<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=799173596894770&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Property Claims BLOG

All Posts

5 Big Mistakes Homeowners Make When Cleaning Up Property Damage.

cleaning up home damage

When your home has suffered a catastrophic loss, your first instinct may be to immediately start cleanup and repairs. It’s hard to hold off when faced with a major mess like a fire-gutted kitchen or flooding caused by burst pipes. But resist the urge to clean up damage right away. There are steps you must – and must not - take when you have an insurance claim.

Your insurance policy is a contract with your insurer, and that contract spells out your responsibilities following a loss; you don’t want your insurer to deny any claims or losses because you didn’t follow the correct policy procedures. Here are the five most common mistakes homeowners make when they clean up damage after a disaster.

They start cleanup and repairs before notifying the insurance company

Your insurer will want to come out and inspect your property before any repairs begin. If you start repairs before then, the insurer may not pay for all or part of the damages, leaving you to cover some of the costs yourself.

They throw things away

Do not throw any damaged items away until your insurer has authorized you to do so. This includes receipts, credit card statements and bank statements, all of which will help support your claim about the values of the lost property. Your policy requires all damaged property to be available for inspection at any time throughout the claim, so don’t prematurely dispose of precious evidence.

They don’t secure the property to prevent additional damage

The conditions section of your insurance policy includes a clause that requires you to mitigate or prevent further damage to your property. Make temporary repairs like putting a tarp over your roof, or boarding up broken windows, but stop short of removing any evidence of damage.

They fail to make a detailed inventory of damaged property

Inspect the entire property, including basements, attics and outdoor structures. Check the roof for leaks, the foundation for cracks, and make sure your heating and air conditioning systems are working. Make a detailed written list of any damage you find, and be sure to take plenty of photographs.

They don’t hire a professional to help handle the claim

When your loss is large, it’s a good idea to obtain the assistance of a licensed public adjuster who will handle all aspects of your claim, including assistance with preparing your inventory and finding temporary housing.

New Call-to-action

Miller Public Adjusters currently serves the states of
Wisconsin - Florida - Illinois - Indiana - Michigan - Minnesota - Texas

Call us 24 hours a day at (866)443-5167 to schedule an appointment or
please fill out a Free Claim Review to see if we can help. 


David Miller
David Miller
Thank you for visiting us. My name is David Miller, and I know what it means to have to fight with your insurance carrier just to get fair payment for your property damage claim. My family suffered a total loss house fire that took nearly two very stressful years to settle. Since, I combined my experience in construction with my expertise in contract language to create Miller Public Adjusters. We work exclusively for policyholders. Please feel free to comment, ask questions, and let us know how we can help.

Related Posts

When is The Right Time for the Appraisal Clause?

When is The Right Time for the Appraisal Clause?

The Hidden Damages of a Fire Loss

There’s more to fire damage than meets the eye. Fire can also cause hidden damages that can be hard to detect. The two main culprits: smoke/soot damage, and water damage. Knowing about these additional impacts on your property, and how to take care of them, helps ensure you’re reimbursed appropriately for your claim.

Building Code Compliance Adds Substantial Cost When Rebuilding After a House Fire: Who Pays the Bill?

Building codes are in a constant state of evolution. Advancements in engineering, technology, safety, building materials and methods, and changes in the physical environment all drive changes in building codes. If your fire-damaged home is 10 or more years old, complying with the current building codes may add substantial cost to your reconstruction. Will you be stuck with the bill?