By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Thursday, April 19th, 2018 - 09:29:22 AM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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