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Why Hire a Company to Help with Roofing Insurance Claims?

Why Hire a Company to Help with Roofing Insurance Supplements in Milwaukee, WI?

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Are you interested in reducing expenses and increasing profits for your expanding roofing business? You can achieve these goals without compromising quality. As a roofer, you understand that every project is critical to your company's financial success. Given the high level of competition in the industry, it's important to seek ways to gain an edge over your competitors continuously.

For many roofing contractors, having a team of insurance restoration consultants to handle tasks like Xactimate writing is the solution they need to gain that edge. Here are just a few of the most common reasons why roofing contractors like you trust IRC Estimates for help with roofing insurance supplements.

Roofing Insurance Claim Milwaukee, WI

Great Xactimate Training is Hard to Find

When insurance adjusters prepare claims, they rely on a software program called Xactimate. This program allows them to input large amounts of data and corresponding codes to generate a claim. However, if an adjuster lacks knowledge about roofing, the generated claim may not be accurate. Adjusters are required to follow their company's standard policies, which means that the information generated for a claim is entirely decided by the insurer.

Unfortunately, this can be bad news for homeowners and roofing contractors who are trying to complete a job. The claim generated by an adjuster may not account for overhead and profit or other contractor expenses. But with Xactimate training from companies like IRC Estimates, you can help ensure your claims are accurate and account for the expenses you need to get your roofing job done right. Contact our office today to learn more about how our team helps roofing contractors with Xactimate training and more.

Help Ensure You're Doing Your Best Work

Without roofing insurance supplements in Milwaukee, WI, it can be easy for an insurance adjuster to miss certain types of damage when they're assessing a roofing job. While an adjuster's job is to estimate the extent of the damage, their estimate is only an approximation. Supplementing a project can help ensure that all issues, damage, and necessary materials are properly calculated, so you can confidently have all the supplies and preparation needed to complete the job to the best of your ability.

The Process of Supplementing Takes Time You Don't Have

Insurance company desk adjusters often find themselves spending a significant amount of time completing monotonous tasks like estimating claims for homeowners who have experienced structural damage and require financial assistance for repairs. These tasks, which can include negotiating, make up the bulk of what they do for their 40-hour work week. They don't have business obligations and client needs to exceed.

Smaller roofing companies, on the other hand, may not have the financial resources to hire a team of adjusters or estimators to help counter insurance claims with supplements. As a result, they either spend time doing the supplements themselves or hire someone with less knowledge or skill to complete the task. This not only negatively impacts their bottom line, but it is also not a cost or time-efficient approach. By relying on a company that specializes in roofing insurance supplement assistance for contractors, you can potentially free up your time and focus more on serving customers.

Office Turnover Hurts

Small roofing contractors who choose to hire office staff to handle supplement preparation and multitasking may face high turnover rates. As previously mentioned, the work can be time-consuming and tedious, causing entry-level employees to tire quickly and seek better opportunities elsewhere. Furthermore, most office staff may lack the proficiency required to operate Xactimate software and may not have on-the-job experience with roofing projects.

Essentially, you may end up with an insurance adjuster on staff. Is that something you really want to consider?

Rejected Roofing Insurance Supplements are Real

One crucial point to note is that inexperienced preparers often overlook important aspects when creating roof supplements. Without adequate knowledge, they may not be able to prepare the supplement accurately and may take a longer time to submit it, which could result in a rejection from the insurance company.

Additionally, untrained office staff may not be able to fully maximize the supplement for a claim and verify its authorization, which can lead to missed opportunities for the business owner to receive the full amount they are entitled to.

Keeping It "In-House" Isn't Always Wise

Are you considering handling roof supplements on your own, or are you open to outsourcing to a skilled team of experts? While it may seem like a wise decision to keep the process in-house in the short term, that may not work for long. Without someone by your side with years of roofing supplement experience, you could be missing as much info as the inexperienced adjuster with whom you're fed up. That's why roofing contractors use companies like IRC Estimates - to ensure they get the materials and compensation they truly deserve to do the best job possible.

FAQs About Roofing Insurance Supplements in Milwaukee, WI

As insurance restoration consultants, IRC Estimates works with a wide range of roofing contractors throughout the year. Some are brand-new at what they do and need help understanding the nuance or work involved with roofing supplements, Xactimate writing, and construction restoration in general. And that's OK - everyone has got to start somewhere.

Whether you're a new roofing contractor feeling lost or you're a seasoned expert looking to brush up on your knowledge, keep reading. Below are just a few of the most frequently asked questions that our roofing insurance supplement consultants handle daily.

