If you’ve ever filed a home insurance claim, you may have wondered what goes on behind the scenes. Insurance companies follow established procedures, and knowing them helps the insured understand the process.
The typical home insurance claims process from beginning to end.
1. Report Claim
You can submit your claim online, directly to your agent, or to claim services with your insurance company.
The insurance company assigns a claims professional to your claim, and that person helps you navigate the required procedures.
3. Initial Contact
The claims professional gets in touch to find out about your loss to discuss your insurance coverage and outlines how the company plans to handle your claim. Pay attention to advice he/she offers you on how to prevent more damage.
The claims professional investigates your claim, collecting facts, inspecting and estimating the damage and consulting witnesses, if necessary.
Keep a written record of information pertaining to your claim in case questions come up.
For simpler claims, you may receive payment for the amount of estimated repairs after the first inspection. In more complicated claims, payments may take longer to arrive.
6. Claim Closed
The claim is resolved and closed by the insurance company.
You can contact your claims professional at any time if you have questions.
If your policy allows for replacement cost, two or more payments may be made. The initial payment will be for the actual cash of the item(s). The remaining amount can be claimed upon the replacement of the item(s).
Tips for getting your home insurance claim paid:
- File claim promptly
- Keep claim number and contact info handy
- Meet deadlines
- Submit all required forms
- Respond promptly to queries
- Attend inspections of the damage