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For most Americans, purchasing a home is the most significant financial investment they will ever make. In fact, the average American has over 70% of their net worth invested in their home, according to Financial Samurai. Homeowners insurance can help you protect that investment and ensure everything you have worked so hard for is protected. Located in Philadelphia, PA and offering support in Bucks County and Montgomery County and across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Freedom Insurance Group, Inc. can help you choose the right homeowners insurance plan for your situation.
Who Needs Homeowners Insurance?
No matter if you’re a first-time homebuyer or if you have already paid off your mortgage, if you own a home, you should purchase homeowners insurance. Although homeowners insurance isn’t required by law, your lender will likely require you to purchase homeowners insurance if you have a mortgage. If you take out a mortgage and don’t purchase homeowners insurance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states that your lender has the right to buy homeowners insurance and charge you monthly for the cost.
What Are the Risks Your Home Faces?
There are many things that can cause damage to your home that you should be aware of. Some of the most common risks that your home faces include:
- Weather-related roof damage
- Frozen pipe damage
- Water damage
- Lightning strikes
While these types of damage may keep you up at night, you can rest easy knowing that homeowners insurance can offer you protection.
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Most fires are devastating. Besides the emotional impact, the physical damage to your home can be significant. If you lost your home to fire, do you have adequate insurance to replace your home and its contents? Remember, inflation rates on building materials and construction costs rarely track with real estate values. As a result, rebuilding a home can often cost significantly more than expected.
Make sure your homeowners policy contains replacement cost coverage with no cap. This protects you if the cost to reconstruct your home is higher than your current limit of coverage. And, be sure that your insurance includes rebuilding your home to code. Very often, local ordinances and building codes change over time, which may require additional costs.
When your home suffers damage due to an unexpected event, your personal property is also at risk. Furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, and other personal items can also be damaged or destroyed.
Your homeowners insurance policy typically covers personal property, including the contents of your home and other personal items owned by you or family members who live with you. Make sure your homeowners policy includes replacement cost coverage for personal property so that you always receive the full cost to replace whatever item is damaged.
When there is substantial damage to your home due to unexpected events such as lightning, fire, or a storm, you may not be able to live in your home until it can be repaired or rebuilt–potentially incurring additional living expenses for lodging, food, and other daily needs.
Ensure that your homeowners insurance policy provides additional living expense or loss of use coverage to compensate you for the additional costs you incur for reasonable housing and living expenses if a covered event makes your house temporarily uninhabitable while it's being repaired or rebuilt.
Typically, there is a sublimit on homeowner insurance policies for valuable possessions, such as jewelry, furs, fine arts, and other collectibles.
Obtain a personal floater or schedule your valuable possessions to ensure you’ll have the money to replace them.
If a guest is injured while on your property, even when it’s due to a friendly game of baseball, you may be required to pay any medical expenses associated with their injury.
Your homeowners policy should include medical expenses coverage to take care of injuries and treatment - generally not of a serious nature. In the event a person is injured on your property and requires medical attention, you would be able to submit the injury-related medical expenses to your insurance carrier. Medical expenses are usually paid without a liability claim being filed against you.
In the unfortunate event that someone slips and falls while on your property, you and your family may be held liable for any injuries that result.
Your homeowners policy includes personal liability coverage to respond to incidents where injuries or damages occur to a third party where you may be deemed negligent. However, you should consider purchasing a personal umbrella or excess liability policy to provide additional coverage limits to protect your assets in case a lawsuit is brought against you.
The fun that comes with having a trampoline in your backyard can also be accompanied by serious risks, which may not be covered under your standard homeowners insurance policy since coverage varies from state to state and between insurance companies.
You should make sure your homeowners insurance policy covers your trampoline, as many insurance providers refuse to take on trampoline liability and exclude the item from coverage.
Young people are usually very active online. However, using social media and other sites can increase the possibility of them directly or indirectly damaging someone's reputation and exposing you, the parent, to a lawsuit.
