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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Sharing my house with a brute

Well things are moving along today.  A man came along and has installed a great big brute of a dehumidifier. The racket it makes is horrendous and I doubt very much whether we will get much sleep tonight.  At least it is drying out the water from the cellar.... He said it might be here for a week or two???


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  1. Oh my! being a fellow insomniac I can just imagine.

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    1. At least I will be able to craft through the night without disturbing Tony. You can hardly hear yourself think over the noise

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  2. Take your meter readings and see if you can claim for the extra electricity that the dehumidifier is going to use - when my Hubby worked surveying for insurance claims - they used to pay out for the electricity used - hope it helps xx

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    1. Thanks Trudie. Tony has just taken a meter reading after reading your comment. ...We can only ask. I would appreciate any advice your hubby can offer.

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  3. Hiya Cherie
    Your insurance company should return your home back to what it was like before this awful accident happened, it's best if you can work closely with them. Try to assess how much the items that they will be ripping out and replacing cost you. So if your laminate flooring cost you say £25 per metre then you should be allowed to choose new laminate flooring up to £25 per metre, and it's the same with everything that needs to be replaced.
    Hubby says if they appoint a builder to come in and do all the works, don't let the builder choose anything to be replaced, as the builder will try to under cut what has been allowed by the insurance company to make himself more money. So work closely with the person who will be managing your claim.
    It might be a good idea to sit and write down all what needs replacing - where you got it from, how long ago and how much it cost. Units, floor, worktops, appliances etc., do that for every single item that has been ruined - no matter how small.
    Hubby also says that the work has got to be done to your satisfaction - if you're not happy with what's being proposed or undertaken, then tell the claim handler as soon as you can.
    Don't worry if they appoint a loss adjuster - his role is too make sure that you're happy with the items replaced and the works done and that you don't loose out.
    You'll also be given a 12 months guarantee on the work.
    Hubby's biggest tip is watch the builder as they will try to save cash wherever they can - he's known builders say to customers 'don't worry my dear - we'll sort your new kitchen out for you' and then they've gone a put a cheap horrible kitchen in from b and q when the customer had originally had quite an expensive kitchen in there previously. The insurance company had allowed enough money for the expensive kitchen to be renewed, but the builder had picketed the difference in costs.
    Hubby also says ask the insurance company if they know of someone who can repair Tony ' s clock and your picture - your items may have more sentimental value to you. But that sentiment still has a value - if you explain to the claims handler, then they may be able to have them repaired for you.
    Phew, I know I've gone on a bit but hope it all helps anyway xxx

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  4. Thanks Trudie. That is a huge help. I will sit down with Tony tonight and see what we need to replace. I really am counting my blessings as I know many people have a much worse incident than we are suffering. I just thank my lucky stars that a lot of the water escaped into the cellar. I don't even want to think about how much damage would have occurred if it hadn't.

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  5. So sorry to read about your flooded kitchen but pleased that at least you are insured. Hope you get back to normal soon. x

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