Home insurance is something most homeowners have either as a requirement from their lender or by choice. Unfortunately, many homeowners are underinsured. It is estimated two out of three homes are not adequately covered. Most are more than 20% short of what they should have. That is pretty worrisome if you ever have to file a claim. At Harrison Insurance and Financials LTD in Hailey, ID, we have been providing coverage in Hailey, Sun Valley, and Bellevue for 31 years. We are locally owned and operated, which allows us to get to know our clients and their needs.
Home insurance offers many different types of coverage. It protects your assets with liability insurance, it protects your physical structure with property insurance, and it covers your personal possession with content coverage. Content coverage is usually between 50-70% of your home replacement cost. If your home has an insurance replacement value of $100,000, your contents would be $50,000-$70,000 maximum. If you have expensive items, they should be added separately with a rider.
Contents coverage comes in two options, actual cash value and replacement cost. The type you choose makes a big difference if you ever have to use it. With actual cash value, you will get the depreciated value of the items being replaced. An example is you have a five-year-old TV you paid $500 for. Today it is worth $200, and you will collect the lower amount. A new TV of a similar type now costs $550, and you will be $350 short of the amount you need to replace it. With replacement cost, the insurance company will give you the $550 you need to replace your TV when you actually replace it.
Contact Harrison Insurance and Financials LTD in Hailey, ID with any questions you may have about home insurance and your content coverage.
One of the biggest perks of owning your own home is the ability to customize your property to fit your lifestyle. Harrison Insurance and Financials can help you customize a policy that fully protects all the architectural and design elements in your Idaho home. However, did you know that your remodeling work might impact your homeowner’s insurance policy? Here are some common home design elements that might affect your homeowner’s insurance options.
Driveways, Sidewalks, Pathways
Having unpaved or poorly maintained driveways, walkways, and sidewalks increase the chances of someone getting hurt on your property. Your insurance agent may see that as an increased risk, which could mean higher premiums. Smooth, sealed, and clear pathways are the best way to protect your potential liability.
The type of pool you choose determines its effect on your policy. Permanent pools that are installed in the ground or anchored to the land are included in your primary policy. That means anything that happens in or around them qualify for liability coverage payments. Portable pools that are not permanently attached, however, may require additional coverages. Talk to your agent to understand your personal options.
Wood Burning Stoves
Your wood-burning stove decreases your energy costs and improves the aesthetic of your home. It could also increase your home insurance premiums. Poorly installed stoves are a big risk for fire, carbon monoxide, and other issues that could trigger a claim. Your insurance agent can help you find ways to decrease the risk of your indoor wood burning stove.
You don’t have to settle for a cookie-cutter home. Harrison Insurance and Financials in Hailey, ID can help you create a homeowner’s policy that fully covers all the design elements in your Idaho home. Contact us for a free quote or to discuss your coverage options.