hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-08 19:21:12. The Atlantic hurricane season is a little more than two weeks away, so now is a good time for homeowners along the coast to check their insurance coverage. The annual hurricane season runs for six months, from June through November. “A good place to start is your deductible,” said Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders, an advocacy group that works on behalf of consumers with insurance. “It’s really helpful to know what the dollar amount is.”
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-08 19:21:13. 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, 2018-03-08 19:21:13. 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.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:23. Don’t put off grading your yard if you notice signs of bad drainage. Repairing your landscaping and the foundation of your house will prove to be much more expensive than fixing the immediate drainage problem, and once it’s fixed, you could make your house worth more. Grading will help you sleep better at night when that next thunderstorm rolls in, because you’ll know the water will be successfully diverted away from your house.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:24. Losing a home to a wildfire can be a frightening and emotional experience. Knowing what your homeowners insurance policy covers and being prepared with a home inventory can help with your peace of mind, particularly if you live in an area that is at a higher risk.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:27. If you live in an area or state that is at a higher risk for wildfires, it’s important to make sure that your home inventory is kept up to date, and is stored in a safe location-consider keeping a copy in a secure digital location “in the cloud” so that even if your computer or laptop are damaged, you’ll still be able to access a copy. A safe deposit box or a fire-resistant safe are two options for physical copies.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:24. 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, 2018-03-05 10:17:27. 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, 2018-03-05 10:17:27. The Atlantic hurricane season is a little more than two weeks away, so now is a good time for homeowners along the coast to check their insurance coverage. The annual hurricane season runs for six months, from June through November. “A good place to start is your deductible,” said Amy Bach, executive director of United Policyholders, an advocacy group that works on behalf of consumers with insurance. “It’s really helpful to know what the dollar amount is.”
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:26. Here are three reasons to look into grading your yard sooner rather than later. Any land with a sloping hill leading into your property is going to cause water to drain into your yard or driveway. That water will eventually wear away your landscaping, leaving rivers between your bushes or pools of water in your backyard and potentially causing flooding problems in your basement. If you don’t fix the problem as soon as you recognize it, your property will be eaten away by water erosion, leading to a more expensive future project of having to bring soil in and re-landscape your entire yard.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:25. The control panel is used to arm and disarm the system. If the system is armed and one of the circuits on the window or door sensors is interrupted, an alarm sounds. If it is a professionally monitored system, that alarm also notifies the alarm company that there has been a breach. The alarm company then follows a set of procedures, including contacting the homeowner or emergency contact to make sure it is not a false alarm, and then the authorities (fire or police) are called.
hasna afsheen Home Insurance, 2018-03-05 10:17:24. But even with eye-opening photos of these disasters populating our phones, computer screens and newspapers, there still seems to be a sense of complacency among consumers when it comes to taking action to ensure they are properly covered in the event a natural disaster hits their own home. Given the prevalence of natural disasters in 2017, Clearsurance published a report after surveying 1,000 participants to learn if they have taken any steps in the last six months to uncover possible insurance gaps.
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