By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Sunday, April 15th, 2018 - 08:00:28 AM.
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.
There are different kinds of coverage which go from an HO0 category which covers damage from fire, smoke, lightning, explosion and others which are very general, up to an HO5 category which covers most anything that can happen to your home. An HO5 home insurance policy will cover everything with the exception of items specifically mentioned in it, some of the items most insurance companies will not cover are floods, earthquakes and termite damage. Beware just because you buy this category of home insurance, it does not mean you are covered, the policy you buy must detail specifically what is and is not covered.
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.
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.
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