"Homeowners insurance covers the structure of your home and your personal property, as well as your personal legal responsibility (or liability) for injuries to others or their property while they're on your property."
Homeowner's insurance policies may include provisions for:
- Dwelling (for damages to your house)
- Other structures (for damages to fences, garages, sheds, etc.)
- Personal property (for damages to possessions)
- Loss of Use or additional living expenses (for times when your home is being repaired)
- Personal Liability (coverage for injured on your property or by your pets on your property)
Source: A Consumer's Guide to Home Insurance, 2010.
It is important to note that a standard homeowner's insurance policy does not typically include earthquake damage or flood insurance.
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Homeowner's Insurance: The Basics
What You Don’t Know About Home Insurance (Consumer Reports, Aug. 2017) E
What Is Homeowners Insurance? (Washington Informer, Jun. 2017) E
What is a home insurance score? (credit karma, Feb. 2018)
"Arising out of" Means What? (Claims, Nov. 2015) E
15 Things Everyone (Including Renters) Should Know About Homeowner’s Insurance (Consumerist, Mar. 25, 2014)Homeowners Insurance (Answers.USA.gov, Aug. 17, 2010)
A Consumer's Guide to Home Insurance (National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 2010)
Assessing Costs, Coverage, and Risks
There are many factors to consider when calculating homeowner's insurance coverage needs, including the type of provisions that area and are not included in the policy. However, for a quick and basic calculation, check out realtor.com's Home Insurance Calculator.
If You Work From Home and Don’t Have This Insurance, You Could Be At Risk (The Washington Post, Feb. 2018)
Do You Need All-Risk Insurance Policy? (the balance, Dec. 2017)
Covering Risks through Property/Casualty Insurance (CPA Journal, Oct. 2017)
Misunderstanding Deductibles (Insurance Journal, Jul. 2017) E
What You Don't Know About Homeowners Insurance Could Cost You (Consumer Reports, Jun. 2017)
Game Plan (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Apr. 2016) E
Why Your Dog Needs Liability Insurance (USA Today, Mar. 2016)
Confronting Reality (Property & Casualty 360, Sept. 2015) E
3 Simple Steps (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Mar. 2015) E
After Napa Jolt, Quake-Proofing Your Homeowner’s Insurance (New York Times, Aug. 2014)
Five Things that Might Raise Your Homeowners Insurance Rate (Total Mortgage Blog, June 4, 2014)
Trampoline Safety: You Could be Liable for Injuries (The Legal Examiner, May 27, 2014)
Damage Hurts, Insurance Does Not: Differentiating the Variety of Insurances (Digital Journal, May 27, 2014)
Who Pays When Fallen Tree Crushes Neighbor’s Fence? (The Washington Post, May 23, 2014)
Homeowner's Insurance Market and Politics
It's Unclear If Homeowners' Insurance Covers Mudslide Damage (Los Angeles Times, Jan. 2018)
As California Burns, Here's What You Need to Know About Fire Insurance (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2017)
The Strange Story of How Florida's Lawmakers Subsidized Hurricane Insurance (The Washington Post, Sept. 2017)
Travelers to Offer Homeowners Insurance Discount for Smart Home Devices (Insurance Journal, Mar. 2016)
Soaring Insurance Rates Shock Home Owners (REALTOR® Magazine, Jul. 2013)
Building roof design critical to withstanding wind and hail: Risk managers can limit losses when storms hit (Business Insurance, July 2012) E
Other Ways the 'Foreclosure Crisis' Could Sting Homeowners (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 2010)
eBooks & Other Resources
The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Protect Yourself (Adobe eBook)
How to Insure Your Home (Adobe eBook)
Complete Book of Insurance (Adobe eReader)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
Risk Management in the Post 9/11 World (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 2004) HV 6431 In7r
Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home (Berkeley, CA: Nolo, 2007) HD 1341 B73
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