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April Update

Posted on: April 2nd, 2014 by

Well, we’re now in April, and the inn is still like it was the day after the fire. I finally feel like we might be making some progress. There are a few parts to the claims process with the insurance company, but we’re making progress.

The first is the antiques in the inn. They brought an appraiser in to assess the damage of the antiques and place a value on each piece; whether it was to be cleaned, deodorized and polished, or to be repaired and refinished, or replaced. Then a builder, who represents the insurance company, came in to assess the building damage. His report took much longer to complete due to the severity of the damage. There was also an architect brought in to draw plans as it related to the damage. I have those reports and can continue to move through this process.

So what happens now? Well, all of the antiques will be taken out of the inn first. I am expecting (LOL) that this will happen by the end of the week. When this happens, they will be put in storage and each piece will be taken in for cleaning, deodorizing, and repairing if necessary. Those completed pieces will be put back in storage for holding until all the other work is completed.

Next, another company that specializes in fire cleanup will come in and tag, catalog and assess the outcome of each item left. It will be cleaned, repaired, or replaced depending on the assessment of the item and then either discarded or put in storage. During this time, permits and all the preparations in getting ready for construction will be taking place. My expectation is that this could be a lengthy process. Once all of the appropriate procedures have been taken, construction will begin. I hope!

I am being told that the time frame for the builder is about five months from the time construction starts. This has been a long and unsettling process. Each day I hope that something will get accomplished but it feels like I’m watching paint dry. Thank God for my friends and family that have gone way above and beyond to help make the stress of this more manageable.

I am looking forward to the time when all of this work is done and I can answer the doorbell and say, “Welcome to the Bedford Inn.”

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