Although homeowners insurance is not legally required – unless you have a mortgage – it is truly a necessity. In short, home insurance protects both your home and belongings from covered perils like damage and theft.
What is Covered By Homeowners Insurance
In the event of a covered incident such as fire, hurricanes, vandalism, and lightning your insurer will pay for your house to be repaired or rebuilt up to your policy limits. Bear in mind that destruction from earthquakes, floods, and improper home maintenance is not likely to be covered. If your home has any free-standing structures like a garage or sheds these may need a separate policy to be covered. Contents inside your home including furniture, art, jewelry, appliances, clothing, and electronics are covered if destroyed during a covered disaster. Most policies will provide coverage on your belongings for between 50% to 70% of your home structure’s cost. For example, if your home is insured for $200,000 then there would be up to $140,000 of coverage for your personal belongings.
Liability coverage protects you from being sued by third parties due to accidents that happen at your house. Examples include a repairperson slipping on icy steps, a dog biting a neighbor, and more. The more possessions you own and the higher value they possess, the more liability insurance that you’ll want to purchase.
At Wai Cheng Insurance Inc. in Bay Area, CA our talented team of insurance professionals knows the insurance market better than the rest and are happy to help with all your home insurance needs. We’ll create a customized insurance policy that ensures your home, possessions, and interests are protected should a claim ever need to be filed.