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Published by on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 6:35:00 PM

A Typical Home Insurance Policy Has Four Key Ingredients

by: Robert Michael - A typical homeowners insurance policy has four key ingredients. They are:

1. Homeowner insurance coverage for your home itself
2. Homeowner insurance coverage for your family's personal items
3. Homeowner liability coverage
4. Coverage for the expenses of temporary living should you have to vacate your home because of fire, flood or other disaster covered by your homeowner policy.

The portion of the homeowner coverage for your home itself provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of your home if it has been damaged or destroyed by disaster such as hurricane, hail, lightning, fire or any other covered event. What is not covered with a standard homeowner policy is normal wear and tear on your home or damage caused by an earthquake or flood. (There are homeowner policies that cover these, but they are more costly and in some regions, such as flood prone areas they are not available at all.)

When you take our your homeowner policy you'll want to be sure and buy enough coverage for total reconstruction of your home

Most standard homeowner policies also protect structures on your property although detached from your home, such as in-law quarters, garage or gazebo. It's common practice to cover these unattached structures for ten percent of the covered value of your house.

Should any of your clothing, electronic equipment, furnishings, or other personal belongings be destroyed by insured disaster, or stolen, they are covered by your homeowner policy. Most carriers cover them at the rate of 50-70 percent of the total dollar figure of your home structure's coverage.

There is also a clause in your homeowner policy for coverage of off-premises items. Which means that if you take your personal belongings elsewhere and they become lost or damaged your homeowner policy will generally reimburse you at least ten percent of the amount of coverage that you have on them when they are on your home premises. Homeowner policies also provide up to $500 of protection against unauthorized credit card use as well.

For high priced items like jewelry and fur a standard homeowner policy will usually limit your coverage to $100-$2000. You can purchase coverage up to appraised value for an additional charge. In either case there is no deductible and coverage includes your accidental loss of the items.

Foliage around your home such as trees and shrubs also come under the protection of your homeowner policy. Usually the money figure is five percent of the home's insured value, but up to $500 for each bloom. They are protected against even riots, vandalism, explosion and airplane crashes. They are not insured against wind or disease damage.

Liability coverage protects you against litigation should anyone or anything become injured on your premises. You are also covered for damage done by your children or pets to the property of others as well. This coverage is in force even if you are not in your own home or on your own property. It covers any court defense as well as any court appointed financial award against you. The coverage limit is generally more than $100,000, although a $300,000 minimum is a standard recommendation.

Your homeowner policy also takes care of living expenses if you temporarily have to vacate your home because of damage and during repair and reconstruction of your home. Coverage includes hotel costs, meals in restaurants and other common expenses. Coverage limit of 20 percent of your home's insured value is common for this. If part of your home served as rental property your homeowner policy will also reimburse you the amount of the rent that you are losing because of the disaster.

About The Author

Robert Michael is a writer for Domus Property which is an excellent place to find property links, resources and articles.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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