An Insurance Department representative will be at the Freedom Life Church, 113 Sunset Acres, Milesburg, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3.
"Homeowners should only make those repairs necessary for them to live in their home, until getting approval from their insurer for the cost of permanent repairs," Commissioner Miller said.
She also cautioned residents to beware of scammers who will claim to represent them to their insurer to get a better deal, and to watch out for unscrupulous home repair contractors.
"Policy holders can employ individuals called public adjusters to assist with the claims process, but these people must be licensed by the Insurance Department. Always ask for the Insurance Department license number from anyone claiming to be a public adjuster," Commissioner Miller said. She added that while most home repair contractors are honest, homeowners should check with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Bureau, where all contractors who do more than $5000 of business per year in Pennsylvania must register.
Consumers with questions or complaints can visit the Consumer Services Bureau on the department website, or call 1-877-881-6388.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ron Ruman- 717-787-3289
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Insurance