Homeowner insurance is divided into two parts: property protection and liability protection. You should also be aware of typical exclusions.
Part 1: Home insurance property protection
- Other structures
- Personal property
- Loss of use or additional living expenses
- Additional coverages
Part 2: Home insurance liability protection
- Medical payments
- Personal liability
What's not covered
Don't be surprised: There are several major risks that a standard homeowner policy does not cover. If you face these risks, you should strongly consider buying additional coverage.
This coverage provides for repair or replacement of your home due to an earthquake.
You'll need flood insurance to cover you against floods, flood-related erosion, abnormal tidal surges and mud flow.
Homeowner insurance and landslides
Homeowner policies usually don't cover damage due to land movement or landslides.
Homeowner insurance and mold
Some companies will allow you to buy additional coverage for mold.
Volcano coverage for your home and auto
Not all damage caused by a volcanic eruption is covered under your homeowner policy - you may need more coverage.
Other common things your basic policy doesn't cover
- Wear and tear, deterioration
- Maintenance issues, including slow water leaks
- Damage due to animals or rodents
- Foundation settling and cracking
- Additional things not covered by a standard policy