How Much Insurance - This is What You Need

Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Towne Square Realty

You want the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home and its contents are covered by your insurance policy, but it can be difficult to determine how much coverage you need. A recent study found that 70 percent of all homes in America are underinsured and most of those are underinsured by at least 30 percent. If yours is one of those homes, you may be faced with substantial out-of-pocket expenses if disaster ever strikes. To be safe, you should meet with your insurance agent to discuss your policy's coverage limits.

Be aware of all your options when updating your policy. Consider an insurance company that offers total-component estimating. This method figures the cost to repair and rebuild by factoring in any materials used. Insurers also offer extended-replacement coverage. These policies only cover the cost of rebuilding using standard building supplies, though. If you want any customized features, such as hand-carved woodwork, discuss a restoration-cost policy with your agent.

To maintain ample coverage, take inventory of all your belongings and store updated records in a safe place. Report any major remodeling projects to your insurance agent. Most likely, remodeling will add value to a home, and neglecting to update your policy could leave you underinsured.

Finally, when buying or upgrading insurance, read the policy carefully. Be clear on what is covered, so you will know what to expect if you ever need to make a claim.


If I can help you with any additional information regarding this article, or with any of your home buying or selling needs or if you know someone who would like some assistance, please feel free to visit my website to learn more about me or text or call me at (201) 259-4449 .

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Comments (2)

Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Great post... we recently were robbed and little that was taken was insured... the reason being I could not prove we had most of the things that were taken... now every thing in our home is photographed and in the vault... wish the insurance company had told us to do that before the robbery.

Apr 28, 2012 09:30 AM
Jessica Holtzman
Keller Williams Realty, Inc. - Moorestown, NJ
Real Estate Agent in Southern New Jersey, CDPE

It is always shocking to me how inexpensive it is to double your coverage or add an umbrella policy.  Thanks for the great blog!

Apr 28, 2012 03:55 PM