Homeowner's insurance is a type of insurance policy that combines many different types of protection applied to your home. The types of protection built into these policies include losses occurring to your home and its contents, loss of use, loss of other personal possessions of the home owner, cost of additional living expenses such as hotel costs, as well as liability insurance for accidents that may happen in the home.
The cost of obtaining homeowner's insurance depends on what it would cost to replace the house, as well as other items that are insured. The payment from the insured person to the insurer is called a premium. If you are the one purchasing insurance, you must pay the premium to the insurance company according to the type of payment schedule in your contract.
When calculating the amount of premium you must pay, the insurers take into consideration the likelihood of potential major damage or costs. Most insurers generally charge a lower premium if it appears that the insured property is less likely to be destroyed or damaged. For example, if your house is situated next to a fire station or is equipped with a sprinkler system and fire alarms, your premium will likely be lower than houses without those products and houses located far away from fire stations.
Required insurance for homeowners
Most home buyers borrow the cost to purchase their home in the form of a mortgage. In most cases, the mortgage lender requires the buyer to purchase homeowner's insurance as a condition of the loan in order to protect the bank if the home were to be destroyed. Anyone with an interest in the property should be listed on the insurance policy in order to protect his interest in it. If not, his assets will not be covered in case of damage or loss.