Your home is often the biggest and most expensive asset you have and it is the biggest investment you make. When you own a home, it is absolutely essential to protect this investment. In fact, if you have a mortgage lender that has given you money to buy your home, your lender is probably going to require you to have insurance to protect their investment in your home. Regardless of whether you are required to have insurance or are buying it to protect yourself, it is important to choose the right coverage to ensure you are fully protected.
Types of Coverage
When you buy homeowners insurance, you buy coverage for a number of different things. One thing you are protecting yourself against is the total destruction of the home. Typically, insurance policies will cover you against destruction only if it is caused by certain things. For instance, you will usually be covered under a basic policy if your home is destroyed in a fire. If your home is destroyed in a flood or a hurricane, however, you will need special flood or hurricane coverage in most cases in order to ensure that damage caused by these events is covered by the policy.
When you have coverage for the destruction of your home, you will also need to make another choice. Do you want your coverage to be based on replacement value or market value? Replacement value means that you will be covered for the cost of replacing your actual home. Market value means you will only be covered for what your home would buy or sell for on an open market. In some cases, market value of a home is below replacement value, so you would not have enough to rebuild your house in the event that it was destroyed. This means that choosing a replacement value policy is usually best, even in the event that it is a bit more expensive to do so.
In addition to the destruction of your home, the contents of your home should also be protected by your insurance policy. In other words, your policy should cover damage to your furniture, electronics and other items in your house that might be caused by fire or other disaster. When you buy coverage for your stuff, you may also have coverage in case the items are stolen. This will protect you whether those items are stolen inside the house or when you are away. For instance, if you are wearing your engagement ring and are mugged while on a trip, the insurance policy you have would cover the cost of the ring.
When it comes to personal property coverage, there are usually limits for how much coverage is provided to a given item. For instance, you may only have coverage for $1,000 worth of jewelry. If you have more expensive items, you may need to have an addition to the policy called a “rider” to ensure that you are protected in the event of the items’ loss or damage.
Finally, insurance policies can also provide you with coverage for liability. If someone comes to your home and is injured and sues you, or if someone is bitten by your dog, your insurance policy will cover these costs. This is very important, as defending a lawsuit and paying damages can be quite costly.
Once you know the type of insurance that you need, you can use internet websites to find the best insurance provider that offers you the most affordable policy. Be careful, however, not to just focus on cost. You will want an insurance provider with a reputation for treating customers fairly, so you can feel more confident that the insurance coverage will be there when you need it.