March 15th 2023
Insurance boils down to risk and how much the carrier is willing to take on; therefore, it is a reasonable expectation that an insurance inspection is conducted to make an informed decision. So, what can a potential policyholder expect?
Well, it depends on what exactly is being insured. The term “insurance inspection” can apply to any item requiring coverage. So, lets look specifically at a property risk inspection for valuing a home and how it informs the underwriter’s work so that they can create a fair and accurate rate or premium fee.
An insurance inspection of a property for the purpose of reducing financial risk is centers on two questions:
There are four levels of property inspection that are available as an insurer: exterior observation and photo inspection, exterior observation and measurement inspection, high-value interior inspection, and 4-point inspection. For a new home, that has just passed a battery of local inspections by the authorities with jurisdiction, a brief, cursory inspection may be all you require. This may simply consist of an address and occupancy verification and photos of the property from all sides, including the roof.
There are some instances when a more comprehensive inspection is required. Particularly if it’s been a while since the home was purchased. During a full interior/exterior general inspection for insurance purposes, areas of the home generally assessed are:
Davies Insurance Risk & Inspection does a thorough job of completing inspections for insurance companies and providing enlightening inspection reports. Visit the Risk & Inspection Solutions area of our website for more information.