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A home will likely be your biggest investment in life. It makes sense that you would want to protect this investment. The smartest way to do so is by obtaining good homeowners’ insurance with proper coverage.

Homeowners insurance falls into the category that is called ‘property/casualty’.  It not only provides one with coverage against any loss to the physical home and all the belongings within, but it also gives a potentially high level of personal liability coverage that safeguards one from incidents like injuries on the property.

Who benefits

Home insurance is a great choice for anyone who owns a home in which they actually reside. It is important to keep in mind if you are in the market for a new home, having a mortgage on it means that you will be mandated to carry insurance coverage and it can be included in your monthly mortgage payment should you fail to obtain it yourself. Should you own your home outright, it is still a no-brainer to purchase good home insurance. Note that if the home you own is rented out to others, then you will need to look into different insurance coverage, like landlord insurance.

How does it function?

Homeowner’s coverage works not too differently from other kinds of the aforementioned property/casualty insurance. Should your home be damaged or some other loss-causing incident that is covered by the insurance policy occurs, you next need to file a claim with your insurance provider. A claims adjuster will then drop by to validate the claim and, if it is deemed legit, will come up with an offer of reimbursement for the damages. Some policies also offer lodging should the dwelling be rendered uninhabitable.

Kinds of coverage

Homeowners’ insurance policies are generally pretty universal, although there is some specialization. Basically, all policies will provide coverage for such events as fire, wind and hail damage. It is important to note, however, that flood and earthquake risk will almost always require additional coverage.

The benefits

The main plus of home insurance is the peace of mind of knowing that you are covered should your home ever experience a loss. You can rest assured in knowing that your home can be repaired if it’s damaged or even destroyed by a covered event, not to mention the protection from liability issues, as well.