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09 Mar

Home insurance tips for condominium owners

Posted in Home Insurance on 09.03.12

When you own a single home, the home insurance you will get covers for the structure as well as personal belongings inside the house such as computers, clothes, furniture among others. The scenario is different when you have a condo, the insurance policy only covers the structure and not what is inside your condo unit.

If you are purchasing a condo, make sure you also get an insurance policy that will protect your personal properties inside your home. These insurance policies which protects the content of your condo are not expensive coverages and can prevent loss of your possessions.

Typically you need a content insurance which is about one fifth of the value of your condo. Say your condo unit is worth $400,000 then you need a content insurance of around $80,000. There might be a need for some liability policy to come with the coverage.

Know the requirements

You need to coordinate with your condo association if they require certain policies for owners. Depending on their bylaws, condo associations might impose a certain amount of coverage for individual condo owners. This may apply for other insurance policies they may require as well. Before purchasing an insurance, make sure you or your lawyer checks with the condo board because you need to abide by them.

Flood Zone

If you are in a flood zone, you also need a flood insurance. There are certain states though that require every homeowner to have a flood insurance regardless if they are in a low or high risk area.

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