In Time for Peak Hurricane Season, Five Tips on How to Have the Right Type and Amount of Insurance Coverage
Before peak hurricane season take the time to review your homeowners or renters insurance policy and make sure you have the right amount and type of coverage, recommends the Insurance Information Institute.
“The time to review your home or renters policy is before you have a loss,” says Jeanne M. Salvatore, senior vice president and chief communications officer at the I.I.I. “You don’t want to find out after you file a claim that you could have purchased more insurance.”
The I.I.I. offers the following five tips to properly insure your home:
1. Review Your Insurance—Before You Have a Loss!
- Read the Declarations “Dec” (front) page of your policy, as it provides a useful summary. Review all policy documents and contact your insurance professional with any questions.
2. Understand Which Disasters Are Covered—and Which Are Not
- Hurricanes, windstorms and tornadoes are covered by standard homeowners and renters policies.
- Floods and earthquakes are not covered—you must buy separate policies for these disasters. Coverage for flooding and storm surge is available from the National Flood Insurance Program and from a few private insurance companies. There is a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance to go into effect, so buy it now if you need it.
- More information about flood insurance: Does My Homeowners Insurance Cover Flooding?
3. Have Enough Insurance
- Get enough insurance to rebuild your home and replace your personal possessions.
- Know the difference between replacement cost and actual cash value coverage; understand your additional living expense coverage; and consider getting law and ordinance insurance so you can rebuild to current building codes: What Is Covered by a Standard Homeowners Policy?; How Much Homeowners Insurance Do I Need?
- Have an up-to-date home inventory to ensure your personal belongings are properly covered and to help file a claim. How to Create a Home Inventory
- If you are a renter and don’t have a renters insurance policy, now is the time to get one: What You Need to Know About Renters Insurance
For more information on having correct coverage, and tips like these visit III.org