You’ve just moved into your new home, and you’re excited to get started on the renovations. But before you can start painting walls and hanging picture frames, there are some things that need to be taken care of first: getting homeowners insurance.
The right policy can protect your property from damage and loss during an emergency so you don’t have to worry about paying out of pocket for repairs or replacing belongings that were damaged by water or fire—all while saving money over time because it’s cheaper than buying replacement items outright. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right homeowners insurance policy for your situation:
Decide What Kind of Policy You Need
The first thing you need to do when selecting the right homeowners insurance policy for your situation is decide what kind of policy you need.
- Replacement Cost: This type of policy pays out the actual cash value of your belongings if they’re stolen or damaged by fire, water damage, or other natural disasters. It’s best for people who have expensive items in their home that they don’t want replaced with new ones if they get destroyed during an accident (like a flood).
- Actual Cash Value: This type of policy pays out the sum insured minus any deductible amount—so if all else fails and something happens at home that costs more than $10K then this won’t cover anything beyond its limits (again, assuming there aren’t any other requirements). It’s great if someone has valuable memorabilia that could easily be lost through damage from fire or theft; however it might not be ideal for everyone since there are some things such as jewelry which aren’t worth much per se but still add up over time—and thus would end up costing more than expected due to depreciation alone!
There are pros & cons associated with each type so make sure before making your final decision!
Make Sure Your Coverage Is Adequate
The amount of coverage you need depends on your situation. For example, let’s say that your home is worth $500,000 and you live in it alone with no children or pets. In this case, the average homeowner’s policy covers $200k of damage from any one event (a fire or flood). However, if you have a mortgage on top of that house debt (which could be anywhere from 20% to 100%), then there will be additional costs for repairs after an event occurs.
If all else fails and none of these options work out for you—or even if they do—you may want to consider purchasing specialty coverage such as earthquake insurance which can help protect against many types of natural disasters including earthquakes/tremors/earthquakes plus other perils such as hurricanes/tornadoes/floods etcetera!
Consider Your Deductible
Your deductible is the amount you pay before your insurance company pays. It can be set at any level, but if it’s low and there are high claims on your policy with a low cost of living in your area, then this could lead to higher premiums. If it’s set too high and there are few claims on the policy with an average cost of living in an area with lower incomes than other areas, then this could mean lower premiums.
In general speaking: The lower your deductible is set (the more money it costs), the higher your premium will be because more money goes toward paying out claims instead of keeping up with them through rising premiums over time
Choose Between Actual Cash Value and Replacement Cost
If you’re looking to protect your home, it’s important to consider the difference between actual cash value and replacement cost. Actual cash value is the cost of replacing an item with a new one. If you have a brick fireplace that was damaged in a fire, it would be considered “destroyed” and thus covered by actual cash value coverage.
Replacement cost is when insurance companies pay for something out of pocket—you don’t receive anything from them unless there’s damage or loss (which would then mean paying for repairs). It can be more expensive because it costs money upfront but also provides more protection if something happens at home because there is no limit on what they will pay out in damages.
The right homeowners insurance policy can save you money, help you move on quickly after disaster strikes and give you peace of mind.
If you’re thinking about buying homeowners insurance, consider these three things:
- Can I recover from a disaster?
- Can I move on after a disaster?
- Am I prepared for anything that happens in my house or yard without having to pay extra for it?
Now that you know what to look for in a homeowners insurance policy, it’s time to make your choice. You can start by reviewing the information and resources on this page to help you choose one that fits your needs—or just call us at 1-800-555-4242 and we’ll help you out!