Coverage can vary from one insurer to the next, so it’s important to select a policy that suits your specific needs. Home insurance covers the dwelling, contents and personal liability of you (the policyholder), your spouse or partner, and your children.
What Is Covered
If you share your home with a friend or relative, or rent out part of your residence, you must notify your insurance representative.
Home insurance also includes coverage for additional living expenses in the event that you are temporarily unable to live in your home due to an insured loss in certain circumstances.
Unlike auto insurance, home insurance is not mandatory by law. However, most banks or mortgage holders will insist that you purchase home insurance – and show proof that you have home insurance – before they’ll lend you money to buy a home. They will ask to be named as the mortgage holder on your policy.
It’s your responsibility to report any changes to your property. Contact your insurance broker at Acumen Insurance before you :
- Renovate your home
- Installing a pool or spa
- Setting up a home-based business, such as a daycare
- Leasing all or a portion of your property
- Purchasing jewellery or art.
Keeping your insurance company informed with an accurate and up-to-date description of your home and contents can help speed up the claims settlement process after a loss.
4 Tips for Insuring Your Home and Contents
If you can’t afford to replace absolutely everything you own after an unforeseen event, you need home insurance. Consider these tips.
- Insure for rebuilding costs.
- With severe weather on the rise, confirm accurate replacement important coverages are in place (sewer backup, overland water)
- Review your home inventory each year when you renew your policy.
- For high-value jewellery or fine art, consider a separate endorsement.
Even a partial loss – such as from a break-in, theft of multiple possessions and related damage – can potentially cause financial hardship. Home insurance protects you from having to pay all at once to replace what was lost at what is often an emotionally difficult time.