By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 - 01:01:16 AM.
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.
Now, this is all available to us, thanks to the advancements of the Internet. It is important to understand, however, that the elimination of an agent, means a bit more homework on your part. Things may be cheaper and easier by utilizing the power of the Internet, but you'll be missing guidance from a qualified agent. So, you'll need to take a look at what type of coverage you need, what specifically you need to cover, and how much. These are important areas of guidance that will be lacking, due to the lack of advice. So, it's important to do some due diligence, rather than just finding the best rate and going with it. It's also important to note that you should try to work with high quality insurance companies rated "A" or better. You'll more than likely be paying into a policy for years, and you'll want to make sure that company is around when you need them most. All insurance companies are not created equal, some will weasel out of claims at every chance they get, and that's why quality is so important.
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.
You can have security devices installed in your home for relatively little cost. This is highly important as it allows you keep your home protected and your insurance premiums down. This can be achieved by spending few hundreds of dollars on minor improvements and doing this can earn you special insurance discounts. Home security devices include installing a sprinkler system, fire and intruder alarm systems and upgraded dead bolts on your doors and windows. Home security monitoring packages that connect your security systems with the police and fire departments will fetch you extra discount on insurance coverage. This might be a bit more expensive to get done, but you will have peace of mind when you are sure that your home is adequately and skillfully supervised. At the same time earning yourself a price break on your home insurance.
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