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Homeowners insurance provides financial security for consumers by ensuring they are reimbursed for any damage to their home; in the event the property is destroyed, the insurance policy will pay for rebuilding the structure and replacing the contents. What does homeowners insurance cover? The answer varies from policy to policy, but essentially homeowners insurance protects your property against fire, storm damage including hail, lightning, wind, and damage to your roof from snow and ice. It covers losses due to theft, incidental damage from qualified events that damage or destroy your home’s structure, and provides basic liability insurance in case someone is injured on your property. Water damage due to frozen pipes is also covered by your homeowners insurance, but flood and sewer backups are typically not covered unless you purchase additional coverage as an endorsement to your basic policy.
Most household goods are covered, although expensive items like jewelry, firearms, precious metals, and other valuables may require additional coverage in order to provide complete reimbursement in case of loss or theft. The contents of your home are usually covered using one of two methods. Fair replacement value insurance, as its name indicates, provides you with the fair market value of your items at the time they were lost or stolen. While this usually offers some financial relief, it usually does not provide sufficient reimbursement to replace your items with new ones of similar quality. Replacement value insurance, by contrast, offers full reimbursement for identical or comparable new items at current prices, allowing homeowners to replace their lost items immediately and without difficult decisions. Additionally, most homeowners insurance policies cover reasonable living expenses in the event your home is uninhabitable due to damage from one of the events covered by your insurance policy.
Premiums for homeowners insurance are usually paid annually, and may be included as part of your monthly mortgage payment. Most insurance companies offer customer service 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure quick handling of your insurance claims. Perhaps the most important benefit of homeowners insurance is the peace of mind it affords homeowners, allowing them to be assured that they are financially protected in the event of catastrophic damage to their home or property.