When you need to get a homeowners insurance policy, either to replace your old policy or you need homeowners insurance for your first home, there are certain elements you will want for a quality policy. For those who want full coverage for their home, there are some elements of a homeowners insurance you will want to make sure are included in your policy. When you are looking for new homeowner’s insurance, Signet Insurance Group will share the key elements of a great homeowner’s insurance policy.
Property coverage is a core component of a homeowners insurance policy. It protects your home and other structures on your property from damage or loss due to events such as fire, lightning, windstorms, hail, or theft if covered. Depending on your final policy, property coverage may also include coverage for damage caused by water damage from burst pipes or appliances, falling debris and more. The amount of coverage you need will depend on the value of your property and the cost of rebuilding your home in the event there is a total loss.
Liability coverage is another important element of homeowners insurance. It provides financial protection in the event someone is injured on your property or if any household member causes damage to another person’s property. Liability coverage will help pay for medical expenses, legal fees, and other costs associated with a lawsuit. As homeowner policies will vary, know that most provide a minimum of $100,000 in liability coverage, but you may want to consider increasing this amount to better protect your personal assets.
Personal Property Coverage
A personal property coverage provides protection of your personal belongings, which includes things like furniture, electronics, clothing, and other items. If your personal belongings are ever damaged or stolen, your homeowners insurance can help cover the cost of repair or replacement of the items. The amount of personal property coverage you need will depend on the value of your belongings.
Additional Living Expenses Coverage
If your home is damaged and becomes hazardous to live in, you will need to be temporarily relocated while repairs or restorations are being done to your home. Additional living expenses is a type of coverage that can help pay for the cost of the temporary housing, meals, and other expenses while you are displaced from your home.
Optional Homeowners Insurance Coverage
Along with a standard coverage of a homeowners policy, there are a number of optional coverages you can add to your policy. Some examples of optional coverage you may want to consider adding are either flood insurance for those who live in a flood-prone area, or earthquake insurance if you live in an area prone to earthquakes. You may also want to consider adding personal “umbrella liability insurance.” Umbrella liability insurance provides additional liability coverage above and beyond the limits of your standard policy. Optional coverage can be customized to fit your specific needs and budget.
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