When you hear the term "climate change" you don't usually think it has anything to do with your home insurance policy. Yet, as the natural disasters of the past year such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes demonstrate, it most definitely does. Climate change is affecting the incidences of natural disasters that become federally declared disasters. In the 1990s, an average of 46 federal disasters were declared annually; in the 2000s, the number rose by 10; last year, there were 81; and in the first seven months of this year, there have been 46. Over the past three years, storms and tornado-related claims have reached record highs, and for this year, experts predict that such claims will reach even larger numbers. The more and the higher the claims, the higher the premium a homeowner pays on his home insurance policy.
Buying Homeowners Insurance
So what does all of this mean for consumers buying homeowners insurance? Simply put, they need to know what types of damages are covered and what the limitations of their coverage are so they're prepared in the event of a disaster. Simply complying with a lender's demands often doesn't cover the full costs of replacing a home, as lenders usually require a home only to be insured for the amount of the mortgage. So it's to be advised to carefully research what the current repair and replacement costs of a home are before buying homeowners insurance, and to insure the home for that amount, rather than the amount of the mortgage.
Homeowner Basics: Exploring your Home Insurance Options
As a homeowner, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important is choosing the right insurance to protect you and your finances in case the unexpected occurs. While understanding in...
Read More →
Is it True That a Home Insurance Claim Will Count Against Me?
When you purchase insurance, regardless of whether you buy a home, auto or health insurance policy, you do so with the expectation that if and when you have to file a claim for a repair, the compan...
Read More →
Understanding More About Home Insurance Policy Endorsements
A home insurance policy is designed to offer you insurance coverage for your home's structure and your personal property. It is also designed to protect you against any personal liability when some...
Read More →