5 Common Limitations of a Homeowners policy
Do you know the limitations of your homeowners insurance policy? Make sure you look into these NOW, instead of finding out the hard way - after a claim is filed.
Think your homeowners policy covers all of your jewelry? Think again! Most policies place strict limits on jewelry coverage - usually $1,500 per item, with a cap of $2,500. Other common limitations are on silverware, firearms, coins, furs, and money. For additional limits on any of these items, a 'rider' must be purchased.
Do you live in a flood plane? Not sure? Floods aern't covered by an ordinary homeowners insurance policy. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program, which is part of FEMA. The average flood policy costs about $650 per year.
Do you have a sump pump in your home/apartment? If your sump pump ever fails due to power outage or battery backup not working, you could find yourself with a flooded basement and ZERO coverage! Even if you don't have a sump pump, you still need an endorsement for "backup of sewer or drain" if you'd like that coverage.The endorsement typically runs less than $10/mo. Make sure you have it!
Actual Cash Value vs. Replacement Cost
Do you know which one your policy covers? You can choose to insure your home for either Replacement Cost (RC) or Actual Cash Value (ACV). Replacement Cost is the cost to rebuild (or repair) your home using materials of "like" kind and quality. Conversely, Actual Cash Value is the value of your home with factoring in age, depreciation, and wear & tear. ACV will pay the Replacement Cost MINUS the depreciation. We always recommend a Replacement Cost policy.
This rider is a must if your home is more than "a few" years old. It covers the cost of bringing your home into compliance with current building codes - and is often overlooked by many policy holders.
Bonus item: Home Business Coverage
This one may or may not apply to your situation, but you should be aware of the limitations regardless. Typically, there is a strict limit on coverage for business items (usually $2,500). For that reason, buying an inexpensive 'rider' is needed to fill the gap. Keep in mind, business liability coverage must be purchased separately as well.
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Note: The information in this article is designed to be a general overview of the topic. None of the information provided is to be used as a baisis for buying insurance. As always, you should talk with your agent for specific information regarding these coverages before making a buying decision.