Thursday, March 19, 2020

What Are Homeowner Duties After a Fire Loss?

In the aftermath of a fire, there is usually a myriad of emotions experienced by homeowners. While that is perfectly natural, there is still a need to meet your duties as a homeowner. After your home has sustained a fire, here is a list of duties you should be sure to cover.


Mitigate Damage

After a fire, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to make sure the home is safe from any further damage. In instances where a home is a total loss, this step is not required. But if there is a hole in the roof, be sure to cover it with a tarp to prevent potential weather damage. Board up the necessary areas and make sure any embers are smothered. And be sure to take any valuable items out of harm’s way, such as a TV that is near an open area. Also, do not turn on any utilities without the consent of the fire department.

Compile a List

It is important to put together a list of all the items that were damaged or lost. Go around your home and be very thorough with your list as it is an important part of your insurance claim. And even if those items are completely destroyed, do not throw them in the trash. This could give the adjuster reason to refute your claim. Make sure all that evidence stays put.

Don’t Wait to File a Claim

Acting fast is key after fire loss. After calling your insurance company, a representative will ask that you submit a claim that is called proof of loss. This is where your list will come in handy. The reason it is important to act quickly is because it could extend the response time that an adjuster comes out to survey the damage. 

Track Your Expenses

Most policies have a loss of use clause. This is a way of getting reimbursed for your living expenses while you are away from your home. This is not an excuse to start spending wildly as insurance companies are not going to pay out more than what you were spending per month in your home. But it’s a good idea to start tracking expenses right away.

Hire a Professional Adjuster

Insurance companies are going to have adjusters attempting to pay you as little as possible. The way to fight back is to hire a public adjuster that will work for you. This is almost like hiring a lawyer when you are a victim of a crime. It’s important to have a professional on your side.

Contact AmeriClaims to speak to a public adjuster about your claim. Our team is ready to our experience to work for you and ensure the best payout from your insurance.