Potential Fire Dangers caused by Dryer Lint

We hope you know you are supposed to clear your lint filter every time you run a dry cycle.

Did you ever consider the lint that is actually inside your machine?   Over the years lint seeps into the mechanism of your machine, potentially causing a fire hazard.  If you don’t make a habit every few years of maintenance on the inside, this can be a potential source of fire. Immediately upon smelling burning, stop using your machine.  Call  an authorized repair representative and have them disassemble your machine completely and look inside.  The representative should then thoroughly clean out all the lint that remains in your machine.  This is one important step no one cautions you about, but if followed can help prevent fires.  Look at the pictures here and see an actual client of AJR, and the lint contained on their machine.

Next time you smell something funny, do not ignore, get it checked.   Dryer fires are a serious event, its best to do all you can to prevent a fire in your property.

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FAQ– Public Insurance Adjusters –AJR

FAQ==Common Questions for Arizona’s Best Public Insurance Adjusters –AJR

I just discovered my property has damage from (fire, wind, water, hail, theft, etc), when is the best time to enlist the help of a Public Adjuster?

Upon discovering your property has damage it’s best to contact AJR immediately so we can help you report your claim. Delay in engaging our services, puts the amount that your entitled to recover at risk.  Always wanting to put your best information forward, contacting AJR immediately is to your benefit. Your interest and the insurance companies interest are not the same. Commercials indicate that the insurance companies have your back, this might not always be the case.   Many times insurance carrier’s claim centers ask tricky questions to potentially confuse policyholders into saying things which may compromise coverage on their claim. As the saying goes “anything you say, can and will be used against you”. To protect yourself against these errors, it’s best to contact a Public Adjuster at the first sign of damage to your home or business. The Public Adjuster will gather all the correct pertinent information and help report the claim in a timely efficient manner to the carrier.

 

The insurance company sent out an adjuster, why do I need a Public Adjuster?

There are three types of adjusters, a company adjuster who the insurance company has on staff. An independent adjuster, who the insurance company hires. The insurance company pays them to handle their claims and protect their interests. A Public Adjuster is the only adjuster who is the policyholder’s advocate. The Public Adjuster works only for the policyholder, representing their interest and maximizing the claim for the insured, not minimizing for the insurance company.

 

How do I find a good Public Adjuster in my area?

You want to make sure you hire an experienced licensed Public Adjuster. All Public Adjusters must hold an active license in the state. A Public Adjuster with many years of experience is valuable, as they have seen many things in the industry. The adjuster should have good valid references with whom you can speak to about their experiences. NAPIA – The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters is the oldest/largest professional organization for this industry. On their website you can find many helpful links.

 

The insurance company and their adjuster say that hiring a public adjuster will delay and slow down the process?

Think about it, the insurance company makes out better if you are not on a level playing field with them. They use lingo special to the insurance industry that you may not fully understand. Hiring your own expert will not slow down the process actually it puts you in the same league as the insurance adjuster. Insurance contracts can be a confusing mix of words, leaving policyholders unsure of what coverage’s actually may be. Though your insurance agent placed your coverage, their allegiance is to the insurance company. Additionally they might not be able to clarify to your satisfaction the questions you may have.
If you were called to the IRS for an audit, would you take an accountant with you to represent your interests? Why would you deal with an insurance companies professional adjuster without someone to professionally represent your interests.

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What’s the best way to level the playing field in claims?

Claim adjusting is a really specialized industry. It is not just putting numbers to the paper and receiving all you have asked for. There is negotiation involved in the process and preparing the claim to put you in the best situation for this negotiation. Relying on your insurance company to calculate the amount of damage and honestly putting forth what you are owed, you are not likely to recover a full fair settlement.
Insurance companies who are in the business to turn a profit send out their adjuster who will possibly value damages to your property differently than you. Many times they make a decision you are not covered for some of your damages. Often times their offer will not even come close to the value needed to restore the damaged property.

This is where an experienced expert, Arizona’s Best Public Adjuster AJR, will help put you in the same ballpark as the insurance company.

 

Who at the firm will personally handle my claim?

Many times companies send out solicitors to “sign up” losses. In times of desperation many people engage in services they later realize might not have been in their best interests. The solicitors who sign the claim up generally are not the ones who handle the claims. You always want to make sure you know who will be personally handling your claim.   You want to feel comfortable with that person, their level of experience and their demeanor. They will be your representation with the insurance company and you need to feel comfortable that you have someone putting your best foot forward in negotiations.