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What's the point in supplementing roofing jobs? I'm busy enough as it is.

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This is one of the most asked-about topics that we hear at IRC Estimates. And the answer is simple - to get paid what you should be getting paid on roofing insurance claims jobs. What that means is you get paid the actual cost to do the job that you accepted correctly, such as:

  • Quantity of Materials
  • Installation Best Practices
  • Adhering to Building Code Mandates
  • More

The truth is that insurance companies aren't the enemy, but they sure do make mistakes. It's up to you, as the roofing contractor, to discover and remediate those mistakes - not just for you but for your roofing client. The fact is that your clients hire you because they believe you're an expert at filing and managing roof insurance claims. By supplementing those claims, you're both demonstrating your expertise while providing excellent service and results. If you don't have the time to do so, it's wise to search for professional help with your roofing insurance supplements.

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Is there a set number of roofing jobs that I should supplement?

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The quick answer is that you should review all of your roofing jobs to see if they need to be supplemented. Remember that consistency is key here. By having a clear and standardized process for thorough inspections, it will be easier to determine if your roofing project requires a supplement and easier to file one too.

The best way to achieve this is by giving your sales reps clear guidelines on how all roof inspections should be conducted. Top contractors use inspection checklists and photo checklists to ensure that all damage and necessary materials are properly documented for the job. While this may add an additional 15-30 minutes to the sales reps' current process, it will benefit your roofing business in many ways.

If you're just starting out and need some help on how to optimize this process, contact IRC Estimates today to speak with one of our consultants.

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When is the right time to think about roofing insurance supplements in Milwaukee, WI?

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When it comes to roofing supplements, there are two opportune times to submit them: Pre-Production (before installation) and Post-Production (after installation, but before depreciation is released). The most effective method is to file both Pre-Production and Post-Production supplements for insurance roofing jobs.

For Pre-Production supplements, it's best to write or send them to a supplementing company as soon as the adjuster has provided the full scope of loss. This is because it can take the adjuster and carrier several days to settle these claims, and it's important to avoid scheduling an installation if there are expensive Xactimate line items that haven't been approved yet. Often, when a Pre-Production supplement is approved, the carrier will send an extra ACV check to the homeowner for the additional line items on the revised estimate.

Contractors with effective roof inspection processes tend to have faster turnaround times on Pre-Production supplements and encounter fewer scheduling issues. When they don't have those processes in place, they often use a trusted partner like IRC Estimates, with years of experience managing Xactimate software and roofing issues covered by insurance.

Your Trusted Choice for Roofing Insurance Supplements in Milwaukee, WI

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IRC Estimates offers a comprehensive range of roofing insurance supplement services for roofing contractors, including Xactimate claim writing and management, claims administration, estimates, and consulting services. Our dedication to roofing contractors enables them to streamline their operations and reduce costs by either outsourcing their claims administration entirely or learning how to manage it themselves.

Whatever your goals may be, IRC Estimates is here to help you expedite your services and grow your roofing business, one roofing insurance claim at a time. Contact our office today to learn more about how we can help you maximize every roof claim that comes across your desk by using supplements.

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Brewers, Rhys Hoskins Finalizing Two-Year Deal

The Brewers and free agent first baseman Rhys Hoskins are finalizing a two-year, $34MM guarantee that’ll allow him to opt out next winter, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (X link). He is a client of the Boras Corporation.Hoskins ta...

The Brewers and free agent first baseman Rhys Hoskins are finalizing a two-year, $34MM guarantee that’ll allow him to opt out next winter, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (X link). He is a client of the Boras Corporation.

Hoskins takes a modified pillow contract after missing the entire 2023 season. At the tail end of Spring Training, he tore the ACL in his left knee while retreating to the outfield grass to field a chopper. While he was able to take batting practice by the end of the season, he never quite made it back to the roster. Philadelphia suggested Hoskins may have been activated from the injured list had they advanced to the World Series.

With the Phils coming up a game short of the Fall Classic, the ACL tear marked an unfortunate end to a productive tenure at Citizens Bank Park. Hoskins seemed a potential candidate for the qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason. The Phils opted against the QO, declaring they were moving Bryce Harper to first base permanently. That made clear Hoskins was headed elsewhere after nearly a decade in the organization.

The Phillies initially selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 draft. Despite the modest draft stock, he hit the ground running in pro ball. He posted huge minor league numbers, mashing his way to the big leagues in the second half of the 2017 campaign.

