Home Insurance. Thursday , February 22nd , 2018 - 02:43:28 AM
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.
Most homeowner insurance policies for coastal properties now have separate deductibles for damage caused by hurricanes, and the amounts are usually based on a percentage of the home’s insured value, rather than a flat dollar fee. Details of a policy’s hurricane deductible will typically be explained on the policy’s “declarations” page. Ms. Bach suggests that consumers call their insurance agent if they don’t fully understand what their policy requires, so they can plan for out-of-pocket costs in the event of a storm.
However, if you feel overwhelmed thinking about this and don’t want to risk making a mistake that’ll hurt your property, call a contractor to come over and give his opinion on what needs to be done. A steep slope or difficult soil may make it difficult to level on your own without heavy-duty equipment. The contractor will be able to work with you to ensure the problem is solved, so if you have the money to pay them, it’s a great option to consider.
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