Q: What is homeowners insurance and what does it cover?
A: Originally, a standard homeowners policy covered only the risk of fire. Today’s homeowner policies provide protection against a number of the “perils” of modern life. A typical policy can provide protection for the following:
- Home: The physical dwelling structure.
- Other structures: A detached garage, tool shed, etc.
- Personal property: The contents of the home, such as furniture, appliances or clothing.
- Loss of use or additional living expense: If a home is damaged by a covered peril, loss-of-use coverage helps meet the costs of hotel bills, eating out, and other living expenses while the home is being repaired.
- Personal liability: Provides protection against legal liability for bodily injury or property damage if a third party is accidentally injured.
- Medical payments: Also known as guest-medical payments, this section provides coverage if a third party is accidentally injured and needs medical treatment.
The standard homeowner policy specifically excludes a number of perils from coverage. Policy coverage of these excluded perils can generally be added through an endorsement and payment of an additional premium. Typical policy exclusions might include:
- Ordinance of law
- Earth movement
- Water damage
- Flood damage
Insurance agents can help provide answers to detailed questions about a particular policy and can ensure you have the proper coverage in place.
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