What to look for when choosing house insurance

While consumers undoubtedly do not want to overspend when settling a home insurance plan, they also do not want to spend too little on coverage and render it useless in the event of a worst case scenario.

While consumers undoubtedly do not want to overspend when settling a home insurance plan, they also do not want to spend too little on coverage and render it useless in the event of a worst case scenario.

Because of that, the Insurance Information Institute has gathered some useful tips on what to consider when deciding how much money to spend on insuring one's home.

The III recommends that enough insurance to cover all possessions that could be lost inside the house. While many housing insurance companies cover between 50 and 70 percent of the amount paid for coverage, the III suggests taking a home inventory of how much everything in the house costs. When doing so, remembering to account for the "actual cash value" of depreciated items versus their original value is also important to getting an accurate figure.

Regarding assets, which includes liability coverage in case someone is injured while at the house, the III says that most insurances provide at least $100,000 in coverage, but can be expanded using umbrella or excess liability policies that can cost up to $350 per $100,000 in additional coverage if needed.

When looking at insurance to cover the rebuilding of a house in the case of disaster, The III recommends simply that there be enough to completely rebuild the house if it is completely destroyed, which would include funding for debris removal and demolition.

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Posted: August 06, 2009

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