Hurricane Sandy Home Insurance Claims

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy is causing devastation for the majority of homeowners across the eastern seaboard.  Many people in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut will have to negotiate claims with home insurance carriers.  We will see wind and water damage that will exceed $15 billion.  Was your house hit by Hurricane Sandy?

Homeowners' insurance companies have gotten tougher as weather is almost certainly more cataclysmic. They've raised rates, carved out some coverage and tucked in new wind and hurricane exclusions and deductibles.

Homeowners have to have to participate in the game right if he or she need claims paid quickly and thoroughly. Start early - some tips about what in order to complete now and soon after.

If you your flashlights loaded with fresh batteries along with your water bottles in a very row, dig out your homeowner's insurance policy and see type coverage you actually have. You could potentially be unpleasantly surprised: After Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011, more insurers tucked hefty wind and hurricane deductibles regularly in their policies. They run 2 percent to 5 percent that belong to the insured property value of your private home, says Charles Hahn, an insurance coverage agent in Little Falls, New Jersey , where "we're known for flooding a lot."

Needless to say many insurers have "anti-concurrent causation clauses" in policies now that say people damage from multiple causes, say wind and flooding, where wind is covered but flooding is not actually - they won't cover some items.

A new flood insurance law passed come July 1st requires insurers which you may use federal data to allocate the actual expense if a home is totally destroyed by flooding and wind damage.

Homeowners who live close to the shoreline do most likely to have federal flood insurance; their mortgage lenders require it. But Hahn says he saw an uptick in inland purchasers after Irene. Nationally, some 5.65 million federal flood insurance policies were put in place when they get home of 2011 - that represents a 17 percent increase over the previous year, in keeping with data coming from the Insurance Information Institute.

That's good, because a great deal of rain fell during Irene that basements flooded in neighborhoods a long way away from rivers and streams. The same identical - or worse - is expected now.

In case you do not need flood insurance, you may have extra protection from water damage and mold as well as insurance policy covers failure of your sump pump, says Richard Cohen, a property loss consultant at Clarke & Cohen in Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. This coverage is generally included a number of high-end homeowners' policies, although other policies may offer limited coverage.

One silver lining: More often than not water rises really at high point locally it floods car or truck, more than likely covered because of your comprehensive auto policy, reports the insurance coverage Information Institute.

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