You never know if and when something will happen — whether it’s a big catastrophe or something less destructive – so you need to be prepared! It’s essential to choose the right company, the right price, and the right coverage for your specific situation. Keep in mind, homeowners’ insurance is really a collection of different kinds of coverage such as fire, theft, liability, and windstorm wrapped up into a single policy. As a homeowner it’s always a good idea review these steps, so you have the right coverage for YOU!
How Do You Determine Coverage?
Your coverage should be based on the square footage of your home, but it must also factor in how much it will cost per square foot to rebuild in case of disaster. Your insurance company will most likely require you to purchase coverage that insures 80% of the replacement value of the home. Be sure to take into consideration everything that you have inside the home, which will also need to be replaced in the event of disaster.
Do You Have Enough Coverage?
Get current information about what your home is worth today, and how much it would cost to rebuild it. With the rising cost of building materials, you may want to consider going higher than your insurance company may suggest. Make sure that your deductible is set at a price that you can afford in the event that you must rebuild or do extensive repairs to your home. If you’ve got a special art collection or a home office with equipment and supplies, you should be sure to let your agent know so that they can inform you about any additional riders that might be necessary.
What About Sewer Backup Coverage?
With all the rain we’ve been having, it’s a REALLY good idea to investigate sewer line backup coverage.
A standard water or sewer backup coverage endorsement reimburses you for water damage to the structure of your home or personal property if it’s discharged or overflows from the following: sewer or drain, sump, sump pump, or related equipment, even if the overflow or discharge occurred because of mechanical issues.
Being covered for water damage from a flood in your basement is different than having flood insurance. Talk to your insurance agent about the difference and make sure you’re covered if you end up with water in your basement, which is unfortunately very common in this area.
Do You Need to Upgrade?
For current homeowners, meet with your insurance agent to discuss what coverage you have now and let them know about any new home improvements or any new possessions that should be included in your policy. Your agent will come out and document these upgrades, take photographs, and let you know if you will need additional coverage.
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