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The program features or coverage descriptions outlined on this site are general and for information purposes only. Your policy terms and conditions would determine actual claim coverage in the event of a loss.

For most people, their home is their single most valuable possession and their biggest investment. Homeowners insurance protects your investment as well as your family and your household possessions. If you suddenly lose your home due to fire or natural disaster, or the contents are damaged or stolen, you probably couldn't afford to replace everything all at once. If you are sued because of injury or damage caused by you on your property, the cost of defending that suit could run into thousands of dollars in legal fees regardless of the outcome of the suit.

Most homeowners insurance policies have features that allow you to custom design a policy that's right for you. Traditional homeowners programs offer protection for your home's structures, protection for your personal property, and liability coverages.

If you own a condominium, your condo association probably has a master policy that insures all the property and common areas that are collectively owned by the unit owners. These policies usually cover the actual structure of your home, so you don't need to purchase this coverage separately. However, the association policy doesn't cover your personal property or your legal responsibility, and it may not cover improvements you make inside your unit.

If you rent your home, your landlord or property owner probably has insured your building. However, this policy doesn't cover your personal possessions within your apartment. Renters insurance would protect you in the event of a loss.

Homeowners insurance is designed to return your home and possessions to the same condition they were in before a loss occurred. Many different types of policies are available, and not all coverages are the same or are available in all states. Choosing the right coverage is important. Here are some things to consider:

  1. The structure of your home, which includes the cost of rebuilding or repairing if it is damaged or destroyed by covered perils. Most policies have specific exclusions. Make sure you understand what causes of loss aren't covered.
  2. Your personal property. Know the value of your home's contents.
  3. Liability coverages. Think about the assets you need to protect in the event of a lawsuit against you.

 

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*21st Century is not affiliated with Homesite Insurance. The 21st Century Homeowners Insurance Program is underwritten by member companies of the Homesite Insurance group, a leading provider of homeowners, renters and condominium insurance. Member companies include: Homesite Insurance Company, Homesite Indemnity Company, Homesite Insurance Company of California, Homesite Insurance Company of Florida, Homesite Insurance Company of Illinois, Homesite Insurance Company of the Midwest, Homesite Insurance Company of New York, Homesite Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, and Homesite Lloyd's of Texas.
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