By Durand. Home Insurance. Published at Sunday, April 15th, 2018 - 21:53:11 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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