When unexpected events happen to your home, car, or other investments it can be a difficult decision to determine whether a claim should be filed or not. When trying to decide to file a claim, your agent is on your side to help make the best decision for you and your family.
Calling in a claim – call agent first vs 800 #. (order takers document in system)
If you call your agent, does it get recorded in the system? No, unless it gets called in to the 800#.
Agent is your advocate
Protect your loss history
3 year history
Type of claim and when was last claim
Look at claims at the location and the insured
How to determine if you should file a claim:
Determine if it is a maintenance issue or due to a peril (perils covered…)
Maintenance if it could have been prevented by having proper maintenance to home.
Is it a Comprehensive claim or is it Chargeable? (understand water claims)
Comprehensive – Weather/Act of God
Home – Hail, Wind
Auto – Fire, Theft, Wind, Hail, Hitting an animal (Deer)
Is it better to hit the animal on the road or swerve to avoid them and possibly wreck?
How many claims do you already have? ( companies non renewing after 2 claims – high risk pool)
What is your deductible – flat or %? EQ always %
Get a pre inspection esp. on roofs. Stay away from storm chaser, door knockers. (contractor will typically come back when insurance adjuster comes out.)
Insurance 101 With Elaine Mahr – Expert Contributor
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