Homeowner's Insurance Coverage: The Basics

by Natalia San Filippo 11/13/2022

Homeowner's insurance is an important piece of the home ownership puzzle. Because almost all mortgage lenders require proof of insurance, having a policy is more of a necessity than an option. However, many potential homeowners aren't clear about what a homeowner's insurance policy covers. While each policy is customizable and has varying details depending on the insurer, there are a few basic commonalities to remember:

Damage to the Interior or Exterior of the House

A homeowner's insurance policy will compensate you financially for damage to your house. Damage from fire, lightning, hurricanes, vandalism and other disasters are typically included in a basic homeowner's insurance policy. However, they usually don't include flood damage, earthquakes or damage from poor home maintenance. These other situations require additional customization or even separate policies depending on where you live.

The personal contents of your home are also covered by homeowner's insurance if lost in a disaster. While this can certainly help recoup losses from damaged appliances, clothing, furniture and other belongings, there's usually a dollar limit on how much the insurer will cover.

Personal Liability for Damage or Injuries

Personal liability coverage helps protect you from lawsuits filed by other people. It covers everyone in the household, including your pets. This helps you avoid paying the bill for accidents suffered on your property in case the other party decides to sue. This part of your policy usually comes with a cap you can increase by paying a higher premium.

Temporary Housing in Case of Rebuilding or Repair

Part of your homeowner's insurance policy includes "additional living expenses" which can pay for a hotel or house rental if your home needs to be repaired or rebuilt. This part of the coverage will reimburse you for rent, hotel rooms, restaurant meals and other costs you might incur while waiting for your home to return to a habitable state. Additional living expenses covered by insurance have a daily limit you can increase by paying more for your coverage.

As with any type of insurance, homeowner's insurance is different from one policy and provider to the next. However, keep these basic things in mind as a place to start when looking deeper into your options.

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Natalia San Filippo

Greetings from beautiful Naples Florida! Having grown up in Siberia, in a challenging environment I have a deep appreciation of our wonderful Southwest Florida climate and lifestyle. The journey that led me here has fueled my drive to be the best at everything I attempt. My natural enthusiasm for my work is contagious, and clients know that I am "giving my all”. My deep dedication to my family that includes my two adult children and my four fabulous grandchildren. My family reminds me every day that considering family first in one’s life requires an exceptional "home base” for everyone to gather for events and holidays. Everything in my life has equipped me to be a fabulous realtor at Premiere Plus Realty. Naples is cosmopolitan and international harmonious environment, positive energy and lifestyle. As a certified yoga instructor, I believe in and understand the importance of balance in one’s life. It’s through my yoga practice that I have achieved peace and harmony in my life. It’s this peace, harmony, and enthusiasm that I wish to pass to my clients. My goal is to continue to serve you!!! It is my mission! It is my goal! Let’s get to work together! Natalia Realtor, specializing in Residential sales, New construction, seasonal rental, VA homes, First home buyers, listings, sales. I service Naples, Bonita Estero, Marco Island & Ft. Meyer's as well as SW Florida. I appreciate referrals and I help with referrals in other States.