An inspection can help identify special features in your home.
Many people don’t know where to start to estimate home value when purchasing homeowner insurance. For some, the first instinct may be to insure the home based on mortgage value. Others may look at real estate market value, property tax basis or some other factor. But any of these values could be far less than the actual cost to rebuild, and that is the key consideration when buying insurance to protect against a loss.
There is no way to guarantee the cost to reconstruct your home in the event of a loss at some future date, but there are a couple of tools that can point you in the right direction. Read More
Life-saving technology can also add to medical costs.
Consumers often wonder what factors affect insurance premiums. One big factor is the rising cost of medical treatment.
General liability, homeowner, workers’ compensation and auto insurance claims all are affected by post-accident medical expenses. From initial emergency response and trauma care to surgery, physical therapy and beyond, medical services are essential to helping people recover from an accident. But these life-saving measures are also major expenditures that impact insurance rates. Read More
New car? Protect your investment.
It’s hard to describe that little rush you feel when you drive away from the dealership in a shiny new car. Whether it comes from knowing that you’ve finally purchased the car of your dreams, feeling proud that you’ve found a safe vehicle to transport your growing family, or realizing that you now have payments to make for the next three to five years, you’re definitely feeling a surge of energy as you head down the highway for the first time in a new vehicle.
One thing you shouldn’t have to feel is concern about car insurance, but especially when you’ve purchased a new car – which can depreciate as much as 15-20 percent in the first few years – you’ll rest better knowing you’ve got the right coverage.
Custom features can add to rebuilding costs.
“I could never sell my house for that!” How many times have we heard this said or even said it ourselves? It’s easy to experience sticker shock when we see the value our insurance company wants to place on our home.
Calculating replacement cost ̶ or more accurately, reconstruction cost ̶ is often a complicated process, and results can deviate widely from market price. It’s not unusual for rebuilding costs to be significantly higher than the cost of new construction.
Reconstruction cost is the cost to hire a contractor to replace the home as it is, in today’s marketplace using materials and design of similar quality. While the cost of materials plays a significant role in determining the valuation, many other factors need to be considered but often are overlooked. Read More