What to Do After a Storm Damages Your Home

Every year, storms and severe weather events cause billions of dollars of property damage. Just last year, property owners in Georgia bore the brunt of numerous storms — to the tune of more than $151 million dollars. It’s devastating to realize that your home or business has been damaged, and you may not know what to do. Here are the most important steps to take right away:

  1. Do not enter your storm damaged home until authorities have determined it safe to enter.
  2. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
  3. Take appropriate measures to secure the home to protect it and your belongings from additional damage. Depending on the nature of the damage, this may be as simple as boarding up broken windows. You may need to hire a contractor for emergency repairs.
  4. Take photos, photos, and more photos. Go room to room, documenting everything from a variety of angles. Take close-ups of identifying tags and serial numbers to help ensure you are properly compensated.
  5. Do not throw away damaged property until your insurance company has inventoried it and authorized its disposal. This is evidence, after all. You need it to support your claim!
  6. Keep all of your receipts for expenses incurred after the loss. For example, you could be entitled to compensation for temporary living arrangements and meals — but only if you have receipts.
  7. Get organized. It’s going to be a long haul with claims forms, correspondence, estimates, inventories, and more. Get a file box, folders, labels, and other office supplies to help you keep everything neat, organized, and readily accessible.
  8. Seek professional help. Public insurance adjusters help policyholders like you settle property damage claims. Tap into our insurance claim expertise and let us handle all aspects of your claim. We work hard to ensure that you get every penny that your insurance company owes you.

Contact a public adjuster today to learn more.

Public Adjusters Verses Other Adjusters?

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Knowing the difference:

It is in your best interest to know the difference!

There are three types of adjusters licensed by the State of Florida:

  1. Company Adjuster – is employed by the Insurance Company to represent the company in dealing with your loss and damages. The Company Adjusters main responsibility is to protect the interests of the Insurance Company.
  2. Independent Adjuster – is hired by the Insurance Company to represent the company in dealing with your loss and damages. The Independent Adjusters main responsibility is to protect the interests of the Insurance Company.
  3. Public Adjuster – is the only Adjuster specifically licensed by the State of Florida to represent you, the Insured. The Public Adjusters main responsibility is to protect you and your interests in claims against a loss with the Insurance Company.

Why Hire a Public Adjuster?

If you have just suffered an insurance loss, from a fire, hurricane or some other traumatic event, you may not feel confident in representing yourself and your interests before an Insurance Company. Consider these three points.

  • 1. It is up to you to prove the extent of your loss to the Insurance Company. A typical insurance policy is dozens of pages long and contains numerous provisions and stipulations written in technical and legal terms. Additionally, it contains various forms and endorsements which are constantly changing from year to year. Most Insured’s have difficulty in understanding all of them. To be compensated for your loss, there are certain conditions which must be satisfied Failure to do so could reduce your settlement amount or even cause your claim to be denied.
  • 2. No matter how organized you and your documentation is, filing and receiving payment on a claim can be a time consuming and tedious process.

If you are not sufficiently organized and your loss documented, you may not realize the compensation you have paid for and are entitled to receive.

  • 3. A Public Adjuster has the experience, knowledge and expertise to obtain your maximum entitlements under your policy. 

Remember that the Insurance Company Adjuster is representing the insurance company. It is not uncommon for the Insurance Company to misinterpret their own insurance policy or forget to apply case law or Florida Statutes which supersede their own policy. A Public Adjuster will know current laws as they affect insurance losses and how to best represent you. A Public Adjuster has resources to help you through the maze of estimating, documenting, and filing your insurance claims.