How Much Homeowners Insurance Coverage Should You Have?

By: Gary Milton
The cost of actually replacing your home should you need to rebuild it, is the total amount of cover that you should apply for. In today's market, the cost of rebuilding your home may be greater than it was to actually build the home previously. Applicant's of home insurance cover should seriously consider buying extra cover over and above the basic replacement value.

Your homeowner's insurance policy can be protection for your home if it is damaged in almost any way. It can be a lifesaver in the event of theft, fire, vandalism, an explosion, or wind damage. If your home is not up to the standard to be able to live in it then you are able to use the homeowner's insurance to pay for alternative accomodation whilst your home is being repaired.

There may be some losses which are not covered by your homeowner's insurance and your insurance agent will inform you about these uncovered losses. Living in any location that is deemed as being high risk due to the high probability of natural disasters, your insurance company may send you to the government for additional protection. There are funds that are sponsored by the government for natutal disasters such as the Wind Pool fund, this could even be available where you live. If you plan to move to or if you already live in a high risk state like Alabama, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, or North and South Carolina you may want to consider buying wind storm insurance.

It should be noted that homeowner's insurance does not include cover against any potential floods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Destruction caused by high waters or a flash flood, which means if water penetrates your home the flood insurance will cover the damages instead of homeowner's insurance. Ask if your home is in a high risk area and adjust your coverage to cover the possible flood damages.

The priority of homeowner's insurance is to cover the policy holder against any potential financial loss for nearly any reason. It is of utmost importance to review your policy on a regular basis. It is up to the homeowner to keep adequate coverage by adding coverage for improvements or remodeling or the purchase of new furnishings. Rising home prices and inflation also need to be taken into consideration. A home purchased in 1980 may be worth 3 or 4 times the original purchase price in 2008. A home built in the 70's or 80's might have different building codes in the 21st century. Building materials definately cost a higher amount than they did during that time. Protecting your family's home is one of the most important things you can do for them. To assure them and also your own self, homeowner's insurance is the best way to show everyone that your home will always be protected.
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