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  • Writer's pictureLucy Viggiano

What type of claims are covered in a home owners insurance policy?

In a standard homeowners insurance policy, there are several types of claims that are typically covered. Since you're involved in the life safety industry, it's essential to understand these coverages to provide informed advice to your clients. Here are some common types of claims covered by a homeowners insurance policy:

  1. Dwelling Coverage: This covers damage to the main structure of the home, including the roof, walls, floors, and foundation. It typically includes damage from perils like fire, windstorms, hail, lightning, and vandalism.

  2. Personal Property Coverage: This covers the contents of your home, such as furniture, appliances, and personal belongings, in case they are damaged or stolen. It often includes coverage for items outside the home, like those in a storage unit.

  3. Liability Coverage: This protects homeowners from legal responsibility if someone is injured on their property and sues for damages. It also covers damage caused by the homeowner or their pets to others' property.

  4. Additional Living Expenses (ALE) Coverage: If your home becomes uninhabitable due to a covered loss, ALE coverage can pay for temporary living expenses like hotel bills, meals, and transportation.

  5. Medical Payments to Others: This coverage pays for medical expenses if someone is injured on your property, regardless of fault. It can help avoid legal disputes for minor injuries.

  6. Loss of Use Coverage: This is similar to ALE coverage and helps cover the costs of living elsewhere while your home is being repaired or rebuilt due to a covered loss.

  7. Other Structures Coverage: This covers structures on your property that are not part of the main dwelling, such as detached garages, sheds, or fences.

It's important to note that homeowners insurance policies may have specific exclusions and limitations, so policyholders should carefully review their coverage and consider adding endorsements or riders for additional protection if needed. Additionally, coverage can vary between insurance companies and policy types, so it's advisable to consult with an insurance agent or broker to tailor a policy to your specific needs.

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