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Mortgage bankers call this protection “Hazard Insurance.” A Homeowner’s Insurance package also includes financial compensation to help after an insured loss if you are displaced from your residence. Homeowner’s insurance additionally has Personal Liability protection from lawsuits caused by accidental damage or injury that you, your family members or your pets cause.
Flooding is an excluded peril from home insurance but can be obtained with a separate Flood Insurance policy.
An Overview of Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage
House – Provides protection up to your limit for damage or destruction of your house. If you have a mortgage, this coverage is also referred to as “Hazard Insurance” and is the part of your homeowner’s policy required by your bank loan. Perils include: Fire, Tornado, Lightning and Vandalism among others. Insurance protection for your home can be based on either “Actual Cash Value” or “Replacement Cost” as a basis of settlement (See “Cost Confusion?” essay to help understand.).
Secondary Structures – Provides protection for sheds, detached garages and other buildings on your home-site. Generally this is limited to 10% of your main house limit, but can be increased, if needed.
Contents – Provides protection for your clothes, appliances, furniture and other possessions at your residence. Generally limited to 40% to 60% of your main house limit, but can be increased, if needed.
Off-Premise Contents – Worldwide protection of your personal property away from your residence. It is generally limited to 10% of your Contents coverage. An example would be a theft from your motel room while you are on vacation.
Loss of Use / Living Expenses – Pays for additional expenses you incur if you are displaced after an insured event (example: house fire) because your residency is not habitable. It is generally limited to 10% to 20% of your dwelling coverage.
Personal Liability – Protects you from lawsuits caused by accidental property damage or injury caused by you, your family members and acts of your pets. An example would be your dog getting loose and biting a neighbor’s child.
Guest Medical – Provides for medical payments for other people injured at your residence. It is generally limited to $1,000 but can be higher. An example would be a visiting friend slips on your entry rug and breaks an arm incurring a $500 emergency room bill.
Some Typical Coverage Limitations
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After the Storm – tips if your home is damaged