2019’s Most Recommended Gear and resources
THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AT EVERY LEVEL
Welcome to the AdjusterTV resources section, a curated list of the tools I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your claims handling business. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my claims.
This list will grow and change over time so check back!
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
NOTE: I have included many tools and resources below that do NOT have an affiliate commission - there is no prerequisite for getting on this list other than me believing that what’s on here is VALUABLE to you.
Everything from your pitch gauge to your Haag Engineering books. Get them here:
Software & services
FIRST THINGS FIRST - you NEED a license. AdjusterPro has recently updated their website and has pre-licensing AND CE in one spot!
Pro-tip: Pre-licensing satisfies the state exam requirement.. Exam Prep just prepares you to take the exam.
AdjusterPro has pre-licensing for all states that allow it and are also the exclusive pre-licensing provider for Indiana.
You can also get your continuing education credits in the same place!
At this time, Xactimate is the gold-standard for estimating software for the vast majority of property losses. You MUST be proficient in Xactimate. Obtaining a Level 2 certification is not only a great way to get good in Xactimate, but it also looks good on a resume.
Take training like this and then take the tests at Xactware.
Veteran Adjusting School provides comprehensive training and job placement assistance for graduates.
Health Insurance and Benefits for Independent Adjusters
Health insurance is important protection that we all need, especially in a high-risk occupation like property cat adjuster. Check out AdjusterZone now and get protected.
Photo Inspections/virtual assist
If you’re interested in getting your feet wet in the claims industry right now, with a minimum of training and no license requirement, check out these companies:
Inspectors On Demand. This operation is affiliated with Pilot Catastrophe. I have not handled any inspections for them yet, but I have worked for Pilot for many years and they are a quality operation.
Onsource. I have handled auto photo inspections for these guys and they’re super friendly and pay right away.
If your carrier doesn’t provide ROOF PICTOMETRY (aka, CAD, roof sketch, satellite sketch, etc), it’s worth it to order one for large complex roofs. A HUGE time saver on your inspections. Not really worth it for simple roofs that can be measured easily and quickly.
Route and contact your insureds for you. What more could you ask for? I would advise that when you’re first starting out that you learn to do this on your own first.
ReSource (contents valuation)
Provides high quality contents pricing and sourcing. ReSource will not only price the insureds contents, but they can source the items and have them shipped directly to their home. I used this company extensively as a staff adjuster and highly recommend them if you are assigned large loss contents claims. Super friendly and quick customer service as well!
This company has a quick claim feature that allows you to send an assignment to ALE Solutions quickly so they can get your insured in housing ASAP. Super friendly.
Link your work checking account to QBSE and use the mileage tracker to automatically calculate your mileage tax deduction. Lets you pay quarterly taxes from the app and links up with TurboTax for those tax do-it-yourselfers out there.
Looking for even more great resources as well as an entertaining and educational podcast all about property claims? Look no further than Adam Painter’s AP Adjusting website!