Named Perils Insurance Coverage
As a policyholder, you’ll want to make sure that you fully understand what your insurance will and will not cover when you’re signing-up for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Many policies are written on a “named perils” basis, meaning that the insurer will only pay for your damaged or lost property in certain instances. For example, most insurers will not cover damages or loss that occurs as the result of a flood. Therefore, if flooding is common in your residential area, you will need to discuss obtaining additional coverage with your agent to ensure that your belongings are protected.
Insurance Policy Coverage Limits
Another subject you’ll want to address in your conversations with your independent agent is limits. All insurance policies have limits, or financial maximums that your insurer is willing to pay to repair or replace your belongings. Be sure that you are aware of these limits, and how they compare to the value of your belongings. If the limits will not cover the cost to repair or replace your valuables, you may need to ask your independent agent about higher limits or additional endorsements to ensure that your belongings are fully protected.
Policy Exclusions and Endorsements
While most homeowner’s and renter’s insurance policies contain Personal Property coverage, not all of your belongings are covered under this insurance alone. For instance, some homeowner’s policies will not cover collectibles or jewelry, or will only insure up to a certain amount (limit). To ensure that your belongings are fully covered, you may need to have an inland marine or valuable possessions endorsement added to your preexisting policy.
Insurance is complex, and understanding the perimeters of the property coverage included in your policy can be difficult. Talk to your independent agent about the contents of your home and how your current coverage protects these items. After all, they’re called valuables for a reason. For more insurance tips and information, log on to www.preferredmutual.com.