Home Insurance. Thursday , March 01st , 2018 - 17:20:22 PM
You may think you don’t care if you have puddles in your backyard or a tiny stream that runs for days between your flowers after a thunderstorm, but grading your yard could add value to your property, or at least lessen the negative impact water problems could have on a future sale price. If you aren’t completely sure this is the house you’ll always live in, it’s in your best interest to make your property worth as much as possible.
Review your homeowners policy and understand what it does and does not cover. Many homeowners are unaware that damage caused by flooding resulting from a hurricane is not covered by their homeowners insurance. If you live in a coastal area, even if you are not in a low-lying area, you might want to consider purchasing flood insurance. Do not wait too long to do this, as most policies are usually not effective until after 30 days.
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.