Are you hosting a family reunion or neighborhood party at your house or perhaps an apartment? Before you have that big event in your home, it’s wise in this litigious age to ensure you are protected.
We all have that one uncle who drinks a little too much at Thanksgiving and then stumbles into something valuable and breaks it. It would be unfortunate if you were under the impression that your insurance policy covered such incidents when they were not.
Here are some things you will want to ensure are in your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy.
If an accident happens, take these steps:
If the structure of your home or apartment is damaged or any of the property inside of it, take the following steps.
If you have made your home safe and know what your policy covers, you can rest easy when guests arrive at your party that you are prepared.
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In the Lakeland and Plant City areas, many homes have crossed the century mark. These beautiful old southern homes can be enticing, but restoring them can have hidden costs. Several factors should be considered before taking on a fixer-upper; do-it-yourself, or contracted home renovation.
A lower-priced listing on a two-story Victorian home can be tempting. Restoring a fixer-upper and increasing its value is an excellent way to increase your net worth. But do you know what’s involved? Renovating a home takes time, effort, and capital. The size of a renovation will dictate how long it takes; a fixer-upper can take up to a year to finish. As the home is worked on, there will be hammers hammering, saws cutting, voices shouting, and footsteps on the roof.
If this sounds like too much of a disruption for your family, you should avoid taking on the project. However, if you can take the bang and clatter of renovation, it can be rewarding both personally and financially.
The saying “location, location, location” carries just as much weight now as it did a century ago. You want to find a fixer-upper to restore in an area where real estate prices are upswing, not the opposite. Factors like crime rates, school ratings, and undesirable things like liquor stores or strip clubs should all be considered before deciding.
The condition of the home you are going to purchase makes a difference in the success of its renovation. It is weathered and only needs a coat of paint and new shingles. Did termites ravage it? Did squatters use it as a drug den before it was put up for sale?
The difference between cosmetic repairs and replacing 70% of the structure can mean thousands of dollars more. Electric wiring should be considered the cost if the home is over 50 years old. Fuse boxes and old wiring can’t handle the load that today’s electronics and appliances put on them and will have to be replaced.
Do you want a 19th or 20th-century floorplan in the 21st century? Do you like the charm of a room centered around a fireplace, or do you like wide-open areas where a high-definition TV is the center of attention? If the latter is the case, support walls in an older home may not be able to be knocked out for expansion. Air conditioning may not flow well in a house that was never intended to have it. Ensure the layout gives you enough square footage for your family to live comfortably. Lifestyle is a significant point to consider when deciding to live in a home that has existed since the Civil War.
Before restoring an old home, you should create a realistic budget. Make sure there are allocations for the cost of unforeseen issues. This will save you from going over budget. Here are a few of the things to consider in your budget:
Remember to shop for the best financing on your home or seek a Federal Housing Administration 203k loan which lets borrowers purchase a property and finance the renovation cost. Once you have received funding, don’t gold-plate your renovation project. Don’t add a new wing or an addition that will put you over budget and ruin the aesthetics of a home.
Saving a piece of history by renovating a home can be a rewarding experience; just be sure it is an experience you are prepared to have.
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Lock Insurance has been in business for quite a while and has been through several hurricanes, but Hurricane Irma showed who and what was covered. Many insured do not realize how high their deductible is for Hurricanes. We also found that they did not know there was a lower hurricane deductible option.
In Florida, the 2%, 5%, and 10% deductible is a calendar year deductible, meaning it is a percentage of your structure amount dwelling. For instance, 100,000 thousand dollar houses with a 2% deductible would result in the homeowner being responsible for the first 2,000 dollars from a named storm event.
What happens if there are multiple named storms in a single calendar year and you have to file more than one hurricane claim? Once your deductible has been met, you have no further deductible responsibility for that year.
Some carriers have offered Hurricane Deductibles as low as 500.00 dollars in the past few years.
Contact us today and find out more so you will not be caught with High out-of-pocket costs for minimal difference in price when the next storm is coming in.
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Whether it’s damage due to a natural disaster, an unexpected accident, or a break-in, knowing when you should file a home insurance claim and what the consequences will be is essential.
When should you file a homeowners insurance claim? What will that mean for your future rates or eligibility for a new policy with a new carrier? Here are some things to consider before contacting your insurance company.
When making a home insurance claim, the first thing to consider is whether your current policy will cover the claim. You should know exactly what your insurance covers before making a claim; however, checking on the specific claim you will make before contacting your insurance company will give you the upper hand.
Once you have determined whether you are eligible, the next thing to consider is whether a claim is necessary. There may be instances when the deductible for your particular claim is higher than the costs. In that case, a claim would be a waste of time. You may also want to consider if the overall cost is worth any potential rate increases resulting from a claim.
If you decide to claim, arming yourself with all the necessary information will make the process go quickly and smoothly. Be sure you have all your insurance policy documents readily available. You should also gather as many documents related to the claim-repair estimates, police reports, and photographs. It is also a good idea to keep track of all contacts with your insurance provider in case a dispute occurs.
In most cases, claiming your home insurance is a good idea. Keeping calm, organized, and informed can make the process stress-free. Most notably, contact us for advice.Continue Reading