First Time Home Buyer? Here’s What To Look Out For!
So you’ve found the home you are going to buy, after searching for months, saving up a down payment, and deciding all of your wants and needs in the buying process. You have borrowed a lot of money through the procurement of a mortgage, or you may have even saved up enough money to buy a house outright. If you have done this, we need to talk about savings strategies.
Why You Need A Home Insurance Policy
Now, what happens if it all goes away? Fires happen when least expected, and water can damage a property far more than anything else while you aren’t even aware that the damage is happening. I don’t want to scare you about buying a house, but after 5 years in insurance I have already seen most anything that can happen, from a person buying a house and having it burn down within a week, to a person removing coverage for sewer backup a month or two before experiencing the first sewer backup they have ever had in 20 years of home ownership.
This is where home insurance comes in. Your mortgage will require that you purchase fire insurance in order to qualify for a mortgage, but I recommend not simply buying fire insurance. For a start, the coverage is incredibly basic, and with most insurers actually costs more than a more comprehensive home owners insurance policy. Home insurance can seem like a large cost, but when treated as it should be treated, it is one of the smallest investments you can make in protecting your home.
What A Home Insurance Policy Covers
A typical home insurance policy will cover for fire, lightning, smoke, pipes bursting, vandalism, theft and attempted theft, windstorm, and hail. Your insurance broker will explain the differences which exist between insurers, as they will walk you through the process in order to find the right match for your needs and budget. Your broker would also go through with you what types of losses are not covered on a policy automatically but can be added, as well as those which are not included but cannot be purchased.
What Is Involved In The Home Insurance Policy Process
Your insurance broker will go through the valuation of your property, ensuring that it is insured to its correct value. This value in 99% of cases will be different from the amount that you paid. Your mortgage will require that you insure to at least the mortgage value, but with insurance we look at full replacement cost. This means the full cost to rebuild your house from the ground up, including removal of debris, in the event of a total loss to the house. I have seen situations where this amount is less than a person’s mortgage, and I have seen situations where this amount is significantly more than a person’s mortgage. In situations where this amount is less than the mortgage, we look to insure on a higher form of coverage called guaranteed replacement cost, but this isn’t always available on a house depending on its age and updates done to the house since new.
There are many things we will ask you about the house, so it is a good idea to come to a meeting with your broker prepared to know a lot about the house. Some information you will know from having looked at the house, but much of it won’t be readily accessible without having a home inspection completed. For instance, we would need to know what type of pipes are in the house, when the last update to the plumbing was done, what type of electrical wiring, how many amps the electrical panel is, when the electrical system was last updated, what material is the roof, when was it last replaced, what kind of heating system is there, what the fuel used is, when it was last replaced, is there a fireplace, is it a fireplace insert or a fireplace… The list goes on and on.
If not all of this information is known, don’t worry greatly. It may mean that there will be higher premiums as we won’t be able to conclusively say when an update was last done, but once you move in, much of this information should be available as the install years for heating and electrical systems are typically stamped on these. So together we can work with you to obtain coverage for you for the possession date, which can be changed after, but the absolute must knows are: how many amps is the panel, what type of wiring, is there wood fuel heating in the house. Know these three answers and we can generally get you coverage with the listing details.
Are You A First Time Home Buyer? Contact Campbell & Haliburton Insurance
- Give Campbell & Haliburton a call at 306-757-0621
- Send us an email or contact Campbell & Haliburton online
- If you are unsure who you usually speak with, or if you would like to speak to one of our team of experts email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.
- If you are comfortable, please stop by our office and we can talk in person. We have safety procedures in place, hand sanitizer readily available, Plexiglas in place, and home insurance experts waiting to answer any questions you have. We are here for you.
As you walk out of our door, you can do so with the assurance that you are covered with the home insurance that best meets your needs. If you don’t have an insurance broker and want to talk to someone who is truly passionate about your insurance, contact us at Campbell & Haliburton Insurance. We would love to talk to you.
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**(This is a general overview. There are many different insurance companies, and there are always differences in insurance policies. For specific details on your policy and coverage, we recommend that you contact your agent or broker.)