How Much Does Fire Damage Restoration Cost in Atlanta, GA?

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Wildfires roared through Georgia and the Southeast this fall with an unexpected ferocity that stunned firefighters and sent residents and tourists scrambling for their lives. The fires killed more than a dozen people, sent hundreds to the hospital and forced residents to abandon their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.

Wildfires roared through Georgia and the Southeast this fall with an unexpected ferocity that stunned firefighters and sent residents and tourists scrambling for their lives. The fires killed more than a dozen people, sent hundreds to the hospital and forced residents to abandon their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs.

It’s an unfamiliar scene for this region, more common to the devastating wildfires out West. Across the Southeast, 1.4 million acres have burned so far this year. That’s more than double the size of the entire state of Rhode Island. It’s also nearly three times the number from last year and the highest total since 2011. Thick smoke from recent blazes in North Georgia fouled the air and canceled things like school events as far away as metro Atlanta.

Even a small fire in the home can be devastating, resulting in extensive fire and smoke damage as well as water damage from putting the fire out. Speedy professional repair and restoration is necessary to prevent additional damage, especially if the home’s structure has been compromised. The cost of fire damage restoration depends largely on the extent of the fire and the location of the damage; for instance, a kitchen fire usually leads to more costly repairs than a smaller fire in a bedroom. Homeowner’s insurance coverage—or lack thereof—can have a huge impact on out-of-pocket expenses. There’s no obvious formula for determining the cost of restoring a home after a fire, but some factors are universal.

Average fire damage repair and restoration costs
On average, homeowners pay between $3,500 and $5,000 to recover after a small fire. Of course, if a roof needs to be replaced or kitchen cabinets need to be restored, the cost can get as high as $50,000.

Professional fire damage restoration
After a fire, a home may need several different types of restoration to be in liveable condition again. Water must be removed and the home-dried. Carpet, furniture, and draperies must be salvaged, when possible, and soot and odors removed from all fabrics. HVAC system ducts may also need to clean of smoke debris.

Hiring a fire damage restoration company
Some companies, such as AAA Restoration in Deer Park, New York, and Indiana Restoration and Cleaning Services in Noblesville, Indiana, specializing in fire damage restoration and can remove water and clean ducts as well as eliminate leftover smoke and soot. AAA Restoration will bill a homeowner’s insurance company directly instead of charging the homeowner.