HOW TO HANDLE AN INSURANCE CLAIM

Every year, around one in every twenty homeowners files a  property damage claim.  Home damage is a normal part of owning a home and so is filing a claim with your insurance company.

 

However, most people don’t know where to start when filing a claim with their insurance company and that’s where Our Adjusters come in!

How filing an insurance claim for property damage works, and how having a public adjuster on your side can save you time and help you get your home brought back to a pre loss state with out your contractor needing to cut corners to make a profit. 

First, here are the typical steps for filing a claim:
  • First, locate the phone number of your insurance company’s claim’s department. This can be found on the declarations page of your policy. Most states actually require this, but if yours doesn’t… there’s always the internet!

  • Next, you need to explain the cause of loss. Your policy only covers damage caused by a covered cause of loss. One example is in the case of water damage where just telling your insurer that water is covering your floor from a leak isn’t enough. You have to also locate the actual source of the leak. Anything else may receive a denial outright.

  • Then, you’ll need to determine the date of when the loss occurred. Here’s where taking photo or video documentation comes in handy. Having the date is necessary because it shows whether or not your loss happened under your current policy year or the previous one. (And if you’ve switched insurance policies, you’d need to file the claim with your previous company.)

  • At this point, your insurance company may ask you what you’ve done about your cause of loss. This becomes about your obligations under the insurance policy and can cost you your claim. If you had a leaking pipe, did you turn off your water? Did you call a plumber?

  • You’ll need to provide evidence of the problem and that it was fixed or managed in some way. This means receipts from contractors, and/or the thing that was damaged (the broken pipe that was replaced).

  • Then, you’ll meet with an insurance adjuster – who may be assigned to you but ultimately works for the insurance company – for an inspection.

  • Following this, you’ll submit a list of damaged or destroyed items to your insurance company along with their value. You’ll also want to submit estimates about what has to be repaired.

  • Finally, you have to stay in regular contact with your insurance company as you wait to hear back on the results of your claim.

  • You'd need to still continue to communicate with your contractor so they can stay up to date as well.

  • Insurance will typically underpay claims then you have to fight with the contractor about what's been paid and what hasn't

Here’s how our adjusters can help save you time and energy!

When you notice that you have damage – or when you suspect that you have an insurance claim in the making, Call us. Our local and experienced loss consultants will come out to do an inspection and policy review so that you’ll know what the best option is for your claim.

  • First, we will inspect your home and review your insurance policy. The goal of the initial inspection is to decide what kind of claim you have and how we can help. 

  • Once our loss consultant determines if they can assist on the claim and if our adjusters should get involved.

  • Our loss Consultant then scopes the property and provides our claims processing adjuster team with photographs and measurements of the damages.

  • Our Adjuster team will then file the claim on your behalf complete with full details regarding your damages.

  • And here’s where our adjusters makes it easy for homeowners: our claims processing team will handle the hassle of managing regular contact with the insurance company. One of the biggest benefits that we provide to homeowners is that we recover more money than you can when you file a claim alone. This means you can rest assured, as your contractor, we never have to cut corners, or use inferior labor or materials. And you know we'll be there for years to come. You'll get the roof you truly deserve. 

 

Another big benefit of working with our expert licensed team of Adjusters:

We can save more than 50 hours on the entire process – starting with the hours we save you by getting estimates from other contractors and repairmen. Imagine trying to call five different companies to get estimates for all of the damage on various parts of your home. If you don’t know exactly what damage you have, you might miss out on a specific type of damage and then, without an estimate, lose out on other areas that may be covered.

Our team will keep you informed, schedule any inspections with the insurance company’s adjuster according to your schedule, and make sure that communication with your insurance company is consistent and ongoing.

 

Public adjusters make the claim process easy and with our adjusters, you’re guaranteed our hard work on getting you the best possible settlement on your home insurance claim. We’ll be with you every step of the way and in the end, you’re backed by the  Promise: If they don’t pay? You don’t pay!

Article Credit: BulldogAdjusters.com

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