What to do at Home before Damage or Loss

Protect Yourself.  Extreme Carpet Care of Tallahassee, FL.

There aren’t many events that are more disturbing or more tragic than a flood or fire in your home.

Your home is a place to raise your family. It’s a place to feel safe and secure. So when an event occurs that takes it all away from you — even temporarily — it’s normal for a feeling of helplessness to overwhelm those in the family.

You need help. You need reassurance. You want everything to be back to normal and you can’t do it alone.

So you turn to your insurance company and your agent you have been paying faithfully for many years. All you want is for your valuable items lost in the disaster to be replaced.

That’s what insurance is for, right?

But then you discover the hassle of proving what you had in the home and the condition of the items. Sure, you may eventually get replacements for all your lost belongings, but it can take a lot of time as you haggle with the insurance adjuster.

How to avoid this

Now is the time to prepare. There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that if the unthinkable does occur — even if it is just your basement flooding from rain waters — you are prepared.

Step 1:  Ask your insurance agent if he or she has a worksheet available so you can create an inventory of all your belongings. There are also online sites that have resources to document your belongings.

Step 2:  Create the list of all your valuables, even those just valuable to you, and take video or photographs of everything. Be sure to scan all your paper receipts. If you don’t have a scanner, take close-up photographs of your receipts.

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Caring for Your Pets

Caring For Your Pets.  Extreme Carpet Care of Tallahassee, FL.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but don’t forget the cats… both species are part of the family, after all.

There are several things you can do for your dog or cat (or dogs and cats) to ensure they are healthy, happy and well cared for. You own them, you are responsible and they look to you (ever notice those puppy dog eyes?) for everything they need. Of course, cats often act like they own you, but that’s a topic for another time.

Get the exams

Your pets may be the indoor-only variety, but a regular visit to your veterinarian helps ward off sickness, diseases and other maladies that can afflict your faithful pets. Did you know that your pets need dental work from time to time? They can’t tell you they have a toothache, but if their appetite is diminished or they seem sluggish, a bad tooth could be the cause. Your veterinarian knows how to find out.

Parasitic problems

If your pets go outdoors — and even if they don’t because critters can be brought in — you must check them for fleas and ticks. Are your pets scratching a lot? It could be they are being bitten. Your veterinarian can recommend a quality neck collar that should help, but there are other treatments as well. Who would want to be continually bitten by a bug? You don’t. Neither does Fido or Fluffy.

Watch the weight

For your pets, that is. People know how to use a scale and how to control their caloric intake. Your pets don’t. Some dogs eat anything put in front of them. Ask your veterinarian how much food each pet should eat. No, they won’t suffer, and they will act like they are starving, but your vet knows best.

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