Tips for After the Storm

Being prepared for the storm is really all we can do as a hurricane approaches. However, it’s also important to know what to do AFTER a storm passes. From Virginia Beach up through Newport News and Williamsburg, it looks as though we are going to be spared from the worst of Dorian, but we are still facing strong winds, excessive rain and tidal flooding. If your home is damaged by Dorian or any future hurricane this season, Hatchett Design Remodel wants you to know what to do next.
Stay Tuned
Governor Northam has not issued mandatory evacuations for Virginia, but municipalities may be ordering evacuations if storm surge predictions worsen. If you are evacuated from your home, stay tuned to local news channels for updates on when it’s safe to return.
Wait for Daylight
It appears that the worst of Dorian will blow through our area Friday evening. Whether you evacuate or bunker down at home, wait until daylight to venture outside to assess the damage. Some damage like roof damage may be difficult to see from the ground, and we do not recommend climbing onto your roof. Try the view from your neighbor’s yard or house – or look for signs of leaks on the ceiling or in your the attic.
Document Damage
Be sure to take your phone with you in case you need to take pictures.
Avoid Flood Water
Avoid walking through flood waters without protective clothing, such as hip waders and water proof gloves. Flood water is contaminated and may lead to illness or disease. For this reason, do not allow children to play in flood waters.
Do not drive through water, especially if there are downed power lines present. Even if there are no power lines, there is a high likelihood of hazardous debris or sink holes that you can’t see.
After the Storm Avoid Downed Power Lines
Use Extreme Caution
Fallen trees may have brought power lines down with them. If a tree pulls power lines down onto your home, stay out of the house until work crews remove the power lines.
No Open Flames
Do not use matches (or an open flame of any kind) in storm ravaged areas until you are certain that potentially damaged gas lines have been checked and/or repaired. If you smell gas, turn off the main if possible, open the windows and leave the building. Then report it to your gas company.
After the Storm No Open Flame in Hurricane Ravaged Areas
Insurance Claims
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Once you receive the claim forms from your insurer, fill them out and submit them immediately. If your home in uninhabitable, keep records and receipts of all emergency living accommodations.  Most insurance policies cover these expenses.
Clean Up & Rebuild
During clean up, be sure to wear protective clothing, like goggles, boots, heavy duty work gloves, and hard hats, if possible. Manage tasks so not to overexert yourself during this process. This will be a very trying time, both emotionally and physically. Be sure to pace yourself, drink a lot of water and get regular rest.
After the Storm Remodel Damaged Deck into Outdoor Living Space
The Adkinsons replaced their damaged deck with an outdoor living space
When you’re ready to rebuild, work with your contractor to design and build a storm-resistant structure.
All of us at Hatchett Design Remodel are hoping for the best while we prepare for the worst. Stay safe everyone!

Free Remodeling Seminars in March

While each remodeling project is unique, there is something every renovation has in common… questions from homeowners!  To address these questions up front, Hatchett Design Remodel decided to host free seminars last October. Despite the inclement weather, we had an impressive turnout, so we’re doing it again!

Where & When

In March, you will have two opportunities to attend one of our free remodeling seminars: Thursday, March 14th at our showroom in Virginia Beach and Thursday, March 28th at the one in Newport News. Both seminars will take place from 6 to 7pm.

The Presentation

Meghan Hatchett, one of our Design Consultants, will kick off the discussion by explaining Hatchett’s Design Process. Our process is one we have fine tuned in over 60 years of remodeling homes in Hampton Roads. We have formulated this process to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost and stress.

Jessica, one of our Designers, will then cover hot topics including current design trends. She will also demonstrate Hatchett’s Raytrace technology that creates photo-real images of our designs. This part of our process allows homeowners to visualize the finished project before the materials are even ordered. Click here for an example.

Q&A Session

After this brief and informal presentation, we will open the floor to a Q&A session. We have a lot of experience in remodeling, so the most common questions will be addressed in our presentation. That said, the open Q&A allows you to get the answers to your specific questions. Last fall, here are some questions we addressed in our open Q&A.

Homeowner Question:

Does Hatchett’s Lifetime Warranty cover work completed by your trade partners?

Our Answer:

Yes, they are a part of our team and their work is covered by our Lifetime Warranty.

Homeowner Question:

How does your team enter the house during the construction phase? Do I need to be home?

Our Answer:

Like a realtor, we use a lockbox. This allows homeowners to come and go as they please, and we’re able to secure the home when we’re done for the day.

Homeowner Question:

If we have more than one room we want renovated, how will Hatchett approach those projects?

Our Answer:

The most cost efficient approach would be to have our trade partners do all their work in a single visit. For example, if you’re renovating both your kitchen and master bath, it would be cost efficient to have the plumber complete his work in both rooms in the same day. However, we understand that renovating two rooms simultaneously may not be in your budget. Your design consultant will work with you individually to determine the best and most cost efficient solution for your project (or projects).

Don’t let questions about remodeling bog you down and prevent you from making renovations. Come get the answers to all your remodeling questions at our free seminars this March.

Registration

Space is limited, so please register by March 11th for our Virginia Beach seminar on the 14th. Registration for our Newport News event on the 28th is open until March 25th. To register for either seminar, simply email Meghan Hatchett at meghan@hhi-remodel.com. Be sure to let her know which seminar you wish to attend and who will be in attendance.

Since many folks will likely be coming straight from work, we will have cheese, crackers, hors d’oeuvres… and wine, of course. Non-alcoholic alternatives will also be provided.

If you need more information about the seminars, feel free to call Hatchett Design Remodel or stop by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have… it costs nothing to ask!