That excellent production on the farm presaged strong numbers against MLB pitching. Hoskins raked at a .259/.396/.618 clip with 18 home runs over his first 50 games. While he didn’t maintain that pace over any subsequent season, he has been a consistent middle-of-the-lineup presence in Philadelphia.

Hoskins hit between 27 and 34 home runs in his four full seasons between 2018-22. He was on a similar pace in the shortened season, connecting on 10 longballs in 41 games. He has paired that with a walk rate above 10% in every year of his career. That power and patience gives him a solid offensive floor, even if he hasn’t hit above .250 in any season since his rookie year.

Since 2018, Hoskins has posted a .241/.350/.483 batting line. He strikes out in roughly a quarter of his plate appearances. That’s slightly higher than the league average but hardly outlandish, particularly for a player who hits for the kind of power he does. Hoskins has destroyed left-handed pitching at a .250/.399/.522 clip in his career. His .240/.336/.482 slash versus same-handed arms isn’t quite as impressive but remains solidly above average.

The offense carries the overall profile. Hoskins doesn’t offer much as a baserunner. He has graded as a slightly below-average defender throughout his career. It’s unlikely his defense will improve as he’s into his 30s and working back from a significant knee injury.

That’s fine for the Brewers, who needed an offensive upgrade. Milwaukee ranked 17th in runs last season, a subpar figure for a team that plays its home games at hitter-friendly American Family Field. By measure of wRC+, which adjusts for park, Milwaukee ranked 24th in overall hitting production. That was the worst of any playoff team.

First base was particularly problematic. Milwaukee received a dismal .231/.292/.389 showing from the bat-first position. That led the Brew Crew to non-tender Rowdy Tellez. Milwaukee acquired Carlos Santana at the deadline to stabilize first base for the stretch run. The Brewers have remained in contact with Santana this winter, but they’ll instead jump on the opportunity for a more significant lineup upgrade.

The contract aligns with MLBTR’s prediction of two years and $36MM. A few priority rebound targets have landed a two-year guarantee with an opt-out in recent offseasons. That’s appealing for the player, who locks in more security than they’d have received on a straight one-year pact while still allowing them to get back to free agency after one season.

Hoskins’ deal nearly matches the two-year, $36MM pact which Michael Conforto signed with the Giants last winter after missing the ’22 season rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Players like Josh Bell (two years, $33MM) and Lucas Giolito (two years, $38.5MM) have signed similar pacts after terrible finishes to their respective platform seasons. This contract structure isn’t attainable for every bounceback candidate, but it’s one that higher-ceiling free agents of that ilk are increasingly able to secure.

The specific salary structure hasn’t been reported. If the deal guarantees Hoskins $17MM in each season, it’d push Milwaukee’s payroll projection around $122MM, as calculated by Roster Resource. That’s marginally above last year’s $119MM Opening Day mark. Milwaukee’s payroll slate remains manageable even with Hoskins joining Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames (each of whom will make more than $12MM in their final arbitration seasons) on the books.

If Hoskins picks up where he left off before the injury, he’d likely join Burnes and Adames on next year’s free agent market. As with Burnes and Adames, Hoskins would be a candidate for a qualifying offer if he exercises the opt-out. He remains eligible for the QO since Philadelphia opted against the offer this winter. Milwaukee doesn’t have to forfeit any draft picks to add him.

Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt and Christian Walker could all join Hoskins in an interesting first base class next winter. The remaining options for teams this offseason isn’t as robust. Beyond outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger, the top first basemen still unsigned are Brandon Belt, Santana, Garrett Cooper and Joey Votto.

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ThriveOn King Drive development in Bronzeville opening soon. Here's the latest.

ThriveOn King Drive, the $105 million mixed-use development in the former Schuster’s department store, is on track for a spring opening.The development of the 350,000-square-foot building at 2153 N. King Dr. is a partnership between the ...

ThriveOn King Drive, the $105 million mixed-use development in the former Schuster’s department store, is on track for a spring opening.

The development of the 350,000-square-foot building at 2153 N. King Dr. is a partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, both of which will be headquartered there.

Construction was initially delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising construction costs. But finishing touches are going into the building, including furniture and artwork, said Terrell Walter of Royal Capital Group LLC.

Walter provided an update on the development’s progress at this week's Bronzeville Advisory Committee’s meeting. He also updated members on the construction of Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy. The school is relocating from 4030 N. 29th St. to 2212-2228 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave.

The $25 million charter high school is on a site that was part of the former Schuster's complex. Royal Capital Group bought the site and donated the property to the school. Walter expects construction to be completed in time for the start of the 2024-25 school year.

