Homeowner's Policy: Are you sure you're insured?

By: John Perritano

Homeowner's Policy: Are you sure you're insured?
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If you really think you know what you are doing when buying homeowners insurance (chances are you don't), then this quiz should be a breeze.
You should consider the price of your land before buying insurance.
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The price of the land does not factor into how much insurance will cover. Only replacement costs for structures on the land, along with your possessions will influence the price.

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The cost to rebuild your home should be based on the price you paid for it.
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The cost of rebuilding could be more, or less, than the price you paid for it, or the price you can sell it for today.

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The cost per square foot is usually a good indicator of how much insurance you need for your house.
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To quickly figure out the amount of insurance you need, multiply the average cost per square foot in your community by the total square footage of your house.
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The style of your house does not affect the cost of rebuilding your home.
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Not only does the style of your house, such as a ranch or colonial, impact the cost of rebuilding, but the number of rooms will also figure into the mix.

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Floods are covered by homeowners insurance.
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Homeowners have to buy special flood insurance provided by the federal government for flood damage.

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A burst water pipe is covered by homeowners insurance.
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Typical policies will cover water damage from burst pipes or leaky faucets, but not surface water flooding.
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When figuring out how much insurance you need, you should take into consideration your possessions.
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Most policies pay for the repair or replacement of damaged property.
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Actual cash value for your stolen or damaged possessions allows you to recoup the amount you expect to get if you sold the items, minus the depreciation.
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Replacement cost coverage allows you to replace your insured personal property for what it would cost to buy them new.
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Most companies provide personal property coverage up to 70 percent of the amount of insurance you have on the structure.
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If your house is insured for $100,000, you should be insured for up to $70,000 worth of personal property coverage.
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Trampolines do not affect the cost of property insurance.
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Most companies won’t even insure a home with trampoline.

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A major hurricane or tornado can push rebuilding costs more than the policy limits.
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After a major disaster, contractors are in high demand, pushing the cost of rebuilding up.
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If you have to rebuild your house to new building codes, your insurance will cover the added expense.
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Most won’t pay for the extra expense, however, you can add on a special “endorsement” to your policy that covers a specified amount toward these costs.

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The best way to figure out the value of your possessions is to conduct a home inventory.
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Use photographs and videos to help you compile an adequate list.
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An older home might cost you more money to insure.
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Insurance companies differ, but some won’t pay to replace special features such as antique wall and ceiling moldings.
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If you have a large older home, you might want to insure the structure for less money.
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You should do this if you want to replace the large structure with a smaller one.
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You shouldn’t get special coverage for antiques, jewelry or other valuables.
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Most policies have limits on such things as jewelry. However, you can insure very expensive items with special coverage.

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You have to buy special coverage if you cannot stay in your home after a disaster.
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Most policies will pay your living expenses for so called “loss of use” after a disaster.

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You should buy enough liability coverage to protect your assets.
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You should buy extra coverage if you have investments and savings that are worth more than your policy’s liability limits.
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You can save money by bundling your car and homeowners insurance.
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The more coverage you have with one company, the less money you will pay.
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A large deductible can save you money.
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Insurance companies like it when you want to share more of the burden. The more money you pay, the more money you'll save.
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