Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
For homeowners who are able to begin the rebuilding process following Superstorm Sandy, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) urges the use of caution in hiring a contractor or other workers to help repair and clean up storm damage.
“Residents in the areas affected by Sandy need our help, and we in the insurance industry are very concerned for their well-being,” said Chris Hackett, PCI’s director, personal lines policy. “It is our job to help them pick up the pieces and rebuild as quickly as possible.
“However, we urge those affected by the storm to be very cautious in selecting a contractor. As the rebuilding process gets underway, unlicensed contractors and scam artists may be looking to cash in on the misfortune of those who have suffered property damage. It is natural for homeowners to be in a hurry to begin making repairs following a natural disaster. However, they can save themselves a lot of time, money and frustration by taking the time to check the credentials of the businesses and individuals that they hire to repair their property.”
Before contracting for services, check references. It can be helpful to see who is working with neighbors who may also have claims. To maintain policyholders' trust and business, insurers devote many resources to ensure that the claims process is smooth, easy and meets their needs. Insurers and agents are excellent resources to help you access the services needed to handle policyholder claims.
Superstorm Sandy caused severe damage and flooding that may require special skill and care during the cleanup and repair process. As a result PCI urges homeowners to:
For more information, please go to PCI’s dedicated webpage regarding the use of contractors after a catastrophe: http://www.pciaa.net/web/sitehome.nsf/lcpublic/155/$file/Nat_Cat_Tips_Contractor.pdf.
PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $190 billion in annual premium, 40 percent of the nation’s property casualty insurance. Member companies write 46 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 32 percent of the homeowners market, 38 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 41 percent of the private workers compensation market.
Contact: Cliston Brown
Phone: (847) 553-3671