What is the Purpose of an Inspection?

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Our inspections team provided expert insights into the true purpose and benefits of property inspections. From assessing damage firsthand to advocating for fair compensation, inspections serve as a critical step in protecting your investment. Don’t miss out on reaching your claim’s potential- watch now and learn why an inspection is one of the most important steps of the claims process.

 

 

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Untold Advantages of a Damage-Free Inspection

Property inspections are a crucial part of the insurance claims process, providing an accurate assessment of a property’s condition. For property owners, the fear of discovering damage can be daunting. Inspections that lead to no damage can leave a property owner relieved, yet frustrated by the time spent in getting the inspection done. However, receiving a damage-free inspection report is valuable and can lead to more benefits for the policyholder.

Understanding the Inspection Process

Property inspections serve to assess the condition of a property and complete documentation. When conducted by experienced professionals, these inspections help in identifying potential issues that might not be visible to the untrained eye. Insurance companies use these findings to determine coverage and policyholder benefits.

No Damage, No Worries

Discovering no damage during an inspection can provide policyholders with peace of mind. It means that their property is in good condition and doesn’t require immediate repairs. This situation also prevents the hassle of filing claims, which can be time-consuming and emotionally draining.

Proactive Maintenance and Preventing Future Issues

A damage-free inspection is an opportunity to continue proactive maintenance. Policyholders can use this information to reinforce their property’s resilience against future risks. Regular maintenance and addressing minor concerns, guided by the inspection results, becomes a strategic investment in potentially minimizing the likelihood of extensive damages.

Creating Baseline Evidence

A damage-free inspection provides baseline documented evidence of the state of the property. Should the property experience future damage, the prior damage free findings serve as evidence to support future insurance claims filed on the property. Brent Roberts, Inspections Manager at Premier Claims, recommends, “In the event of future damage to a property, it’s ideal to have a prior thorough inspection that resulted in no- or minimal damage to the property. This provides a good baseline of documentation, and photo evidence, can be compared with new evidence to identify all damage.”

Lower Insurance Premiums

Regular inspections with no reported damage can reflect positively on a policyholder’s insurance profile. Proactive property maintenance could lead you to lower premium options. By demonstrating the property’s well kept condition over time, policyholders can potentially secure more affordable insurance rates. In addition, a history of minimal claims reflects responsible property ownership, potentially enhancing the policyholders standing with the insurance company.

Empowerment through Knowledge

Being informed about the property’s condition empowers policyholders to make strategic decisions. Armed with this knowledge, they can better understand their property’s vulnerabilities, improve its resilience, and make informed choices regarding insurance coverage and risk management. Policyholders should view inspections as an opportunity to understand the true condition of their properties.

While discovering damage can be concerning, a damage-free inspection can be equally as valuable. It signifies a well-maintained property, potential cost savings on insurance premiums, and a positive impact on the policyholder’s overall insurance history. If you have any questions or concerns regarding property inspections, claims management, or insurance policies, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to educate, guide, and provide peace of mind to policyholders across the nation.

Review Policy & Inspect Property Before a Hurricane

To protect yourself in the event of a future hurricane, one of the most important ways you can prepare is by reviewing your policy coverage. For Hurricane Preparedness Week, we will outline a few of the key aspects to consider in your policy: deductible, building coverage, and the importance of inspecting your property with photo documentation.

Deductible

Hurricane coverage deductibles are either be a fixed dollar amount or a percentage of the insured value. Percentage deductibles are more common as they will not increase premiums as much as a fixed dollar amount deductible. However, if you’re located in a hurricane prone area, it is crucial to know what type of deductible is in your policy and the financial responsibility you would have if a hurricane damaged your property. 

For instance, say you have $400,000 in coverage to your building and your policy has a 2% deductible. After a hurricane, your insurance claim is settled at $50,000 for property damage, but you receive a check for $42,000 — You’re responsible for paying the percentage deductible of $8,000 out-of-pocket to restore your building. 

Reviewing of policy information.

Building Coverage

Building coverage is an essential part of any policyholder’s insurance policy. It provides protection for the structure of your home, including the roof, walls, foundation, and other structures such as a garage or shed. In the event of a hurricane, this coverage will help you repair or rebuild your home if it is damaged.

The amount of building coverage you need will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of your home, the materials it is made of, and the cost of construction in your area. As a general rule, you should have enough coverage to rebuild your home from the ground up if it is completely destroyed. An Actual Cash Value policy pays what your property is worth today, whereas a Replacement Cost Value policy will pay the cost to repair or replace your property without deducting for depreciation. To learn more, visit our blog “What is Recoverable Depreciation?” 

Flood Damage Insurance

Another factor to consider when purchasing building coverage is whether your policy includes coverage for flood damage. Flooding is a common occurrence during hurricanes, and it can cause significant damage to your home. If you live in a flood-prone area, you may want to consider purchasing a separate flood insurance policy to ensure that you are fully protected.

Coverage Limits and Exclusions

When purchasing building coverage, it’s important to read your policy carefully and understand the coverage limits, and exclusions. For instance, a roof exclusion could specify that the insurance carrier will not pay for damages to the roof as a result of wind or other events, such as a hurricane. A cosmetic exclusion could put you at risk of having to justify the necessity for repairs or replacement if the insurance carrier classifies the damage as cosmetic. 

Policy Requirements

You should also be aware of any requirements your insurance company may have for hurricane preparations, such as installing storm shutters or reinforcing your roof. Failure to do any hurricane preparations can put you at risk for a denied or underpaid claim. Read more in yesterday’s blog “Prepare before the storm” 

Aerial view of roof inspection on commercial property.

Property Current Condition

One of the most important steps that is often overlooked by policyholders is to get their property inspected and take pictures before a hurricane hits. Doing so can provide solid evidence of the condition of their property before the hurricane and make it easier to assess the damage caused by the hurricane.

Here are a few reasons why it is essential to get your property inspected and take pictures before a hurricane:

The Good News

Our team provides free policy reviews and property inspections. If you have concerns over your current insurance policy, our team of legal experts will complete a thorough review and outline potential gaps in coverage or risks. Our inspection & adjusting team will gather the necessary documentation and pictures required prior to any hurricane damage. In addition, we will continue to monitor your property, and in the event you experience severe damage, we begin the claim process on your behalf immediately to get you paid faster. Contact us today to get your free policy review and inspection!