My fiancée and I had our auto and home insured through AllState. We never had any problem until the night that I checked my Allstate online account to find out that our homeowner insurance policy didn't show up on the screen. We called and found out that we were terminated a few months before that night because our roof was not in what Allstate considered acceptable shape. We did have an inspection prior to purchasing the home and our home inspector had told us we had 3-5 years before a replacement roof was needed. We expected to need a replacement in the near future.
However we weren't expecting to be dropped from our insurance because of this. We would've appreciated the notice and would have replaced our roof right away because we care about our house and having insurance. The Allstate representative said they notified us and we failed to respond. We immediately searched our Allstate file in the event we mistakenly missed it, but there was nothing there regarding needing a roof replacement.
My fiancee burst into tears when we were told that AllState would absolutely not insure us because of our delinquency to reply to their notice. We explained that we never received such notice as we would have acted on it and did not have any record of it in our files, but Allstate said they did not know that was true because many people choose to go without insurance and we could be those kind of people. We further explained that we would not be calling them to address this issue if were indeed those kind of people, as we wouldn't care to be without insurance, but our call clearly showed our concern.
The representative told us there was nothing they could do for us as they would not insure us now that we had chosen to go several months without insurance. We asked to speak to a manager and were told that a manager would tell us the same thing and that it was a waste of our time. We still requested to speak to a manager, against the representative's advice and were told we'd receive a call within 24 hours but we never received a call.
My fiancée took the next day off of work so we could work to resolve this problem and get insurance elsewhere since Allstate would not insure us. While she was on the phone with Allstate, trying to find out why we never received these notices, an Allstate representative slipped that they were not sent to the correct address. It turns out the address they sent the letters to was a rental apartment we lived in previously to owning our house. Funny enough, they sent everything else (bills for both auto and homeowner) to our most recent address, so how did everything but these notices make it to the correct address?
When we found out that AllState sent the letter of notice to the wrong address, they told us we were just as liable as AllState for making sure that the mail was sent to the correct address. We were told that we should have checked to make sure they had the correct address. We explained that we never thought they had an incorrect address since the address was correct on our online account and all other mail from their company was delivered to our home address.
Furthermore, when we set up the insurance we gave the address of the house where we would need to be insured. Allstate refused to admit any responsibility for this and instead blamed us for not checking to make sure they had the correct address. We asked why they didn't contact us by phone or email if we didn't respond to these very important letters but responded to everything else they ever sent us, but were again told the mistake was in our hands.
My fiancée found other companies that would be willing to insure us at a much higher price since we had been without insurance, but only if we could provide documentation on why we were terminated. She contacted Allstate again and was told that such documentation could not be found. The only documents they could find was a letter stating the termination, but not the reason for termination. This made it impossible to get insurance elsewhere. My fiancée tried yet another Allstate representative, this time someone local.
At first the AllState agent had basically the same attitude like the woman from the night before, but he did finally agree to reinstate our policy. Nonetheless, he was merciless in stating that we would have to have our roof fixed before our renewal policy, which only gave us 19 days. We got our roof replaced (tear-off and replaced all boards) the next week. We notified the agent right away, but he said it would take at least a couple of weeks before he could get an inspector to come out to check the roof.
When asked whether that meant that AllState would terminate our policy again the AllState agent said yes, they would terminate us again, until the inspector came out and checked it. Enough was enough, as soon as we got the reinstatement letter, we immediately switched to a new insurance company since we would soon be dropped from Allstate once again. In fact, the broker who assisted us in choosing a company represented many different insurance companies but not Allstate, because he said that this sort of incident was typical of Allstate and many people have had problems with them.
We notified our lender about the switch. I cancelled the AllState policies. I thought the story ended. A couple of weeks later, we received an outstanding balance notification that we owed AllState some money. Apparently it was the cost to insure us from the day they terminated our policy until the end of our policy. The charge came up because the reinstatement was dated back to the day they terminated us. Considering how horribly they've been treated us, I asked myself, "would AllState seriously have covered damage on our house that happened during that period of time when we were cancelled?" Yeah, probably not.
I absolutely wanted to have nothing to do with AllState ever again but to campaign about how horrible the company is to everyone we know. I paid the dues anyway and hoped to never hear back from this company ever again. Yes, AllState is that bad and you will not be in good hands with them.
PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I've had my homeowners insurance with Allstate since 1999. In the winter of 2010 I had ice damage to my roof which caused it to leak. It took MONTHS to get someone here to look at the problem. This young man said most of the damage was "old"... well, yes, yes it was because it took them months to get someone here. Forget that, whatever. I wasn't home the day he came, I was working. My disabled Mother lives with me and was here. She thought he was a nice kid... seemed to be good at checking things out.
