Unfortunately, you have a lot more company than you may realize. According to the Texas Forest Service, runaway blazes devoured more than 34,000 acres, completely destroying over 1,600 homes in Bastrop County.
The first step to picking up the pieces is getting the maximum amount from your insurance company for your losses. Here are five things you can do to prepare your Bastrop wildfire damage claim:
- Do not sign anything. It is vital that you know the full extent of damage before you accept any settlement or sign waivers from your insurance company.
- Apply for living expenses. Many people underestimate the amount of funds they will need to live while waiting for their homes to be rebuilt.
- Home appraisal. Travis County commissioners are working to reappraise properties that were damaged in as a result of the fires. Make sure your home is one of them!
- Inspect for soot and ash damage. Even if your house was not consumed by fire, your property may still have smoke damage or landscape damage from firefighting chemicals.
- Hire a Texas property damage attorney. Over 1500 insurance claims have been filed due to Bastrop fire damage, but a trusted damage claim lawyer can speed your case along.
If you lost your home as a result of the Bastrop County fires, the Voss Law Firm can help you get back on your feet. Call 888-614-7730 for a free consultation.