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These mistakes could harm your homeowner’s insurance claim

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2024 | Property Damage

Your home insurance can be a true lifesaver when unexpected incidents strike. It acts as a safety net during challenging times, designed to financially protect you from various damages and losses. However, not all such claims sail through.

Mistakes in the claims process can potentially undermine your ability to receive fair compensation. Your claim could be delayed or even denied due to these avoidable errors outlined below.

Delayed reporting of damages

Waiting too long to report damages to your insurance company can weaken your claim. For instance, failing to report an incident within the specific timeframe provided in your insurance policy can lead to a denial of your claim. Timely reporting also allows for immediate documentation of the damages, such as photos or videos, strengthening your claim’s credibility.

Providing incomplete or inaccurate information

Be thorough and accurate in documenting and describing the damages sustained when making your claim. Otherwise, you may run into complications. Remember to extensively record any evidence related to the damages before cleaning up to avoid inconsistencies or gaps that could raise doubts. The more detailed and precise your documentation, the smoother your claim process is likely to be.

Not mitigating further damage to your home

If possible, take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of additional damage after an incident, such as securing your property or making temporary repairs. Failure to mitigate further damage could lead to complications or reduce your compensation.

Overlooking the need for legal guidance

Sometimes, the claims process involves intricate processes that can span several months, especially if your claim is sizable. You might find yourself navigating multiple insurance adjusters and handling a lot of paperwork.

The proper legal guidance can help you understand the complexities of your home insurance policy language, your rights as a homeowner, the insurer’s obligations and what to expect before your claim is settled. It also ensures you are well-equipped to handle any disputes or hurdles that may arise, thus maximizing your chances of a successful resolution.