Shortly after that I received a letter dated 10-14-11 stating they were going to cancel my homeowner's policy due to "debris" on my porch and I should respond by 1-24-13. I wasn't too worried, this man (I refuse to say gentleman because what I'd like to call him isn't kind) didn't bother to ask what things were... didn't bother to ask why my bicycle is kept on the porch (I've no garage, just trying to keep it a bit out of the weather) or didn't bother to ask why recycle items were on the porch. (I work all week and we don't have pickup, I can only go to The Dump on Saturday). I figured within the next 14 months I'd respond and it would be fine.
Today I receive a letter dated 3-1-12 stating they are going to cancel my policy on 4-23-12... eight MONTHS before I was even required to respond. To say I'm upset about this is putting it mildly. I've my homeowner's ins. (paid until 2013), and 2 cars with Allstate. I've never had an accident. Now some kid comes to my home months after I requested someone and does something like this without asking me, the homeowner, any questions. Please make note I listed Portsmouth, NH because my agent is there (who I've always thought was wonderful) but I live in Kittery, ME.
ARKANSAS -- On 6/23/13 my husband and I returned home to find that our lawn mower & trailer had been stolen from our front yard. We contacted the local authorities and filed a claim with our homeowners insurance. The value of the property taken was $3200. It took over a week to finally get in touch with the Allstate Claim adjuster assigned to our case. We conducted our interview, and was advised they would contact us back that day with the settlement.
When we heard back from them, we were told that we would be receiving $328.11 (after our $1000 deductible) for the trailer, and that the lawn mower would not be covered because I used it to mow my vacant lot, and my 67 year old widowed/disabled mother's yard (land I will inherit upon her death). I contacted my insurance agent, and he advised that the lawn mower should be covered, and contacted the adjuster himself. His response back to me was that he had gone "round and round" with the adjuster only to get the same response I was already given.
I appealed and was told by the Allstate Claims management department that because that my policy states that "motorized land vehicles will only be covered if they are used solely for the premises". I told him that upon signing my policy with my agent, when ask if I owned any other premises, I advised I owned a piece of land in a residential neighborhood, and the agent advised me that didn't matter as you cannot insure land with no dwelling on it, the premises in question was referring to any other dwelling.
I advised I did not own any other homes. He chose the policy, and wrote the coverage. I am just NOW learning that there are apparently different types of homeowner's policies. The Allstate Claims management team very rudely advised they would do nothing further to help me with this situation, and that I could contact the Department of Insurance or anyone I chose to, but the case was closed on their end.
I did take their advice and contacted the Department of Insurance, as well as Better Business Bureau advising that Allstate's advertisement of "being in good hands" is false. I am in no better hands than the thief that came and took our property. The only difference is that I paid Allstate to rob me, making me feel even more violated. I would NOT recommend this company as they do not stand behind their advertisement claims, and they have been very unwilling to help me rectify this situation. Let me also say that I have never received a copy of my homeowner's policy, yet I'm the one being punished for someone else's mistake!!
GREENVILLE, OHIO -- Living room ceiling fell in while family (two young children) in family room. Explosive, dust throughout the house. Rafters to room exposed, drywall and insulation 3'-5' deep in the room dust and debris flying throughout house. Evacuated family and called Allstate 800- 24 hour claim number. They said a contractor would be sent out in the morning and someone would call that night. No one called. No one showed up.
Called Allstate back at noon, contractor showed up at 2 pm. No claims adjuster? Contractor asked what the problem was, said Allstate said there had been a fire and he was a fire specialist? When he opened the front door to the living room he said, "Oh my God! What happened here? This is dangerous. Don't move back in." He said the weight of the ceiling would have killed anyone in the room. He said he'd call Allstate and let them know cleanup was necessary before we could get back into the house.
Allstate called and said the claim was denied. When asked why? The girl laughed... when told this was not funny as we could have been killed (the babies bassinet was buried in drywall). She said "oh, well I just wanted to tell you why it was denied". So, homeless for now, 2 days lost work, we're bagging up insulation, stacking up broken bits of drywall trying to get back into what's left of our house... No thanks to Allstate, no service, no concern, no empathy -- but don't be late on your premiums.
LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS -- I live in the Galveston County area. In 2005, when Rita came through, there was damage done to my home. We left with the millions of other people on Thursday Sept. 22, 2005, and spent over 10 hours in bumper to bumper hot weather. On Sunday Sept. 25, 2005, we returned to a home that had had no electricity for over 48 hours. All the food was gone in the fridge and deep freezer. I had roof damage, most of my fence was gone on the West side of the backyard and there was water damage inside my sunroom and dining room.
