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.
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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.