 

Who does my insurance company speak with after I hire a public adjuster?

Once you sign a contract with a Public Adjuster, they will notify your insurance company. At this point all correspondence will be directed towards the public adjuster. The public adjuster should continuously keep you informed and updated of all correspondence and make you aware of the progress of your claim.

 

The insurance company sent out a mitigation company to help with the clean-up, should I always just use this company?

Mitigation/Restoration companies sent out by the insurance company are beholden to the insurance company. Their bread and butter business comes directly from the insurance company, it is not in their best interests to protect you and your concerns with your claim. AJR works with many restoration/mitigation companies who have one job to satisfy their clients not the insurance company. Insurance companies send out their own preferred contractor whose job it is to define the scope of damage and estimate costs for repair. These companies as stated previously are measuring the loss for the insurance company not for YOU. Their job is to protect the financial goals of the insurance company not protect your goals as the policyholder.

 

The mitigation/restoration company wants me to sign and hire them to repair my property and sign a power of attorney stating they can talk with my insurance company about my claim, should I?

The only licensed professional’s to represent a policyholder with an insurance claim is a state licensed Public Adjuster or a lawyer. The benefit of hiring a Public Adjuster over a lawyer is number one it does not make economic sense. Number two is the daily experience the Public Adjuster has in this field. Lawyers are qualified to do this work, but generally this is not the only work they do. Public Adjusters review and handle claims 365 days a year and stay current with education on new laws/rules to adjusting.

Contractors, Mitigation Companies, Restoration companies are not authorized to represent you in insurance claim negotiations, nor are they professionally licensed or regulated by your state insurance department/agency to do so.

No one should ever request a power of attorney be signed over to them, BIG RED FLAG. Public Adjusters have state licensed contracts clients must sign. These are determined by the state.

 

The insurance company is offering to pay out immediately. Why would this be a problem?

Insurance companies lead you to believe that a quick pay out is in your best interests. Policyholders will be more satisfied and look favorably on the carrier. BIG MISTAKE. What looks like great customer service may actually be an attempt to settle a claim and convince you to settle for less money due to stress you are under and just a desire to “finish the claim”. We recommend taking your time and making sure you are completely protected. Don’t feel rushed or sign anything until you understand all ramifications of your claim.

 

My damage is extensive, how can I be sure to recover all my damages?

Severe property damage creates all kinds of complicated issues. Coverage’s you are due under your policy and damage you can’t see may be missed. Experience professional help ensures you will not miss damages that can be submitted as part of your claim.

 

What should I do if my insurance carrier delays the claim?

 Insurance carriers are required to respond to you and process your claim in a specified period of time when certain conditions are met. The public adjuster understands these nuances and can assist with this. If you are getting the run-around with your claim, seek immediate help from an expert in this field.

 

How do I pay for the Public Adjuster services, will my insurance company pay for this?

The Public Adjuster is paid on a contingency fee basis. Be careful when you are interviewing adjusters, this fee should not be more than 25%. The fee you agree to pay is dependent upon the size, type of loss and status of the loss. The amount the adjuster is paid comes from the proceeds you receive from the insurance company. The contract you sign is between you and the adjuster not the insurance company. The adjuster with their knowledge and experience are better suited to maximize your claim and get a better return than trying to handle a claim without their professional advice.

 

What if I can’t agree with my insurance company as to the final $ amount of my claim?

 If the dollar offer the insurance company is making is too low to cover your repairs or losses, there is a clause in every policy called the appraisal clause. This is when you, the policyholder demand an appraisal, which is similar to arbitration in other fields. Each side chooses an appraiser then agree on an umpire.   Each appraiser states the value of the property and amount of loss. If they cannot agree, decision goes to the umpire. Two out of three binds the award. A Public Adjuster is fully capable to act as your appraiser if this situation arises.

 

Is a Public Adjuster an attorney? Can’t I just hire an attorney to represent me?

This is a common question and NO Public Adjusters are not attorneys. They are state licensed professionals whose sole job is to represent policyholders with insurance claim negotiations with insurance company. Knowledge is important, this is the only industry Public Adjusters engage in. Their experience matched with information gained over years puts public adjusters in the best position to negotiate your claim. There is a monetary consideration when deciding whom to engage to represent your best interests with a claim.
There may be times an attorney is needed if legal issues arise in your claim. Denial of claim, bad faith are two examples of conditions that require an attorney representation.

 

I have already settled my claim and now discover there are additional damages I was not aware of, can I get a public adjuster involved now?

