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Home Insurance Claims, Can They Be Worth More Than Your Home?

Author: H M Brown

Home insurance is a big decision, and one you shouldn't hesitate to put some thought into. If you haven't been a homeowner before, you might not realize some of the issues here. There are so many calamities which might befall your home and most people only think about fires and tornadoes. One thing often overlooked is the issue of flood insurance. Insurance companies have map of areas marking whether you are in a flood zone or not. If you aren't, then your home insurance shouldn't have the coverage on it. If you are, you may find your rates much higher in order to get covered.

Other things covered by home insurance are thefts like burglaries. You know that if your home is robbed, you will be covered, but did you know that if you car is broken into or vandalized in your driveway that it might be covered by your home insurance? What about the personal liability part of your policy? If you have a guest, solicitor, meter reader or anyone else on your property who is injured or killed your home insurance policy may pay medical expenses for them, or legal expenses and losses if you are sued.

You agent will likely encourage you to insure your home and personal property for more than it is worth, and you may think you can cash in big time if that calamity ever strikes. If you are over-insured, and suffer a total loss, you will be unpleasantly surprised to learn that you won't get the over-insured amount. They will only pay for actual replacement value. Even though you paid the premium for the extra amount. Be aware of this, and try to only have just a little more insurance than you need. Replacement value on your personal property inside the home may be more than the goods are worth. For instance, your ten year old couch may be replaced with a beautiful and expensive brand new couch worth much more.

H.M. Brown is a long time professional in the financial industry. If you are looking for insurance and want a friend on your side, feel free to visit We care about you.

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