You might know that you are paying a premium for homeowner’s insurance
(HOI) but, if you are like most people in Texas, you probably don’t
know what is covered, exactly. In your defense, this is not your fault.
Insurance companies like to use either vague language to keep you wondering,
or overly-complex legalese to deter you from reading your policy contract
at all. If you are running into trouble with your insurance company now,
or if you are just worried about hitting major snags in the future, you
should know now what is usually covered in homeowner’s insurance
in the state of Texas.
What Payments Can I Collect?
The average homeowner’s insurance policy will pay you for damage
done to your home, adjacent structures (like a garage), and personal property,
such as appliances, clothing, and large pieces of furniture. They also
usually compensate you for basic living expenses and shelter if your home
is deemed unsafe or unlivable while it is being repaired. Lastly, your
HOI probably helps you in case someone sues with a
premises liability claim, meaning they get hurt on your property. If they win their case, your
HOI will cover up to a certain percentage of their winnings, as well as
some of their medical bills.
What Events Trigger Coverage?
Not everything is covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance
plan, such as damage caused by your own behavior; you can’t throw
a rock through the window and expect them to pay for it. However, most
common occurrences are, or if they are not, you can add them to your policy
for an additional cost.
Most homeowner’s insurance policies will cover losses caused by:
One of the biggest sources of contention with insurance plans is damaged
caused by water. The average plan will cover “unexpected”
water damage but will
not include water damage caused by
burst plumbing or
seasonal flooding. Although common sources of water damage, they generally need to be added
onto HOIs, if they can be purchased at all.
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