Getting the right type and amount of insurance can help you recover more quickly from disaster and avoid years of financial challenges.
A homeowner’s insurance policy generally provides these areas of coverage:
The insurance industry identifies the cause of loss, such as fire or theft, as a “peril.” Check your policy to determine which perils are covered.
Review whether property insurance policies cover actual cash value or replacement cost. Be sure you understand deductibles, waiting periods before coverage begins, and procedures for notification of insurers when a loss occurs. Ask your insurance professional about potential discounts, incentives, or other savings available on the cost of your policy.
Contact your insurance company or professional agent every year for an insurance checkup to ensure your coverage keeps pace with your needs, belongings, and the perils you face.
If it can rain where you live, it can flood where you live. If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, you are also at risk from saltwater flooding. Losses caused by flooding may not be covered by standard homeowners’ insurance policies. Tell your insurance professional that you need flood insurance coverage, even if you are not in the highest-risk areas for flooding.
You can purchase flood insurance coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program. Coverage for other hazards like mold may be part of the basic property insurance, but the amount of loss payable under the policy may be limited.
If you can’t find an insurance company that offers a policy that meets your needs, contact your state insurance department for referrals or information on what coverage is available from your state’s involuntary market, shared market, or a state-backed plan.
Create and maintain a current home inventory to determine the correct amount of insurance to purchase and help make the claims process efficient and swift.
You may be entitled to tax credits or deductions for casualty losses, so documentation is key.