Your Appraisal Entitlement

If you fail to agree on the amount of loss, you are entitled to an appraisal of the loss. In this event, each party will choose a competent and impartial appraiser within 20 days after receiving a written request from the other. The two appraisers will choose an umpire. If they cannot agree upon an umpire within 15 days, you or we may request that the choice be made by a judge of a court of record in the state where the “residence premises” is located. The appraisers will separately set the amount of the loss. If the appraisers submit a written report of an agreement to us, the amount agreed upon will be the amount of loss. If they fail to agree, they will submit their differences to the umpire. A decision agreed to by any two will set the amount of loss.

Each party will:

a. Pay its own appraiser; and
b. Bear the other expense of the appraisal and umpire equally.

This is not a provision providing for or requiring arbitration. The appraisers and umpire are only authorized to determine the “actual cash value”, replacement cost, or cost to repair the property that is the subject of the claim. They are not authorized to determine coverage, exclusions, conditions, forfeiture provisions, conditions precedent, or any other contractual issues that may exist between you and us. The appraisal award cannot be used by either you or us in any proceeding concerning coverage, exclusions, forfeiture provisions, conditions precedent, or other contractual issues.

However, once contractual liability is admitted or determined, the appraisal award is binding upon you and us. This appraisal process and authority granted to the appraisers and the umpire can only be expanded and modified by written mutual consent signed by you and us.

Appraisal outcomes are binding on the policy holder and the insurance company. Appraisal outcomes cannot be guaranteed, as it takes two or three people to reach an agreement.

Was your insurance claim underpaid? Are you tired of living in a damaged home? Stop the frustration right now! Stop waiting on your insurance company and be proactive!

There are options to get a fairer, faster, less expensive insurance claim settlement using an insurance policy provision called Appraisal.

The appraisal process doesnt have to be difficult. We are here to find the appraiser most suited to your claim.

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