Watch out for Storm Chasers
I’ve written on this topic earlier than however clearly increasingly more builders and others are leaping on the band wagon. The same old technique is to supply a ‘free’ inspection of the property and in the event that they discover injury following a storm, hail occasion, fireplace, or flood, they are going to lodge the declare for the Insured.
Earlier than doing something they’ve the shopper signal a contract that states that the service will likely be ‘free’ so long as they, the builder or if they aren’t a builder, their nominated builder does the work. The sting is within the clause that states that if the builder is just not appointed the Insured is to pay $xxxx or wherever between 10% -20% of the insurance coverage firm settlement whichever is the higher.
The overwhelming majority of Insurers have a panel of accepted builders as they do for motor repairers the place the Insurer has confidence within the high quality of the repairs and the reasonableness of the pricing.
Insurance coverage claims groups and loss adjusters usually are not fools. They know that this value is being constructed into the restore value if they permit the agency to do the work with no assure of high quality of workmanship.
As such it isn’t stunning that many occasions the Insurer does no approve the builder put ahead by the corporate submitting the declare on behalf of the Insured and so the Insured then will get hit with payment.
Many of those instances find yourself earlier than the Australian Monetary Complaints Authority (AFCA) who’ve repeatedly warn shoppers to keep away from these ‘Storm Chasers’.
If an insured imagine they’ve a declare then all they want do is report the injury to their insurance coverage firm. In the event that they really feel they need assistance with the preparation of the declare, notably industrial losses then they’ll contemplate appointing a good appropriately licenced claims preparation firm.
With nearly all of houses now insured direct, Insured’s don’t take pleasure in having an normal insurance coverage dealer, once more somebody who’s skilled and certified to offer normal insurance coverage recommendation to help them.
I’d ask readers to please share this warning with their household and buddies in order that different innocents don’t get caught having to pay for one thing that’s merely not mandatory.