North Carolina Home Insurance

Purchasing a home is the biggest investment that most people will ever make. And finding the right North Carolina home insurance you need to protect that investment is a must.

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North Carolina Home Insurance: The Basics

Your NC home insurance policy protects your home from damage incurred in the course of living. In addition, it protects you from financial duress by paying for any bodily injury or property damage for which you are liable.

Your North Carolina home insurance policy protects your home from damage incurred in the course of living. In addition, it protects you from financial duress by paying for any bodily injury or property damage for which you are liable.

Your home insurance company will act on your behalf by negotiating a settlement, defending you in court and paying any judgments against you.

If you finance your home, the bank may require you to insure it for at least the amount of your home loan. However, most North Carolina insurance policies require coverage of at least 80 percent of the home's replacement value.

Types of Homeowner's Policies

Many types of North Carolina home insurance policies are available, so examine offerings closely to determine which policy type best suits your needs.

Most common types of coverage::

  • Broad Form (HO-2)—covers a single-family dwelling or townhouse against only specifically-listed perils.
  • Special Form (HO-3)—covers a single-family dwelling or townhouse against all risks except those specifically excluded.
  • Enhanced Form (HE-7 and HE-20)— These policies are enhancements to the HO-3 policy. For a comparison of these coverages click on the link below.
  • Homeowner's Contents Broad Form (HO-4) —provides coverage for a renter's personal property, but not the building itself.
  • Homeowner's Unit-Owner's Form (HO-6) —covers a condominium owner's personal property, as well as any portion of the building he or she owns.
  • Homeowner's Modified Coverage Form (HO-8) —insures the structure of an older home based on actual cash value.

HO-3 policy vs HE-7 and HE-20 policy forms.

What Determines Your Premium

North Carolina homeowner's insurance premiums can vary. We will help you find the best policy with the greatest value..

Several factors influence how much your premium costs you. These include:

  1. Type of construction: Your home's ability to withstand or minimize loss has an impact on your premium. In addition, frame houses usually cost more to insure than brick houses.
  2. Age of your home: New homes may qualify for discounts. Some companies are hesitant to insure very old homes.
  3. Location: Urban areas have higher crime rates than rural areas, and rural areas tend to have fewer resources for fire protection. Both of these issues can affect your premium.
  4. Deductibles: The higher your deductible, or the amount you pay before the insurance company begins paying, the lower your premium.
  5. Amount of coverage: The amount of home insurance you purchase helps determine premium rates.
  6. Claims History: The number of claims that you have can influence your insurance rates, and may even make getting insurance difficult. Some companies are not willing to insure individuals with a certain amount of claims in a given time period. At this point you may have to find coverage in the state insurance plan.
  7. Credit History: Your credit record can also impact your rates. Understanding your credit and protecting it is very important.
  8. Additional coverage: Any extra coverage or additional coverage types you add raisees your premium. However, these coverage can be well worth the extra money spent.

How Much You Need

It is essential to buy enough North Carolina home insurance coverage to protect yourself and your family in case of loss. Many homeowners do not have adequate home coverage, which means their loss would be greater than what their insurance company would pay to replace that loss in case of a claim.

To determine how much North Carolina homeowner's insurance you need, consider the kind of coverage you want, how much you are able to pay for it, how much your home is worth and the value of its contents. Then decide whether you want to insure your home for its replacement cost or actual cash value. (Replacement cost is what it would cost to rebuild your home based on today's prices, whereas actual cash value is what your home would sell for in today's market.)

Regardless which home insurance method you use, keep track of what your home is worth, and check with your North Carolina home insurance agent yearly to determine if your property is adequately insured.

Contact us now for a coverage review and Home Insurance Quote!

We hope this information answers your questions concerning North Carolina homeowner's insurance. Now protect your home by taking action!

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Flood Insurance

North Carolina home insurance policies Do Not cover flood damage. If you live in a flood plain, near a river or if you live near the coast, you should consider purchasing flood insurance for your home. Your lender may require flood insurance if your home is located in a flood plain.

Just because your home is not in a designated flood plain, do not assume you will never incur flood damage. Contact us today for a flood insurance quote.

For a flood insurance quote.

For a complete home insurance consumer guide from the NC department of insurance click here.

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