Homeowner’s insurance is an important part of owning a home in Westchester, NY, as it offers a variety of protection when damage occurs to the structure. Home insurance also offers personal liability protection in the event someone in the home damages someone else’s property or injures another individual. Because this type of insurance is so important, it must be reviewed periodically to ensure your coverage is still adequate. Here are a few instances when your policy should be reevaluated, which is something we can help you with here at ASZ International Inc.
After a Remodel or Home Add-on
When you remodel your home or increase the property’s square footage, the home’s resale value will increase. Because of this, there is a good chance that you will be left under-insured by your existing homeowner’s insurance policy.
Once the construction work has been completed, you should request that the contractor provide you with an estimate of the cost that it would take to rebuild the home after the renovation. With this estimate, you should consider increasing your dwelling coverage.
Following a Pool Installation
Swimming pools have long been known to be an insurance risk. The reason for this is due to the fact that there is a chance for diving board injuries, slips and falls, and other pool-related injuries to occur. In addition, pools are considered attractive nuisances, meaning that local children could try to use the pool without your knowledge. In the event this happens, you could still be held responsible for an injury.
Therefore, if you have a pool installed on your property, you will need to have your personal liability coverage reevaluated. In addition, you should take preventive measures to ensure your pool is safe and secure, such as having a fence with a locking gate installed around the pool.
After Efficiency Upgrades
Believe it or not, there are some upgrades that can be performed on your home that actually help reduce your homeowner’s insurance premiums. Therefore, you will want to inform your insurance company of these (and any) upgrades immediately.
Some of the most common upgrades that can help lower your premiums include a new roof, fire protection system, security monitoring system, and possibly a new HVAC system. Every insurance company is different, so make sure you check with them before simply making an upgrade in the hopes of a reduced insurance premium.
It is always good practice to reach out to us at ASZ International Inc. when any kind of renovation or upgrade is made to your Westchester, NY home. Our agents can help reevaluate your policy to ensure you have the proper coverage. For more information, contact us today!