Home Insurance. Monday , February 19th , 2018 - 17:25:00 PM
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.
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.
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.
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