5 Steps to Rebuilding Your Home After a Fire


From minor fire damage repair to full home rebuilds, at Ollendorff Construction we understand the frustration and grief that comes from fire disasters and will lend our professional expertise to help you rebuild your dream home.

It is every homeowner’s nightmare: a fire has destroyed your property. Whether it is a small kitchen fire, or total destruction from a wildfire, we have helped our clients in the Los Angeles area rebuild and repair their most beloved property after tragedy strikes.

Loss from fire damage is always unexpected and devastating, and navigating your next steps can be complicated. Below, we have put together a helpful list on some ways you can start the rebuild process.

5 Steps to Rebuilding Your Home After a Fire

Contact your insurance company

The most important step you should take after a fire is to contact your insurance company. Starting the claims process immediately will ensure you get access to necessary support and funds as quickly as possible. Your insurance agent will also help you understand your specific policy and guide you through important next steps.

Secure the property and notify public services

After contacting your insurance company, they will most likely advise that you secure the property to prevent vandalism on site. From boarding up broken windows, to securing the perimeter of the property, it is vital that the homesite is protected.

Another important step is ensuring that all utilities and electrical are turned off. As a construction zone, these utilities should only be turned on after approval from the fire department.

At this time you may want to notify additional public services such as the post office and debris removal services of the fire.

Hire a professional restoration contractor

A professional restoration contractor will be your partner throughout the rebuild process. In a fire repair or rebuild project, it is imperative that you hire someone with experience working in these difficult situations. Fire damage can impact the structural integrity of a building, so you want someone who is experienced in assessing this type of damage to be your guide. Reputable builders and contractors know how to rebuild safely and efficiently, so you can get back into your home as soon as possible.

Assess the damage and plan improvements

Once you have hired a reputable contractor, the next step is to work with them to assess the damage to your home and plan out your rebuild project. Some key areas you will look at are:

  • Structural Damage

This can include damage to the foundation, walls, roof, and more. An experienced structural engineer will work with you and your restoration team to assess your home.

  • Electrical System Damage

An electrician should be consulted after a fire to review the house for damage. After a fire, new electrical systems will often need to be installed and tested for safety before use.

  • Fire Damage

Besides the destruction from fire and smoke, chances are your home is also suffering from water damage due to the efforts to contain and put out the fire. From mold stains to soot residue, your experienced fire repair contractor will address all of these issues and identify areas for repair.

Start Construction

Once your contractor has obtained all necessary permits and house plans, you are ready to begin the rebuild process. Depending on the type of damage and scope of the project, this can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete.

Let us help rebuild your future

Ollendorff Construction is a second-generation family owned general construction company with decades of experience helping the Los Angeles community rebuild and repair their homes due to fire, flooding, and more.

We are committed to listening to our clients and providing the highest level of professional care with each home project. Our keen attention to detail will ensure your home gets rebuilt to the highest standards possible. Please contact us today for a free estimate on how we can help you build your future.