Your first instinct may be to clean up, but it is important to have an accurate account of all damage for your insurance company when you file a claim. Before removing any debris or belongings, document all losses. Take photos or video and make a list of the damages and lost items. If possible, save damaged items so your insurer can inspect, if necessary.
After thoroughly documenting damage, take reasonable steps to avoid further destruction to your home or belongings. Policies call this mitigation. Make temporary repairs, such as covering a hole in your roof or boarding up broken windows. Insurance will typically reimburse the cost of these repairs as part of your claim, assuming the loss was covered. Your company may also reimburse you if you need to find temporary lodging or storage for your possessions. Keep a record of all receipts.
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Your auto and home or renters insurance is there to protect you in the event of an accident — but are you sure you have enough liability coverage?
Adding an umbrella policy, which goes above and beyond existing policies, could be a smart decision.
Learn more about an umbrella policy, including examples of when you might need one and how to get started.
What is umbrella insurance?
Umbrella insurance provides extra liability protection on top of what your automobile, homeowners or renters policy covers.
For example, if someone sues you for a covered event and the loss exceeds your policy’s liability limit, your umbrella policy can cover those extra expenses.
What does umbrella insurance cover?
Here’s another example: You’re driving home when a cyclist swerves out of the bike lane — and you can’t react fast enough to avoid hitting them.
The cyclist sustains injuries and sues for medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, your auto insurance policy maxes out in liability coverage, and the cyclist is seeking payment. Fortunately, you have an umbrella policy, so you don’t have to worry.
Not only will an umbrella policy help in a situation like this, you’ll have the same benefits if someone is injured while visiting your home.
Who needs umbrella insurance?
Umbrella insurance can be a valuable tool if you have assets to protect.
It can also provide quite a bit of coverage relative to the price, because you may need to carry the maximum liability coverage available for your auto, homeowners or renters policy before you can purchase an umbrella policy.
Get in touch with our today to discuss adding an umbrella policy or anything else.