How Much Does Fire Damage Cost?

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The flames are out. First responders have given you the OK to go back in. Now, you have to deal with the aftereffects. Smoke stains cover the walls, soot film coats surfaces, and your belongings are soaking wet. You found a restoration company that can help, but you wonder:

“How much does fire damage cost?”

While there isn’t one answer that fits every situation, we want you to be prepared. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions to help you better understand the costs associated with fire restoration.

Cost of Fire Damage: FAQs

1. What is the average cost of fire damage cleanup?
You can expect costs to run between $3,000 and $20,000. It’s important to understand that these figures represent averages. No two fires are ever alike and neither are the damages.

2. What kind of factors affect the cost?
It often depends on the cause and type of fire. For example, kitchen fire cleanup requires specialized techniques and products. On the other hand, buildings with fire sprinkler systems don’t always suffer from extensive damage.

3. Can I save money by cleaning smoke and soot myself?
We strongly recommend that you let professionals take care of cleaning up smoke damage from your personal items and property. Smoke and soot removal requires certified training, intense physical labor and industry-approved products.

4. What does my insurance policy cover?
Most property insurance covers 100 percent of your fire damage cost, but you’re responsible for paying a set deductible. Your agent is your best resource for coverage information, and our staff can help you navigate the process too.

5. How can I make sure that my claim goes through quickly?
Don’t remove furnishings or belongings from damaged areas until your carrier gives you the OK. Your insurance company has to establish the fire’s origin and cause, and you don’t want to slow down the adjuster’s work.

6. Why is your company designated as a vetted Quality Restoration Vendor?
We consistently earn our QRV certification with insurance carriers locally and nationally. They know that we tackle all projects with the highest quality workmanship, superior equipment and solid industry know-how. We also act as your advocate by working with your agent and helping with the paperwork.

7. Can you give me an estimate over the phone?

We have no way of knowing the extent of fire damage to your property or belongings without an inspection. To be accurate and fair, we can’t give you an estimate until we’ve made an on-site assessment. Be very careful of any restoration company that offers figures based on your phone call.

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servicemaster chicago teamWe understand that it’s very difficult to face the aftermath of a fire. We see it every day. The process is easier when you know what to expect, and we’re always here to answer your questions.

When the worst happens, you want to be in experienced, caring hands. You need the very best fire damage restoration services available in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

We’re here for you 24/7, so call ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba first.

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