Your homeowners insurance policy includes liability coverage for property damage caused by any member in the family, but likely does not cover rumors or statements that damage a reputation. You may need to seek additional coverage to include liability protection that covers personal injury or defamation.
You invite guests over for a pool party and one of your guests dives into the shallow end of the pool and is permanently injured. They hire a lawyer to represent them and after a long legal battle, you and your family are left financially responsible for their injuries. Do you have enough money in savings to cover your legal responsibilities as well as the legal defense costs?
An umbrella or excess liability policy increases your personal liability limits by adding protection over and above your current auto, boat, or homeowners policies-providing financial value and security. Excess liability insurance is available either by an endorsement to your homeowners policy or available as separate coverage.
You do not have to live near a body of water to suffer loss due to flooding. With the changing weather patterns and more damaging storms occurring around the globe, flood losses are becoming more common in places that are not normally prone to flood damage. Your homeowners policy does not cover damage from flood. Could your home be at risk?
Purchase a flood insurance policy to protect your home and covered contents from certain types of flood losses as designated by the National Flood Insurance Program. A flood policy is purchased as a separate policy through the federal program (NFIP) or through a servicing carrier known as a write your own carrier.
Owning a secondary home has the potential of increasing your liability exposures.
Be certain that you extend the liability coverage under your homeowners policy to include your secondary home. You should also consider including the secondary home under an excess liability or umbrella policy to provide for additional liability limits.
Collector or classic vehicles often have significant value and require special documentation and unique insurance coverage to ensure they are adequately protected. Even if stored on your property, they are typically not covered under your homeowners insurance.
Insure your collector cars with a specialized insurance company that focuses on and understands the unique nature of collector or classic cars and other vehicles.
If you are a connoisseur of wine, you know that it is susceptible to outside environmental exposures that can ruin it. If the collection is damaged, coverage from your homeowners policy is a possible recourse. However, the damage is only insurable if it is a covered cause of loss as outlined in your homeowners policy. A deductible would also apply.
If you have a sizable wine collection, you may want to consider scheduling the collection on your homeowners policy. Doing so expands your coverage and eliminates the deductible in case of a loss. You can also consider unique coverages for wine, such as for spoilage.
Whether entering from outside your home from a flood or from within your home’s plumbing system, water damage is the most common cause of loss to a home. Many policies exclude losses caused by backup of sewers and drains, and all unendorsed homeowner policies exclude damage caused by a flood.
Careful review is essential to protect your home and belongings from all sources of water damage. We recommend coverage solutions from insurance companies that include backup of sewers and drains. Also, identify cost efficient solutions to address the risk of flood damage in the first place.
Surprisingly, standard auto insurance does not cover personal property or contents stolen from your car.
Most homeowners policies offer an option to include off-premises theft coverage as an endorsement, which covers you for theft of your personal property away from your residence.
How Can Home Insurance Protect You?
Your homeowners insurance policy can offer you protection by providing you with coverage if something happens to your home. Depending on the limits of your policy, your homeowners insurance plan has you covered against a variety of unexpected risks ranging from fires to vandalism. Homeowners insurance may also cover the replacement of your cooling and heating systems if damaged. Freedom Insurance Group also offers add-on coverages that cover personal property in your home, including:
- Jewelry, fine arts, and collectibles
- Collectible cars
- Off-premises theft
- Personal injury
- Additional living expenses
At Freedom Insurance Group, you can create a customized plan with additional coverage to protect almost all of your belongings.
What Is Needed to Start My Quote for Home Insurance?
Freedom Insurance Group makes getting a quote for homeowners insurance easy. All you need to fill out our quote form is your name, phone number, email, and a detailed description of what we can help you with. After you submit your information, one of our agents will contact you to go over all your options. Of course, you can skip the form altogether and just give our team a call directly at 215-673-0300.
Contact Freedom Insurance Group
Since 2003, Freedom Insurance Group has been serving Philadelphia, Bucks County, and Montgomery County, and all of Pennsylvania. Licensed in New Jersey as well, our team of insurance experts can use their years of experience to help you choose a homeowners insurance policy that works for you. Contact us today to learn more about all of our insurance options.
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