Tennessee Homeowners Insurance
Your home is one of the largest personal investments you will ever make.
That's why it is imperative to make sure it is covered by the best Tennessee
homeowner's insurance available.
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Getting Acquainted with Your Tennessee Homeowners Insurance
What is homeowner's insurance?
Homeowners insurance protects you from financial losses caused by disasters
and incidentals such as storms, fire and theft. A standard policy protects your
home and the items you keep in it. Homeowners insurance is also a "package
policy," which means that your Tennessee homeowner's insurance policy covers
both damage to your property and your liability for any injuries you or your
family members cause to other people.
Can I own a home without Tennessee homeowner's insurance?
You can legally own a home without homeowner's insurance, but if you have
financed the purchase of your home with a mortgage, your lender will most likely
require you to take out a homeowner's insurance policy. This protects their
investment in the event of fire, tornado and other disasters. Once your mortgage
is paid off no one will force you to keep your Tennessee homeowner's insurance,
but it is simply not worth the risk to cancel your policy and chance losing all
that you've invested in your home.
How do I choose my company?
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You will also want to think about the following while shopping:
- Consider your geography.
You are likely to pay more for
insurance in areas prone to severe weather and natural disasters. You may also
pay more for home insurance depending on your neighborhood — living in close
proximity to the fire department may cost you less, while buying that farm 20
miles out of town may cost you more as it would take longer for emergency help
to reach you.
- Learn to love maintenance.
Homeowners that file claims
for minor problems may pay higher premiums and could risk losing their
insurability, not to mention the fact that addressing smaller maintenance issues
can prevent a more substantial loss down the road.
- Choose wisely.
Before purchasing your Tennessee
homeowner's insurance, review the company's rankings on customer satisfaction,
check their complaint record and asses the company's financial security. Check
Tennessee's state department of insurance and such analyst companies as A.M.
Best and JD Power for unbiased information.
How do I know which policy is right for my home?
There are six basic types of Tennessee homeowner's insurance. Consider the
- HO-1: This basic policy covers your dwelling and personal
property against losses from 11 perils. Some of these perils include fire and
lightning; windstorm and hail; riot or civil misconduct; smoke; vandalism and
theft; damage caused by aircraft or vehicles, and volcanic eruption.
- HO-2: This basic "plus" policy covers the basic 11 perils
plus six more. These include weight of snow or ice; falling objects; electrical
damage, and three categories of water-related damage from home appliances and
- HO-3: This is an extended policy for special homeowner
items. It provides protection against 17 perils not cited in your
policy with the exceptions of earthquake, flood, war and nuclear accident.
- HO-4: This is a renter's policy which covers personal
property only from 17 perils.
- HO-6: This policy is for condominium owner coverage. HO-6
covers personal property from 17 perils in addition to other items or portions
of the building the policy holder owns.
- HO-8: This policy is suited for older homes and offers
protection from 11 perils. It differs from HO-1 in that it covers repairs or
actual cash values, but not rebuilding costs. Policy holders with HO-8
often own homes with special features (such as historic or architectural), which
add to the home's replacement cost.
Final Tips for Home Insurance Harmony
- Do your homework.
Shop around and ask about discounts.
Many insurers offer discounts to non-smokers and those who have
beefed up security in their home by installing additional smoke detectors,
dead-bolts and home security systems.
- Fight for your rights.
Make friends with your policy
and review it frequently — a disaster in your home is stressful enough.
You don't want any additional surprises when it's time to file a claim.
Find out if any items are excluded from your policy. You may
want to insure those items not covered.
- Take control.
Many consumers don't realize that when it
comes to their home insurance policy, they do have options that can
- Use your resources.
Tennessee's Department of Commerce
and Insurance provides a wealth of information to Tennessee consumers. Peruse
their website at www.state.tn.us/commerce, or contact them by phone at
615-741-2241 (direct your call to the Insurance Division).
When it comes to Tennessee homeowner's insurance, knowledge
is the key word.
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