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How getting Home Insurance can protect you financially

Apr 23, 2008
The home is probably the single most important investment you will make in your life. It is a large purchase and is more likely going to be the place that shelters you and your family for the rest of your life. However, there are things that can occur that can take away the home faster than it took to acquire it in the first place, so it is good to be prepared if one of these things do happen. At anytime the home can catch fire, be damaged in a flood, or suffer a wind event such as a tornado or a hurricane. We do not expect these things to happen, but we can always be prepared for them. One great way to be prepared for such events is home insurance.

It is a dream come true when someone purchases their first home. It is what defines what the American dream truly is. It is what many strive for when they migrate from other countries. They look for good jobs and to ultimately buy the perfect home. However, there have been those that have achieved that dream and have had it wiped out from underneath them. Perhaps they did not insure their home or, if they did, they didn't have adequate insurance that would allow them to get back on their feet.

Importance of home insurance It is obvious to see at this point that home insurance is indeed important. It is heartbreaking to have to deal with a home being consumed by fire or being blown away by some terrible natural event. It is good to educate yourself when building or buying a home. Do such things as:

Learn about the neighborhood and what the crime rates are. This could raise the risk of theft. Chances are the insurance company already knows about these risks since they zone off certain areas of the community based on their degree of risk. Insurance companies also zone risks based on their prevalence for tornadoes and hurricanes.

Find out how old certain components of the home such as electrical wiring, construction materials used and the various systems are. This can have an impact on the rate.

Know how much coverage is enough coverage. Over half of Canadians with home insurance are underinsured. This means that the homes are not insured up to replacement value, which could mean repairs and home replacement could suffer in some way. Replacement value is something completely different than the home's market value. This might be the cue to raise the amount of coverage, which will also raise the premiums. Simply go with what you can afford.

Do such things as find out how much "article floaters" are for those high value items that are not covered by the original policy. If you have expensive jewelry or electronic items, this is a great thing to do to make sure these items can be replaced.

No one wants to be hit with the unexpected and be left homeless and have to start over with no money to do it with. That is what is so wonderful about home insurance. You are able to replace your home in time and not be faced with the reality of having to start from scratch. It is amazing how fast lives can change, but home insurance can certainly make the impact hurt much less and gives a doorway that allows the homeowner and their family to get back on their feet considerably faster than if they did not have any coverage at all.
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Purchasing a home is a big responsibility. Since it is probably the most expensive purchase you'll ever make in your life, it's important to protect your investment with homeowner's insurance.
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