CNN Money: 5 Tips in the event of hurricane damage

An article from 2005 while Hurricane Katrina raged through the States remains relevant today.

In today’s five tips, we’re going to tell you what you need to know about your insurance if your home as been damaged or destroyed in the hurricane.

1. Contact your insurer, stat.
2. Document, document, document.
3. Live with it…for now.
4. Watch out for scammers.
5. Protest your settlement.

Each tip carries with it a brief description of what to do. Take, for instance, CNN’s suggestion for “Living with it now”

Make only temporary repairs before the insurance adjustor has a chance to come in and access the damage. Of course you should not compromise your safety. But if you have a leaky roof, just put some pots and pans around instead of having the damage fixed by a professional.

This is a good way to make sure that you are reimbursed for any repair. If you are currently underinsured or you have a sizable unreinbursed property loss estimate, you may be able to deduct this from your taxes.

First, subtract any insurance you anticipate receiving. Then subtract $100. The loss must be further reduced by 10 percent of your adjusted gross income, according to Tom Ochsenschlager of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The balance remaining is what you can deduct from your taxes.

Just some things to keep in mind in case hurricane season doesn’t remain as quiet as it has been.

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