Homeowners Insurance

Fortify Your Assets with homeowners insurance

Homeowners insurance protects one of your most valuable investments: your home. HWP Insurance professionals can help you find coverage for damages to your property caused by various events such as fire, theft, storms and other natural disasters.

You can choose comprehensive insurance that also covers liability claims and the contents of your home. With the right homeowners insurance policy, you have peace of mind knowing you have a financial safety net to help you recover after a loss. It's not just about protecting your property, it's about securing your financial future.


Insurance Coverage for Everything You Value

Our carriers offer diverse insurance options tailored to protect your valuable assets against potential risks. Our offerings cater to various needs and goals, ensuring you receive coverage that aligns with your specific circumstances and preferences.

  • Protects the structure of your home, including walls, roofs and built-in appliances.

  • Covers your belongings inside the home, such as furniture, electronics and clothing, against theft or damage.

  • Provides coverage in case someone gets injured on your property or if you're responsible for damage to someone else's property.

  • Covers medical expenses for guests who get injured on your property, regardless of who is at fault.

  • Protects other structures on your property that are not attached to your house, such as a detached garage, fence, or shed.

  • Covers the costs associated with living away from home if it becomes uninhabitable due to a covered event, like a fire.

  • Optional coverages that can be added to a standard policy for specific items or situations, such as expensive jewelry or art.

  • These are typically not included in standard homeowners insurance policies and need to be purchased separately.

Remember, the specific coverages and limits might vary based on the insurer and the specific policy. Always consult your policy document or speak with your insurance agent to understand your coverages in detail.

Factors Influencing Premiums

Understanding what goes into the calculation of your homeowner's insurance premium can help you make informed choices when selecting your coverage. Here are some of the key factors that insurers consider:

  • The geographic location of your house plays a significant role in determining your premium. Homes located in areas prone to natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods, or wildfires, often have higher premiums. Similarly, living in a neighborhood with a high crime rate can also lead to increased insurance costs.

  • Your deductible is the amount you're responsible for paying before your insurance policy starts to pay. Typically, a higher deductible translates to a lower annual premium. It's a trade-off between paying more out-of-pocket during a claim or paying higher regular premiums.

  • If your home is equipped with safety features such as burglar alarms, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, or deadbolt locks, you might be eligible for discounts on your premium. On the other hand, factors like owning a trampoline or a swimming pool might increase your premium due to the associated risks.


Money-Saving Tips

Insuring your home doesn't have to strain your wallet. Here are some tried-and-true strategies to help you strike the right balance between cost and coverage:

  • Merging multiple insurance types with a single provider, like home and auto, can lead to considerable discounts. Insurance companies often reward customer loyalty with bundled policy discounts, leading to significant cost savings over time.

  • Beyond the immediate safety benefits they provide, advancements in home security systems can also lead to financial perks. By installing monitored security systems, surveillance cameras, or even smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you're potentially positioning yourself for lower premiums. Insurance providers frequently offer discounts to homeowners who take proactive steps to minimize potential risks.

  • Circumstances change, and so should your insurance policy. Whether you've recently renovated your kitchen, added a swimming pool, or purchased valuable artwork, updating your policy to reflect these changes is essential. Conducting annual policy reviews ensures you're adequately covered. It also helps you identify areas where you might be able to cut costs or capitalize on new discounts.

Incorporating these cost-saving tips can help homeowners protect their possessions without breaking the bank. Remember, the goal is comprehensive coverage that aligns with your needs.

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HWP Insurance carriers offer insurance plans for homeowners in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Fill out our online form or call to learn more from our trusted personal insurance advisors.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Do I have to get homeowners insurance?

    While not always required by law, most mortgage lenders require homeowners insurance to protect their investment. Even if you own your home outright, it's still recommended to have insurance to protect against potential significant financial losses.

  • Does homeowners insurance cover flood damage?

    Standard homeowners insurance typically doesn't cover flood damage. If you live in a flood-prone area, you'll need to purchase separate flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program or a private insurer.

  • Are my expensive items, like jewelry or artwork, covered under homeowners insurance?

    While personal property is covered, there are often limits to how much the policy will pay for specific high-value items. For full protection of these items, you might need to add an endorsement or a separate personal articles floater to your policy.

  • Can the policy be canceled if a home isn't maintained?

    Actual cash value considers the item's depreciation, paying out what the item is currently worth. In contrast, replacement cost covers what it would take to replace the item. Replacement cost tends to offer more protection but can come with higher premiums.

    Always consult your specific policy or speak with an insurance expert to get precise details tailored to your situation.

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