We all hope that we will never suffer a fire or any other devastating incident in our homes, but there is always a risk that something could happen. In the event that a fire does break out in your property, you might be wondering what you will be covered for and how your home insurance provider will calculate your claim and the compensation that you are entitled to. Here is everything you need to know.
What does home insurance cover?
A home insurance policy is taken out to protect you against the financial impact of damage to your home. This may include cover for incidents such as fires, floods and other water damage, as well as robbery and other damage. Every home insurance policy is slightly different, depending on your property and the type of cover you chose, so it’s important to know exactly what you are covered for. You can find details of everything that would be covered in the event of a fire, as well as how much damage you would be covered for and any clauses you need to be aware of, in your home insurance policy.
How are fire insurance claims calculated?
If you suffer a fire in your property, you’ll want to contact your home insurance provider as soon as possible. Once you do this, they will usually send a Loss Adjuster (also known as a Claims Adjuster) to your home to assess the damage and put together a report.
The final fee that the insurance provider offers will be based on the Loss Adjuster’s findings and report, so it pays to be cooperative when they are carrying out their assessment. During their investigation, they will ask a number of questions to evaluate the extent of the damage caused by the fire. They may visit you a number of times during this process. During their visits, the Claims Adjuster may ask you a number of questions about the fire and your claim history, as well as requesting copies of receipts and other paperwork that may help them assess your claim. They may also appoint a surveyor or other contractors to assess the damage to the property and provide a detailed specification for the total cost of repairs.
During their visits, the Loss Adjuster is looking to calculate how much the repairs to the property will cost as well as the total value of furniture and possessions lost or destroyed by the fire. They will also examine your home insurance policy to assess the limits of the policy and decide whether the insurance provider should accept liability for the damage caused by the fire. The Loss Adjuster will then work out the final amount owed to the insurance policy owner based on this.
It can be enormously beneficial to have a Loss Assessor on hand during any meetings with the Claims Adjuster to make sure you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled. Click here to find out about our Loss Assessor services and how we can help you throughout the entire fire claim.