While South Florida has certainly had a rather mild hurricane season so far, we’re still only halfway done, with still an entire three months left. Still, we see plenty of business owners and homeowners alike ease up and treat hurricane season as if it’s not a big deal. With Tropical Storm Fred just days away at the time of writing, the sentiment still stands. Unfortunately, when you let your guard down is when undesired outcomes take place.
While Fred is only a tropical storm doesn’t mean it should be treated like a normal storm. In fact, torrential downpours and wind speeds rapidly increasing above 45mph, Tropical Storm Fred can actually leave some serious damage in its wake if left unchecked.
1. Inspect The Exterior Of Your Home For Any Damages
After the storm has subsided and its safe to go outside, we strongly recommend inspecting your property from top to bottom. These strong winds can tear up tile in your roof, allowing for water to seep in and cause hidden mold damage, as well as broken fences, downed trees, smashed windows, etc.
2. Take Photos And Document All Damages To Your Property
If your property has experienced damage from Tropical Storm Fred, immediately itemize (if safe to do so), document, and take photos of the damage. This will give you proof of the damage when contacting your insurance provider.
3. Contact Your Insurance Provider….But Contact A Public Adjuster At Barclay’s First
While your first inclination may be to contact your insurance provider right away, we strongly recommend against that. While your insurance company may feel bad for your circumstance, they do ultimately have different financial goals than you and your loved ones. They’re going to do what they can to minimize your claim amount, so it’s crucial that you’re prepared. Thankfully you don’t have to go through it alone.
The team at Barclay’s Public Adjusters are experts in navigating damage claims from tropical storms like Fred. Our public adjuster’s only goal is to help you get the claim amount you deserve. In fact, we don’t get paid unless we make you money.
Was your property recently damaged by Tropical Storm Fred? Contact our team today for your free no obligation consultation. Our team is available 24/7, just give us a call at (866) 724-4473!