Many people have trees on their property. They provide shade and complement landscaping nicely, but they can also cause major disputes when they fall over. A tree may topple over if it is not properly maintained, it’s diseased or a storm knocks it down. When a tree falls over onto a neighbor’s property, a homeowner…Read more
Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Damage to Your Foundation?
If you find signs that your house’s foundation may be damaged, it’s obviously disconcerting since it is the support structure for your entire home. A damaged foundation can wreak havoc, putting your home off-kilter, and making those repairs can be costly. You may think that your homeowner’s insurance will cover repairs, but that’s only true…Read more
Home Renovation and Homeowners Insurance
Americans who were cooped up at home during stay-at home orders since the pandemic started have been busy renovating their homes in record numbers. Home renovation spending grew 15% in the last year to a median $15,000, according to a survey by home renovation website Houzz. It also found that higher-budget projects (accounting for the…Read more
Renters Insurance for College Students
While you already have enough to worry about when your child leaves for college, you don’t want the specter of them dealing with the theft or damage of their possessions while there. For about $150 a year, you can protect your child’s possessions against theft or damage caused by fire, lightning, smoke, vandalism, electrical surges,…Read more
Adjust Homeowners Insurance for Increased Construction Costs
The cost of buying and installing home building supplies is going through the roof, and it may leave you without enough insurance to rebuild should disaster strike. Lumber and other construction material prices have skyrocketed, and so has the cost of labor as the building industry struggles with a manpower shortfall. These issues are adding…Read more
Most Frequent Homeowners Claim
While most people are understandably concerned about insuring their homes against fire loss, that risk is not what causes the most losses for homeowners. Water damage is a more common threat that accounts for more claims than fire damage. Statistics show that one out of every five homes will experience some kind of water damage…Read more
Dog Bites and Homeowners Insurance
There are some 63 million dogs in the U.S. and while they make for great companions and help keep our homes safe from intruders, they can also be a significant liability. About 4.5 million people suffer dog bites every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that number, about 885,000 need…Read more
7 Ways to Reduce Your Homeowner’s Premiums
Everybody wants to save money on their insurance premiums. If you own a home, you actually have a number of options for getting discounts on your homeowner’s coverage. There are some obvious ways, like installing fire-resistant siding and smoke detectors in the home. You can also get discounts if you purchase your car insurance from…Read more
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover a Home-Based Business?
With recent advances in both technology and the internet, and many people working from home or having been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans have or are planning to start a home-based business. But will your homeowner’s policy cover the risks of a home-based business? In nearly every case, the answer is…Read more
Does Insurance Cover Riots?
After a video surfaced showing a Minnesota police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, many residents took to the streets. While most engaged in peaceful protest, many resorted to violence. The result was extensive property damage to local businesses. The question is, will insurance pay for repairs and lost of income due to a riot?…Read more
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