Home Insurance. Thursday , February 22nd , 2018 - 17:15:31 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.
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.
The first, and easiest, step for policyholders to avoid an unpaid natural disaster claim is to call their insurance agent or company and ask about their coverage. If a policyholder is in an area where hurricanes are prevalent, they should be asking questions specific to hurricane scenarios. Are they covered in the event of water damage from a flood? What about wind damage? What are the policy’s limits on rebuilding or repairing? Additionally, the consumer should confirm that the full value of their home is properly insured.
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