It should come as no surprise to even a semi-regular reader of this blog that I’m not a big fan of Realtor.com. But Move.com (the “parent” of realtor.com) has done a very good thing to help out those displaced by the horrible fires in southern California.
Whether it is a fire that causes minimal damage or totally destroys your home, the fire will change your life in the following days. Although we hope and pray this never happens to you, we want you to be equipped with the knowledge of what to expect and what your next steps are if it does. If a fire does occur in your home, you will be very overwhelmed with emotions and most likely have a difficult time figuring out where to go from there. Reading about this now will prepare you for a successful recovery IF the disaster of a house fire does damage your home. If this never happens to you, maybe you can help someone you know if they face the tragedy of a home fire.
It is crucial to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible after there is a fire in your home. Provide them with the important details of the incident and report any damage to them. If you have pictures of the interior and exterior of the home before a fire took place, submit those to them to see the condition. Also list the value of any property that was destroyed. Most insurance companies will require a fire report documenting the incident from the fire department. You can contact the responding fire department and/or fire marshal to obtain a copy of the completed report. When you need to file for a claim, you may first contact claims adjusters from companies like lmrpublicadjusters.com/ to know how much you should be expecting your insurance company to provide you. Additionally, ask your insurance company for trusted resources like McCarthy Water Fire Storm to help you with damage and restoration.
A lengthy (and growing) list of temporary housing in the San Diego / Los Angeles area is posted at Move.com.
There are also links to additional housing resources.
Here is a map showing locations of temporary housing. Click on the map for more details.
Nice work Move.com!
H/T to Dustin Luther