Financing & Insuring

What is Homeowners Insurance?

October 29, 2012

Homeowners insurance (also known as hazard insurance or abbreviated as HOI) provides coverage for catastrophic events that may occur to your home. It covers the house, contents, personal liability and medical payments exposures. Most mortgage lenders require homeowners to maintain homeowners insurance as a loan condition.

Glossary of insurance terms:

Insurance deductible: What you pay out of pocket after your claim is approved

Insurance policy rider: Riders are optional coverages that are available to enhance your homeowners policy. Possible riders are jewelry riders, replacement cost coverage on your home, replacement cost coverage on contents, water/sewer backup, etc. For example, homeowners purchase riders when the valuables they wish to insure are excluded from the standard policy or when the standard policy will only cover a portion of the item’s value.

Exclusion: Anything that your policy does not cover. An insurance company can contest your claim and refuse to pay if it involves loss of property that was not covered in your original contract.

Inflation protection: This annually adjusts your policy limits to compensate for inflation.

Insurance premium: The amount of money you pay (usually over the course of a year) for your insurance policy. You’ll pay a higher or lower premium depending on how large your deductible is, what you are insuring and a variety of other factors.

Insurance claim: Your formal request for the insurance company to reimburse you for damages. An insurance agency can contest your claim and refuse to pay if your claim involves loss of property that was not covered in your insurance policy.

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