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How Homeowners Insurance Works


Homeowners Insurance Policies
Homeowners insurance protects your house in case of theft, vandalism or natural disaster. Learn about the different types of policies.
Homeowners insurance protects your house in case of theft, vandalism or natural disaster. Learn about the different types of policies.
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Different policies exist for renters, owners of mobile homes, people seeking bare bones coverage and those living in homes that are very old, but most homeowners will purchase what is called an HO-3 policy. This insurance policy covers your home and its contents against damage and theft, as well as you, the owner, against personal liability if someone is injured while on your property. This coverage also includes damage caused by pets and most major disasters, though floods and earthquakes require separate policies. Homeowners insurance does not cover problems that result from poor maintenance or general wear and tear. A basic homeowners insurance policy should also cover other structures on your property and should provide for living expenses in case you are not able to live at home after a fire or other insured disaster. The amount of coverage provided for each of these items varies depending on the insurer and the type of policy.