By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Saturday, November 25th, 2017 - 18:31:01 PM.
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.
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.
Provincial differences do exist. Coverage costs vary by province because each province has its own unique challenges. Average insurance in Ontario are not typically impacted by things like earthquake coverage but the same cannot be said of British Columbia, for example. In Canada, overland flooding is a separate area for insurance and insurers are not typically willing to cover this risk. As an example, an average home insurance premium in Alberta is ~$900/year for homeowners. Quebec homeowners pay on average ~$840/year in home insurance costs.
Another option you can try is the third type of homeowner insurance which is the HO-3. This is actually termed as the Special HO Policy. Unlike the other policies, this type specifically focuses on the structure of your house. More so, it is able to cover all the hazards that can cause damage to your house-except those hazards which are particularly cited by the insurance company from which you will buy the policy. On the other hand, if you want a total package, then you should do for the HO 5. This is actually the most extensive of all the homeowners insurance policies. And that is also why this is also the most expensive of all of them. This type of home insurance policy will give your home protection against practically every factor that might damage your house. The only exemptions are war, earthquakes as well as floods. The thing with this type of home insurance policy though is that not all insurance policies carry it.
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