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Imagine Life Without Property Insurance? How Would You Sleep at Night?

Aug 17, 2007
Imagine going through life with no insurance at all. Must be a bit like driving car without a seat belt in place.

For most people, insurance is a necessary aspect of life. It is the safety net that protects you from a crushing fall or an imminent disappointment during hard times.

Nothing is worse than an unforeseen natural or man-made disaster that unfortunately removes earnings capacity or assets from you or your business.

There are many types of insurance available, such as life, auto, workman's compensation, liability. And, sometimes it would seem that we can "over-insure" ourselves.

But perhaps the commonest type that is really necessary is property insurance. Whether you are a homeowner or a business operator, property insurance is the one area you should not neglect. So, what is property insurance?

Property Insurance - A Definition

This cover is a type of insurance that provides protection for building structure or structures and its contents. This coverage is malleable and is oftentimes depended on the consumers needs. In some cases, the cover may protect outdoor signs, crime coverage, and property of others, glass coverage, and more.

You can get property insurance through a written contract, called a policy. This policy legally binds you, the policyholder, with an insurance company. The policyholder will pay the insurance company a certain amount of money, called 'a premium' and in exchange, the company will agree to pay for certain types of damages or losses. These damages or losses to be covered by the policy are outlined specifically in the contract.

Property Insurance - Importance and Benefits

Property Insurance has many benefits. Monetary value is one of these benefits that such cover can provide .

The company on risk will pay for damages or losses you encounter in such cases as fire or theft. It is therefore a way for you to protect yourself and your interests.

The amount of money you get from the insurance company will depend on how much cover you've bought at the time of the contract-signing.

For instance, if you bought a $100,000 amount of protection, your insurer will only pay for replacement or reconstruction of damaged property up to that stated amount. Most property insurance companies pay up to 10% in total damages.

Property Insurance - Types

There are many types of property insurance available. Most of these are categorized according to the needs of the policyholders.

For instance, a landlord has different cover needs than a homeowner. What the landlord owns is rental property and the specifics involved in that property type is different from a home. Rental property insurance covers the damages or losses arising from negligence on the tenants part.

As all schemes, rental property insurance offers coverage for the actual building structure and its contents. Rental property insurance can pay for the cost of repairing damaged articles, such as carpets, furniture, curtains, and other house items, caused by guests or tenants.

A homeowners policy provides the same type of coverage offered by a typical property insurance policy.

Most lenders require buyers to have property insurance when applying for a mortgage.

The homeowners insurance policy gives the lenders the security they need to close the sale. It also protects the homeowner from damages caused by disasters, such as fires, floods, earthquakes, theft, vandalism, and the like.

There are several other types of property insurance available. From small business, to medium enterprise, to commercial properties - there's a different kind of coverage for each.
About the Author
Geoff Morris has been helping others build up their property portfolios to match or exceed his. For more information on the world of property insurance,
visit his Protected Property On Line Guide
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