By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - 19:21:18 PM.
When dealing with the aftermath of a disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or fire, one of the first steps you will take is to contact your home insurance company in order to file a claim. But having an insurance policy and filing a claim is not a recipe for total reimbursement; sometimes, home insurance claims get denied. One way to help ensure that your important claims are not denied is to learn the many different reasons that could cause an insurance company to deny it. While the following list is definitely not exhaustive, it does share many of the most common reasons for denied claims.
Home insurance refers to the coverage and protection of a private residence. It is not important if you live in a high rise apartment or in a farm somewhere, in an island or in the city. It is up to you to decide what you want to cover with your policy and the amount you have to pay will depend on the location and condition your home is in. If your home is located in an area where there is a lot of crime and break-ins, you might have to pay more than usual for theft and vandalism protection. If you are electric system is not in tip top shape, the insurance company will charge you more for fire protection or will ask you to fix it before insuring 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.
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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