As long as you did not sign a full and final release, YES you can engage a public adjuster. You may be required to sign a proof of loss or partial proof of loss, in order to receive some check from the insurance company. There are also statute of limitations that you need to be aware of that may apply to your claim.

 

Do they raise my rates if I file a claim?

There are many factors that are included in rate determination. Your rates aren’t guaranteed to rise or even be dropped by the insurance compay if you do file a claim. With that in mind,iIt is not recommended to file claims for every small loss that occurs to your property. It may work against you in the future, if insurance companies see you consistently file claims for minor damages. We buy insurance to protect us in time of a loss. If you are unsure whether to file a claim or not, give AJR a call. We will discuss your situation and help you decide the best course of action to move forward with.

 

My insurance company has sent me a check what do I do? It is not enough money to fix the damages.

At this point, please reach out to a licensed, experienced Public Adjuster. Evaluation of the policy and documenting papers needs to be made to determine if you are giving up all future rights if you deposit this check. AJR does not charge a fee to come and evaluate your particular situation any step along the way.

 

Should I ask for references of the Public Adjuster?

A quality licensed Public Adjuster should be able to provide at least three references for you to speak with about their claim. When speaking with the references a few good questions to ask are:

  1. If you had another disaster would you hire this public adjuster again?
  2. Do you feel the fee you paid was worth the service you received?
  3. After you signed the contract, was the same adjuster involved with your claim or did someone else take over at the firm?
  4. How long did it take to settle the claim?
  5. Was your settlement enough to restore the property to prior condition?
  6. Were you able to get enough money to replace all of your personal property?
  7. Did the Public Adjuster keep you abreast of all that was happening in your claim.
  8. Did the Public Adjuster take your phone calls in a timely manner?

 

 

 

Mobile Insurance Apps You can Utilize to Document Inventory Prior to Next Insurance Claim

After a devastating loss is not the time you want to start thinking about “what did I own?”.

Insurance companies require you to document all that was lost in your claim and provide information as to the cost of each item.

Here is a link to a website that provides information how to obtain a mobile app that can help you inventory your possessions prior to that next claim.

Click here to see the mobile apps that help you inventory your possessions

Documenting and listing all that was owned prior to your loss  is something these apps can help with.   These apps if you take the time, can assist in the process to make sure no personal items are missed in the claim.

You may be thinking if I have all this already documented, why do I need a Public Adjuster?  The Public Adjuster can then  use this information, add more detail in the language that the insurance company requires and complete the inventory.  The Public Adjuster adds  their knowledge and skill to negotiate with the insurance company to make sure you are paid in full for all that was lost.  It should be an easy process, unfortunately walls are put up that prevent policyholders from recovering all that they are entitled to.  Adjusters with their expertise and experience are able to maximize your recovery from the insurance company.

The next time you find yourself with an insurance claim, even if you have used our suggestions and documented your possessions, its best to call AJR.  With our 28+ years experience we will use our knowledge and document your claim properly for maximum recovery, then use our mastery to negotiate your claim for maximum results.

AJR Public Adjusters – 602-795-5227 – www.betterclaimresults.com

 

When I have damage to my Roof, is Subsequent Interior Damage Covered?

Many times you may wonder how you are covered for a loss if you don’t discover damages for many months after an incident occurs.  Noting that normal wear and tear are not covered, here is an example of a covered loss due to an incident, but realized many months after occurrence.

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A few months ago, following a downpour, an insured noticed some wet patches on the ceiling and high up on the walls. When he called in a roofer, the roofer said that the roof had been damaged in a severe hailstorm that occurred about a year previously. 

We turned the claim in to the insurer, who denied the loss, saying that too much time had elapsed between the hailstorm and the resulting water damage. 

Is this denial correct?

Indiana Subscriber

There is no requirement in the HO 00 03 that the cause of loss and the resulting effect follow each other within minutes, days, or even months. It is difficult to recognize that a covered cause of loss has occurred unless the physical signs of that cause manifest themselves. So, until the insured noticed the wet patches, he had no idea there was a possible covered loss.

The HO 00 03 excludes losses caused by wear and tear, marring, and deterioration. That is because these are things that will happen over time, and so are uninsurable. However, the policy adds that “any ensuing loss to property described in Coverages A and B not excluded or excepted in this policy is covered.” In other words, had the roof simply worn out, the ensuing loss—water damage to the interior—would be covered because it is not excluded. But in this instance, the roof did not wear out. An event specific as to time and place—the verifiable hailstorm—caused the damage to the roof. 

