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After Sandy: Tips on filing home insurance claims

After Sandy: Tips on filing home insurance claims

After Sandy: Tips on filing home insurance claims
News from Chicago Daily Herald:

Insurers will be dealing with a crush of claims in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy which inflicted billions of dollars in damages. Once homeowners can assess the extent of their personal losses, many will have to brace for another ordeal: navigating the insurance claims process.

Preparation and planning well before a storm arrives can help homeowners avoid potential pitfalls. But how they handle the details when it comes time to file can help ensure receiving an adequate payout.

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Here are six tips to weather the claims process:

1. Inventory household items

Receiving a fair payout for damage to one’s home and belongings begins by making a list of what you own, particularly the more expensive items, including what they cost, even if it’s only an estimate.

Taking photos or even shooting video while you describe the items and how much you paid for them, works too. And, if possible, take digital photos and video, which you can store online on websites like Flickr and Picasa. That way, you can access them in the event your computer is damaged.

You don’t have to count out or photograph every single CD or piece of dinnerware y…………… continues on Chicago Daily Herald

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