By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Monday, March 26th, 2018 - 20:01:04 PM.
Your home is definitely one of your most valuable assets or investments, if not the most valuable. In this regard, a lot of home owners actually prefer getting homeowners insurance policies. Nonetheless, you must also know that getting a home insurance policy can be a little tricky. In fact, with the proliferation of companies offering policies for home insurance, the competition is getting more and more intense. And each company offers different packages and perks as bait to potential customers. In the same manner, as you scout for a home insurance policy that will suitable for you, you will also find out that there are actually a lot of options as to the different types of policies.
Taking the first step in purchasing adequate home insurance, is even more important when you own a home. With home values still close to all-time highs, our homes are not only the place we live, but also our largest investment. Our families rely on the sanctity of our homes. With natural disasters so prevalent these days, it should be a reminder to us that we should have full home insurance coverage. If you live in a flood or an earthquake zone, make sure that you have either flood or earthquake coverage. Many home insurers don't include this type of coverage in their policies. If you can't purchase it as a rider within your policy, you have access to coverage through government protection. Home insurance protects against liability, as well as disaster. This is very important, as protecting you, your family, and friends from these issues should be paramount.
Home insurance for tenants is 3 times cheaper. If you rent a home, you can benefit from lower home insurance costs since you do not need all the coverages that a homeowner would need. Typical tenant insurance policy would be covering your liability (e.g. if you flood people who live under your unit) and contents of your home (e.g. expensive electronics, items of art, rare collection items). Average rental insurance costs in Ontario are $252/year ($21/month). Tenants insurance in other provinces would be comparable in terms of costs: $33/month in Quebec and $25/month in Alberta.
Many variables define home insurance costs. There are several factors that can increase your home insurance rate and they are important to consider when purchasing a home. Such factors include fireplaces or wood stoves, swimming pools, oil-based heating systems, old wiring, commercial zoning, old pipes and poor / old roofing. Your garden and trees can have an impact too, since large trees pose a risk of falling on the home. Also your claim history is considered when getting a home insurance policy. If you have a rich history of claims, some insurance companies may consider you to be a high-risk customer resulting either in higher premiums or refusal to issue an insurance policy.
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