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Your home is one of your biggest assets. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to protect it. We’ll help you plan for the unexpected with insurance coverage that’s just right for your home and your family.
You worked hard to achieve a part of the American dream by purchasing a home in Rock Hill, Columbia, SC, Belmont, Gastonia, Charlotte, Shelby, NC, or the surrounding areas.
Don’t let that dream become a nightmare by not having home insurance. Put our team at Watson Insurance Agency to work by having us shop the market for you as an independent insurance agency.
We represent dozens of different insurance companies so we can find the right house insurance that will meet your needs. Call us today to learn more and to schedule a time to review your homeowner’s insurance.
So what does house insurance actually cover? You might be surprised at the extent of the coverage you will have. First, house insurance covers the dwelling itself from a number of events, including fire, storm, hail, tree damage, and more. It might be a roof that is damaged, a window that gets broken, or a room that is damaged by a fire. Insurance will help to cover the cost of repairing all of these.
More than that is the coverage for the belongings that are in your house. The furniture that you have in all of the rooms, the appliances you use, the clothes and jewelry you wear, and more.
Just those losses alone could be financially ruining, and then you add the house damage on top of that, and you can quickly see why homeowners insurance is not only a good idea but is usually required by your mortgage lender for their protection as well.
But what about if you live in a rental unit, you don’t need insurance then, right? Nope, there are renters insurance policies that you should have in place if you rent.
The landlord will have building insurance on the building itself, but that doesn’t protect any of your belongings like your laptop, television, golf clubs, and more. Only a renters insurance policy will protect those things while you rent.
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Most fires are devastating. Besides the emotional impact, the physical damage to your home can be significant. If you lost your home to fire, do you have adequate insurance to replace your home and its contents? Remember, inflation rates on building materials and construction costs rarely track with real estate values. As a result, rebuilding a home can often cost significantly more than expected.
Make sure your homeowners policy contains replacement cost coverage with no cap. This protects you if the cost to reconstruct your home is higher than your current limit of coverage. And, be sure that your insurance includes rebuilding your home to code. Very often, local ordinances and building codes change over time, which may require additional costs.
When your home suffers damage due to an unexpected event, your personal property is also at risk. Furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, and other personal items can also be damaged or destroyed.
Your homeowners insurance policy typically covers personal property, including the contents of your home and other personal items owned by you or family members who live with you. Make sure your homeowners policy includes replacement cost coverage for personal property so that you always receive the full cost to replace whatever item is damaged.
When there is substantial damage to your home due to unexpected events such as lightning, fire, or a storm, you may not be able to live in your home until it can be repaired or rebuilt–potentially incurring additional living expenses for lodging, food, and other daily needs.
Ensure that your homeowners insurance policy provides additional living expense or loss of use coverage to compensate you for the additional costs you incur for reasonable housing and living expenses if a covered event makes your house temporarily uninhabitable while it's being repaired or rebuilt.
Typically, there is a sublimit on homeowner insurance policies for valuable possessions, such as jewelry, furs, fine arts, and other collectibles.
Obtain a personal floater or schedule your valuable possessions to ensure you’ll have the money to replace them.
If a guest is injured while on your property, even when it’s due to a friendly game of baseball, you may be required to pay any medical expenses associated with their injury.
Your homeowners policy should include medical expenses coverage to take care of injuries and treatment - generally not of a serious nature. In the event a person is injured on your property and requires medical attention, you would be able to submit the injury-related medical expenses to your insurance carrier. Medical expenses are usually paid without a liability claim being filed against you.
In the unfortunate event that someone slips and falls while on your property, you and your family may be held liable for any injuries that result.
Your homeowners policy includes personal liability coverage to respond to incidents where injuries or damages occur to a third party where you may be deemed negligent. However, you should consider purchasing a personal umbrella or excess liability policy to provide additional coverage limits to protect your assets in case a lawsuit is brought against you.
The fun that comes with having a trampoline in your backyard can also be accompanied by serious risks, which may not be covered under your standard homeowners insurance policy since coverage varies from state to state and between insurance companies.
You should make sure your homeowners insurance policy covers your trampoline, as many insurance providers refuse to take on trampoline liability and exclude the item from coverage.
