What Is a Homeowners Insurance Policy?
A homeowners insurance can be defined as a form of property insurance that’s designed to protect your home against any damages to your house, or to the possessions in your home. Homeowners insurance also does provide liability coverage against any accidents in your home. In other words, homeowners insurance protects you, the homeowner, against damages, fires, loss from theft, storms, and such other things which can cause damages to your property or home.
What the homeowners insurance covers (or protects against), is stated in a written homeowners insurance policy. Most homeowners insurance policies cover the home and the possessions in that home, like clothing, furniture and appliances. Most homeowners insurance policies also cover medical payments, and any moneys which you’d have to pay in case somebody got hurt while at your home or on your property.
How to Prep and Prepare For Your Homeowners Insurance Policy
You do not have to own a home in order to learn about homeowners insurance policy. Many landlords today actually require the tenants to have the coverage, but whether it is required or not, it is wise to learn about it and have the protection. Well, if you are first time homeowner, you have come to the right place, we are going to give you a step by step guide on what you need to know, walk you through all the basics, and educate you on how to prep and prepare for your homeowners insurance policy. Let’s get started;
1. Understand Your Homeowners Insurance Policy
Before you purchase a homeowners insurance policy, you need to learn and understand all of its’ legal language,coverage sections, insurance forms,among such others. You should have a good understanding of exactly what it says. Understanding your homeowners insurance policy coverage is rather crucial. Whether you want to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal on your homeowners insurance, or to determine if you need additional coverage in order to fully protect your property and possessions, or to prep and prepare to file a claim/lawsuit, you need to know and clearly understand what the actual terms of that particular homeowners insurance policy are.
2. The Property and Possessions Covered By Your Homeowners Insurance Policy
When prepping for a homeowners insurance policy, you need to put into consideration the property and possessions covered by the policy. Here are some of things you need to keep in mind when you are insuring your belongings;
-Check limits of your insurance policy on personal belongings or items such as silverware, jewelry, furs, computer equipment, among others. If the policy limits are way too low, you should consider purchasing a floater, or special personal property endorsement. An endorsement is basically an addition to the policy. It is a form of insurance which allows you to have valuable items insured separately.
-Make a good inventory of every single thing you own/possess in your home, or on the property. You can write down all the major valuable items you own, along with any available information, like serial numbers, make or/or model numbers, purchase prices, date of purchase, and present value of the item(s).
-Document the inventory; You can take video clips or pictures of the items, and then attach the receipts to the inventory. Store your inventory and the visual records somewhere safe, preferably away from your home/property, like in a deposit box. (Remember to update your inventory whenever you make any major purchases).
One of the most vital things you can do in order to safeguard your property, possessions and home, is to know/understand that your homeowners insurance policy is a contract, and you should know exactly what’s in it.
3. Make a Checklist
As a first time homeowner, you need check on the insurance early. When purchasing a house, the insurance process will be much smoother if you check with the insurance agency or company first, to find out the price of the policy and what can be insured. Make sure you purchase the actual amount of insurance that you need. You should take the time to fully and properly insure your property/home. Ensure you have got enough coverage to;
-Fully rebuild your home in case it ever gets destroyed by a fire, storm or any other insured disaster.
-Fully replace everything in the house.
-Protect your possessions/assets in case someone gets injured while on your property.
As with any other insurance policy, homeowners insurance policies are under appreciated til they are actually needed, and that’s when they instantly become a magical blessing. As a first time homeowner, getting yourself fully set up with a proper homeowners insurance policy, can go quite a long way towards making your home/property a truly comfortable and secure place.