We’re always excited to see new homeowners from the gorgeous capital city of Tallahassee, FL! Since we began serving this area, Kingdom Tree Insurance Group often receives questions about basic home insurance coverage. We hope that this small guide will help all homeowners, new and old, understand what home insurance does and why it’s so important!
What is basic home insurance?
Basic home insurance gets its name from the "perils" typically listed as the most common threats to your home. These common or "basic" hazards are naturally the ones you would want to be insured against! That’s why a basic home insurance policy typically covers a wide range of events. There are three types of basic insurance called HO-1, HO-2, and HO-3. Most homeowners have an HO-3 type of policy, which offers the broadest range of basic perils to be insured against.
What does a basic home insurance policy cover?
When you purchase an HO-3 form policy, you will typically be insured for 16 types of threats against your home and property. Some examples of these "named perils" include:
- Fire, lightning, smoke, wind, and hail damage
- Vandalism, theft, civil commotion or rioting damage
- Vehicular or aircraft damage
- Falling objects
- Electrical current damages in appliances or household wiring
Many other perils may not be specifically listed on your policy that you will be covered for too! Most common hazards, unless specifically excluded by your homeowner’s policy, are usually covered. (This includes events such as volcano eruptions, something our friends in Tallahassee, FL thankfully don’t have to worry about much!)
Kingdom Tree Insurance Group understands that selecting home insurance can sometimes be confusing and stressful. That’s why we encourage you to bring us all of your insurance questions, big and small. Let’s work together to find the best policy to protect you and your home!
Homeowners in the state of Florida are not required by law to have homeowners insurance, but a mortgage lender will usually compel a homeowner to do so. Florida law does, however, require that insurance providers include a provision that covers wind damage caused by storms classified as hurricanes by the National Hurricane Center.
It is standard that a customer will have two deductibles, one for claims related to windstorm devastation and one for everything else. A client’s insurance claim can cover losses incurred within 72 hours after a declared hurricane’s status has been terminated, and a homeowner will not be compelled to pay more than one deductible per storm season.
The state of Florida affords insurance companies the use of reassurance programs to reimburse them for a portion of their losses during widespread disasters, and homeowners can avail themselves of free home inspections to determine their dwelling’s ability to withstand inclement weather. Inhabitants of Tallahassee FL can be eligible for discounts when they update their home with certain features designed to minimize the effects of high winds. These can include sealing the roof to add extra insulation, prevent leaks, to keep roof shingles from blowing away, and reinforcing load bearing walls to the roof to enhance the overall strength of the structure. Homeowners can also install hurricane-rated doors for their home and garage, and they can install storm shutters and shatter-proof windows.
Contact Kingdom Tree Insurance Agency
Kingdom Tree Insurance Agency in Tallahassee, FL has experience serving the residents in and around Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, and we provide a variety of insurance options suited to meet your needs. We invite you to stop by our office to discuss all your insurance requirements with our friendly agents. We look forward to hearing from you.