Do you find homeowners insurance confusing? Most people do. This column addresses the five most common questions about homeowners insurance.
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1) How much should my homeowners insurance cost?
The cost of homeowners insurance is based on the risk of the home being damaged and the cost of replacing the home. To assess these points, insurance companies use a number of different data points. Some of the data points include items such as, your:
- Education level
- Marital status
- Credit score
- Homes estimated value
- Condition of the home
Some of these factors probably seem like they’re irrelevant. However, these are items that have been proven over time to correlate with how frequently insurance claims are filed.
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2) Which homeowners insurance companies are the best?
Surprisingly, good insurance doesn’t have to be expensive. However, insurance is definitely a buyer beware type of product. When you search on the web, generally speaking, everything you read is biased. For example, many reviews are paid for. Therefore, reviews will tell you the best companies are those that pay them the most money. Unfortunately, how much money they’re going make when you buy the insurance isn’t a good indicator of how good that company will be for you.
ValChoice was founded specifically to address this problem. That’s why we grade every auto and home insurance company in every state. Surprisingly, the best homeowners insurance companies are very likely companies you’ve never heard of. That’s because they don’t advertise. Instead, they focus on keeping customers happy. Just click the button below to find the best homeowners insurance companies in your state.
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3) Does my mortgage payment or mortgage insurance cover homeowners insurance?
No. You buy homeowners insurance independent of the mortgage. This is true even if you have Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI). PMI is to protect the lender, not you. PMI protects the lender in the case that you stop making mortgage payments.
4) Do I have to buy homeowners insurance?
Not always. If your house is paid for, homeowners insurance is optional. However, if you have a mortgage, the lender will likely require you to have insurance. Therefore, insurance on your home is not required by law – like car insurance. Instead, it’s required as part of the business transaction to get a loan on the home.
5) Does homeowners insurance cover water damage?
Water damage can be tricky. Therefore, we will start with the black and white, then move to the gray areas.
Flood water. No. Homeowners insurance will not cover flood water. you must have separate flood insurance for this type of damage. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the flood water is from the ocean, a stream or just a big puddle after a rainstorm. Homeowners insurance will not cover this.
Broken/frozen pipes. This will depend on your insurance. Damage to your home caused by the leaking water is typically covered by insurance. However, repairing the pipes that leaked the water is frequently not covered. Be sure to read your policy. It’s common for insurance policies to have limits on how much will be paid out for this type of coverage.
Sewer backup. Sewage backup into your home not only causes tremendous damage, it is also unhealthy. Homeowners insurance typically does not cover sewage backup. However, most insurance companies offer this coverage for a slight increase in price.
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