Let’s Talk Property Inspections

Property inspections play a key role in the claims process, providing valuable insights into the extent of damage incurred. At Premier Claims, we recognize the significance of thorough inspections when fighting for a fair and accurate claim settlement.

The Purpose of Property Inspections

Inspections serve as a critical juncture where both the policyholder and the insurance carrier assess the damage firsthand. These inspections are instrumental in determining the scope of repairs needed and estimating the cost of restoration. By conducting thorough inspections, policyholders can ensure that they properly document all damages, thereby reducing the likelihood of disputes during the claims process.

The Premier Claims Advantage

At Premier Claims, we take a proactive approach to inspections by sending our experienced inspectors alongside the insurance representative. This collaborative effort allows us to provide comprehensive assessments while advocating for the policyholder’s best interests. Our inspectors are trained to identify hidden damages and all relevant information to be accurately recorded. In turn, our inspections aim to increase the likelihood of a favorable claim outcome. 

Inspection Goal

Brent Roberts, Inspections Manager, and Licensed Public Adjuster, believes, “Our goal is to identify damage and have the Insurance Adjuster acknowledge the damage on site.” Collaborating with your insurance carrier’s representative for an inspection allows us to ensure they’re recognizing the damage we’re seeing. Our meticulous approach focuses on identifying any damage, linking it to the date of loss, and confirming its weather-related nature. This thorough process documents all relevant information, setting the foundation for a fair and expedited claims resolution.

The Inspection Process

During the inspection, our team meticulously examines the property, documenting all visible damages caused by the covered peril. We pay close attention to details, capturing photographic evidence and taking note of any structural issues or safety concerns. By conducting a thorough inspection, we equip policyholders with the information needed to pursue fair and adequate compensation for their losses. 

Policyholder Insight

Understanding the inspection process can empower policyholders to actively participate in their claims journey. By familiarizing themselves with common types of damages and inspection techniques, policyholders can effectively communicate their needs and concerns to the inspection team. Additionally, staying informed about their rights and entitlements allows policyholders to be well-equipped to navigate the claims process with confidence. 

Property inspections are a vital component of the claims process, providing an opportunity to assess damages and advocate for fair compensation. At Premier Claims, we prioritize transparency, professionalism, and advocacy in every inspection we conduct. For more information about property inspections and our claims management services, we invite you to connect with our team today to schedule an inspection of your property. 

Learn to Love Your Insurance Policy

Valentine’s Day is more than just a celebration of romantic relationships. It’s an opportunity to nurture a relationship with something equally important—your insurance policy. While insurance might not be the most exciting topic, understanding and appreciating your policy can bring peace of mind and financial security. This Valentine’s Day, learn to love your insurance policy and feel confident in the coverage you’ve chosen. 

Strengthen Your Relationship

Know What You’re Covered For

The first step in loving your insurance policy is understanding what it covers. Take the time to thoroughly read through your policy documents and/or discuss them with a licensed professional. Pay close attention to key details such as property damage coverage, liability coverage, and any additional endorsements or riders that may be relevant to your property use. Understanding your coverage limits and exclusions can help you avoid surprises in the event of a claim. 

Assess Your Risks

Every property faces unique risks, whether it’s due to the nature of the industry, the location of the property, or other factors. Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential threats to your commercial or residential property, such as fire, theft, natural disasters, or liability claims. Once you understand your risks, you can work with your insurance carrier to tailor your policy to provide adequate protection against those specific threats. 

Review Your Policy Regularly

Just like relationships, insurance policies require regular attention and maintenance. Review your policy annually or whenever there are significant changes to your business or property. This could include renovations or expansions, changes in inventory or equipment, or updates to local building codes and regulations. Keeping your policy up-to-date allows you to have the right coverage vs. right amount of coverage.

Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when navigating your insurance policy. While your insurance carrier can offer valuable insights, sometimes you may require additional support to fully grasp the complexities of your coverage. That’s where a team like Premier Claims can step in. With our team of licensed public adjusters and legal professionals, we’re dedicated to helping policyholders fully understand their policy. Whether you’re unsure about a particular clause in your policy, need clarification on a claim process, or simply want experienced guidance, our team is here to provide personalized support.  To have your policy thoroughly reviewed by our team of licensed professionals, submit your policy here: https://premier-claims.com/policy-review/

Consider Additional Coverage

Depending on your needs, you may want to consider additional coverage options beyond the basic property and liability insurance. Evaluating your specific risks and considering additional coverage can provide added peace of mind. For example, as hail season quickly approaches, it’s important that your insurance policy protects your property against any damage that hail may bring. Learn more about hail damage coverage in our blog: https://premier-claims.com/blog/commercial-property-hail-damage-coverage/

Document & Maintain Records

In the event of a claim, having thorough documentation can make the process smoother and help you fight to receive fair compensation. Keep detailed records of your property, including photos, receipts, and inventory lists. Maintain copies of insurance policy documents, correspondence with your insurance carrier, and any relevant contracts or agreements. Being organized and prepared can help expedite the claims process and minimize possible disruptions to your business operations. 

Stay Informed

Insurance regulations and industry standards can change over time, so it’s important to stay informed about developments that may affect your coverage. Being proactive can help you make informed decisions about your insurance policy and allow you to be adequately protected. We recommend that you subscribe to updates from your insurance carrier and participate in industry associations, so that you can stay informed of relevant news and developments in your area. We believe that knowledge is not just power but a path to peace of mind. Stay connected, stay informed, and let our team be a resource for you. For ongoing industry updates, subscribe to our blog: https://premier-claims.com/resources/blog/

By following these tips, you can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for your insurance policy. Ultimately, giving you the confidence to face whatever challenges are thrown your way. This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to show some love to your insurance policy. It’s a relationship worth nurturing for the security and protection of your property. 

Understanding Different Types of Adjusters

In the aftermath of property damage, navigating the insurance claims process can be a daunting task. Throughout the property claims process, a policyholder may come into contact with three different types of adjusters. Understanding the different roles of independent, insurance, and public adjusters and how their functions can impact a claim is crucial when dealing with property damage and insurance claims.

Types of Adjusters & Their Role in a Claim

Independent Adjuster 

Independent adjusters are professionals hired on a case-by-case basis by insurance carriers to assess and manage claims. Their primary objective is to provide an unbiased evaluation of damages and determine what they consider to be a fair settlement. Notably, independent adjusters are not employees of the insurance carrier, aiming to maintain neutrality in their assessments through impartial inspections. Since independent adjusters are engaged by insurance carriers, there exists a potential for financial allegiance, as their compensation is directly linked to these carriers.

Insurance Adjuster

Insurance adjusters, also known as private adjusters, are employed directly by insurance carriers. Their responsibilities include investigating claims, evaluating damages, and negotiating settlements on behalf of the insurance carrier. Understanding their role is crucial for policyholders seeking transparency in the claims process. Insurance adjusters bring in-house expertise possessing in-depth knowledge of their company’s policies. 

Allegiance to Insurers: 

Policyholders should be aware that insurance adjusters represent the interests of the insurance carrier, emphasizing the importance of seeking outside advice when necessary. 

Public Adjuster

Public Adjusters, like those at Premier Claims, work exclusively for the policyholder. Their primary role is fighting for policyholders to receive a fair and just settlement from the insurance carrier. Public adjusters act as advocates, guiding policyholders through the complexities of the claims process. 

Working Together

In certain claim scenarios, the collaboration between an insurance adjuster and a public adjuster can prove instrumental in achieving the best outcome for the policyholder. The insurance adjuster, employed by the carrier, brings expertise in policy details and internal processes. While the public adjuster, who actively serves as your dedicated advocate, ensures they fully represent your interests. This cooperative approach aims to streamline the claims process, leveraging the strengths of both adjusters to navigate complexities and utilizing all the resources available to you. Hopefully, bringing you peace of mind during your claims journey. At Premier Claims, we aim to seamlessly orchestrate this collaboration to provide you with a well-rounded claims management experience.

 

Navigating the intricate landscape of different types of adjusters is a crucial aspect of the claims process. Whether it’s an independent adjuster providing unbiased assessments, an insurance adjuster representing the carrier’s interests, or a public adjuster advocating for the policyholder, understanding these roles is key to achieving a fair and satisfactory resolution.

At Premier Claims, our mission goes beyond claims management; it’s about empowering you with knowledge. For more insights and assistance tailored to your needs, connect with our team today.