Life can be messy. Consider making a review of your home insurance part of your spring cleaning ritual.
Home Insurance Review: some questions to consider asking:
1. Is my home covered if we need to rebuild?
Have us complete an updated Replacement Cost Survey. Upgrades to a kitchen or bathroom, new kitchen appliances, or updates to a basement can all affect the cost to repair or rebuild your home.
2. Do I have enough coverage for my expensive items?
Your homeowner coverage includes “special limits of liability” which, for example, the most the insurance company will pay: $1,000 for loss by theft of jewelry, watches, furs, precious and semiprecious stones; $2,500 for loss by theft of silverware, silver-plated ware, goldware, etc.; $2,000 for loss by theft of firearms. If you have any special items consider scheduling the item by appraisal.
3. Do I have enough liability coverage to protect my assets?
Home and auto policies carry liability limits that help protect you from judgments against you and legal fees, up to policy limits. Do you know your policy limits? In our litigious society, you may want to have us help you review your limits. If you don’t have one already, consider purchasing additional coverage in the form of a personal liability umbrella policy. Umbrella coverage starts at $1M and “sits-over” your auto and home liability limits.
4. Do I qualify for additional discounts?
An annual insurance review is a great time to ensure you’re receiving all applicable discount. For example, have you installed a security system? If so, additional protective device discounts may be available. Are you getting the proper account discounts? What would be the savings/cost if you were to increase/lower your deductible?
5. Does my newly finished basement affect my coverage?
Finishing your basement increases the cost to rebuild your home, in addition you may want to make sure you’ve added an additional, optional sump pump failure/ water backup endorsement.
6. Does my policy provide enough coverage for landscaping equipment or outdoor appliances?
When you install a new sprinkler system, larger shed, new pool or hot tub, or if you’ve purchased a fancy, backyard grill or riding mower, you might want to upgrade your insurance coverage. Significant investments require a review of your Dwelling and Personal Property Coverage.
Like home maintenance, an annual insurance review is an important part of protecting your biggest investment.
Give us a call, click or visit and we’ll be happy to review your insurance coverage with you.