Home Insurance Guide for Beginning Home Buyers

Posted by Shawn Clayton on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 11:33am.

Home Insurance Guide for Beginning Home BuyersHomeowners insurance offers important protection for homeowners. When certain types of disasters cause damage to a house or when someone is injured on the property, insurance can protect homeowners from crippling financial liability. Once a home buyer makes an offer on a property, many buyers start the search for the right homeowners insurance policy. Knowing the purpose of homeowners insurance and the best ways to save money on insurance can help home buyers to choose the right policy.

Are Homeowners Required to Have Homeowners Insurance?

Homeowners are not legally required to have homeowners insurance, however, it is often a prerequisite or the home mortgage process. Mortgage lenders will require home buyers to get insurance before they will fund the buyer's loan. If the buyer fails to get homeowners insurance during the escrow period, then he or she will not be able to borrow money to own a house.

After the home is purchased, the mortgage lender will require the home owner to continue to pay for homeowners insurance. If the coverage lapses during the life of the loan, the lender will force the homeowner to pay for insurance. This type of insurance is often far more costly than the type of insurance that a homeowner can find on the open market.

Home buyers who pay in cash for their Red Bank home will not be required to pay for their homeowners insurance. However, a failure to obtain homeowners insurance can leave the homeowner at risk, so these home owners must decide for themselves whether or not they would like to pay for homeowners insurance policy.

What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

A typical homeowners insurance policy will cover disasters like theft, lightning, wind, fire, vandalism and hail damage. Homeowners insurance also protects pays for medical bills in the event that someone on the property is injured. If the home is completely destroyed by a covered event, like a fire, the insurance policy will either replace the home or pay the cash value of the home to the property owner.

Some types of disasters, like floods and earthquakes, are not typically covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. So homeowners who live in high-risk areas or in a waterfront home want to protect their homes from these particular events must seek special coverage. In high-risk flood areas, homeowners may be required to purchase this kind of insurance in order to get a mortgage. If the homeowner cannot obtain the insurance because the risk is too great, the homeowner may not be able to purchase that home with a loan.

Is Homeowners Insurance Worth the Investment?

Homeowners insurance protects homeowners. Homeowners insurance ensures that homeowners facing large repair bills after a covered disaster won't have to pay out of pocket for the majority of their home repairs. This helps ensure that even a homeowner who is short on cash will have the resources they need to repair a home after it becomes damaged.

What Can A Homeowner Do to Save Money on Homeowners Insurance?

There are many ways that homeowners can save money on homeowners insurance, including:

  • Opt to pay a higher deductible.
  • Get homeowners insurance and car insurance through the same company.
  • Shop around for an affordable policy.
  • Pay annually instead of monthly.

Homeowners who follow these tips can find ways to save money on their homeowners insurance policy. Homeowners seeking more information about getting homeowners insurance can find out more by talking to their insurance agent. A good agent can help homeowners by providing them with an affordable quote.

Shawn Clayton, Owner/Broker, REALTORĀ®

Jersey Shores Luxury Home Expert
732-295-2222

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