Aside from auto insurance, people insuring where they live is a common kind of insurance in the United States today.
Almost all homeowners have insurance agreements to protect their property, this is for many reasons. One reason is because lenders will require a kind of coverage for the building, especially if an outstanding mortgage is on the house.
In today’s post, our objectives will be to educate our readers on the various categories of insurance that home owners can take, we’ll be comparing and contrasting them. We’ll also see some of their features so that you can be able to make the right choice as regards your specific financial situation.
Categories of Home Insurance are three
Many a time when people see others insuring their homes, they think the policy will cover just the building of resident and nothing more than that.
However, this is some kind of misconception, because there actually exist different categories of property insurance. This is definitely one of them, there are extra features one can add by way of policy agreements. There are agreements that insure extra property on the land or that are connected to the main building, such as garages, sheds and even personal property that you have in your residence. Your agreement could also include paying for expenses that might arise should your house become inhabitable for an unforeseen reason.
It is of utmost importance that a consumer be well educated before making any decision based on insuring yourself or that which you own. If you’ve already insured yourself without understanding all the nitty-gritty, then it’s time to do some study. So you know what to expect and also what is expected of you and what you’re to expect from your insurance providers.
1. Building Insurance
When it comes to property insurance, this is the most popular of all. So basically whoever takes out the insurance on the property is indemnified, up to the tune of repair as long as the event leading up to the damage is included in your agreement. Structures which can be included in this are a lot, such as walls, roofs, bathtubs, kitchen cabinets, long term fittings in the house, wall decor and more.
This coverage has a caveat, the deductible is usually two and a half per cent worth of the building. So here’s what this entails; your insurers will not indemnify you for just any kind of destruction, it really has to be substantial otherwise you’d footing the repair bills yourself. The kind of protection can go all the way up to whatever it will cost to build that home from scratch if it ever gets to that.
2. Content Insurance
Home furnishing, wall fittings, kitchens, electronic, and antiques are some of the things that could be rendered useless if an untoward circumstance happens. This kind of agreement helps you get new ones or fix the old ones.
This policy is generally the only kind available to renters, but homeowners can also benefit greatly as this insurance can cover a homeowner for damaged electronics due to power surge or faulty electric wiring in the house. Content is this context refers to those things you can’t leave there while you are moving homes.
Examples of items that are generally protected by insuring your belongings are things like furniture, kitchen appliances, clothes, jewellery, decor, and other personal items you have within the house that are not permanent fixtures. Noted that your car or other vehicles can not be included within this policy, and they should have their own separate vehicle polices. Now, even coverage for belongings can be categorised into three types. These included sum insured, bedroom rated vehicle policies.
Bedroom rated policy
There are a number of factors that could impact the degree to which you can insure your belongings, one of them is bedroom rated policy. The number of rooms available in that building are used as a yardstick to determine how much coverage your belonging will get.
Sum insured policy
Here it behoves on you to be able to measure the needed insurance for your belongings.
Unlimited sum insured policy
As the name implied, it’s without limits, it provides coverage for belongings without any particular limitation. In this case, there’s no need to worry that any coverage is left excluded from the agreement.
3. Combined Property and Belongings Insurance
As the name already suggests, this kind of policy agreement deals with both the building and the belongings therein. While purchasing the agreement, you should ask your agent or review your documents well to understand whether this is the category of agreement being contracted.
Many policies known as homeowner agreements, appear on the surface to be only for the building, but in fact many of them do have provisions to indemnify you in case your personal property or belonging suffers damages.
What about PMI?
PMI, otherwise known as Private Mortgage Insurance, is the type of insurance that most lenders will require if the buyer is buying a house with less than 20% money down. PMI is meant to indemnify the bank in the event of buyer inability to pay, not really to indemnify the house owner in the event of an accident.
Where You Can Insure Your Home?
All the major U.S insurance companies have policies to insecure your home with. The list below includes some names, but should not at all be considered exclusive.
Consult with your local agent for options. Remember that many of these firms give the room to purchase and compare prices online, which many agree to be the preferred method of buying.
What about flood insurance?
It is very important to note that most home insurance policies do not protect against flood, and this is by far the most likely catastrophic accident to occur to a home. Because most insurance companies do not want to take this risk, the federal government has instituted a program to provide this insurance at subsidized rates. Flood insurance covers the damages resulting from water intrusion in your house as a result of torrential rains or other causes of flooding.
Only 20% of Americans who have a home at risk of flooding have the adequate insurance for it, so you should certainly make sure that you are part of that 20%.
Which one should you pick?
It is recommended that you obtain a combined policy that will cover both your building and content within it. In the event of a catastrophic disaster, you want to ensure you are in the best financial shape to recover and to do that you will need complete insurance.
Be sure to supplement your policy with a federal flood policy and also consider PMI costs if you are a home buyer looking to buy a home in the near future.
My name is Jaime A, I am a licensed insurance producer in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for property and casualty insurance. I am an engineer by trade, but my true passion is helping consumers save money on their monthly bills. If you would like to learn more about me, you can visit my LinkedIn profile.