The Reasoning behind Homeowners Insurance provided by ServiceMagic.com.
Having homeowners insurance is requisite to owning a home. Just like insurance on your car or your health, there is that sad, expensive truth that most of the time you will not use this insurance, although you will have to pay for it every month. What's great is that for a home this cost is usually rolled up in your escrow account, so you don't have to cut several different checks each month. While homeowners insurance is required, it is important to know what you are getting, why it's important, and when to bump up your coverage after significant home improvements.
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Not all homeowners insurance policies are created equal. Some insurance companies provide better coverage, some offer better rates, and some homes are just worth more than others. For example, a typical homeowner's insurance policy will insure up to $2500 in electronic and computer-related possessions. While this is more than most grandparents will ever need, some homes are equipped with big screen TVs, surround sound, several computers, intercom systems, cell phones, pagers, palm pilots, etc and this $2500 won't even make a dent in the total dollar amount of the home electronics.
So the most important thing to do is to understand your possessions and insure them accordingly. If you have rare coins, stamps, antiques or other items that are valuable and difficult to replace, craft your policy to fit your needs.
When to Upgrade Your Policy
When homeowners take on a home improvement policy of any size, from a new electrical upgrade to a home addition, about the last thing they are thinking about is how this affects their homeowner's insurance policy. People are too busy with building codes, orchestrating contractors, making design decisions, and trying to pay for the whole thing to even think about their policy.