Buying Home Insurance For Your Condo
As a homeowner, obtaining a good home insurance policy that protects your
home and family is one of the essential costs related to purchasing a home.
But if you own a condo there may be some additional considerations in
selecting a home insurance policy that is right for you. Here is a breakdown
of the kind of coverage you need as a condo owner, and some tips on finding
the right policy.
Since the actual property ownership of condos includes both private and
shared property, condo insurance must cover both. In the case of shared
property, the major concern is liability insurance that will cover any damage
that may be caused by your negligence or an accident that would damage
shared property or the property of another condo owner.
Condo Association Coverage
Another issue to consider is whether your Condo Association has blanket
coverage that will protect you from damages that may be caused by other
condo owners who do not have liability insurance, or have limited coverage.
Since condo owners pay fees that include a number of shared costs, such as
property maintenance and some utilities, insurance should be offered by your
Condo Association to protect you in these cases. If yours does not, you may
want to check out ways to include it. In most cases this type of shared
coverage will cost each owner less than individual liability insurance and will
keep all condo owners protected.
Living in a gated community or secured building, as most condo complexes
are, may give you a false sense of security. If your condo insurance does not
cover your unit’s contents from theft and other damage you could be leaving
a huge gap in your coverage. Also, if you own valuable items such as
jewellery or antiques your content coverage may not protect the full value of
these items and a rider may be necessary.
A qualified insurance agent can give you all the information you’ll need to
keep your condo protected, and keep you protected from liability.