How to File a Home Insurance Claim for Damage in Edmonton, Alberta
Whether your home has been destroyed by fire, you’ve had a flood, or a tornado has knocked down a tree in your backyard, dealing with significant damage on your property can be a stressful and upsetting situation. While panic may be your initial reaction, having comprehensive Edmonton house insurance will be very important for filing a claim and getting your life back on track.
If your house or property has sustained damage in Edmonton, you will want to review your homeowner’s insurance policy coverage as soon as possible. As well, you will need to obtain repair estimates in order to assess the damage, associated costs, and what your policy will cover. If the repair costs exceed your deductible, then you will want to start the claim process right away.
Reporting to the Insurer
As the homeowner, you have the obligation to notify your insurance provider of the loss, prove the loss and make the damaged property available for inspection within a timely manner. You also have an obligation to protect the damaged property from further loss. The insurer will ask how the loss occurred, the severity of the damage, if the fire department or police were involved, any steps taken and other details. An adjuster from the company will be assigned to gather this information for the claims investigator.
Proof of Loss Forms for Your Home Insurance Claim in Edmonton
The adjuster will provide you with the appropriate form(s) to complete, sign, and return to make the claim within the required time period. You can obtain your own property estimate repair or appraisal value of the damage and may be able to claim the amount for a contractor you prefer.
The adjuster or a contractor may be able to help you create an inventory and place a value on your personal property. When filling out the proof of loss forms, you should have the following documents on hand to assist with the process:
- your homeowner’s insurance policy
- home inventory or similar records
- credit card records,
- bills and/or receipts as proof of ownership
If anyone has been injured, then additional forms must be completed for these claims. Your house insurance in Edmonton also provides protection from premises liability and personal actions liability, as applicable.
An Insurance Adjuster’s Review of the Claim
Upon receiving and reviewing the documentation and validity of your claim, the adjuster will contact you about the amount you have been approved for so you can get started with your chosen contractor. If you and the insurer have arrived at substantially different values for the loss sustained, then a third appraiser may be obtained to help determine the value.
Damage to your home, personal property and detached structures may be covered by your home insurance policy depending on the type of policy you hold. If your home cannot be repaired (e.g., due to a fire), you may have the option to rebuild at your present location, a new location or forgo rebuilding altogether and still receive a claim payment. You may have coverage for increased living expenses incurred if you need to be out of your home during the repairs or reconstruction. If you’re unsure of your current policy, speak to our insurance brokers in Edmonton.
Property loss compensation will depend on your individual policy. Most policies cover building and its contents. For additional coverage, you may want to inquire about adding a personal articles floater to your policy to cover more valuable items.
Personal property claims may be settled in different ways, which your adjuster will discuss with you. An actual cash value (ACV) payment up front may be provided so you can begin replacing the items or direct billing with the vendor who is replacing your goods is possible.
For more information about how to prepare your home and your property for disaster, see our guide on the steps you can take in Edmonton.
Filing a Claim through your MBS Insurance Broker
If you require home insurance claims assistance in Edmonton, MBS Insurance Brokers is available to assist you. We will advise you about the steps that may be needed for your specific policy, and will walk you through the claims process based on your home insurance in Edmonton, Alberta.
To file a claim during regular business hours, contact our office directly at (780) 436-7880.
In the event of a major loss after hours and in emergency situations, contact us at the appropriate numbers listed on our claims page for 24 hour assistance.