9 Surprising Things Home Insurance Doesn’t Cover
Whether your home is hit by lightning, hail, or some other calamity, you’ll be awfully glad you have a home insurance policy in place to help foot the cost of repairs.
Yet while homeowner insurance typically covers a variety of common hazards that can befall your home, don’t get too confident, because it may not cover every mishap that may come your way.
The exact instances that are and aren’t covered by a typical home insurance plan depend entirely on the details of your policy—and, contrary to what you may think, each policy is different.
“Insurance policies are like snowflakes; no two are exactly the same,” says Ashleigh Cloud Trent, an insurance adviser with Swingle Collins and Associates in Dallas.
Generally speaking, most home insurance policies cover natural disasters, certain crimes, and accidents. Think: Wind and hail, dog bites, theft and vandalism, snowstorms, burst pipes. Beyond that general framework, however, there’s no blanket guarantee you’ll be covered.
In our latest installment of our Home Buyer’s Guide to Home Insurance, we’ll flag certain things that most standard policies exclude. Don’t bank on your insurance company footing the bill for the following unfortunate situations.