Therefore, both the loss to the roof and the water damage to the ceiling and walls are covered.

Information supplied from Summit Business Systems.

How are Multi-family dwellings and vacancy handled with vandalism coverage?

Ever wonder how your property will be covered should vandalism occur?  What if you have a multi unit property and one unit is occupied and the others are not.  See answer below from Summit Business Systems, the leader in industry with how coverage applies.

QUESTION:

In a multi-family dwelling one unit was unoccupied & vacant for in excess of 60 days; the 2nd unit was vacated approximately 1 week before the loss. The vandals caused damage (vandalism/malicious mischief) to both units. Is the vandalism exclusion applicable to the 1st unit? Since the entire “building” was not vacant for in excess of 60 days- coverage should be applicable to all damages. Or, worded another way- if tenants were in the 2nd unit & vandalism damage was sustained in the 1st unit (vacant for in excess of 60 days) does the vacancy limitation apply?

ANSWER:

This is easier than it seems at first glance. The vandalism exclusion applies if the dwelling has been vacant for more than 60 days. The definition of residence premises states that the 2, 3, or 4 family dwelling where the named insured resides in one of the units is a residence premises. Therefore, even though the building is divided into separate living units, the entire structure is the dwelling. Therefore, since the entire dwelling wasn’t vacant, coverage applies for both units.

Rest assured that if at least one of your properties is inhabited, you are covered under the insurance policy.

AJR is the one Public Adjuster needed to assist with your coverages and make sure you are paid properly for your loss.  Give us a call 602-795-5227.  www.betterclaimresults.com

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Prior to meeting//learning about us, we are hearing many people did not know our industry existed.

We are reaching out today to see if you have had an insurance claim that was filed before you knew about Public Adjusting and AJR.

We are wondering if you had a claim if you would take a few moments to answer the questions below? We may utilize them on our blog to help spread the word even more about Public Adjusting.

If you take the time to answer we will enter your name in a drawing for an iTunes gift card. We will do the drawing on June 1st. We will announce the winner on our Linked In, Twitter and Facebook Page and blog page.  ( We will send a confirmation email to indicate you have entered drawing)

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What was the type of claim that occurred on your property?

What type of experience did you have with the insurance adjuster?

What/ if any problems arose with the insurance company?

What kind of time frame did it take to settle your claim?

Were you satisfied with the settlement?

Did you feel like you were on equal ground with them, as far as knowledge and coverage’s you were entitled to?

Did your claim take time away from work, personal time?

Had you known prior to your claim about a professional adjuster who works for you, do you think you would you have hired one to assist with the claim?

 

AJR Public Adjusters     602-795-5227       www.betterclaimresults.com

 

Why you should have a Public Adjuster on YOUR side with your next insurance claim

Most people who have a claim have no idea how to prepare and adjust it. They more or less rely on their “insurance adjuster” to do that for them. BIG MISTAKE! What you must understand is, it is the “insurance adjusters” job to make company first-rate settlements with policyholders, most of whom lack the fundamental information and adjusting skills to be on a level playing field with the adjuster.

Knowledge is leverage. The more you know, the more power you have, and insurance adjusters are well trained to cut corners and save their company money and, more and more, look for ways to avoid paying claims. You need someone as well trained in your corner looking out for your interests. The objective in adjusting should be to get as good a result as possible, as quickly as possible, as trouble free as possible. Most policyholders will continue their fate of dealing ineffectively due to the fact that they lack ability, information, and understanding.

To adjust is to negotiate. An adjuster is a negotiator. Usually, only the person representing the insurance company is considered the adjuster, and the policyholder receives his/her adjustment, as previously stated, from a company inspired adjuster. In order to arrive at an adjusted settlement, each side has its own needs to satisfy. The less you know, the more likely you are to be forced to meet the needs of the insurance company.

You must know your needs! You must know your rights!

A Public Adjuster can help you with both of these. If you don’t know what to expect and how to get it, you may become overwhelmed and give in too easily.

No one knows the outcome of an adjustment beforehand. Therefore, it is impossible to anticipate to what extent either party will give in to the needs of the other. Bargaining power becomes the main ingredient in adjusting. It usually comes about naturally as facts come to the surface. Adjusting is a matter of give and take, and unless you are dealing from a position of strength and knowledge like a Public Adjuster can offer, you may be forced to give too much.

