Sorting Through the Aftermath: Deciding What to Keep & Toss
Some of the most difficult decisions you will have to make after a fire tears through your home include determining what items are salvageable and which ones need to be thrown out. Suddenly judging all of the possessions you have accumulated in life is devastating; it’s like saying that you wasted time and money buying these items, just to have them destroyed in an instant.
We cannot reduce the emotional toll that you will feel, but we can give you a few tips for sorting through the rubble.
1) Is there sentimental value?: Photo albums, baby clothes, antiques, and heirlooms; these are all items that may not be worth any money, but they have personal significance. Save them AT ALL COSTS.
2) Throw it out if it is un-salvageable: That rug really tied the room together… but now it’s burnt to a crisp. Say “buh-bye.”
3) Sniff test: Smoke is actually just as destructive as flames are. Some odors never come out and can cause secondary burning. If you smell smoke, it needs to be tossed or sent to a content cleaning service.
4) How much will your insurance pay for?: Some insurance services have a maximum that they will pay for damages. If the value of your possessions exceeds that maximum, then you can choose to save some questionable items.
5) Understand that everything can be replaced: Unless it has sentimental value, you can replace anything; electronic, furniture, and clothes included. Take the time to sort through everything, but don’t be afraid to make some tough choices.