As it's #NationalHomeownershipMonth, we feel now is a great time to remind homeowners how to deal with an insurance claim. Say there's a fire, water damage or another unfortunate event in your home, don’t worry! Here’s how to maneuver through the claims process with ease:
If you were away from your home when the incident occurred, exercise caution when entering your property. If your property has sustained major damage, contact your local government officials to determine how you should proceed.
Report downed power lines to the utility company, and keep your electricity off if there is standing water in your home.
If it appears as though it is not safe to be at your home, leave.
Contact us to report how, when and where the damage occurred. Make a note of the claim handler’s name, telephone number and identification number when you call.
Protect your home from further damage without putting yourself in danger. This may include boarding up windows and salvaging possessions that did not sustain much damage. Your claim handler can advise you on how to do so safely.
Prepare a list of damaged or lost items from your home.
Keep damaged items in your home until the claim handler has come for an inspection. Also, consider documenting the damage with pictures or video.
Provide receipts for damaged items if you saved them.
If you need to temporarily relocate, save all your receipts for additional expenses. Your policy may cover you for additional living expenses during this time.
Let Menicucci Insurance Agency help you throughout the process—contact our expert agents at (505) 883-3683 or visit www.mianm.com/contact