A lot of homeowners insurance policies in Texas have “appraisal” clauses written into them. So whether you live in Weatherford, Texas, or in Grand Prairie, Arlington, Fort Worth or Dallas, if you have homeowners insurance you need to be aware of these appraisal paragraphs.
An appraisal paragraph is of benefit to the insurance company. That is why they put it into the insurance policy. When the homeowner and the insurance company cannot reach an agreement on the amount of money that should be paid on a claim, the insurance company will try to invoke the appraisal clause in the insurance contract. Appraisal happens when the insurance company knows they owe the homeowner money, but there is a dispute as to how much money is owed.
The United States District Court, Southern Division, recently handled a case where the issue was whether the homeowner properly defeated the insurance company trying to invoke the appraisal process. The style of the case is, Hector Sanchez v. Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford and Irene Bernardo. The courts’ opinion was handed down on January 27, 2010.