By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Thursday, November 30th, 2017 - 18:32:17 PM.
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.
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.
This is essentially why before you sign an agreement with a company for a certain home insurance policy, it is very important that you do your research about home insurance policies and your available options first. Gather enough information as the rudiments of every policy as well the company offering it. Getting quotes from various companies is as equally important as well. In this regard, here are some information about your options when it comes to the different types of policies that are available for home insurance purposes. The most basic of all the home owners policies is the HO-1 or Homeowners Basic Policy-1. Essentially, this type of home insurance policy will cover your house as well as the fixtures included in it. So if in case or by any accident, your house is damage by fire, theft or natural weather occurrences, this policy will be able to cover for the expenses.
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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