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Tips for Buyers & Sellers

Step 8. Purchasing Home Insurance

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Now that such a large investment is drawing to a close, it only makes sense to insure the property for both parties: the lender and buyer. Homeowners insurance protects the homeowner and the contents of the home in case of accidents, theft and other disasters. These unforeseen circumstances can cause serious stress to homeowners and force a default on the loan, without this assistance. Knowing that insurance is needed is one thing, but how much insurance is needed and who to choose to have the policy through can be a headache for some buyers. Feel more at ease by using these guidelines to find the ideal policy for this upcoming purchase.

A home is typically the largest purchase of your life, protect yourself and your family with the proper insurance.

Shop Around

Never go with the first policy submitted for review. Shop around and receive numerous policies to compare coverage and rates. Get quotes from a variety of servicers ranging from local to national companies. Ask neighbors and family members who they would suggest for that specific area. One provider may be excellent in one area, while not as strong in others. This is critical when buying in high-risk flood areas.

When speaking with these providers, be sure to ask qualifying questions of each provider to determine if they are the correct provider.

  • What percentage of possessions does the policy cover for partial and total loss of home?
  • During a disaster, does the company pay out any funds prior to an inspection of the home?
  • Does the policy cover living costs when unable to stay in the home?
  • Does the policy cover full replacement, or a percentage of the contents in the home?
  • What provisions does the policy incur for floods?
  • Does the policy replace the contents of the refrigerator?
  • How many days can the family stay in temporary lodging covered?
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