Let’s face it, we all know we should unplug our major appliances and electronics during a thunderstorm, but how often do we actually do it? Sometimes you’re not at home, sometimes you’re sleeping, and sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered with the hassle. So when lightning strikes or your power surges, are your appliances and electronics protected on your home owner’s insurance policy?
The Quick Answer
More than likely, yes. A standard home owner’s policy covers lightning strike and power surges. Your deductible will apply and filing this type of claim will cause a surcharge to go against your policy. The good news is that a lightning strike or power surge is typically a lower surcharge than say a theft or fire claim. Meaning you should not see a huge rate hike if this is your first claim.
How Does a Lightning Claim Work?
- Check for possibility of repairs to damaged items
- Notify your insurance carrier of damaged items
- Get depreciated costs for items plus subtract deductible
- Replace the items you want
- Submit receipts to the claims adjuster to get full reimbursement
Lightning claims are typically very easy claims to file. Sometimes if the storm is a major one, they may not even send an adjuster to your home and handle it right over the phone. It depends on the circumstances like how many of your electronic items were hit and their dollar amount.
It is important you are aware of the fact that most home insurance carriers will non-renew your policy if three claims are filed within a three year period. You want to make sure this, lightning claim, is a worth while claim because you never know what to expect weather wise in the upcoming three years. My general rule of thumb for home owners is if the claim is $1000 more than your deductible, it is time to contact your insurance carrier to file a claim.