8 quick tips: Why hire a Public Adjuster? How does it help ME?

1.     Your property/community has suffered property damage (fire, hail, wind, flood, water), NOW WHAT?

Your first inclination might be to contact your insurance carrier, but this may not be in your best interests. With all your personal and work commitments it may not be feasible for you to monitor and ensure your claim is being handled properly. Why not level the playing field with the insurance company? 

2.     WHY HIRE A PUBLIC ADJUSTER? 

Your insurance company has professional adjusters to represent their interests. As a policyholder you are entitled to hire a professionally state licensed adjuster to represent your interests. The public adjuster has experience and knowledge to assist in preparing, documenting and negotiating claims. Adjusters have reviewed several policies prior to yours and know where to look in the policy to make sure your claim is filed for all the coverage’s you have paid for. Often times finding money that otherwise would have been overlooked.

The adjuster you hire should be experienced, licensed with the state and working for a reputable company who has a clean record with the insurance department. All adjusters need to be licensed and their company also needs to hold a license with the Arizona Department of Insurance.

 

3.     FEE FOR PUBLIC ADJUSTER

 The Public Adjuster is paid a contingency fee of the total monies received from the insurance company. The fee can range from 5% – 20% depending on the size of the claim, and is due at the time money is released from insurance company.

 

4.     DUTIES OF PUBLIC ADJUSTER

To act as your representative in negotiating and dealing with the insurance company adjuster. Relieve your stress by engaging in discussions and negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf to maximize your recovery. The public adjuster brings in their experts/contractors to estimate and measure the damage independent of the insurance companies estimate. This estimate then provides the framework for the negotiating the adjuster will do with the insurance company.

 

 

5.     SOME GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK PRIOR TO SIGNING CONTRACT:

  •  How many years have you been a licensed Public Insurance Adjuster?
  •  May I have references or see testimonials from previous clients?
  •  Will you personally handle my claim for me?
  •  Will you keep me in the loop and inform me of all outstanding issues    with my claim?

 

 

6.     WHEN TO ENGAGE A PUBLIC ADJUSTER:

 Ideally the public adjuster should be involved in the claim from the beginning including helping you report the claim.  This is not to say you should feel rushed or pressured after a claim occurs to immediately hire the first person that approaches you. Investigate the company and the individual who will be acting as your representative.

 

 

7.     SOME THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

 In the State of Arizona contractors are not authorized to represent you in insurance claim negotiations, nor are they professionally licensed or regulated by the state insurance/department agency to do so.

Relying on your insurance company to fairly calculate the amount of damage and what you are owed might not result in a full or fair settlement. The company adjuster who is sent out is measuring the loss for the insurance company not for you.   As the policyholder you are entitled to have the claim loss accurately measured and then be reimbursement for all that you have lost.

 

 

8.     BENEFITS OF HIRING A GOOD PUBLIC ADJUSTER:

  •  An experienced and skilled licensed professional to work on your team.
  •  Someone who understands intricacies of policy and assists in recovering all that you are entitled to
  • Strong advocate on your side to help provide more input and negotiating leverage for the final insurance settlement, more than you may have had on your own.

Hey Arizona, Do You have 30 seconds?

Take 30 seconds to hear why YOU need a Public Adjuster for your next insurance claim.

Handling losses for claims including:

FIRE, WIND, WATER, THEFT-VANDALISM, HAIL, MONSOON, HABOOB,  COLLAPSE,  TORNADO, PLUMBING LEAKS,  SMOKE, EXPLOSION,  ROOF DAMAGE,  BUSINESS INTERRUPTION,  LIGHTNING STRIKE DAMAGE,  BUILDING CAR DAMAGE, ETC…

AJR PUBLIC ADJUSTERS   WWW.BETTERCLAIMRESULTS.COM

602-795-5227

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.

LOOK ==Answer some questions for a chance to WIN.

 

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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You can just email the responses back to info@betterclaimresults.com

 

 

Thank you in advance for your time, support and consideration.

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Name:

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

 

 

 

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

Cooking Safety Tips to Prevent Next Fire

Please see the attached file with some good cooking safety tips.  Always keep this information in mind.  If you experience a fire, immediately contact AJR Public Adjusters to represent your interests with the insurance company to ensure you receive the maximum recovery for your claim.

602-795-5227.

http://www.betterclaimresults.com

Cooking Safety to Prevent Fires

 

 

AJR Public Adjuster Testimonials

Take a look and see what a small sample of what our clients are saying about our services.

I experienced a water line break in my home which resulted in a significant amount of damage. I proceeded to handle the claim on my own, which was extremely difficult. It was a constant battle and I eventually lost all trust and confidence with my insurance company’s adjuster. After bringing my frustrations up to a relative who is in the insurance business, he recommended that I enlist the services of an insurance adjuster to work on my behalf. I immediately began my research and AJR Public Adjusters, Inc. surfaced to the top. The passion, encouragement and professionalism that was displayed was exactly what I was looking for, Mr. Horowitz accomplished what I was trying to accomplish over several months in just a few telephone conversations. I highly recommend AJR Public Adjusters, Inc. to anyone who is dealing with an insurance company.

JOSEPH LOREDO, GOODYEAR, ARIZONA

To see more click here:

Testimonials about AJR Public Adjusters, Phoenix, Arizona

Homeowner Disaster Preparedness Binder by The Red Guide to Recovery

As part of any disaster preparedness kit, you will need a 3-ring binder with index tabs to hold important information. Creating a binder as a single source for locating important information when you need it will be invaluable during the recovery process. This binder should include the following:

Preparedness items to gather before a disaster:

Copy of insurance policies
Personal property inventory
List of home features & fixtures
Home floor plan
Important contacts-Emergency contact list Photos
Copies of receipts

Recovery items to collect after a disaster:

Correspondence from insurance adjusters Estimates
Contracts and change orders
Building permits

Contractor correspondence Construction details Business cards

Hint: Consider creating one binder for insurance related matters, and another binder for construction when rebuilding your home.