Many new people who did not work in 2004 and 2005 have wanted a chance to get into the business of catastrophe adjusting. This may be your chance to work. I think all of you know by now the work is piece work as far as the pay goes. That means you have to work in a very timly manner by contacting the policyholders who have storm damage, inspect, photo and write the cost to repair the damage in a software program that cost about $125.00 per month or slightly less. Exactimate is required by many vendors, next is Simsol, Next is IntegraClaim, Power Claim is very user friendly. Some vendors will let you use any program that you can master.
Now you have to have a good vehicle, a folding or top carry ladder about 14 foor long, a laptop computer with software and some microsoft office programs, a high speed card. Next is enought credit cards of cash to live on the road for about 30 days, without a paycheck. You can not sleep in your vehicle and must have clean body and clothes each day. NO bluejeans, T shirts, sneakers, worn frayed clothes, any type of shirt that does not look like a $50.00 golf shirt with collar. Khaki and laundry short sleeve are preferred. NEAT..... NEAT..... (do not look like construction workers) You must be able to climb and inspect a roof that is walkable for a normal person in good health.
If you have all the above with or without a Texas License you may find a job in Texas or Ohio if......... You have a clean criminal, driving record and can prove it. Can estimate your own house in some program. Assume the roof was blown off, all ceilings are wet, 2 windows are blown out of bedroom # 2 and the entire room is gutted. Take photos and label them(like the damage I described exist) draw a diagram of the roof, show all measurements on the diagram, drawn a foot print of the foundation. Always show north and the direction the house faces.
Now get on the net and send this material to a vender listed on this and other sites, with a bio and job history and someone MAY put you on. This is a monster storm. Be careful you do not get cheated out of all your work and all the money owed to you. REMEMBER No cure-No Pay. If you can not do what I outlined above do not waste any more of your time on an adjusting career as you must be able to turn out an estimate as I described or you will not make it through the first week and you will have spent over $1,000. before your files are pulled and reassigned. I have offered many times to help new people, but you must show the vendors you can do more than fog up a mirrow. Remember you will learn a lot in 7-10 days after you get your files, but you must turn in one file from day one, then two then three until you can close good clean files in within one week . You will be on the bubble after 7-10 days. If the file is not passable do not expect any pay for your pain and heart ache. IF YOU CAN DO WHAT I OUTlined in the first week you may survive. Good Luck.
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