House Buying Tips: What You Need to Consider in Getting a Home Insurance

Posted by Staff Reporter (media@realtytoday.com) on Apr 05, 2016 06:07 AM EDT
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Buying a house entails a lot of responsibilities and a lot of things that need to be ticked on the checklist. While you may be busy moving your items to your brand new home, it may be wise to also take some time and find the best insurance for your house. Here are the things you need to consider in getting a home insurance:

A home insurance is "designed to protect an individual's home against damages to the house itself, or to possessions in the home," defines Investopedia. This means that homeowners are, in a way, protected from liabilities in case of an accident or unforeseen circumstances.

The publication further notes that homeowners must carefully choose the right insurance for their home, as not all kinds of insurance covers all events such as earthquakes, floods and other "acts of God."

Realtor.com notes that one should, therefore, get an insurance, which covers flood and earthquake even if you are not living in an area prone to these kinds of disasters. While some might say that California is the only state prone to getting earthquakes, the publication reports that as many as 39 states experience tremors.

"Ninety percent of all natural disasters in the U.S. involve flooding," said vice president of the Insurance Information Institute, Loretta Worters. "However, 25 percent to 30 percent of all paid losses for flooding are in areas not officially designated as special flood hazard zones."

If you also have a swimming pool at home, then you may want to consider getting a liability insurance to protect you in case someone suffers from an accident in your pool. The publication also states that the amount you pay for the insurance depends on a number of factors.

For example, if you live in a place near fire departments, then you may get lower prices for home insurance. If, however, you live right next to the coast, then you need to pay higher "because of the increased risk of catastrophic weather events resulting in claims."

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