The ThriveOn King development features 100,000 square feet of offices and research space. Tenants include the Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin donation center, the Malaika Early Education Center and JobsWork MKE, a nonprofit worker training group. The first floor also features a neighborhood hall that can seat 200 people, a stage and a food hall.

A vendor for the food hall hasn't been selected yet. Walter noted there’s some due diligence needed in terms of finalizing vendor selection. But crews continue to build out the kitchen infrastructure and will be move-in ready once the vendor is selected.

“When we open the building, we are able to do so with a creative food offering for the district, even if it is one that we are scaling up versus being at full capacity upon opening," Walter said.

Development seeking synergy among tenants

The development still has 12,000 square feet of commercial space available. But the space hasn't been marketed yet. Walter said it was important to have mission-aligned partners “that are locked in, dialed in in terms of (addressing) social determinants of health, health disparities or inequalities that we see.”

The ThriveOn collaboration between the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Medical College of Wisconsin focuses on healthy food, general health and wellness, early childhood education, job training and other social determinants of health.

“We want to be very intentional, as we have been from the beginning, in terms of the additional partners that come into the space,” said Walter, whose company serves as owner and landlord of the property.

“Our goal is that, everybody that’s in the building, there’s a great deal of synergy working around some of the same topics.”

The development also includes about 90 units of mixed-income residential apartments. Construction on that phase began in November. Walter expects the residential portion to be completed by the end of this year.

He said there's a possibility that some units could be available before then, depending on when all safety protocols are met. Rental applications will begin to be accepted this summer.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen announces $1.5 million to help Milwaukee trades training center

At Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP they prefer to use nails than hooks to hang tools and paint brushes. It's an active work site on Wisconsin Avenue that trains residents in multiple trades and the walls and floors are worn after years of students learning to build, fix and remodel houses and structures to prepare for a livelihood that doesn't require college.On Friday, stakeholders learned the facility is getting a b...

At Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership/BIG STEP they prefer to use nails than hooks to hang tools and paint brushes. It's an active work site on Wisconsin Avenue that trains residents in multiple trades and the walls and floors are worn after years of students learning to build, fix and remodel houses and structures to prepare for a livelihood that doesn't require college.

On Friday, stakeholders learned the facility is getting a boost in the amount of $1.5 million from the federal government to modernize and upgrade the facility.

“Today marks an exciting and important step in ensuring everyone — youth, people of color, women, those who are justice-involved, veterans, and all folks who have not had access to good-paying, family-sustaining careers —have an innovative place to learn and experience the skills they need to be apprenticeship ready,” said Lindsay Blumer, president and CEO of WRTP/BIG STEP.

On a visit to the site Friday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the funds would help to “advance its mission to equip residents with the skills they need to get well-paying jobs and to get ahead.”

Yellen was in Milwaukee to highlight the economic policies of the Biden administration as the president's re-election bid heats up. Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley also attended the event.

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"Decades ago industrialization fueled opportunity in cities like Milwaukee and you didn’t need a college degree to take advantage of it,” Yellen said, adding that in years since, success in the economy became more linked to college education with job growth felt more on the coasts.

Yellen said the labor market is bucking this trend under the Biden administration.

“Over the past three years, America has seen a historic labor market recovery even as inflation has declined significantly. In 2023, the economy created 2.7 million jobs, that’s more jobs than any year in the prior administration.”

This is not the first time WRTP/BIG STEP has been recognized by the White House. In September 2022, officials from the organization traveled to Washington, D.C. to talk about how it is using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to create programs to train workers in different industries.

Wisconsin's economy has been doing well based on recent metrics.

The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Wisconsin's unemployment rate at 3.3%, lower than the national average of 3.7% in December. And it's total labor force participation rate held steady at 65.9%, above the national average of 62.5%.

Total non-farm jobs increased to 3.03 million, a record for the state.

Still, the perception of the economy is not positive.

Yellen, who served as the chair of the Federal Reserve under both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump from 2014 to 2018, said she believes that perception will change, adding "consumer sentiment has risen quite sharply over the last couple of months."

“Nevertheless the inflation that occurred over the last couple of years has left prices higher,” Yellen said. “Wages have gone up too but for a while the price gains, the price increases were higher. That’s no longer true. Over the last year wages have increased more rapidly than prices. Real incomes are rising and households are getting ahead.”

The president was making his own pitch to Wisconsin voters on Thursday when he visited Superior to tout a $1 billion plan to replace the 60-year-old Blatnick Bridge on Interstate 535 that connects Superior to Duluth.

