like to be compensated for in the case your possessions are destroyed in a fire, storm, or flood. The more detailed your inventory, the more likely you are to get reimbursed. Start with your most expensive and valuable possessions, including jewelry, electronics (computers, televisions, cameras), and household appliances. Be sure to document your furniture, clothes, and accessories as well. It may seem overwhelming at first to record every item you own, but it is much easier to do this ahead of time when you...
The Do’s and Don’ts of Storm Damage in Fort Worth, TX

The Do’s and Don’ts of Storm Damage in Fort Worth, TX

Hurricane and storm damage in Fort Worth, TX can be catastrophic. Striking pictures of absolute devastation caused by Irma, Katrina, and other disastrous typhoons, cyclones and storms may persuade that very little is possible to shield and protect property from such a horrible storm. In any case, basic steps can be taken to limit storm damage in Fort Worth, TX. But there are also some wrong ideas about protection from tropical cyclones and storms. The hurricane Irma in the year 2017 was the center of so many misconceptions and rumors that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had to intervene and try to clear the wrong ideas of the people. The horrific devastation of the storm had the people believing that there is such a thing as Category 6 hurricane. In reality, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has only Category 5 as the maximum classification, regardless of the strength of the winds of the storm. Many of the commonly believed misconceptions can result in increasing the storm damage in Fort Worth, TX. These dangerous misconceptions and myths need to be clarified along with giving tips to actually protect their lives, homes and other valuable property from storm damage in Fort Worth, TX. So in this article we will discuss the 5 don’ts and the 5 do’s of storm damage in Fort Worth, TX. This information can help people make smart, educated decisions to ensure that the devastation from the storm is minimized. The Don’ts The following 5 common misconceptions regarding hurricanes, tornados and storms are proven to be wrong and can be dangerous if people continue to believe in these false...
The Importance of Immediately Getting Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Worth, TX

The Importance of Immediately Getting Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Worth, TX

Fire can be a horrible ordeal for any home owner or entrepreneur. It is not only the indisputable threat of the scorching flames, as they also devastate a home or office. However, there are also the later consequences of smoke, debris, flotsam and jetsam, odor, soot, and the structural destruction caused by the fire. Mostly, fire is an unfathomable and a horrible occasion, yet it occurs due to a few simple, and mostly avoidable, reasons. Be aware of the 10 main reasons for fires: Fire used for food preparation: Splattering oil, kitchens left unattended, and combustibles close to fire and heat sources are for the most part are a major reason for fires. Fire from the heaters and fireplace: Have your heater examined regularly and keep compact moveable radiators securely far from flammable material. Smoking: If you smoke in or close to the house, ensure that the cigarette butt is completely put out. Fires due to electrical issues: Worn out wire can promote short-circuits and hence fire, over-burdened outlets and abuse of extension cords also increase the risk of fire. Unattended candles: Unattended candles or candles placed near curtains or other furniture which can easily catch fire are a serious threat. Kids: Children should always be kept away from matches and lighters and properly educated about the risk of fire. Improper wiring: Poorly installed or damaged wiring which is a common occurrence in old, ill maintained houses can increase the potential of fires. Combustible Items: Do not keep cleaning material, paint or glues close heat sources. Seasonal Decor: Placing Christmas trees or other seasonal decoration safely away from fireplace,...
Where’s your home inventory?

Where’s your home inventory?

After the tornadoes occurred in North Texas, it was evident that belongings and structures were no longer where they used to be. This is a good reminder to really make a home inventory a priority. “According to a 2012 survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), more than half of Americans don’t have a home inventory of their possessions, putting them at risk for inadequate home insurance coverage, should severe weather strike.” If you’re going to create one on paper, it’s important to keep a copy at a friend or relatives home and also in a safety deposit box. We recommend creating an online inventory that can be accessed at any point and time from any device. This eliminates the risk of losing it or it being destroyed during a storm. There are many options to complete your home inventory but here are a few of our favorites: Know Your Stuff  and HomeZada...