Insurance adjusters facing a knowledgeable public adjuster usually enter on a more cooperative basis, and there is a strong likelihood that each will strive for common goals.

Usually a policyholder has to deal with a claim at a time following a disaster. Disasters including fire, haboob, wind, water, theft, etc.  Psychologically, most people are not up to the task under these circumstances. It is very common to see people in a state of shock, confusion and helplessness. A professional public adjuster will be emotionally level and competent.

The time of a personal disaster is not the time to be thinking about all of this for the first time. Think about it now and take comfort in the knowledge that AJR can be there to protect your interest if indeed the unthinkable happens to you.

AJR PUBLIC ADJUSTERS –BRUCE/STACY HOROWITZ—602-795-5227

WWW.BETTERCLAIMRESULTS.COM

 

 

 

If only I knew about AJR Public Adjusters for my last insurance claim

As we go about our business day at AJR, many times we meet people who have never heard of a public adjuster, or what we do.  Often times we hear, “if I only knew about your industry/services prior to my last claim”.  We reached out to some of these people to get their viewpoint on their settlement process.  (THE COMMENTS IN BLUE IS INFORMATIVE INFORMATION FROM AJR ABOUT THE CLAIMS PROCESS)

Comments below are from Rick Kidder,                                                                                    Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, CEO

WHAT WAS THE TYPE OF CLAIM THAT OCCURRED ON YOUR PROPERTY?

Hail damage, significant damage to roof, A/C and other property

Claims on property can range from fire, wind, water, hail, theft, monsoon, etc

WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE DID YOU HAVE WITH THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER?

Friendly, courteous, relatively thorough BUT did not test A/C unit

Generally interactions are friendly and courteous, but as in this case all coverages were not explained or handled for the policyholder

WHAT/ IF ANY PROBLEM AROSE WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY?

A/C unit outside fan and compressor had to be replaced, but knowledge of that fact came well after the insurance claim was settled

Here is a situation where the insurance company was not forthright with the policyholder, explaining coverages they were entitled to and policyholder settled claim without all the information pertinent to their situation.

WHAT KIND OF TIME FRAME DID IT TAKE TO SETTLE YOUR CLAIM?

Check on the spot

Anytime a check is given on the spot, that is not to the policyholder’s advantage. How does the insurance company even know all ramifications of the loss in a quick look at the damage?

WERE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SETTLEMENT?

Yes, except, had I known of hail damage to A/C unit, I would have been able to replace the unit and not just patch it up.

Policyholder did not know about all clauses and features of their policy that they could take advantage of or taken proactive step and have the A/C unit tested.  This is where AJR is able to give the policyholder an edge, since we know of all things to do from the start, we can help  put your claim in the best position to maximize recovery from insurance company and not miss any claimable issues. 

DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE ON EQUAL GROUND WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY, AS FAR AS KNOWLEDGE AND COVERAGE’S YOU WERE ENTITLED TO?

No

This is where AJR can assist, with over 28+ years experience, our knowledge and customer service are unsurpassed in the industry.  We have read policies cover to cover for many years and know where to look to ensure policyholder is receiving all that they are entitled to.  Our job maximizing recovery for policyholder is demonstrated over and over.  

Look at what some of our previous clients have said.

 

DID YOUR CLAIM TAKE AWAY FROM PERSONAL TIME?

No

Often on larger losses personal and work time are affected in dealing with the insurance company.  AJR takes on this burden for you.

HAD YOU KNOWN PRIOR TO YOUR CLAIM ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL ADJUSTER WHO WORKS FOR YOU, DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE HIRED THEM TO ASSIST WITH THE CLAIM?

Yes

Comments below are from Janet Robbins,                                                                              Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce,                                                                            Business Development Executive 

WHAT WAS THE TYPE OF CLAIM THAT OCCURRED ON YOUR PROPERTY?

Property damage due to weather.  It was a lightning strike.

Many different forms of weather can cause property damage.  Monsoons, hail storm damage, wind storms, lightening damage, haboobs, & wildfires are big ones here in Arizona.    Other locations in the country experience different types of weather damage from hurricanes &  tornadoes among others.

WHAT TYPE OF EXPERIENCE DID YOU HAVE WITH THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER?

It was all handled by phone

How can an insurance company assess and estimate a loss if they have never set foot on the property? Damages  can not correctly evaluated without an onsite inspection.

WHAT IF ANY PROBLEMS AROSE WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY?

There weren’t necessarily problems except that I did not know that my coverage only was based on replacement costs (RC) and not what I paid originally.  Nor did it replace items over a certain amount and they had to be repaired instead and still don’t work properly.

