SAN ANTONIO – Hail rained down on parts of San Antonio and the hill country over the weekend, and where there's hail, there's usually damage.
USAA is offering tips to anyone affected by hail:
- Take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage — for example, by boarding up windows.
- When it’s safe, photograph debris or destroyed items before having them removed or repaired.
- Save receipts for what you spend and submit them to your adjuster for reimbursement consideration.
- Beware of contractors who ask for a large amount of money upfront and contractors whose bids are very low. They might cut corners and leave you with problems after they're gone.
- Make sure contractors are qualified, licensed and insured.
- Work with your insurance company; call the Better Business Bureau or your local municipality for information on reputable contractors.
- Don't make permanent repairs until a claims adjuster has assessed the damage.
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Insurance companies will send adjusters to inspect damage claims following hail storms.
The more information you have about your damages -- a description, date of purchase and what it would cost to replace or repair -- the faster your claim can be settled, USAA said in a press release.