Home Insurance Explained To Help Protect Your Largest Asset

by Hank Coleman

Home Insurance Explained To Help Protect Your Largest AssetHome insurance is an essential expense, given the exorbitant cost of living in this present world. After having investing heavily in a new house, it is important for homeowners to plan for any unexpected repairs that may be required to ensure the structural stability and usability of the house. It is also equally important to secure personal possessions at all times.

There are several types and levels of home insurance spanning coverage for the structure, contents, utilities, natural disasters and so on. The value of the policy varies and is usually based on the nature and extent of cover opted for. While the responsibility of insuring the building or structure largely lies with the owner of the property, insurance home contents is equally important for both owners and tenants.

Home Insurance – Insuring Home Structure

Buying a home insurance policy to cover structural damages in the property is essential, given the need to maintain the home comfortable, safe and secure at all times. Buildings are often damaged by natural calamities, fire accidents or sporadic incidents of arson or looting in a given locality. Repairs, however, may be mandatory, given the extent of damage and it may prove costly as well. Suitable home insurance at a reasonable premium helps owners restore their living space without having to worry about the costs of repair.

Age of the building, its stability, and market value determine the value of insurance cover. Adequate safety and security features, and insurance excess help keep premiums low, making the cover affordable for members belonging to different society stratas.

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Insuring Home Contents

Precious personal possessions, expensive home appliances and electronic devices, designer décor, art pieces, antique furniture and even clothes and utensils need cover, especially when faced with the worst natural calamities. Content insurance help address this need; however, not all schemes cover all types of content. Do read the small print and assess insurance requirements before opting for a suitable insurance scheme.

Miscellaneous Cover

Optional emergency cover to address damages in the utility infrastructure of homes such as heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing installations is also available to remedy such problems in a cost-effective manner.

Insurance providers may offer home content insurance at discounted rates, in case, a buyer opts for a building insurance, resulting in a cost-effective bundle offer. It is, however, important to read through the exceptions and exemptions before opting for a suitable home insurance policy.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]MoneyQandA.com.

Hank Coleman has written 581 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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