Will you be able to rebuild if your home or business is damaged or destroyed by fire? How long will it take you to bounce back if you are wiped out by flood or hammered by a haboob? Will you recover quickly from the losses you suffer from vandalism or theft?
You might be unpleasantly surprised more than once if tragedy strikes where you live or work –first by the brutal force of Mother Nature and later by the realization that you are unprepared to do anything but accept whatever compensation your insurance company offers. You can avoid this problem by hiring a public insurance adjuster, a person with knowledge and experience to help you obtain the most favorable settlement possible – someone who represents you and not your insurance company.
“We serve as the advocate for the policyholder, but it’s important to remember the policyholder controls the settlement. We advise and assist,” says Bruce Horowitz, president of AJR Public Adjusters, who has over 1/4 century experience in this field
In addition to estimating how much damage has been done, AJR also helps file the paperwork to complete the claim and negotiates with the insurance company. AJR charges its clients a percentage of the settlement, typically around 10 percent.
To find out more about how AJR Public Adjusters can help you recover from a natural disaster or other property loss by helping you obtain and maximize your settlement from your insurance company, call (602) 795-5227, email Bruce@ajrpa.com or visit http://www.betterclaimresults.com
As the colder weather approaches this week, it is time to think about the damage that it can cause to your home. Reducing the chance for damage reduces the chance of needing to file a homeowners insurance claim. A few simple, routine home maintenance activities will go a long way toward helping you avoid costly problems.
MAXIMIZE ENERGY SAVINGS
- Check windows and doors for leaks that may compromise heating efficiency.
- Look closely at window and door frames for cracks or feel for cool air coming in.
- Seal leaks or cracks with caulk, weather stripping or door sweeps.
- If necessary, purchase a plastic sheeting kit and place plastic around the windows to keep heat from escaping.
- Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one.
- Inspect heating ducts and vents, and dust off or clear away anything that may have gotten into them over the summer months.
- If your windows or doors are aged and in bad shape, consider installing newer models designed to maximize energy efficiency.
PREPARE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
Heating and cooling account for 47% of all energy costs in the home. You need to make sure your furnace and insulation are working as efficiently as possible.
- Have a professional tune your furnace in order to reduce temperature variations, improve air quality and protect against dangerous carbon monoxide levels.
- Change the air filter in your furnace every month during the winter.
- Have your chimney checked by a professional chimney sweep who can evaluate the condition of your chimney and clean it if necessary.
- Be sure the fireplace damper closes tightly, to prevent drafts.
- Clean and clear your fireplace before lighting the first fire of the season.
INSPECT YOUR ROOF
Cracked, broken or missing roof shingles leave your home exposed to the elements and can cause a great deal of damage, especially during the winter months.
- Check for signs of sagging or shingles that have curled.
- Replace any damaged or missing shingles.