Loss adjustment is the process of establishing the value of the damaged property. This is the result of a joint effort among a number of parties. Basic parties to the process are the owner or occupancy and the insurance company and its representatives.
The owner or occupancy is required by the insurance contract to prepare an inventory and cooperate in the loss valuation process.
An insurance agent may act as the adjuster if the loss is small.
The insurer may send an adjuster who is a permanent member of the insurer’s staff, or the company may hire an independent adjuster to act in its behalf.
It is the insurance adjuster’s job, as a representative of the insurance company, to monitor and assist in the loss valuation process and to bring the loss to a just and equitable settlement.
Fire Damage Restoration Services
Either you or the insurer may hire the services of a fire damage restoration firm or the fire damage service company.
These firms provide a range of services including:
Securing the site against further damage
Estimating structural damage
Repairing structural damage
Estimating the cost to repair or renew items of personal property
Packing, transportation, and storage of household items
Securing appropriate cleaning or repair subcontractors
Storing repaired items until needed
Note: It is important to coordinate with the insurance adjuster before contracting for any services. If you invade the insurer’s responsibility area by contracting without their knowledge or consent, you may be left with bills to pay that otherwise would have been covered by the insurer.