Many of the properties subject to break-ins, thefts and vandalism are vacant or going through renovations to prepare them for sale or the next tenant. It’s truly disappointing to arrive to show a house that was finished only two days before and see it broken into and missing key components like stoves, ovens, air conditioning, the furnace, water heater, and maybe even copper plumbing and electrical wiring. These tips can help mitigate these types of losses to avoid set-backs in getting your clients’ return on investment.
Every state, city or local municipality has different codes and requirements that residences and buildings must abide by. These change over time as new ordinances or codes are enacted, and. in the case of a covered loss at one of those buildings, the location will need to be brought up to current code during the repair process in order to pass inspections. If your investor’s property does not meet current building codes, Ordinance or Law is an important coverage to consider.
Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. For many areas, this occurs in summer through fall months, but many western states, such as California, have a year-round wildfire risk. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire. The community may have a designated wildfire season when the risk is particularly high, so property owners should become familiar and take action well in advance.
Helping your investor clients understand the difference between Flood, Water Damage and Sewer Back-Up is a common challenge. Which covers what exposure? How can your client purchase these coverages if they are excluded from their current policy?
Every year, tornadoes and severe storms sweep across much of the nation. Mother Nature can’t be stopped, but there are steps that real estate investors can, and in some cases must take so that insurance coverage is not voided after a loss occurs. Investors should be reminded to heed these tips to prevent bad from turning into worse.
Though hurricanes often come with some warning, preparing properties and tenants well in advance is of the utmost importance. Natural disasters don’t wait on humans to be ready to respond. Being ready can help lessen the stress of an emergency situation. Heeding the tips below could save real estate investors thousands of dollars, and may even save a life.
The weather is warming up and now is great time to help your clients prepare for upcoming risks that come with spring and summer weather. It may be surprising how much advance planning is necessary. Thunderstorms, flooding and tornadoes are approaching, so how can you relay the importance of this preparedness to your investors and clients?