Homeowners, Condo, and Renters Policy Types: The Differences
A homeowner’s policy is for people who own their own home. This may be either a house or a condominium unit. Essentially, if you are making payments on the home with ownership as the end goal you will typically need some type of homeowner’s insurance.
Homeowner’s insurance will cover the outside of the home and contents inside of your home. This will cover a majority of natural disasters (certain disasters like flood and earthquakes may be excluded but you may add extra coverage when desired) and will allow you to replace or rebuild damaged property. If your home is broken into and items are stolen, your insurance will help replace stolen items and pay for any related damage. There are many other things that can happen to your home such as plumbing breaks, fire, hail damage, etc. The home policies will contain certain limitations and it is important that you have an agent review with you to ensure the understanding of the policy as well as having the right coverage for your situation.
Condominium coverage can be very complex as the condo home policies are typically subject to the condo association’s bylaws and the unit owners’ responsibilities within them. It is highly recommended that condo owners work with an agent specifically trained in setting up condominium coverage. Our Member’s Assurance team will be happy to assist you if you wish to learn more.
With a renter’s policy, the coverage includes the inner contents of the home, apartment, or room that you are renting. Renter’s insurance also provides a basic amount of liability coverage, coverage for the break-ins, fires, and other circumstances that are beyond your control. Even though your landlord may have a homeowner’s policy on the building you are living, it does not cover your own personal items or liability as a renter, which is why renters insurance is essential.
Whether you own home, condo, or rent, this insurance coverage can be essential to protect your property and liability. Also, these policies can have other options for miscellaneous coverage such as identity theft and recovery as well as equipment breakdown for very reasonable premiums.
You may be surprised to see the wide range of prices you’ll find in comparing home insurance quotes. You can sometimes save hundreds of dollars by simply by choosing one company over another. However, the premium quotes are very heavily weighted based on coverage amounts selected. It is important that you obtain coverage advice from a licensed agent and get quotes from reliable carriers. Your Member’s Assurance independent agent is a good resource for this since they can accumulate multiple quotes from top carriers and compare coverage and premiums for you.