Home insurance, also commonly called hazard insurance or homeowner’s insurance (often abbreviated in the US real estate industry as HOI), is a type of property insurance that covers a private residence. It is an insurance policy that combines various personal insurance protections, which can include losses occurring to one’s home, its contents, loss of use (additional living expenses), or loss of other personal possessions of the homeowner, as well as liability insurance for accidents that may happen at the home or at the hands of the homeowner within the policy territory.
Homeowner’s policy is referred to as a multiple-line insurance policy, meaning that it includes both property insurance and liability coverage, with an indivisible premium, meaning that a single premium is paid for all risks. In the US standard forms divide coverage into several categories, and the coverage provided is typically a percentage of Coverage A, which is coverage for the main dwelling.
The cost of homeowner’s insurance often depends on what it would cost to replace the house and which additional endorsements or riders are attached to the policy. The insurance policy is a legal contract between the insurance carrier (insurance company) and the named insured(s). It is a contract of indemnity and will put the insured back to the state he/she was in prior to the loss. Typically, claims due to floods or war (whose definition typically includes a nuclear explosion from any source) are excluded from coverage, amongst other standard exclusions (like termites). Special insurance can be purchased for these possibilities, including flood insurance. Insurance is adjusted to reflect the cost of replacement, usually upon application of an inflation factor or a cost index.
The home insurance policy is usually a term contract, i.e. a contract that is in effect for a fixed period of time. The payment the insured makes to the insurer is called the premium. The insured must pay the insurer the premium each term. Most insurers charge a lower premium if it appears less likely the home will be damaged or destroyed: for example, if the house is situated next to a fire station or is equipped with fire sprinklers and fire alarms; if the house exhibits wind mitigation measures, such as hurricane shutters; or if the house has a security system and has insurer-approved locks installed. Perpetual insurance, a type of home insurance without a fixed term, can also be obtained in certain areas.
General LiabilityThe Commercial General Liability Policy typically extends coverage for property damage, bodily injury, personal and advertising injury and medical payments as long as it is not excluded in the liability section of the general liability insurance policy that you purchase.
Choosing the correct amount of coverage is important to protect yourself or your company financially.Call us at 800-998-0662 to discuss your business insurance needs.
Commercial AutoIn addition to general liability insurance you may also need to purchase commercial auto insurance for your work vehicles.
Property damage or injuries caused with vehicles used in your business and insured under a personal auto insurance policy could be denied by your personal car insurance company.
Call us at 800-998-0662 to see if you might be eligible for an artisan insurance policy.
Tool CoverageDid you know that your tools, equipment, and supplies are not covered by your general liability or commercial auto policy?
Example: $2,000 of tools are taken from your truck and a claim is submitted to both policies...your company will not cover the claim!
You need to add coverage for tools, equipment, and supplies to your policy for coverage to extend.
Call us at 800-998-0662 to learn how your tools and equipment may be covered.
Workers’ Comp.Workers compensation insurance is likely the law for the state in which you do business.
In some cases we can obtain Workers compensation insurance for roofers.
Call us at 800-998-0662 to learn if workers compensation for roofers is available in your state with our company. Workers comp is not available in the state of Ohio.