"This bridge is important, but the story we're writing is much bigger than that," Biden said. "When you see shovels in the ground and cranes in the sky, and people hard at work on these projects, I hope you feel a renewed sense of pride."

Biden's visit came on the heels of a visit from Vice President Kamala Harris to Waukesha County on Monday to talk about abortion rights.

2024 NCAA Tournament projections: Marquette, Creighton on the rise

FOX Sports bracket forecaster Mike DeCourcy made some tweaks to the upper portion of his latest NCAA Tournament projections.The 1-line remains unchanged, with UConn (East), North Carolina (South), ...

FOX Sports bracket forecaster Mike DeCourcy made some tweaks to the upper portion of his latest NCAA Tournament projections.

The 1-line remains unchanged, with UConn (East), North Carolina (South), Purdue (Midwest) and Houston (West) at the top.

Wisconsin, Kansas, and Tennessee remain No. 2 seeds, but they're now joined by Marquette. Meanwhile, Creighton moved up one spot while Arizona fell one spot, each joining Kentucky and Baylor on the 3-line.

Duke and Illinois remain No. 4 seeds, but they're now joined by Dayton and Alabama.

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As for the teams on the bubble, DeCourcy has Wake Forest, Mississippi State, Kansas State and Colorado as his last four teams in the tournament. Gonzaga, Boise State, Providence and Virginia are the first four teams out, while Cincinnati, Oregon, Florida and Drake are the next four teams out.

The Big 12 has the most representatives in DeCourcy's compilation with 10 teams, with the SEC second with eight teams. The Big East and Big Ten have six teams apiece, while the Mountain West has five teams; the ACC follows with four teams in DeCourcy's latest projections. The Pac-12 has three teams represented, while the AAC has two.

Here are the complete brackets from DeCourcy:

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It's official: Brewers announce signing of slugging first baseman Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins is now in the fold.The slugging first baseman, whose pending deal with the Milwaukee Brewers was first reported earlier in the week, was officially announced Friday as the team's latest addition.Hoskins, who turns 31 on March 17, signed a two-year contract that includes a player opt-out af...

Rhys Hoskins is now in the fold.

The slugging first baseman, whose pending deal with the Milwaukee Brewers was first reported earlier in the week, was officially announced Friday as the team's latest addition.

Hoskins, who turns 31 on March 17, signed a two-year contract that includes a player opt-out after the 2024 season and a mutual option for 2026.

According to the Associated Press, Hoskins will receive a $12 million salary this season and an $18 million salary in 2025 with a $4 million buyout. He'd be paid $18 million in 2026 if both sides exercised their options, with another $4 million buyout.

Hoskins hasn't played since tearing the ACL in his left knee in a spring-training game last March 23. Hoskins underwent surgery a week later.

"We are excited to add the power bat, leadership and experience of Rhys Hoskins to our lineup," said general manager Matt Arnold. "Rhys is a proven winner who has worked tirelessly to get back on the field, and we look forward to his return to action this season."

By bringing Hoskins aboard, the Brewers – for at least this season – have addressed a glaring need for a power bat at one of the corner positions.

Hoskins hit 148 home runs and drove in 405 runs in 667 games since first breaking into the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017.

He hit 27 homers or more four times and 30 or more twice. In his last healthy season with Philadelphia in 2022, Hoskins hit .246 with 30 homers and 79 RBI while compiling an OPS of .794.

A right-handed hitter, Hoskins should slot perfectly into the middle of Milwaukee's lineup, providing a potent threat against left-handed pitching (.921 career OPS).

Hoskins does strike out frequently (169 in 2022) but also displays a good eye at the plate (72 walks in 2022, National League-leading 116 in 2019).

Also notable: Hoskins will wear uniform No. 12. He wore 17 for the entirety of his tenure with the Phillies, but the Brewers haven't issued that number since Jim Gantner retired following the 1992 season.

Having solved first base for the time being, Milwaukee now will likely turn its sights to further addressing its glaring need for production at third base.

To that end, the Brewers reportedly added another potential name to the mix in Christian Arroyo, a 28-year-old utility man who had played for the Boston Red Sox since 2020.

Milwaukee has yet to officially announce Arroyo's signing, which would be a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.

Arroyo was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2013 and broke into the majors in 2017. He's a career .252 hitter with 24 homers and 120 RBI over 295 career games that also includes stints with the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Guardians.

According to MLB.com, Arroyo could make $1.5 million in incentives if he makes the roster.

Arroyo would be the 17th non-roster player to take part in camp with the Brewers this spring.

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