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Homeowners Insurance- Choosing a coverage amount

January 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Finance

Homeowners insurance was created to protect homeowners in the event of disasters that threaten their homes and possessions such as fire or theft. Although these events are occurrences that most people do not even want to consider happening to them, the fact is that they do occur often throughout the country and they must be properly prepared for. Homeowner’s insurance is the best way to ensure that you are protected from unforeseen damage to your home. If a major disaster does occur, you will be extremely happy that you have decided to insure your investments.

When you choose to purchase homeowner’s insurance, an insurance company will decide how much money will be allotted to you in your homeowner’s insurance policy. The amount will depend on the value of your home. Oftentimes homeowners do not understand why the coverage amount allotted to them is less than the price they paid for their home upon purchase. This is because the price you purchased your home for is based on the overall value of the home, the land, its location, and a number of other things. Your homeowners insurance only covers the structure of the home itself, since the land is not considered damaged in the event of any damage to your home covered by the insurance (please note: in the United States homeowners insurance does not cover earthquakes).

There are a few requirements for those who wish to get homeowner’s insurance. In order to qualify for a homeowner’s insurance policy, you must own the home you are insuring and also live in it. If you own the home and are renting it out, you will not qualify for homeowner’s insurance. If you are renting a home you will qualify for renter’s insurance but not homeowner’s insurance. When shopping around for the right homeowner’s insurance policy for you, you will find that there are a number of types of homeowner’s insurance, depending on what you would like to cover. Dwelling coverage covers your home and any attached dwelling areas that you do not live in, such as your garage.

Coverage for Other Structures will cover all dwellings on your property from large storage units to garages to guest homes. Other structures can also be defined as swimming pools, hot tubs, decks, patios and other structures on your land. Personal property coverage covers the contents of your home. With personal property coverage not only is your home covered in your insurance policy but all your possessions located within the house that could be stolen or damaged in the event of a disaster are covered as well. If you have a number of expensive items within your home, this is probably a very good investment for you since you would have a number of large investments at risk in the event of a burglary, fire or other unforeseen event. Loss of Use coverage is vital if your home is left damaged so badly that you can no longer live in it. In the event of a disaster that leaves you with no home to live in, this type of homeowner’s insurance will allot you a specific amount of money to cover bills for hotel stays, meals at restaurants, etc.

It is clear that there are a number of options for anyone who wishes to invest in homeowner’s insurance depending on what they wish to insure and how much money they wish to spend on a homeowner’s insurance policy. No matter what area of the country you live in or how much you home and its contents cost, homeowner’s insurance is truly a must for anyone who owns a home. In the event of a major disaster homeowner’s insurance can be your only saving grace in preventing you from losing major amounts of money and property. If you do own a home and do not have homeowner’s insurance get in touch with an insurance provider as soon as possible to make sure the unthinkable does not happen to you. If you have never invested in homeowner’s insurance before, most local insurance agencies will be happy to have an agent sit down with you and walk you through the logistics of homeowner’s insurance. It will be one investment you will surely be glad you made.

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