What every new homeowner should know about home insurance

Your home is most likely the biggest investment you will ever make in your life. That makes protecting your investment even more important. Home insurance protects lots of different things and all of them are customizable. You need to make sure you have the right type and amount of home insurance. Your independent insurance agent is here to help you make that choice. In Michigan, Shield Insurance Agency has a team of experts who are here for you.

You can choose the type of content coverage you want

Two types of content coverage are available to homeowners. The less expensive option is actual cash value. This pays you what something is worth today. What that means is your 10-year-old washing machine won’t have the value you need to get a new washing machine today. If you want to be able to actually replace things, you need to have replacement cost coverage.

Many things are a liability

Part of your home insurance is liability coverage. This protects you and the members of your family from lawsuits against you. It also pays for medical expenses if someone is hurt while visiting your home. If you have a dog, a pool, or a trampoline, you are at increased risk and should take that into account when choosing the amount of liability coverage you choose.

Home insurance doesn’t cover everything

Like most types of insurance, home insurance has some exclusions. Some may surprise you. Flooding is not a covered peril. Sewer backup is also not covered. Earthquakes and other types of earth movement are also excluded. Termite damage as well as other pest damage is not covered, since as a homeowner it is up to you to protect your home from these types of damage.

When you are ready to get your home insurance, Shield Insurance Agency will be here to help.

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