The spring thaw could cause significant water damage to your roof. Will your insurance cover you?
As wildfires continue to rage in California and Colorado recovers from one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, many homeowners wonder how to make sure their homes and belongings can be protected in the future.
Dealing with the aftermath of a wildfire is already overwhelming, dealing with insurance companies often makes things worse. With wildfires becoming more intense and more frequent across the country, residents in fire zones should begin thinking about more extensive preparation.
Hailstorms are not a new phenomenon in Colorado, but their total cost continues to rise with each new summer storm. Climate researchers and insurance agencies agree the recent bout of storms are probably the new normal and won't dissipate anytime soon.
The June 19 storm affecting Denver residents and others in Northern Colorado caused more than $276 million in damages and resulted in approximately 50,000 insurance claims. Hail insurance claims range from vehicles to property to houses and have amassed more than $3 billion total in insurance losses in the state over the last 10 years.
Denver has felt the impact of massive hailstorms over the past couple years. The storm last year cost an estimated $2.3 billion in damages according to the Denver Post.
As the frequency of hailstorms increase, homeowners association damage claims rise as well.
Insurance companies do not always have their policyholders' best interests in mind. This can come as a shock to many people, particularly when the time has come to file an insurance claim, only to have their insurance provider deny it for no apparent reason. The truth is that many insurance companies protect their own profits over the wellbeing of their policyholders.
When an insurance company denies an otherwise valid insurance claim, it is said to be acting in bad faith. Bad faith insurance tactics can sometimes be considered illegal, and are always unethical. If you have recently had an insurance claim denied, it may be an example of bad faith insurance tactics at work.
When you purchased homeowner's insurance, you carefully researched several insurance providers and policies. You read the documents carefully, making sure that there were no hidden "gotchas." You selected the policy that was best for your home, trusting that it would provide adequate coverage in the event of an emergency. Now an emergency has occurred, and your insurance claim has been denied. What should you do?
Many homeowners have filed a claim with their provider only to have it denied for seemingly no good reason. No one expects it to happen to them: After all, what is the point of buying homeowner's insurance if it won't cover your damages? If your home insurance claim has been denied, take a look at this post to figure out your next steps.