It's tough to regain your footing following a fire. It takes considerable willpower to survive a calamity of this magnitude without succumbing to the stress it generates. While you may be tempted to return home and begin cleaning and mending immediately after the firemen declare the fire extinguished, you should refrain. There are various precautions you must take to avoid invalidating your fire damage insurance. Prior to contacting anybody else, contact your insurance agent. They can advise you on what you should do before to the start of the restoration procedure and even before the evaluations are completed.