Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What is the insurance company's role in home repairs?

It’s common for consumers to call us with their concerns about their home repair or home rebuild claims and the insurer's involvement in oversight of the work. The insurer’s duty is to pay according to the terms laid out in the policy. Unless your insurance policy contains a provision, or unless your insurer has given you assurances, that obligates them to manage a covered home repair or rebuild, it is your responsibility to oversee the project with your contractor, and when applicable, your lender.

However, if you using an insurer’s recommended (sometimes called “preferred”) contractor, then you should expect assistance from the insurer in answering your questions about the contractor’s actions and performance.

Read more about homeowner insurance.

Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.