Life doesn’t always go as planned. And that’s why they invented insurance. Your home insurance policy will protect you from a financial loss if something happens to your home and it will cover your legal liability for many situations. But there are certain things that home insurance simply doesn’t account for. Check out the following insurance policies that you might not have – but that you might need.
Trampolines can provide hours of entertainment. Kids love them and could probably bounce all day if you let them. For some reason, jumping up and down never gets old. But trampolines aren’t necessarily the safest activity for kids. In fact, the risk of injury (strains, sprains, broken bones, fractures, and head injuries) is so great that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against allowing youngsters to bounce on trampolines. But if you have a trampoline or you’re going to get one, there are a few trampoline safety tips you should follow to reduce the risk of someone getting hurt.
There’s something about trampolines that is irresistible to kids. And it makes sense – what kid wouldn’t want to touch the sky while bouncing merrily on a spring-loaded surface? But before you give in to the kids’ puppy-dog eyes and begging, you also have to consider your home insurance and how your insurance company will react to a new trampoline.
Unlike kids, home insurance companies typically aren’t crazy about trampolines. There’s a good reason for this: bouncing, while fun, is not without risk – of the broken bone and concussion variety. The chances that someone, perhaps an innocent, unsupervised neighborhood kid, could stumble upon your trampoline and promptly proceed to crash are too high.
So, we’ll go over what you need to do where your home insurance is concerned if your kids really, really want that new trampoline.
With summer here, your thoughts might be focused on vacation, time off work, and fun in the sun. But there’s something else that we should all put some effort into – preventing storm damage from summer thunderstorms. Strong winds and heavy rains can wreak havoc on your house, but you can outsmart Mother Nature with the following tips.
Ah, summer is here. The temperatures are soaring, the rain is pounding, and the sun is blazing. It’s important that you take the time to maintain your home this summer and to prepare it for the extreme heat that you could be facing. Check out our ultimate checklist of summer home maintenance tips to help you give your home some TLC.
Your credit score is way more than just a number. It makes a difference to a lot of things that you might not expect it to…and one of those things is your home insurance rates. Sometimes it can be hard to find home insurance if you have a bad score, and sometimes it means you’re looking at a higher rate. If you’re worried that your credit score is making it difficult to find affordable home insurance, we’ll explain why your credit score matters to your home insurance and how you can get reasonably priced home insurance with less-than-ideal credit.
It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: the basement is underwater. Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong, and now you have a swimming pool inside your house. Well, you always wanted a swimming pool, but this isn’t quite what you had in mind. Anyways, now you have a question: what types of water damage are covered by home insurance?
Let’s find out what kind of water damage your home insurance protects you from.
Hey, that’s weird…why’s it raining inside? Unless this is some sort of elaborate practical joke, you’re pretty sure that there shouldn’t be a puddle in the middle of the living room floor. Or water dripping onto your head. Anyways, there’s water where it shouldn’t be and you think a roof leak is to blame. Now the burning question (or soggy question) is does home insurance cover roof leak claims? And how can you tell if your roof is actually leaking? (Not all leaks are caused by a roof problem.) Well, we’ve got the answer to those questions, coming right up.
Most of the time you’re probably not too fixated on the roof over your head. It does its job – it keeps the water out and protects you from the cold, the heat, and storms. Perhaps you don’t give too much thought to it. But here’s the thing – your insurance company does. They’re actually very concerned with roofs.
So, therein lies the question (well, questions):
How does your roof affect your home insurance rates? Can your roof help you get a discount on your premium? And what kind of coverage should you get for it?
Well, guess what? We’re going to answer those questions.
Identity theft is no joke. Just ask any of the 143 million people affected in the Equifax breach. Hackers were able to swipe the names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers, drivers’ license numbers, and credit card info of millions of people. The massive breach has raised awareness of identity theft nationwide and has many Americans looking for ways to protect themselves from identity thieves.
Well, we’ve got a suggestion for how to prevent people from using your credit information for their own gain – and leaving you in the middle of a big mess. It’s called a credit report freeze. We’ll go over what a credit freeze is and how to freeze your credit report.