Young people are usually very active online. However, using social media and other sites can increase the possibility of them directly or indirectly damaging someone's reputation and exposing you, the parent, to a lawsuit.
Your homeowners insurance policy includes liability coverage for property damage caused by any member in the family, but likely does not cover rumors or statements that damage a reputation. You may need to seek additional coverage to include liability protection that covers personal injury or defamation.
You invite guests over for a pool party and one of your guests dives into the shallow end of the pool and is permanently injured. They hire a lawyer to represent them and after a long legal battle, you and your family are left financially responsible for their injuries. Do you have enough money in savings to cover your legal responsibilities as well as the legal defense costs?
An umbrella or excess liability policy increases your personal liability limits by adding protection over and above your current auto, boat, or homeowners policies-providing real financial value, as well as priceless peace of mind. Excess liability insurance is available either by an endorsement to your homeowners policy or available as separate coverage.
You do not have to live near a body of water to suffer loss due to flooding. With the changing weather patterns and more damaging storms occurring around the globe, flood losses are becoming more common in places that are not normally prone to flood damage. Your homeowners policy does not cover damage from flood. Could your home be at risk?
Purchase a flood insurance policy to protect your home and covered contents from certain types of flood losses as designated by the National Flood Insurance Program. A flood policy is purchased as a separate policy through the federal program (NFIP) or through a servicing carrier known as a write your own carrier.
Owning a secondary home has the potential of increasing your liability exposures.
Be certain that you extend the liability coverage under your homeowners policy to include your secondary home. You should also consider including the secondary home under an excess liability or umbrella policy to provide for additional liability limits.
Collector or classic vehicles often have significant value and require special documentation and unique insurance coverage to ensure they are adequately protected. Even if stored on your property, they are typically not covered under your homeowners insurance.
Insure your collector cars with a specialized insurance company that focuses on and understands the unique nature of collector or classic cars and other vehicles.
If you are a connoisseur of wine, you know that it is susceptible to outside environmental exposures that can ruin it. If the collection is damaged, coverage from your homeowners policy is a possible recourse. However, the damage is only insurable if it is a covered cause of loss as outlined in your homeowners policy. A deductible would also apply.
If you have a sizable wine collection, you may want to consider scheduling the collection on your homeowners policy. Doing so expands your coverage and eliminates the deductible in case of a loss. You can also consider unique coverages for wine, such as for spoilage.
Whether entering from outside your home from a flood or from within your home’s plumbing system, water damage is the most common cause of loss to a home. Many policies exclude losses caused by backup of sewers and drains, and all unendorsed homeowner policies exclude damage caused by a flood.
Careful review is essential to protect your home and belongings from all sources of water damage. We recommend coverage solutions from insurance companies that include backup of sewers and drains. Also, identify cost efficient solutions to address the risk of flood damage in the first place.
Surprisingly, standard auto insurance does not cover personal property or contents stolen from your car.
Most homeowners policies offer an option to include off-premises theft coverage as an endorsement, which covers you for theft of your personal property away from your residence.
Protecting your home starts with the right insurance.
Finding the right coverage for your unique needs can seem overwhelming. We make things simpler by creating an insurance policy that gets you the proper coverage for your house at the right price.
Every home is different, your coverage should be too.
Home insurance policies cover a range of options tailored to fit the needs of your home and lifestyle. When reviewing your home insurance options, consider the following coverages:
- Personal Property / Contents
- Property Damage
- Additional Living Expense /
Loss of Use
- Jewelry, Fine Arts & Collectibles
- Medical Expenses
- Personal Liability
- Miscellaneous Coverage
- Personal Injury
- Excess Liability Coverage
- Flood Coverage
- Secondary Home
- Collectible Cars
- Wine Collection
- Water Back-Up
- Off Premises Theft
Home Insurance and Renters Insurance that Meets Your Needs
No two people or families live the same way, and that’s why every renter’s insurance policy or home insurance policy should reflect your needs.
Don’t settle for just a single quote from a single insurance company, you should be comparing the insurance options out there to make sure that you are getting the right coverage that you need without overpaying for it.
We’ve helped hundreds of families in Rock Hill, Columbia, SC, Belmont, Gastonia, Charlotte, Shelby, NC, and the surrounding areas to protect their largest investment, their home, and are ready to help you do the same.
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