After The Fire: Preparing To Meet Your Basic Needs

After a fire, you will have to deal with insurance to repair or rebuild your fire-damaged home. You insurance will usually cover additional living expenses that are associated with the loss of your home, but where can you find a suitable place to live while your hose is being repaired? The first option that will do for a night or two is a local hotel, but hotels are not conducive to a longer stay as you don't have easy access to kitchen, laundry, or separate living spaces for family members. Instead, try the following:

  • Contacting your employer. Some human resource departments may have contracted temporary housing options, or they will least be able to put you in contact with a rental provider. If you work for a large corporation, the company often owns housing for members who travel for business. 
  • Searching internet postings for a sublease. In areas with a high turn-over of renters, people may have to leave before their rental contract is complete. You can sub-lease or sublet an apartment from a different renter, usually for a discounted price.
  • Checking websites that specialize in vacation rentals in your area. These are usually houses/apartments that are fully furnished, meant to accommodate people who are coming for one or two weeks for a vacation. There will be places to put your cars, prepare your food, and you can find a rental that has enough beds to sleep each member of your family. You can even get a deal on the rental (usually a per night rate) if you can book it for two or three months. 
  • Signing a lease for a regular apartment that comes furnished. Most rentals on the market require you to bring in your own furniture, but since yours was damaged or destroyed in the fire, you won't have any to use. You don't want to be locked in to a long contract, because you will move into your home after it is rebuilt or repaired, so look for a six-month contract instead of a year-long. These opportunities will be easier to find if you check with a realty that provides listings for homes for rent instead of just for sale. Hiring a realtor to help you find a good furnished, short-term lease will make the search less complicated. 

Recovering after a fire can be a heartbreaking and stressful time, but if you have a basic plan for housing prepared in advance of catastrophe, you can get on the road to recovering normalcy as soon as possible. For more information about short term housing options in your area, contact a real estate agency, such as Amir Real Estate & Mgmt Group.