GALLAGHER SAYS HOMEOWNERS ARE PLEASED WITH SERVICE THROUGH MY SAFE FLORIDA HOME PROGRAM
More Than 83 Percent of Survey Respondents Rate Service as Good or Excellent
Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer, said that based on the
results of an electronic survey of 5,500 homeowners who have received
inspections through the My Safe Florida Home program, an overwhelming
majority of homeowners are pleased with the service they received
through the program. More than 35 percent of homeowners surveyed, or
1,940, responded. When asked about the application process, over 95
percent stated that it was easy (79 percent) or somewhat easy (16
percent). When asked how they would rate their experience with their
free inspections, over 87 percent of homeowners who have received
inspections stated that they were completely satisfied (62 percent) or
somewhat satisfied (26 percent) with their experience.
program, funded with $250 million by the Florida Legislature, was
created to better protect Floridians by strengthening their homes
against hurricanes and to reduce the state’s exposure to hurricane
Applying and obtaining a free home inspection is just the first step of the program. Homeowners who undergo a My Safe Florida Home inspection may also qualify for matching grants of up to $5,000 to fortify their homes. As directed by the new law to reduce hurricane exposure and property losses in Florida, grants will be prioritized and awarded to homeowners who live in high-risk, hurricane-vulnerable areas of the state.
Floridians eligible for a free home inspection must live in a single-family, site-built home with an insured value of $500,000 or less and have a valid homestead exemption. Documents verifying this information must be submitted with a completed application. Floridians can apply on-line at www.mysafefloridahome.com or by calling 1-800-342-2762 to get an application packet.
Gallagher said that the public response to this program and support for strengthening homes has been tremendous. Nearly 100,000 Floridians have gone on-line or called to learn more about the My Safe Florida Home program. Nearly 58,000 eligible Floridians have submitted completed applications for free home inspections.