Getting the Most Out of a Home Insurance Claim
Insurance is one of those things we rely on in life but hope we never have to use it. Home insurance is great since it protects our home, but at the same time, we don’t really want our home to suffer any damage since it’s just inconvenient and can often be really dangerous. However, if you’re going to make use of your insurance policy, then you may as well try to get the most out of it so you can ensure it covers all of the damages.
But how exactly do you get the most out of an insurance claim? Here are a couple of tips to help you out.
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Make sure you get the right policy to cover you
One of the important things to understand about homeowners insurance is that every policy is different. Some people find that they can’t make a very big claim because the insurance policy just doesn’t cover everything. Some insurance policies might not cover certain types of damage as well.
Make sure you double-check your policy to see what it covers and how much it covers. The last thing you want is for an accident to happen at home and then realize that your insurance policy doesn’t cover everything. You may want to work with a mortgage broker to help you get the best coverage, but it helps to do your research to better understand your options.
Consider working with an adjuster
However, if you’ve already committed to a certain insurance policy and are happy with it, then another great way to maximize your claim is to work with an insurance adjuster. Adjusters verify insurance claims and they also determine how much you should be entitled to for settlement. An adjuster is usually hired by your insurance company when you first contact them, but you can hire a third-party adjuster to get a second opinion if you feel like you’re not getting the right amount.
Hiring an adjuster usually isn’t free and they’ll likely charge a certain percentage of the final settlement that you get. Make sure you double-check payment before you agree to an adjuster’s terms and conditions.
Document everything from start to finish
If possible, make sure you try to document everything that happens as it occurs. For example, if there’s property damage due to weather then make sure you photograph the damage. We understand that you want to clean things up as soon as possible, but you absolutely need to keep track of all the damage because it’s crucial for getting the most out of your insurance claim. Videos can also be helpful in addition to photographs.
You’ll also want to document any emergency services that you had to call in order to remedy the damage to put your home in a livable state. In short, the insurance company needs to understand the full extent of the damage if you want to get the most out of a claim and the only way to do this is to record everything.