Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 11:26:37 AM. Home Insurance. By Durand.
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 policies change for different types of properties. Tenant insurance (also called renter's insurance) only covers the contents of a rented house and, depending on the policy, liability. The homeowner's coverage, on the other hand, is focused on the insurance of the building itself to ensure protection in instances that are related to natural hazards, fire or earthquake, or due to unlawful human activities like vandalism. Home insurance covers the rebuild value of a dwelling, but not the market value, which is, in fact, higher. That is why, when the property has undergone some damages, the insurance provider will carry the rebuilding costs so the policyholder is able to restore a corresponding property. This chart features the average premiums for rented and homeowner's insurance in Alberta and Canada. As the chart shows, owned property insurance is, on average, higher than the renter's policy.
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