The roof looked as if it had shifted as there were cracks in all the sheetrock on one side of the home. Particularly my daughter's bedroom, the guest bathroom, and spare bedroom. Also, minor cracks in sheetrock in living room. I immediately called Allstate to have them send an adjuster out to the house. I waited 2 weeks for an adjuster.
When he came out he took pictures, statements, the whole nine yards and told my husband and I it would be 7-10 days before we heard back from Allstate about our "approval for claim status". Well, I waited, then waited some more. 3 weeks later I again called to find out the status of my claim and was told that a letter was being sent to me that explained all that was being done, that they couldn't legally discuss my claims over the phone and they hung up on me (In fact, all the CSR's at Allstate stated this and then hung up on me).
A week later, I received the letter. We were being denied our claim. That the totals for damages didn't even begin to cover our deductible which was $500.00. I read more of the letter and the 2nd page, which had all the claims, and was furious that nothing of the damages to my home was included. Only the loss of food which they would only cover $450.00.
I called Allstate, absolutely furious, and requested another adjuster come out. They sent one within a couple days. Another letter arrived in 2 weeks again denying my claim because the damages didn't cover the deductible, this adjuster only put down roofing damages! I again called Allstate to request another adjuster, one who could get his "stuff" straight in the claim. The adjuster called and stated that he was too busy and could I please e-mail pictures to him.
At this time I didn't own a computer, much less a camera. So my husband and I had to go out, buy a computer and a digital camera, and send the pictures out to him. I got a response again that stated we were denied, AGAIN, this adjuster only put the food and the sheetrock and they wouldn't pay because it wasn't "worth it"!!! I called Allstate again and again and again. We went through 9, yes 9, different adjusters in a 5 month period, none of them could put ALL the damages on one claim report.
Each had only one or two items and Allstate wouldn't pay because it was SO minor or that it wouldn't even cover our deductible. It was infuriating and frustrating what they were doing to us. After the 2nd adjuster, not one adjuster came out to the house. One of the adjusters even called and stated that he was not even going to be able to look at the pictures, that he was going to send them directly to Allstate because he had to go home and help his family evacuate for hurricane Wilma (I felt for him, but, still, it was his job to look into the damages to my home).
We had to e-mail pictures of the damages and if we repaired, to mail a copy of the invoice for repairs for a refund. I can't tell you how frustrating this has been! We were denied over and over and over again and not one CSR would explain because of legality issues. I still have the pictures and the letters of denial.
We got to a point where we were fed up to our eyeballs with Allstate and decided that we weren't going to waste our money on them any longer and dropped them like a hot potato. We went to the Small Business Administration and got a loan through them for the repairs. Ever since the last denial letter from Allstate there has not been one iota of contact from either me or Allstate. We dropped them. They sent me some of my money back as we dropped them halfway through the policy period, minus about $125.00 in fees because we were leaving them without proper notification.
I wouldn't want anyone to be in our family's predicament. We will be paying back SBA for a long time to come. I thought that Allstate would pay, but I guess that's just dreamin', huh?? Nobody should have to go through what my family and I had to. It was ridiculous and unfair. If I am going to be doing all the work to send out what they needed then I should be compensated for the damages and my time.
I am not an adjuster, but I sure felt like one with e-mailing this, and calling that, mailing this, receipting repairs and copying that. It was an absolute nightmare!!! If someone could help that would be wonderful. Even if it's enough to cover what we borrowed from the SBA, I'd be happy with that! That would be one less worry on my shoulders and a prayer long overdue!
Thank you for reading this and taking this time to think twice. Please consumers, read the fine print on everything!!! My father-in-law told my husband and I that we should have contacted a general contractor and to let them handle it, that we would have gotten results that way.
We didn't know this at that time, but we do now!! We are better informed consumers now thanks, or no thanks, to Allstate!! Anyone responding to this issue, please, when you call, have your caller ID on, I am screening my calls b/c of creditors. If I don't answer, please leave a message and I will respond when message is received. Thank you!
WINONA, TEXAS -- I have paid my homeowner's insurance on time since I bought my first home almost two years ago. But it has now been 3 months since my home burned down with my beloved dog inside. We lost EVERYTHING! There was nothing that had not been damaged by either fire, smoke or water. The house in my opinion is a complete loss.
This was a small home about 1000 sq. ft. since it was mine and my husband's first home and was only 2 bedrooms and one bath but we have accumulated a lot of stuff over the few years we have been together. The insurance company will not total our house out so we can build a new one. We have 85K coverage and they say we can rebuild for only $65. We cannot even find a contractor that will even consider remodeling the house! Much less for that little amount of money. Allstate is saying that it can be remodeled. I wish I could post you pictures.
The living room and kitchen are torched. Our bedroom and spare bedroom are soaked from water and have MAJOR black soot on EVERYTHING! They think since some of the rafters in the ceiling on the un-flamed part of the home are still good (they smell horrible and have black soot on them) and supposedly the subflooring (this is a pier and beam home by the way) is still good, it's remodelable.
