Although Palm Beach Gardens isn’t located directly on the ocean, many hurricanes and large storms have caused a wide range of damage to area homes.
Sometimes storms track east from the Everglades hitting Palm Beach Gardens with very strong winds. When you home get damaged calling a Palm Beach Gardens Public Adjuster is the best decision a homeowner can make.
When home damage occurs many homeowners are faced with choosing between calling their insurance agent or calling a Palm Beach Gardens public adjuster. To determine which is a better solution, a homeowner should consider several factors. One of those factors is the extent of the home damage. A small roof leak or a broken plumbing pipe that is caught quickly could easily remedied with a simple repair. In this case the cost of the repair could be less than your insurance deductible so hiring a public adjuster may not make sense.
When should you call a public adjuster in Palm Beach Gardens or any place in South Florida?
Some types of home damage absolutely require the help of a public adjuster. My advise is calling a public adjuster is always a good idea. When you consider the fact that most public adjusters do not charge for a home inspection, I don’t understand why a homeowner would not call a public adjuster.
If a homeowner calls a public adjuster, and the public adjuster doesn’t see the need to file an insurance claim they will certainly let the homeowner know. On the other hand, a roof leak, left unchecked could result in a huge mold issue. We have seen this happen again and again. A home sustains a small roof leak as a result of a hurricane or storm. Slowly rainwater seeps into the homes attic through the compromised roof. Because the leak is so small, the homeowner doesn’t realize there is a leak. Over time the insulation in the attic soaks up the water keeping the moisture trapped in the ceiling. After a while mold starts to grow. It only take 24 to 48 hours for mold to start growing.
A small leak that is unnoticed can easily become a huge problem.
Once a roof leak turns into a mold issue, the story changes. Most of calls we receive are from homeowners who have had their insurance claims denied as a result of undiscovered mold. These insurance claims are denied because the insurance company adjuster over looked the water damage, which resulted from the initial roof leak. Without home construction knowledge many typical insurance adjusters, fail to catch all the home damage. This is because a roof leak in one part of the home could result in rainwater traveling to other parts of a home. Read: When call a public adjuster first here you will learn how rainwater travels through your home.
If you see brown spots or discoloration on your walls or ceiling, calling a public adjuster is the smartest decision any homeowner can make. Keep in mind a public adjuster works for the homeowner and not for the insurance company. As a homeowner wouldn’t you feel better knowing that the adjuster who is handling your claim works for you and not for the insurance company?
Working as a Palm Beach Gardens Public Adjuster, many of the calls we receive are from homeowners who have had their claims denied.
In the aftermath of hurricane or a large storm, contacting your insurance company is often the start the claims process. After a hurricane or storm, it’s time to determine the extent of the damage to your home, automobiles and landscaping. Then a homeowner can start the claim filing process. Depending on the hurricane or storm this process can become complicated, for the homeowner who doesn’t understand the insurance process, doing this incorrectly can lead to an underpaid settlement. Once an insurance settlement is underpaid, it becomes more difficult for a homeowner to recover the true cost of home repair. In addition, after a hurricane insurance companies will likely be inundated with new insurance claims. The result is too many insurance claims and not enough insurance company adjusters. This sometimes results in many over worked insurance adjusters, simply wanting to settle their workload of claims quickly.
Home insurance claims, which result from hurricanes, floods and windstorms, are often require special paperwork. Often there is sometimes plenty of red tape that stands in the way of a homeowner receiving a proper settlement. Many homeowners in Palm Beach Gardens who have had past experience with home damage, know that hiring a public insurance adjuster is the best way to cut through that red tape, and alleviate the roadblocks that prevent them from receiving the insurance settlement they deserve. There are lot’s of steps and requirements associated with filing an insurance claim. For more information on what is needed read this article: US News, all the steps required to file a property insurance claim. After you read this you may want to call as public adjuster and save yourself a few headaches.
Tricks insurance companies play to save money, and how a Palm Beach Gardens Public Adjuster could stop these tricks.
Recently insurance companies developed a new trick to save themselves money. The latest trick is too offer a lower insurance fee is the homeowner chooses to enroll in a premium service program. This special money saving program may have several different names based on the insurance company. However, even though the name is different, the program is the same. Often the program states that the homeowner is obligated to use the insurance company service provides for any home damage they may be faced with. Since the service provider is a hired or preferred provider of the insurance company, there is usually a deal or a contract between the insurance company and the repair company. The agreement sometimes gives a cap on the amount the repair company is allowed to charge for services. If course this saves to insurance company money and the homeowner may or may not receive a quality repair. For the homeowner, entering into a preferred service agreement may sound great, especially when the cost of the premium is discounted. However, once there is a problem the savings could quickly evaporate.
Another trick insurance companies play is to deny a claim by either a formal denial or by giving the homeowner a friendly verbal denial. In a verbal denial the insurance adjuster simply tells the homeowner the repair cost is going to be less than the cost if the deductible, or they telling the homeowner the claim is not valid. Example, you roof is too old, we won’t cover an old roof. When this has happened it usually only takes one call to a public adjuster the have the claim move forward.
By hiring a Public Adjuster in Palm Beach Gardens you are no longer at the mercy of the insurance company.
Face it, your insurance company adjuster knows much more about filing insurance claims than most homeowners do this is why they are really skilled at keeping property settlements to a minimum. There are plenty of ways an insurance company can minimize the settlement amount.
First, some insurance adjusters only look for the visible damage and turn a blind eye to the hidden damage. When an insurance agent tells the homeowner that it’s not worth filing a claim it’s called a verbal denial. Your agent may tell the homeowner rates will rise if you file this claim. It’s more cost effective to pay for the repair out of pocket. Sometimes an insurance adjuster may treat a claim as a partial repair. In the case of roof damage, an insurance company may provide a settlement for several localized repairs. However, the entire roof needs to be replaced. In some cases property owners have experienced claim delays, verbal denials disputes and mounds of endless paperwork, all which cause homeowners extra stress. At some point the homeowner just wants the process to end, and the result is an underpaid settlement.
By hiring a Palm Beach Gardens public adjuster you don’t need to worry about making a mistake. Some homeowners dig themselves into a deeper hole by saying the wrong thing. Many homeowners have ruining their chance of receiving a proper settlement by giving too much info. As a public adjuster in Palm Beach Gardens, we are familiar with all the required paperwork. It’s our job to ensure a homeowner receives a proper settlement. If your insurance claim has been denied, we have to authority to re-open your claim. We will also correct any mistakes made by the insurance companies over worked adjuster.
We can also help Palm Beach Garden homeowners with more than just hurricane and storm damage claims. When home plumbing breaks as a result of age. When appliances break causing a flood, calling a public adjuster is the best way to file a claim without headaches. We also help homeowners with fire damage claims, lightning damage claims, vandalism claims and more.