A home is a big investment and one thing that you will be required to have if you finance your home is homeowners insurance. This type of insurance covers your home and property in case of damage or disaster. There are dozens of things that can happen that can directly or indirectly affect your home and if you are not able to pay for repairs or replacements, then you could be left in a financial hole.
Any home owner, whether it is a home, condo, townhome, or a single family home, need to have a homeowners policy. It will cover the structure of your home, as well as the items that are inside the home. In addition, you will have liability protection that can protect you financially in case someone is injured or killed in an accident in your home or on your property. A typical policy includes property damage coverage in addition to liability coverage.
An insurance policy is basically a contract between you and the insurance company. The contract ensures that costs that may be incurred from repairing or replacing the home in case of a covered event will be paid. Flooding or earthquakes are not normally covered, so you will need to get an additional policy to cover these types of events. The contract states that the insurance company will pay for repairs or replacement, as long as the homeowner pays their premiums for a specific period of time. If an event occurs, the insurance provider will come and assess what damage that you have and will help to repair or replace the damaged areas.
Types of Coverage
There are five kinds of damages that are covered by homeowner’s insurance. These include damage to the home, damage to other structures, damage or loss of personal property in the home or on the property, and for the loss of use of the home and living expenses that can occur if you are not able to stay in your home. There are additional coverage options as well to cover normal repairs, tree damage, and even identity theft protection.
Life is unpredictable. That is why you want to be sure that you get insurance coverage that will cover the biggest investment you will make – that of your home.