hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-02-28 00:38:12. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have hurricane deductibles, according to the institute. Some states — including Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina — offer a tax deduction for money deposited in special catastrophe savings accounts, to help homeowners set aside funds for their hurricane deductibles. Some policies offer discounts if homeowners use reinforced shutters to protect windows, or use special clips or straps to help secure roofs during storms.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-02-28 00:43:56. By grading your yard, you’ll have leveled out any problem areas, making it easier to add features like a swimming pool or fire pit. These types of projects add value to your home, especially if the houses around you already have these features. Give it a thought and maybe add this kind of renovation to the plans you have for your house when you save enough money one day.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-02-28 00:38:12. Loretta Worters, a spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute, a trade group, said some insurers include the dollar value of the deductible, along with the applicable percentage, to eliminate confusion. A hurricane deductible is distinct from the deductible for other sorts of damage to the home and usually goes into effect when a storm is categorized as a hurricane by the National Weather Service — or, in some cases, when a storm is named, even if doesn’t become a hurricane. (Some policies have separate windstorm deductibles that apply even for unnamed storms.)
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:33. Given the number of uninsured and underinsured homeowners during the 2017 natural disasters, there seems to be a disconnect between homeowners understanding their coverage and what their policy actually covers.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:31. You may think you don’t care if you have puddles in your backyard or a tiny stream that runs for days between your flowers after a thunderstorm, but grading your yard could add value to your property, or at least lessen the negative impact water problems could have on a future sale price. If you aren’t completely sure this is the house you’ll always live in, it’s in your best interest to make your property worth as much as possible.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:36. Your homeowners insurance policy might also help pay for temporary housing or living expenses if you need to live elsewhere while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. Check your policy or talk to your agent to learn about any possible coverage limits and exclusions.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:32. Drainage is one of those things that rarely comes up on a house tour. To achieve proper drainage in your yard, you’ll either have a project on your hands or a contractor’s fee to pay off, which may cause you to want to look elsewhere. So what do you do if you’re all moved in and realizing you have drainage issues? Figure out the root cause of your drainage problems, and decide from there whether you can fix it all on your own by grading your yard, or if you need to call in some professional help.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:36. Ms. Worters noted that standard homeowner policies don’t cover damage from floodwaters, even if it is caused by a hurricane’s storm surge. Homeowners must buy separate flood coverage, either through the National Flood Insurance Program or from private companies. There is often a waiting period (30 days, in the case of federal flood insurance) before flood policies take effect. Homeowners who want coverage beyond a standard flood policy can also consider extra insurance, available from excess or surplus lines insurers.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:32. In grading, you measure the slope of your yard and put grass down on top of the finished product to secure your new soil in place. The goal is to give water a place to run that will hold up long-term and protect your house’s foundation. By taking care of the issue yourself, you’ll learn how to lay seed or sod, which will make you more knowledgeable about taking care of that grass as it grows.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:34. Those 70 percent may enhance their coverage moving forward, but for them, it’s already too late. The uninsured damage has been done. If history is any indication, the key for consumers is to avoid being among this 70 percent left staring at a claim that will never be processed or only partially paid.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:35. Your homeowners insurance policy might also help pay for temporary housing or living expenses if you need to live elsewhere while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. Check your policy or talk to your agent to learn about any possible coverage limits and exclusions.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-01 08:27:37. News headlines in 2017 were dominated for weeks at a time with coverage of natural disasters striking parts of the United States — from Hurricane Harvey flooding homes in Houston, to Hurricane Irma destroying houses in Florida, to wildfires decimating swaths of homes in California. All told, the costs of these incidents are likely to make 2017 the costliest year on record for natural disasters.
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