That summer dip could cost you. Garden pool may be bad idea
That summer dip could cost
Many homeowners dream of installing a pool on their property. Before you plan your dream pool, talk to your insurance agent. You don't want to end up drowning in insurance premiums.
A ten thousand dollar investment in a home theatre system compared with a ten thousand dollar swimming pool will have different impacts on insurance. It's not the money, but rather, it's about the risk.
What Are The Risks?
Ask these questions to determine the risk before beginning your construction of having a pool
- How was the structure, the pump, maintenance, disinfection. Chances of leak that ruin the foundation of your building or your neighbour's building
- The area around an inground pool is concrete, it gets slippery when it's wet, and falls can be dangerous. Is there any precautious installation?
- Do you host poolside BBQ with friends? After a few beers, it can be dangerous. Added risk if you have children, poolside horseplay is dangerous.
- Any safety precaution. The fence blocking kids or neighbour's pet from getting in and drown in the pool?
- How deep is the pool? Too deep will increase the risk of drowning. Too shallow will risk someone hitting their head on the bottom of the pool, especially when installing a diving board.
Pools are considered an "attractive nuisance." in the eyes of insurance. That means the homeowner still be liable even if some trespasser injures or drown themselves. Not only will it increase homeowners insurance premium due to the increased property value, but there is also the additional cost of insuring the pool itself due to increased risk
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: