Strictly Business Networking and Awards

Strictly Business Networking and Awards

Globe Midwest Adjusters International (GMAI) recently took part in the Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon which took place on June 14th 2018 at the MGM Grand Detroit.

Our firm was proud to participate in this networking event along with 4,700 business and community leaders which was hosted by Jewish Vocational Services of Detroit (JVS). JVS creates resources, supportive services and opportunities for unemployed workers, people with disabilities, and teens and young adults who need help building their lives and careers in Metro Detroit. Carl Gross, Vice President and CAO; Stuart Dorf, Senior Vice President of Business Development; Steven Greene Senior Loss Consultant and Yossi Gottfried, MSA Business Interruption Analyst represented Globe Midwest Adjusters International at the event.

As stated by Stuart Dorf, “We are honored to support JVS in the incredible services the offer and the lives that they touch.”

As the Midwest’s largest and oldest public adjusting firm, Globe Midwest Adjusters International’s core focus is exclusively representing property and business owners, during the insurance claim process, to maximize and expedite our clients’ insurance claim settlement.

With offices in Southfield and Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as Chicago, Illinois, we are experienced with the types of natural disasters that strike the Midwest, the companies that insure here, and how local claims are handled.

Since opening in 1924, the firm has represented over 15,000 residential and commercial policyholders during the insurance claim process to ensure each received a fair and just settlement.

What to Expect Following a Disaster: Costs, Clean-Up and Coverages

What to Expect Following a Disaster: Costs, Clean-Up and Coverages

Despite one’s best efforts to prepare, the destruction and dismay of an unexpected disaster is inevitable.

Here are some issues that property owners can expect to come across after a disaster has passed.

Clean-Up

Storms can bring high winds and heavy rainfall resulting in downed trees, branches, and even powerlines. As these items fall and are blown about, they have the potential to hit your property, causing damage to roofs, siding, and exterior fixtures.

A disaster does not necessarily need to be a storm – it could be a fire, for example, in which case your property and its contents could be destroyed beyond repair.

Oftentimes, when purchasing a property insurance policy, people can focus on the cost of the policy. We highly suggest purchasing a residential or commercial insurance policy based on what it covers versus what it costs.

One helpful coverage to have in your policy post-storm is Debris Removal Coverage. Some policies have extensions of coverage available to expand this area of coverage.

Debris Removal Coverage

Debris Removal Coverage is normally “offered as an additional item under property insurance, with its own limits of insurance, covering the cost of cleaning up and disposing of debris from a covered loss.”

Think of it in terms of a real-life example. Picture yourself in your home or place of business when, all of a sudden, a fire breaks out unexpectedly and causes severe damage to your property. After the smoke has cleared, you are left with the structure or foundation of the building, ashes, and a large pile of metal and other substances. What do you do? Renting or hiring someone with heavy machinery such as a dump truck, backhoe, and dumpster can be costly and add up very quickly. Luckily, if you have adequate Debris Removal Coverage, these costs – as well as others such as labor – can be adequately covered, leaving you with less stress and more time to focus on getting your life and or business back together and up and running.

A Debris Removal claim would include any hazardous or polluted materials – which need to be considered carefully. It is also important to point out that the Debris Removal coverage will pay to remove covered property. For example, if a tree is blown onto your building, the cost to remove it from the building is lowered – but not the cost to cut it up and haul it away.

Mitigate Further Damages

In addition to having adequate coverage for cleanup costs, be sure you are taking action when it comes to mitigating further damages to your property.

This could mean completing simple tasks such as safely removing items that could cause more damage to your property or more complex tasks such as demolishing risky areas of the property to avoid further damage and possible on-site injuries.

Remember that it is the policyholder’s responsibility to complete what is practical and reasonable in order to protect the property from further damage and secure their damaged property. Failure to do so could result in a decreased settlement.

