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Many homeowners don't know exactly what their home insurance covers, just that they need an active policy in place in order to prevent a serious strain on their finances. These policies are designed to not only protect the home itself, but to also protect one's belongings, their outside property, and even medical and legal issues that take place in or around their home. Here is a closer look at the benefits of these policies and exactly what they will and will not cover.

Homeowners insurance will change between every single provider and policy package. Primarily, these policies are designed to cover some or all of the costs for repairing or replacing the structure of the house or items within that house after an accident. Some of the most common forms of damage include fire, broken water pipes, explosions, and even civil commotions. In the event that criminals vandalize a home or steal from the property, homeowner's insurance will help to reduce the costs of replacing these items.

Anyone that owns their own home must have homeowners insurance in place in order to protect their private assets. While these policies are not required by law in every state and county, most lenders will not offer home loans or a mortgage unless a home is fully covered by insurance. The overall cost of the policy will depend on the type of home that has been purchased, the location of the home, the value of the belongings within the home, and what the deductibles and payments will be set at.

In addition to basic coverage for one's property, a number of riders can be added to home insurance in order to cover any odd events. Those that live in an area prone to floods may want to have a number of natural disasters covered by their policy while others will want to increase their liability coverage if a friend or neighbor is injured on their property. For those with children that are living in dorms on campus, these policies may even be extended to the student's personal property that is kept within their dorm room away from the house.

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