Few people do as we counsel and consult with an insurance agent to create a custom homeowners’ insurance policy. That is why we at Linda Dugan Insurance wanted to offer this blog to explain the add-ons to a standard home insurance policy your Astoria, OR home might need. While a standard homeowners’ policy covers the major named perils and provides for an average person’s liability level that may not fit your life and your needs.
This blog explains the three most common options a homeowner has to increase coverage of a standard homeowners’ policy. You could add the following:
- other structures coverage,
- increasing liability coverage,
- adding liability coverage for a home-based business.
Other Structures Coverage
Your property consists of more than just your house. You also have a driveway, walkway, and perhaps a porch, patio, fence, retaining wall, shed, workshop, pool house, swimming pool, etc. Your home policy can cover these, too. Some standard policies include a tiny bit of other structures coverage – about 10 percent of the house’s total value. This may not cover your other structures completely though. If your home valuation put its value at $150,000 you would have about $15,000 of cover for other structures. If a derecho or tornado struck your property, tearing down your workshop, fence, and swimming pool, you would not have enough coverage to re-build all three and replace the equipment inside the workshop.
Increasing Personal Property Coverage
You might need to increase the level of personal property coverage for your home. You would need added coverage if you have an expensive hobby like photography or vast audio-visual equipment for a home theater. Storing family heirlooms or expensive jewelry on the property provides another reason to add to your property coverage. Doing so ensures that your insurance covers your loss in full if a named peril like a tornado occurs.
Adding to Your Liability Coverage
If you run a home-based business or regularly hold meetings at your home for your business, increase this coverage. Your standard home liability covers personal visits, but not conducting business from your home. Your insurance agent can tailor the coverage to include business coverage.
You can protect your Astoria, OR home and Linda Dugan Insurance can help. Contact us today for more information on customizing your home insurance.