Home Insurance. Thursday , March 01st , 2018 - 21:46:28 PM
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.
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.)
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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