Home Insurance. Sunday , February 25th , 2018 - 19:16:57 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.
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.
Our homes are our sanctuaries, so it can be devastating to be a victim of a burglary. Statistics show that burglary is a fairly common crime, with the FBI reporting an estimated more than 1.5 million burglaries throughout the United States in 2015, the most recent year for which numbers are available. Although it is natural to assume higher crime areas are more at risk, even the safest neighborhoods are vulnerable. There are steps you can take to make your home less of a target for opportunistic thieves, including installing a home security system.
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