Home Insurance. Thursday , March 01st , 2018 - 15:50:38 PM
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.
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.
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.)