If you have tangible assets, you need the protection of a homeowners insurance policy. These policies cover you in a home or an apartment, whether you are an owner or a renter. A well-written homeowners policy will pay to replace any of your personal property that is destroyed in a fire or other disaster. The policy will also be your first line of defense against a lawsuit from someone injured at your home.
The cost of this coverage is determined by many rating factors. The quality of the coverage, however, is determined by the quality of the insurer and whether the policy is written on a named perils or comprehensive-perils basis. A named-perils policy covers only those losses specifically cited in the contract. The comprehensive-perils policy works the opposite way — unless a peril is specifically excluded, coverage is provided. The comprehensive-perils policy is broader and the burden of proof is on the carrier, not you, in the event of a loss.
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