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Jun 10, 2008
Renovating your home is a good idea. Changing the color of your walls, modifying your window panes if you feel like it's small enough for light to come in, and putting floor heaters in your bathroom so that your feet will feel warmth first thing in the morning. However, before you do some renovations and installations of certain appliances and house areas, you have to know how much you can splurge. Halifax Home Insurance stated in their research that ordinary homes in UK spend 4,690 pounds annually for home renovations. They reported that most owners spend more than their budget and this is alarming home insurance companies.

If your house is situated in a low area, I'm sure that you've experienced flood going inside your house. The lower part of you wallpapers peeling away, the legs of your wood furniture turning to white due to the waters and your appliances, yes, your precious appliances--all soaked in dirty flood water.

Insurance company experts advice everyone who live in flood zones to turn off their appliances and unplug it, before the flood accumulates. Raise their appliances to a higher level once hard rain hits your area. Chances of electric ground will be minimized (and perhaps, electric fire too).

If you feel that your kitchen is getting smaller with all the new appliances you buy every month (let's say, Home TV Shopping is fun), and wish to expand it, don't just rush to your local contractor and tell him or her to do this and that. Or better yet, there are some owners who wish to save on contractors and do the renovation by themselves (i.e. kitchen sink). Let's take the kitchen sink for example. You want to replace your sink in the kitchen so you started whacking the sink edges and the underside. Now, you busted a pipe that wetted the floor and some of your appliances. You cannot file a claim to your insurance provider about the said damage because the SOP is for you to inform your insurance company before you do something to your house.

If you already have an insurance or planning to get one, make sure you maintain your communication with your agent. Agents and/or brokers are useful when it comes to clearing up things. If your home have been damage due to a natural disaster, you can call your agent to find out if that damage will be covered by your insurance provider. Knowing things will also help you guard your house well (i.e. if the insurance company does not cover mudslide, you might want to build a sturdy wall at your backyard, between the muddy hill and your house). Keeping in contact with your insurance agent can also aid you in changing your policy from time to time depending on your needs.

Take a look at your insurance policy. Your policy may seem to be easy to understand after you have glanced at it, but to tell you honestly, insurance policies are a lot trickier than you think. Take this for example.

If your policy includes flood insurance in it, do not rejoice yet. Some insurance companies are wiser than you think. If your house has been damage by mudslide due to the heavy rains that has been pouring for three days in a row, your insurance company might not consider it as something caused by "flood" per se. Most insurance companies consider that as the movement of tectonic plates and not flood related. Be wiser than them. Ask your insurance agent about things.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://homeinsurancedailytrend.com
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