When should I get homeowners insurance?

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When should I get homeowners insurance?

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answered Jul 20 by LynnTerry (6,790 points)
You should get homeowners insurance when you're purchasing a home or if you already own a home.

When buying a home and getting a mortgage the lender will require homeowners insurance to be on the home.

You'll need to purchase and get a homeowners insurance policy before closing on the home.

If you already own the home it's also a good idea to have homeowners insurance to protect your purchase.

Without homeowners insurance you will not be able to replace the lost home as easily as they are expensive but with homeowners insurance it will cover damage to the home and even total loss of the home.

You can purchase a homeowners insurance policy at any time during the closing process.

However, it's recommended you have it in place at least a few days prior to your closing date.

Therefore, you should start searching for a policy at least two to three weeks before closing.

The first step in selecting a homeowners policy is figuring out how much insurance you actually need.

There are several individual costs you'll need to break down to get an accurate estimate.

The most important figure to consider is how much money it would take to rebuild your home if it was completely destroyed.

If you own a home, it's probably the largest asset you have, which is why it's a good idea to insure it.

Homeowners insurance protects your home and the belongings inside it from loss or destruction.

It can also provide financial protection if someone is injured on your property.

Homeowners insurance policies generally cover destruction and damage to a residence's interior and exterior, the loss or theft of possessions, and personal liability for harm to others.

Three basic levels of coverage exist: actual cash value, replacement cost, and extended replacement cost/value.

You may be approved for a mortgage, but only on the condition that you arrange appropriate insurance cover ahead of the purchase.

Timing is crucial when it comes to moving house, especially if you're in a chain.

You don't want to do, or forget to do, anything that could hold things up.

The 3 main types of homeowners insurance include.

HO-1: The most basic and limited type of policy for single-family homes, HO-1s are all but nonexistent nowadays.
HO-2: A more commonly used policy and a slight upgrade from the HO-1.
HO-3: The most common type of homeowners insurance policy, with broader coverage than the HO-2.

A standard policy includes four key types of coverage: dwelling, other structures, personal property and liability.

If your home is damaged by a covered event, like strong winds, dwelling coverage can help pay to repair it.

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