Never once did the adjuster crawl under the house and check any of the subflooring and anyone with common sense would know when you soak a floor with thousands of gallons of water and with windows busted out and about 8 good rains the floor is no good! Yeah the idiots sent Service Masters out to board the windows up and they just laughed and said there was no reason to. HELLO!!! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure this out. My husband and I are devastated over our losses. All of our memories are gone, but most importantly my "child."
I will NEVER be able to replace that dog that we had for 3+ years and she didn't have an easy death. But do you think Allstate gives a damn?!! Well no! As soon as I finish this review, I'm writing our state attorney general and filing a complaint with them as well. I've never lost my home so I can't compare Allstate with other companies, but so far, I can't understand how people can be so smug and shallow!
SEATTLE -- I am writing my review due to getting a call from our Mortgage Company per their annual audit, telling us that we had to either drop Allstate and come up with another insurance company for our home or they would find one for us! I went into our Mortgage company with all my paper work saying why is this so and what is going on. She was very nice and contacted Allstate for me and the gal at Allstate said they do not insure "Post and Pier" homes, and if something were to go wrong they would not pay for any loss to our home no matter what our agent said.
The reason this came about is because the Allstate agent lied and said our house isn't part POST and PIER. I asked the gal, "Wait a minute what are you doing?" She said "don't worry about it" which it is a lie in the end, because when we bought our house only a few companies will insure this style of home in our state.
I'm pretty peeved because our Allstate clearly said they don't insure Post and Pier when our agent said they did. I feel like we wasted money on nothing. I have complaint to our states insurance commissioner about this. People wonder why nobody trust insurance companies. This is why they lie and lie some more just to get your money.
We are back with our old homeowners insurance company and I'm very happy to say it may cost more, at least my husband and I both know we are "GOOD HANDS" with whom we have. Word to the wise, always double check facts on who and what, when it comes to homeowners.
DENVER, COLORADO -- I received a solicitation letter in the mail inviting me to contact them for a quote. The letter was addressed to me at my current address and contained accurate information about my home. The letter also had a breakdown of coverages that was close to matching my current coverage.
I spoke to the sale manager and she emailed me a quote for coverage. It was over 300% higher than the original letter I received and $600.00/year higher than my current coverage. When I called her back, she was unable to explain why the quote was 300% higher than the original letter I received. I feel that this company is engaging in a program of misrepresentation by sending unrealistic solicitations.
MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT -- Due to living in CT and experiencing 1) the snowiest winter in record in 2011; 2) a hurricane in August; and 3) a freak blizzard in Oct (in 2011) my insurance premiums went up by 50% due to weather/storm related claims. Allstate says it can't do anything, and my snide arrogant agent said that I had to stay with Allstate because no other insurance company would insure my house. Then he said that I should never have filed the claims to begin with.
What, he could not tell me that when I called the office to file the claims? END RESULT IS THAT I WILL BE GROPED BY THE GOOD HANDS OF ALLSTATE FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS. BUY INSURANCE FROM ANOTHER COMPANY!!
When we moved to the Cleveland area from Indiana back in 1997, we transferred our auto and home policies from there to here. Our agent asked for and cashed our check for $400+ to cover the first couple months of the policies. After asking for a proof of insurance card for our vehicles, our agent offered us a handwritten card with our policy numbers on it (on his business card; I still have it in my possession). When we called Allstate a couple weeks later about our permanent card, we discovered that our agent had never filed for our policies and moreover had issued us fictitious policy numbers.
Multiple calls to various people at Allstate corporate resulted in no progress other than to frustrate my wife to tears (literally). We finally resorted to filing a report with the Ohio insurance regulators, which got Allstate's attention. They finally managed to rectify the problem, but by this time we were transferring our policies to other companies who were customer-friendly.
The icing on the cake was when Allstate sent us a collection bill for $200+ for insurance we never had. In a phone conversation with a high-level Allstate executive, I stated that they could write it off as a cheap learning experience or take me to court over it so I could have fun relating my story to the media. Nobody at Allstate or at the Ohio Insurance Commission ever asked me for the handwritten card.
I understand that no company can 100% prevent rogue employees from cheating customers. A well-run company will immediately fix any problems caused by its employees without any effort on the part of the consumer, though. And a termination for the agent was certainly in order.
As far as I'm concerned, Allstate will never see another dime of my money, and I never miss an opportunity to relate my story when in I'm in a conversation with someone about insurance. The postscript to this story is that we were told by a couple Allstate agents later that this guy was a trainer and was well-known in the local Allstate "community" as being dishonest. Just another reason not to trust the company.