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Is Homeowners Insurance Needed?

Homeowners need insurance as it protects them from costly liability suits, covers them in case of weather- or fire-related damage to their homes, also pays for losses sustained from theft. When a homeowner owes money on his house, he wants to get insurance to protect both himself and the lending company. Homeowners whose homes are completely compensated for also carry insurance to protect themselves financially.

Construction Coverage

At the minimum, all lenders require the construction of the house to be insured. Policies cover losses from fire and weather, but may not cover a building that’s damaged by earthquake or flood. Homeowners can add protection against these dangers to the policy, which will increase the premium. Conventional insurance policies cover damage from fire, smoke, hail, wind, vandalism and theft. The building is insured for its value. At a volatile housing market, worth can go up or down quickly, and it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to make sure his home is insured for its market value.

Liability Insurance Policy

Liability coverage pays claims against the homeowner for accidents on her house. A visitor may harm himself on the house and they have the right to file a claim or a lawsuit against the homeowner to cover health care expenses and damages that result from the collision. Homeowners with swimming pools pay more due to the danger the pool presents to visitors.

Private Property Coverage

While not required by the lending company, personal property coverage is frequently a part of a policy. Homeowners will need to document their possessions, with receipts, video or photographs, and keep the documents in a secure place. Making a number of newspaper or DVD copies and distributing them among family or friends who do not reside at the home is a fantastic way to protect the record of personal property. Most hazard insurance policies won’t cover expensive jewellery, art, or musical instruments except as riders to the policy. Before many insurance providers will accept the worth of the item, they may require an appraisal of the item by a specialist. Many homeowners' insurance policies do not cover business equipment located in the house; just as with jewelry or art, the insurer may demand a rider for things that are used in a house office such as copiers, faxes and computers.

Finding Insurance

Lenders may recommend a particular business, but every homeowner has the right to shop around to get a policy that can satisfy both the creditor and the proprietor. Many people today save money on their homeowner insurance coverages by bundling the policy together with the company who insures their vehicles. The lender will require the homeowner to demonstrate proof of insurance before they will finance the mortgage in the end of escrow to protect them and the homeowner from losses.


Homeowners' insurance policies have deductibles that the proprietor must satisfy before her insurance company will issue a check for the losses. Owners can save money by choosing high premiums, however some mortgage lenders have a ceiling on how high the deductibles can be. Owners will need to find out what their mortgage company requires for deductibles.

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