It is still technically autumn; however, winter weather has been making its appearance all over the country. Will you be prepared for your first winter storm? What if that said winter storm causes damage to your home? Will you know what to do first? When a storm causes damage to your home, it can be a stressful time and you may not know what to do or where to begin. At Norcia, we offer help with insurance claims for Twin Cities area residents, and we are here to offer assistance whenever you need us. First, we would like to go through the very first steps you should take when damage occurs to your home this winter.
When hail or falling tree limbs wreak havoc, your first step is to make sure everyone is safe and your home is safe to be in. Do not go outside if it is still storming out or if it is very slippery and icy, even if you suspect your home or property has been damaged. Wait until the weather clears up and it is safe to venture outdoors. As soon as it’s safe to do so, go outside and slowly walk around the perimeter of your home. Take note of any damage you see, even if it’s only a small amount. Then, you should pick up the phone and call the experts at Norcia Insurance Consultants. Even if you are unsure whether the damage warrants an insurance claim, experts like those at Norcia can get you the insurance claims help you need to get you started. Even if a claim is fairly minor, like a cracked or broken window that won’t exceed your annual deductible, you should still report that damage. Why? If there’s another storm this year, then together your claims from both storms might top your deductible and then you could be reimbursed.
And, you won’t even need to contact your insurance company to file insurance claims directly. With assistance from the experts at Norcia, we can take care of this for you. We can come to your home, talk to your insurance company for you, explain to you what is unfolding, clarify all aspects of the paperwork and go over contracts to help you understand them.
It is also important to document everything. In other words, take lots of pictures of any damage! Take close-ups, zoom in. In cases of loss with regard to natural disaster, it is far better to have way too much in the way of documentation than too little.
These are just some of the things you should keep in mind in the aftermath of a damaging winter storm. So, give us a call at Norcia and we can help you every step of the way.
Are you interested in learning more about help with insurance claims in the Twin Cities? Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or Request a Free Consultation.