By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 - 18:30:26 PM.
Back in the day, getting a home insurance quote would involve calling your existing insurance company, dealing with your agent, and taking whatever rate was offered to you. Well, it no longer has to be that way. You can get an online home insurance quote with relative ease these days. What's more, you can get multiple quotes from multiple insurers. This puts you at a significant advantage, allowing you to shop for the best available home insurance quote. And of course this can also be done for renters insurance, car insurance, or for whatever other insurance needs you may have.
When you buy your first home it is normal that the bank lending you the money to make the purchase requires that you buy a home insurance policy that will cover at least the amount that they lent you to buy it. The bank is looking out for its own interests, not yours so when you do buy your first home through a mortgage make sure that you get enough coverage to protect yourself too. Many banks will give you a home insurance policy to sign when they are ready to give you the loan, go over it and find out what is in it for you in case something happens and your house is destroyed or damaged. If you are not protected, get them to change the policy before signing it.
Aside from the circumstances mentioned above, this type of home insurance policy will cover your house as well as the other valuable items inside it against 10 different types of peril as declared in the agreement. The thing with this type of policy though is that a lot of companies have already discontinued offering it because they found it to be redundant in many states. The second type of home insurance policy is the HO-2. This is actually a little more comprehensive than the first type of policy since it widened its coverage to as much as 16 different perils or causes of damage to your house as well as the fixtures and valuable items therein. For instance, this type of policy already covers the damages that are due to plumbing, heating, ice/sleet, power outages and AC. And if you happen to be situated in a freezing area, then this policy can be a good choice for you.
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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