Costs

Initially, there will be emergency costs that you, the policyholder, will have to incur as a result of disaster damage prior to receiving reimbursement from the insurance company.
It is strongly advised to have an emergency savings fund in the event a disaster should occur.

Costs you can expect to incur post-disaster include:

  • Damage mitigation
  • Temporary repairs to property
  • Security measures – protection of the property
  • Emergency cleanup
  • Debris removal
  • Prevention of mold
  • Costs to maintain your normal business operations or additional household living expenses (rent, for temporary living quarters, etc.)

Post-disaster, it is important that you act swiftly and in your best interests. Do not wait for the insurance company to tell you what steps to take. It is your property, home or business, and you must protect it. It could be days – or even weeks – before an insurance agent is available to come view your property depending on how severe the disaster was and how widespread.

Be sure you are taking all necessary precautions and, most importantly, document all of your expenses. Keep a record of all of your receipts and disaster-related costs. This is crucial to proving your loss to your insurance company and recouping all monies spent on this matter.

Do what is necessary to maintain your normal business operations.

Coverages

A great tip in the preparedness phase of a disaster plan is to always have a copy of your insurance policy that is hosted off-site or digitally in the “cloud” where you can access it in case your property is a total loss. This is important because in the event of a disaster, it is possible that your papers and valuables will be destroyed. Having access to your policy and contract with your insurance company will help you determine what is excluded and included regarding coverages, and help with your understanding of the claim process as a whole.

Understanding your policy

Post-disaster, it is beneficial to have a solid idea of what is going to be covered under your property’s policy, and what will be excluded. In order to do this, you must fully understand your policy.

This is advantageous for you as your insurance company will be entering into negotiations, discussing what they will reimburse you for, and what they will not. Understanding your policy coverages gives you a better, more level playing field to negotiate on.

Not everyone is an insurance expert, or has extensive knowledge in the public adjusting and disaster recovery professions.

Property insurance policies are complex and are settled on a case-by-case scenario. Some situations will call for the policyholder to hire additional outside assistance to help settle their claim with the insurance company.

Experts such as public adjusters are advocates for the policyholder. They understand the laws, regulations, and technical jargon in the policies in order to grant the policyholder the maximum settlement they so rightfully deserve.

Considerations

  • Review the policy for a thorough understanding of the coverage
  • Check out any extensions
  • Investigate the potential for third-party recovery (meaning if the loss was caused by a negligent third-party)

Post-disaster, remember the three C’s: cleanup, costs (documentation), and coverages.
These elements will be vital to your financial recovery following a catastrophe.

If you need advice or help with your property damage claim, feel free to reach out to us at 800.382.2468 or through our website – we would be glad to help!

Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn and Suites Grand Opening

Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn and Suites Grand Opening

Globe Midwest Adjusters International (GMAI) recently attended the Grand Opening of the Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn and Suites which took place on June 7th 2018.

The newly opened Best Western Plus Grand Castle Inn & Suites is conveniently located off I-196 and minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. The hotel boasts a complimentary full hot breakfast, a modern fitness facility and an indoor heated pool and whirlpool for the hotel’s guests!

In addition to its amenities, the hotel is centrally located near many of Grand Rapids venues including Grand Valley State University, the DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena.
Stuart Dorf, Senior Vice President of Business of Globe Midwest Adjusters International represented our firm at the event who stated:

“Our firm was proud to participate in this event to congratulate and extend our warm wishes to our valued client Suresh Patel.”

As the Midwest’s largest and oldest public adjusting firm, Globe Midwest Adjusters International’s core focus is exclusively representing property and business owners, during the insurance claim process, to maximize and expedite our clients’ insurance claim settlement.

With offices in Southfield and Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as Chicago, Illinois, we are experienced with the types of natural disasters that strike the Midwest, the companies that insure here, and how local claims are handled.

Since opening in 1924, the firm has represented over 15,000 residential and commercial policyholders during the insurance claim process to ensure each received a fair and just settlement.