This confusion could have been cleared up with AJR in your corner.  Policies have many different clauses which we are able to clearly clarify and explain your rights in the process.  Policy holders are entitled to “like” kind and “like” quality to be made whole, and we are able to negotiate on policyholders behalf to make sure insurance companies are paying for policies which clients have purchased.

WHAT KIND OF TIME FRAME DID IT TAKE TO SETTLE YOUR CLAIM?

I think over six (6) months.

Claim settlement depends on many factors.  AJR assists and in a timely manner submits your claim.  We have no control over the insurance companies timeliness in handling information once we submit on policyholders behalf.  However, we work hard to expedite the claim.

WERE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE SETTLEMENT?

No not at all.  One of the largest and most expensive items had to be repaired and still does not work to the quality of its original condition before the lightening strike.

AJR is in your corner through the whole claims process.  AJR assists and ensures that policyholders are not placed in a position to accept less than they deserve with their claim.

DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE ON AN EQUAL GROUND WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY, AS FAR AS KNOWLEDGE AND COVERAGE’S YOU WERE ENTITLED TO?

Absolutely not.  Found out things as we went along actually costing insurance company more in the long run because they were not clear on what steps we had to take to get replacements and/or repairs.

AJR helps throughout the process making sure claim is submitted with correct information to ensure coverage.  AJR is in constant contact with the client, explaining steps along the way confirming understanding of steps to be taken.  Thorough documentation is kept for each claim to assist in negotiations with insurance company.

DID YOUR CLAIM TAKE TIME AWAY FROM WORK, PERSONAL TIME?

Yes, it did.

Understanding how stressful a property insurance claim can be,  AJR immediately steps in to alleviate some of the stress which lets you get back to work, and personal time not having to manage your insurance claim on a daily basis.

HAD YOU KNOWN PRIOR TO YOUR CLAIM ABOUT A PROFESSIONAL ADJUSTER WHO WORKS FOR YOU, DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD HAVE HIRED THEM TO ASSIST WITH THE CLAIM?

I absolutely would have. I didn’t know they existed.

Now that you know about this industry, AJR is your professional adjuster with over 28+ years experience.  Our knowledge and experience are unsurpassed in the Valley.  Our personal service enables you to get back to life as normal as possible after an event occurs.  With your next insurance loss, give us a call immediately for a no obligation consultation.

Once you hire AJR we will help you report your claim and take over from there, bringing in our experts to estimate all damages and monetary loss you have sustained.

Here is some guidance on what to do when your next claim occurs.

AJR Public Adjusters –602-795-5227

www.betterclaimresults.com

 

 

 

 

Pool Cover Insurance Coverage via Summit Business Systems

Sometimes you may wonder how your pool is handled in your insurance coverage. Here is a question regarding a pool cover coverage for a homeowner. As demonstrated below pool cover is not a structure and is considered for replacement cost coverage, which can be important.

Question:

We write a standard HO-3 on a client with a swimming pool. His policy also includes replacement cost coverage for personal property. Recently the pool and the pool cover suffered damage in a windstorm. We understand that the pool is not subject to replacement cost adjustment, because it is a “structure that is not a building.” However, we believe that the pool cover should be covered for replacement cost under the terms of the personal property replacement cost endorsement.

The adjuster maintains that the pool cover is part of the pool and, therefore, not eligible for replacement cost coverage. We disagree and would like your opinion.

North Dakota Subscriber

Answer:

There are two ways to look at the pool cover. One is as personal property, and the other is as outdoor equipment. In either case, by purchasing the HO 04 90 10 00 the insured got replacement cost coverage on both personal property and outdoor equipment. Granted, the swimming pool itself is not subject to replacement cost in case of a loss, because it is a structure that is not a building. However, the pool cover is not a structure. It can be picked up and moved. Since it qualifies as personal property or as outdoor equipment, the loss should be paid on a replacement cost basis.

Fire Prevention // Dryer Safety

We do laundry all the time.  Did you know one of the most important things you can do to prevent fires is maintenance of your dryer.  Many simple steps can be taken to prevent fires from your clothes dryer.

Take a look here:

Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

 

Should you ever find yourself in a situation with a damaged property due to fire from any source, call AJR Public Adjusters to represent your interests with the insurance company.  AJR knows policies inside and out and is able to maximize your recovery from the insurance carrier.  Call us at 602-795-5227

http://www.betterclaimresults.com