Criminals do not just come out during the night time.
Criminals don’t just come out at night
Most of us think of burglars as night owls. While that may have been true in the past, most burglaries happen during the day while homeowners are at work.
Make sure your house is locked and install a security system to discourage thieves.
Having your home broken into can be very distressing. Being robbed of valuables or sentimental precious items can be both a financial and, at the same time, emotional suffering.
- Buy an alarm system.
- Do not leave any house key outside.
- Secure to lock all doors and windows every time you leave the house.
- Notify a trusted neighbour if you will be away for more than a few days.
If you run a home base business, consider Commercial Insurance Package that includes Crime insurance protects your business against different sorts of threats, causing unexpected expenses and wasted time. It includes Employee Dishonesty; Theft, Burglary or Robbery; Fraud and Expenses resulting from a Crime loss.
How much does commercial property insurance cost?
Deciding how you'll pay for commercial property insurance mainly depends on the value of all your company assets, including your building. Other factors that also define your premium are based on risk, including the following:
- Location. Are storms and other natural calamities prone to visit the location?
- Construction. Is your commercial building constructed with fireproof materials? Does it have an upgraded or new electrical wiring, plumbing and HVAC?
- Occupancy. What is your industrial to realtor's office generally carries less risk than a restaurant or repair shop?
- Fire and theft protection. How far is the nearest fire station? How about the nearest fire hydrant station?
Most homeowner insurance in the Canadian market is a combination of the following insurance types
- Liability Insurance
- The buildings,
- loss of use (additional living expenses),
- or loss of other personal possessions
Most importantly, the homeowner insurance provides some financial relief against disasters.
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As above, homeowner insurance is a multiple-line insurance policy that includes property insurance and liability coverage. It comes as an indivisible premium; that insured only pay a single premium for all that declared on the insurance policy.
Liability, damage to property caused by the owner or members of his/her family to other people, and damage caused by household pets. (see homeowner with dogs)
The insurance policy is a form of agreement between the insurance company and the homeowner (known as insured).
This contract indemnity and return the insured back to the financial state before the loss.
Home insurance policy, like most insurance policy, will have exclusion, including floods or war, including a nuclear explosion from any source—this exclusion, amongst other standard exclusions (like termites). In exceptional cases such as flood, separately and additional insurance can be purchase. Insurance price varies to reflect the cost of replacement, usually upon applying an inflation factor or a cost index.
All homeowner insurance packages will have liability bundled with building, contents and other extension coverage.
For this section of liability, insurance will cover property damage caused by the owner or members of his/her family to other people and damage caused by household pets.
Insurance policies will have exclusions on liability coverage. The most common exclusions are:
- Depreciation or wear-and-tear maintenance. (see)
- Faulty workmanship of builder or contractors
- Mechanical or electrical breakdown
- Amount over the limits of the policy
- Vacant or empty home, or if it is rented out to tenants
The building coverage protects both the primary and detached structures. It may include garages, sheds, and back houses on the property up to a limit. Always ensure the property is covered sufficiently with replacement costs.
Different insurers may not cover particular structures such as boundary walls, fences, gates, paths, drives or swimming pools, so it is essential to check the specific policy wording.
Contents insurance covers personal belonging, such as furniture, clothes, electronics, etc.
Most insurance will limit the amount of money paid out for each category of items. Each policy may vary in the amount of coverage provided. The option to schedule your personal property can be purchase separately.
Most buildings and content insurance offer on a "named perils" and "open perils" types. A "named perils" policy provides coverage for a loss specifically listed on the policy. If it's not listed, it's not covered.
"All Perils" policy is broader in the sense that it will provide coverage for losses on everything except exclusions on the insurance policy. Detail breakdown of these package follows.
There are various types of content coverage on homeowner insurance. The Named Peril is a type that describes how insurance protects against perils in a loss claim. It covers only the list of risk found in the insurance policy. This type of policy mostly protects vacant or unoccupied buildings.
- Windstorm or hail
- Aircraft or vehicle collision
- Riot or civil commotion
- All basic-form perils
- Burglary, break-in damage
- Falling objects (e.g. tree limbs)
- Weight of ice and snow
- Freezing of plumbing
- Accidental water damage
- Artificially generated electricity
Another special form coverage, and it is the most inclusive. The difference with "named peril" policies is that they provide coverage to all losses unless specifically excluded. Insured will be cover on a peril that not on the exclusion lists.
If something happens to your home, and unfortunately, the event is listed on the exclusions list, it will not provide coverage.
Exclusions list of homeowner insurance including:
- bylaw or Ordinance of law
- Movement of earth or Earthquake
- Power failure
- Nuclear hazard
- Intentional acts
So, in short,
i) Named peril will cover only on the list
ii) All Peril will not cover if it is on the list (of exclusion)
Most insurance companies like to differentiate their insurance package offer with names like Comprehensive, Broad or standard. Except for features such as additional living, claim free protection, cyber and more others, the major differences are the building and content. Take a look at the comparison matrix: