Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: Homeowners’ Insurance 101

September 1, 2019


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Buying a home is a big investment, and you’d probably like to protect that investment. That’s where insurance comes into play. Maybe you live in the Midwest where tornadoes are rampant, or maybe you live in quaint suburbia where, seemingly, nothing ever goes awry. But try to get into this mindset: anything could happen. That is the most basic reason behind homeowners’ insurance, and if you don’t know how to get started, we are here to help. Here are three important questions insurance agents are often asked. 

Is homeowners’ insurance mandatory?
If your home is financed by a mortgage lender, they may require some type of insurance to protect against natural disasters and unexpected situations. Additionally, if your home is paid off, you have the option of maintaining coverage or dropping your policy completely at your discretion. But from a financial standpoint, it may be wise to continue a policy for asset protection.  

What does “Personal Liability” mean?
This is a subset of an insurance plan which covers the cost of damages caused by those included under your policy. If someone decides to take legal action, this section is responsible for the expense of court processes and any judgments found against you (within your policy limits). There are various situations covered under this portion, so be sure to speak with your insurance agent about how much coverage you may need.

What is not covered by homeowners’ insurance?
Certain exclusions apply in all insurance policies. For example, if your car sustains damage while parked at your residence, this claim must be submitted under your auto policy, not your homeowners’ insurance. Also, whereas most natural disasters are covered, not all of them are included. Floods and earthquakes are generally not built into a homeowners’ insurance policy and must be purchased separately.

When it’s time to buy a home, don’t forget to safeguard your assets. If you have questions regarding homeowners’ insurance, contact your local WeInsure agent today.