Home Builder Association offers tornado recovery tips and resources

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Where to start and what does the process look like when it comes to large and widespread damage like what we are seeing now?

NEW ORLEANS – The Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans offers information and resources to help ease the rebuilding process for St. Bernard residents devastated by the March 22 tornado.

Where to start and what does the process look like when it comes to large and widespread damage like what we are seeing now?

Homeowners are sometimes in a rush to bring some normalcy back into their lives after these types of devastating events. Some are even tempted to do the work themselves. We do not recommend it. Projects that involve open walls, insulation, painting, roofing, and mechanical checks all present significant risks, especially for those without the proper tools and experience. Professional builders know best practices and advanced building practices that can make your home safer. the The HBAGNO.org site has a directory of builders who can help. We recommend:

  • Get written contracts with a scope of work.
  • Check the contractor’s license or email [email protected] for more information.
  • A deposit may be required, but do not pay in full until the job is complete.

What should homeowners do during cleanup and when they start rebuilding?

Safety should always be a priority in any reconstruction project. We recommend:

  • Take safety seriously – beware of structural damage, gas leaks, sharp objects – always wear protective clothing and eyewear near damaged property.
  • Take photos and videos as soon as safely possible.
  • Remember, local licensed contractors have the experience and tools to make your home safe.

Do you foresee any supply chain issues impacting reconstruction efforts?

  • Supply chain issues are currently impacting all industries and will certainly continue in residential construction. It’s not uncommon to see higher prices and longer wait times, especially for non-standard hardware. There is also an ongoing nationwide labor shortage that could impact reconstruction efforts. Again, this is why we stress the importance of using local contractors.

Click here for details on the upcoming AGM and to see the list of preferred Approved Builders.

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