Whether you own a home/condo or rent where you live is the center of your daily life, and likely your most valuable asset. When your home is damaged or destroyed, you need a trusted agent to be there by your side. At C.K. Ash Insurance you can count on someone who is familiar with your account and available to be by your side every step. We can help you find the homeowner’s insurance that will best meet your needs and provide the most valuable combination of tailored coverage, quality service and fair pricing.
What you need to know about homeowners insurance?
Insuring the place you call home can help protect you financially if you suffer a loss due to fire, theft, vandalism, or other covered events. It will also cover you in the event someone is injured while on your property and wins a legal judgment against you.
Homeowners policies differ by which losses are covered, which coverage you choose, and what type of residence you own. You choose which policy is best for you, whether it’s a comprehensive policy that cover losses such as fire, hail, smoke, falling objects, vandalism and theft of personal property, or whether it’s a policy that covers only specified losses.
Your home insurance policy is most often made up of the specific options you choose, so how much you’ll pay for your policy depends on:
What your policy covers:
- What you select: Oftentimes homeowners insurance options are priced individually, so how much you’ll pay for your policy depends on what coverage you buy.
- How much you want to cover: Higher deductibles usually lower your premium price by shifting part of the loss payment to you. For example, if you had a $500 deductible, you would be responsible for paying the first $500 of the covered loss.
- Where you set your limits: You may choose to set higher limits than the recommended amount if appropriate to your situation and needs.
- Worried you aren’t completely covered? Consider a Personal Umbrella Insurance policy that extends your coverage.
- Protection for Your Home: Property or Dwelling Coverage typically pays to repair or rebuild your home if it’s damaged or destroyed by an insured event like a kitchen fire or windstorm.
- Protection for You and Other People: Personal Liability Coverage applies if someone is injured or their property is damaged and you are to blame. The coverage generally applies anywhere in the world. When choosing your liability coverage limits, consider things like how much money you make and the assets you own. Your personal liability coverage should be high enough to protect your assets if you are sued.
- Medical Coverage: This covers medical expenses for guests if they are injured on your property, and in certain cases covers people who are injured off of your property. It does not cover health care costs for you or other members of your household.
- Additional Living Expenses: If you can’t live in your home because of a covered loss, your home insurance policy will pay additional living expenses—commonly for up to 24 months—while damage is assessed and your home is repaired or rebuilt.
- Protection for Your Belongings: Your home is filled with furniture, clothes, electronics and other items that mean a lot to you. Personal Property Insurance helps replace these items if they are lost, stolen or destroyed as a result of a covered loss.
- Scheduled Personal Property Coverage: If you have special possessions such as jewelry, art, antiques or collectibles you may want to talk to your agent about this additional coverage. It provides broader coverage for specific items. See our Personal Articles Page for more information.
What you need to know about condo insurance
Condominium insurance is unique. Your condo insurance policy covers your personal property and liability, as well as any additions, alterations and improvements you make to your unit that are your responsibility based on the condo association agreement. Optional loss assessment coverage is also available to protect you against certain assessments that may be levied by the association. At C.K. Ash Insurance we consult the HOA agreement to determine the potential for such assessments to make sure that you are fully covered. You also would be compensated for additional living expenses incurred should you need to vacate your condo after a covered loss.
If You Rent Out Your Home
Rental property is a great investment, especially if you protect your assets with excellent coverage. Make sure that you and your property are covered when choosing a landlord protection insurance policy. Landlord Protection or Dwelling Fire liability insurance options protect you and your spouse or domestic partner against personal injury, wrongful eviction, or wrongful entry as well as other non-bodily injury claims such as libel and slander.
Extra Coverage doesn’t have to cost a lot; many landlords supplement their coverage with Personal Umbrella Insurance for broader protection.
Make an inventory of your home and personal belongings. If possible, make a list as well as take photos or video – using two inventory methods can help expedite the claim resolution process. Keep this list somewhere other than your home; you can even file a copy with us. Keep in mind that your policy doesn’t cover damages caused by poor or deferred maintenance on your part.