Restoring a Historic Home After a Storm

California is home to many historic homes. As a hotspot for natural disasters that can cause costly damage, the historic home restoration process is complicated. When dealing with historic homes there are often requirements and standards set in place by the city or local government. Storm restoration must be done carefully on a historic home.

Review the Home’s History

Before beginning your historic home restoration process, do thorough research on your property’s history. Who were the original owners? What was the primary purpose of the home throughout the years? Your local library is a great resource to find images and information on your historic home. Viewing pictures gives a clear idea of how the home was maintained over time and shows you how best to restore it to its original state. 

Have a Professional Storm Restoration Company Assess

Historic home restoration after a storm is not a do it yourself task. If it’s been a while since the home was reinforced, a storm could leave the flooring and ceiling unstable and dangerous to be near. A professional storm restoration team has the tools needed to assess damage and determine if it’s safe to enter. Once they determine if it’s safe, they will enter the home and examine the property’s structural integrity, water damage, and other potential hazards like damaged electrical or gas lines. 

Navigate the Permits Process

Before you can begin work on a historic home you must obtain the correct permits. In many cases you also have to get the plans approved by local board members or government agencies. There are often restrictions on paint colors, finishes, and adding modern modifications to the exterior and interior of the home. If your home is designated as a historic property by the California Register of Historical Resources there will be additional permits and regulations to follow to ensure accurate historic home restoration. This prevents inaccurate restoration such as additions that do not match the original look and design of the property.

Have the Experts Lead the Way

The restoration process after a storm or natural disaster is hard to navigate for any property, especially a historic home. From the first 48 hours after a storm and beyond, a professional restoration company has the ability to handle your historic home restoration from start to finish – permits, insurance claims, and everything in between. Don’t let your restoration project derail your life, let the experts lead you through with ease.

About S&S Restoration

S&S Restoration is a Temecula, California restoration company that specializes in both residential and commercial buildings affected by fire, flooding, mold, and storms. We proudly serve the Inland Empire, San Diego, High Desert, and San Bernardino County areas. Give us a call at (800) 608-8447 or visit our website at, we’re available 24/7 for emergency response to guarantee the best outcomes. 

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