Before filing any type of insurance claim on your townhome policy, it’s best to review your coverage. This helps ensure you have proper protection before trying to file a claim. Many policies require riders or additional coverage for added benefits that cover events such as flooding, mold, or hurricanes. Once you determine your damage is covered, here’s what you should know when filing townhome insurance claims in Orlando.
Make full use of your policy.
Talk with your insurance agent to review your policy and ask about everything that is covered. Many policies include payment for displacement if you have to leave your home while it’s in disrepair. Your lodging, meals, and other expenses may qualify for reimbursement. Additionally, other expenses you wouldn’t expect may be eligible. Keep receipts for all costs associated with your claim.
Your claim can actually hurt you in the long run.
Depending on the type and amount of damage, you may be better off paying out of pocket for repairs instead of filing a claim. When the insurance company pays out, they want to recoup that money. Typically, they do so by raising your premiums. If you have a deductible of $2,000 and your claim is only worth $2500, then spending the extra $500 yourself may prevent your premiums from rising.
Additionally, when you make a claim, it is registered in the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange database. This could make it harder for you to obtain proper coverage or receive compensation for a claim in the future. Too many claims can even cause your insurance company to cancel your policy.
You’re entitled to hiring a public adjuster to help you navigate your townhome insurance claims in Orlando.
A public adjuster helps the claims process go as smoothly as possible for the townhome owner. They are an advocate for you, working with the insurance company to negotiate a fair settlement and get your claim paid as quickly as possible. Public adjusters evaluate the damage to your townhome and factor in all of the knowns and unknowns when determining how much you should be compensated.
Darryl Davis and Associates offer public adjuster services for homeowners making townhome insurance claims in Orlando after a natural disaster such as high winds, hurricanes, and floods. We also advocate for townhome owners experiencing plumbing damage, fire (whether a natural disaster or not), mold, and other concerns. Call us today at 954-709-3982 to learn more about how we can fight for you!