Homeowners Insurance

With all of the options and coverage types available, it can be confusing and difficult to choose a homeowners policy that aligns with your specific coverage needs. The market is packed with standard and supplemental options to choose from, so it’s important to do a bit of research before you purchase. To get the most out of your homeowners policy, the expert agents at National Advisors Group will work with you to build a customized policy package that suits your unique lifestyle.

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    What’s Covered Under Homeowners Insurance?

    Homeowners insurance safeguards your home, personal belongings, and liability, protecting you and your family from significant financial loss. The amount of coverage you need largely depends on the value of your home and your total assets. Most policies offer standard coverage in the following areas:

     

    DWELLING:

    Protects the physical architecture of your home, along with any connected structures like porches, patios, decks and attached garages.

    OTHER STRUCTURES:

    Secures any unattached structures located on your property, such as gazebos, sheds, fences and swimming pools.

    PERSONAL PROPERTY:

    Insures your personal possessions against a range of common perils, both at home and when you may be away.

    HOMEOWNER LIABILITY:

    Covers certain legal and litigation costs that may result from injuries or property damage that you and your family are responsible for.

    GUEST MEDICAL:

    Pays for medical bills and recovery expenses for any guest that may be injured on your property.

    LOSS OF USE:

    Reimburses you for temporary living expenses if you’re forced to relocate after a covered event, from hotel bills to daily meals.

     

    Insurance providers typically offer a range of policy tiers, each with its own hazard classifications and reimbursement limits. Understanding the difference between these coverage options is essential to picking the right homeowners coverage, as basic mass market offerings can leave you underinsured in your time of need. If you’re not sure what level of coverage you need, our experts are here to work with you to choose the right policy options.  We will help you understand your replacement costs and net worth so that you can be sure that you have no significant gaps in your coverage.

    Named vs. Open Perils: What’s The Difference?

    In most cases, homeowners select insurance coverage that is based on either named or open perils. Generally, standard policies (known as HO-3) only cover perils that are explicitly named in your contract, including:

    • Fires
    • Explosions
    • Smoke
    • Lightning
    • Windstorms
    • Ice, snow, or sleet build-up
    • Falling Objects
    • Frozen plumbing, HVAC or other household systems
    • Vehicles
    • Aircraft
    • Riots or civil unrest
    • Theft or vandalism

    Open peril policies offer protections against a much wider range of hazards, except those that are excluded in your contract. Depending on your specific coverage needs, it may be beneficial to obtain an open peril insurance plan that maximizes your financial security.

    What About Supplemental Policies?

    Some hazards are not included in any standard or enhanced insurance policies, which is where optional coverages come in. Common supplemental policies include:

    • Flood and earthquake insurance
    • Sewer backup coverage
    • Scheduled personal property
    • Identity theft protection
    • Law and ordinance support
    • Animal liability

    Balancing Cost and Coverage

    Most insurance carriers offer a catalog of discounts that can help you save on your homeowners policy without sacrificing the comprehensive coverage you need. The best way to balance your insurance costs and coverage is to build a personalized policy package that fully insures your high-value assets.

    Working with an independent insurance agency can help you assemble the best coverage options from a variety of top-rated carriers. If you’re looking to maximize your insurance coverage while keeping costs in check, work with National Advisors Group today to complete a free Personal Risk Review.