Hurricane damage, whether to your home or business, is difficult and time consuming. There are a few key issues to address to ensure your insurance claim is handled promptly, and in a fair manner. These steps could also help you if you are filing an insurance claim lawsuit in the face of low-balled, delayed or denied claims.
Taking photos or making videos of the damage is crucial. Today's meteorology gives us ample time to prepare when confronted with a hurricane. Before the storm hits, shoot a quick video of what the home looks like. Include as much as time allows. After the storm, video or take photo's of everything, starting with the outside of the house, front to back, making sure to include all four sides, and any other buildings on the property, such as a shed or garage. Try to get as much of the roof that you can in every shot. Take wide shots of the yard and then zoom in closer for more detail. Move to the inside of the house and go room by room, first video the entire room, and then move on to individual items contained in that room. Make an inventory of damaged property while doing all this.
Cover up damaged property
If your property sustained any hurricane damage, cover it up with a tarp or similar protective water-resistant material, to prevent further damage from the elements. If you do not make an effort to prevent further damage, your insurer can deny your claim. Make sure to save everything, having physical proof of your damaged property.
Keep a claims diary
Keeping a detailed log of phone calls and visitors is as important as other documents, and down the road can help you avoid lots of headaches. Don't rely on your memory at this stressful time. Document with date and time who you talked to and what was said. The more information you have at hand, the better your recollection of events will be.
File your claim promptly
Don't wait too long to file your insurance claim. Insurance companies often require policy holders to file within a certain amount of time. When filing your claim, make sure to include videos, photo's and any other documentation to help prove your claim.
For more tips and information on how to recover your damaged property, contact the professionals at Insurance Claims Consultants. With almost 40 years experience on handling property damage claims, ICC will help you get the most value from your policy and stand with you when dealing with your insurance company. Contact Jeff and the team at ICC and start recovering your damaged property today. Call toll free at 800-428-8583, or use this contact form.
ICC Public Adjusters doing business in Columbus GA
Even though Columbus is located in the western region of the state, hurricane damage can still be catastrophic.
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- Detail the full scope of property damage and estimate repair costs
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- Obtain the maximum pay-out possible subject to the findings of our reports
- Ensure your property is returned to its original state as soon as reasonably viable
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A little history on Columbus GA
Columbus is a consolidated city-county located on the west central border of the U.S. state of Georgia. Located on the Chattahoochee River directly across from Phoenix City, Alabama, Columbus is the county seat of Muscogee County, with which it officially merged in 1970 Columbus is the third-largest city in Georgia and the fourth-largest metropolitan area. According to the 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Columbus has a population of 194,058 residents, with 303,811 in the Columbus metropolitan area.The metro area joins the nearby Alabama cities of Auburn and Opelika to form the Columbus–Auburn–Opelika Combined Statistical Area, which has a 2017 estimated population of 499,128