Watch Art, Cars & Collectibles: How to Mitigate Risk Before a Disaster Hits
LISTEN TO OUR LATEST 20-MINUTE WEBINAR
We invite you to listen to Tabitha Nicolas, Regional Appraisals Manager, speak with Rick Worm, Risk Mitigation Specialist with Hagerty Insurance, in a 20-minute virtual forum. They discuss what you can do to mitigate the financial risk of your passion assets when faced with disaster or damage.
DISASTER PLANNING & YOUR ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS
With the increased threat of natural disasters in recent years, mitigating the risk to a collection is at the forefront of many of our clients’ minds in high-risk locations. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornados aside, collectors should also be prepared for unexpected events like a pipe burst or electrical fire. With proper planning, collectors can mitigate risk and be armed with a roster of resources to lean on in the event of a disaster.
RISKS & EXPOSURE
- CAT exposures: wildfire, earthquake, hurricane, snow, wind
- General hazards: extension cords, flammables, hanging items, workshops, shared spaces, old pipes and wiring
PROACTIVE STEPS TO REDUCE RISK & LOSS
- Documentation as proof: digital inventory management including documentation, visual inventory and condition assessment
- Current appraisals for full Retail Replacement Value (RRV)
- Planning, prioritization and logistics
In 2021, a TFG client had an electrical house fire on the first floor of their home. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, their home suffered significant water damage due to the firefighters’ efforts to control the fire. Although they had blanket and some scheduled insurance coverage, the family failed to have an updated appraisal for over ten years, and the scheduled assets were significantly underinsured. The family kept physical paper records on the collection, but they also were destroyed in the fire. Nothing had been backed up within a cloud-based system, and the burden of proof fell on the client. Without accurate retail replacement appraisals, they found themselves in a position where they lost valuable family heirlooms and an American art collection that had been curated for decades. In addition to the financial loss, they had to rebuild a home which put emotional stress on the family. This family came to The Fine Art Group after a disaster had already struck. However, steps could have been taken preemptively to mitigate the loss, including backing up information off-site, up-to-date appraisals, and proper inventory management.
TOP 3 TAKEAWAYS
YES, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU
And when it does, the burden of proof is on the owner!
HAVE A PLAN
Create an exit strategy and know your priorities. The Fine Art Group understands that every collection and collector is unique, each having distinct priorities and considerations for the needs of their art and tangible assets. Our team will work with you and/or your team to craft a bespoke collections plan that considers the highest risks.
The Fine Art Group offers complete evacuation planning services, which arm our clients with a roster of resources to lean on. Collectors must have a point person and have confidence that their collection will be in the right hands should a disaster occur.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Current Replacement Values
The most significant issue collectors face after emergencies is inadequate insurance for their fine art and collectibles. The Fine Art Group has a team of over 50 specialists that can identify, catalog and value a collection to ensure accurate and up-to-date replacement value appraisals. Our team regularly provides complimentary schedule and appraisal reviews, updating clients on the adequacy of the appraised values of their assets. Depending on the type and value of the assets, a reappraisal is recommended every 3 to 5 years, or if the value has increased or decreased by 10-15%.
Know What You Own
After catastrophe, theft, or damage, the burden of proof is on the owner. They must be able to establish value and provide a complete inventory of what they own. This can be a challenging endeavor if the owner has not created an offensive strategy to mitigate disaster. Our experienced appraisal team has developed a Visual Inventory product designed to address this issue. Conducted by qualified appraisers, our visual inventory captures the entire range of assets that make up the contents and valuable collections in a home. This detailed visual record of the interior and exterior of the property significantly streamlines the insurance claim process in the event of a loss.